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Heartsick Over Hospital Closing

By Gary Simeone

 

Port Washington resident Sarah Hogenauer is not happy about North Shore-LIJ’s decision to close the inpatient unit at Glen Cove Hospital. She said that the closing is a disservice to many people who are in need, including her husband, who is part of the Rehabilitation Unit.

 

“It is a shame to lose such a quality unit that means so much to so many people,” said Hogenauer. “They do a fabulous job here with their services and I think it is one of the best units in the area.”

 

Edie Russo, who works in telecommunications at the hospital, called the decision to close the unit “horrible” and said she worries not only about her job security but all of the people who are going to be affected by the closure.

 

“I know for a fact that the community is up in arms about this decision and we have doctors here at the hospital who are fighting to keep the unit open,” she said. “It would be such a shame for it to close.”

 

Linda McRae of Oceanside was at the hospital to visit her ailing mother. She said the staff at the inpatient unit is very warm and helpful and that she thinks it’s terrible that the unit is planning to close.

 

“This place has a great reputation and I would hate to see it go,” said McRae. “A similar situation is taking place at Long Beach Medical Center and I think it’s a shame what’s going on with our hospitals.”

 

Penny Davis, visiting Glen Cove from Queens, said she heard about the  closing through a friend.

 

“I know it has to do with money but they don’t realize that they are compromising the health of people who need the care,” she said. “These type of closings are happening all over the boroughs too and I think it is a crying shame.”


News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


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