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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 has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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