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Letter: Open Letter To CEO Of Glen Cove Hospital

Dear Mr. Dowling,

I am writing to you in the dual capacity of a concerned citizen/father as well as a former Bayville Trustee and current government official to urge you to reconsider the decision to close our essential, irreplaceable and beloved community hospital in Glen Cove. Given where my neighbors and I live, on the beautiful North Shore peninsula where Bayville touches the Long Island Sound but which includes Lattingtown, Mill Neck, Centre Island as well as parts of Oyster Bay and Locust Valley, we insist that you analyze this decision differently than any standard corporate model might indicate.

Like so many others in our community, my wife and I have rushed an injured child to Glen Cove for stitches. I have also visited an ill, elderly family friend who spent her last days being cared for by the incredibly caring staff of doctors and nurses nearby her home adjacent to Glen Cove hospital where her husband had worked for over 40 years. Being close by allowed dozens of others in the community to visit as well. And during several of the major storms our peninsula has endured it has always been comforting to know that our local hospital was close by in case we were cut off from the “mainland” of Nassau County.

The North Shore – LIJ Health System is one of the pre-eminent hospital networks in the state, if not the country. As someone who has worked in the private sector and government, I admire how the network has expanded while still keeping its eye on the highest levels of patient care and community concerns.  On behalf of my former constituents, I implore you to remember exactly where the next nearest hospital is located before you check a box on an efficiency chart and thus close and cut us all off from the hospital that has served us so very well lo these many years.

Dave Gugerty

Chief of Staff – Nassau County Legislature

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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