2005-07-08 / Letters


Remembering Robert

Dear Editor;

I have only just heard today of the passing of Robert Krinis.  I moved out of Rockaway last September to Birmingham, AL.  I am shocked and so very saddened to hear that Robert is no longer with us.

My first experience with Robert was when I first moved out to the Rockaways in 2002 from Uptown New York.  I went into his store looking for a ladder and an air conditioner.  I have to admit he was probably the friendliest New Yorker I ever had the pleasure of spending time with.  We chatted for a long time about ladders and air conditioners and there in the back of his store was the most perfect ladder - it was exactly what I needed to be able to climb up into the loft in my apartment.  Robert looked at me sadly and told me he couldn’t let me buy the ladder as it had been in the store for as long as the store had been there which I think he mentioned the ladder was maybe 30 some years old.  I left him with the agreement that he would deliver my air conditioner the next day and that he would keep his eyes open for a ladder at least similar to the one in his store.

When he showed up the next evening with my air conditioner (for which he did not charge me to deliver) he brought in the air conditioner and then said he needed to get something else for me and came back with the ladder.  He brought tears to my eyes with his kindness.  Such a thoughtful, kind and tender person.

I spent time with Robert and Dominic in the store when my computer crashed on me.  We had so much fun and I just loved the dynamic between the two of them.  I’m sure Dominic has lost one of his greatest friends and I know The Rockaways has lost one of it’s most treasured gifts.

The memory of him will always bring a smile to my lips.  He was one of life’s best creations.



Illegally Parked Cars

Dear Editor,

With the warmer weather finally more consistent, I take my exercise outdoors. To my astonishment I find illegally parked cars sporting every variety of placard from one end of Dayton to the other – and more often than not, without tickets. These cars are in zones designated “No Parking Anytime” so as to ensure the line of vision of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Why?

I asked that very question to the local policemen. Unfortunately they find themselves under the misguided notion those handicap placards issued to one individual trump the safety of hundreds of families. Strangely enough, most of these vehicles post resident parking stickers, so clearly the local realty agent in meeting their needs.

Then there’s the question of the various fire and safety placards. The recourse here is clear – not only should these holders be fined, but their commands contacted, placards stripped and a formal reprimand included in their files. This is a clear, premeditated abuse of the oath of protection these men and women are sworn to.

This week the City Council heard complaints of a so-called “Quota System” by the DOT and NYPD. Nonsense. Free these people up to promote and protect the public safety of all, not the few.

To the local political leaders, I urge you to get involved.


Where Everyone Knows

Your Name

Dear Editor,

Have you ever been lonely,

Ever been blue?

Sure you have, I’ll tell

You what to do –

Join the Seaside Adult Center

90-01 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The 8:15 breakfast at 50 cents

Can’t be beat –

The 12 p.m. $1 lunch is really a treat.

If Ed (Polish poet) gets to know you –

He’ll write poems that you’ll feel happiness too.

If you don’t speak English

Andy’s on hand –

His knowledge of travel

Is really grand.

You can enjoy bingo,

Dominos and cards –

And I write this sincerely

With love and regards.


Surprised About Nurses

Dear Editor;

I was quite surprised when I read your paper last week and found no coverage on the demonstration by the nurses from Peninsula Hospital at PS 114. 

I did notice in your paper, however, coverage written and paid for by the nurses explaining why we on the west end of Rockaway may not have a community hospital to go to soon. I attended the Peninsula Hospital meeting held at PS 114 and listened to the administrators boast of all the new equipment and programs that they have added to our hospital. 

I listened as they tried to explain in their own words that there was no money left for their employees. Outside I heard the nurses explain that their salary is about $10,00 below the average and that they do not have a pension plan.  That they do not have health benefits after retirement.  Afterwards I went home and checked.  The average increase for nurses is 3% to 4% a year, the norm for contracts where the base pay is already average not $10,000 below.  It is the trend in nurse’s contracts to include some sort of health package or contribution towards a health package for nurses who retire after 20+ years.  My question is this.  If I could get this information so easily why didn’t the administration of the hospital check this out and take this into consideration when preparing their budget?  What do they think those nurses are going to do?  Why isn’t the administration prepared to negotiate increase salaries, especially with the nursing shortage we face today?  How irresponsible!

In conclusion, I can only say two things.  First someone should take a good look at the books at that hospital and find out where the money is really going.  If the present administration cannot deal with reality of the nursing shortage or truly believes that the nurses in PHC are so happy to be working there that they will work for anything, then they need to be replaced.  The second is directed to those nurses. Get out. They wouldn’t even listen to you last week.  Take your $10,000 raise and go somewhere else. This administration doesn’t care about you or the community; they only care about the bottom line. You had better take care of yourself, no one else will.  There are plenty of jobs for you out there. 

Wake up. 



Unfortunate Drownings

Dear Editor,

I would like to begin by extending my condolences to the families of the two young men who drowned in the ocean two weeks ago. It is always sad when nature prevails and lives are lost.

So it was with great interest that I read Shamaal McCutchin’s letter in last week’s paper. In his opening paragraph, Mr. McCutchin insists that he is someone who believes in being responsible for his own actions. He next rails against the city’s intrusion into our enjoyment of the beach and boardwalk. Bravo! I thought. Here is a person who sees the city’s policies for they are – oppressive.

After that, he lost me. Mr. McCutchin’s letter deteriorated into a rambling bizarre rant about babies, spanking, and dirty diapers. He then insists that the families of the young brothers who drowned should sue the city. Well what happened to Mr. Accountability? What about Mr. Common Sense? How quickly he abandoned his clear though once his emotions kicked in. The unfortunate reality of this incident is that two non-swimmers went in the ocean after the lifeguards went off-duty.

If Mr. McCutchin decided to jump out a window and test the gravity on a given day, who’s fault would the result be? Of course the fault for this bad decision would be with Mr. McCutchin. Not the people who build the building, not the people who own the building and not Sir Isaac Newton. So why would someone look to place blame on the city for their loved ones bad decision? The brothers decided to go in the ocean after the lifeguards were gone. Therefore the responsibility for the tragic result lies with the deceased.

It is interested that Mr. McCutchin mentions that the deceased were “a couple of black brothers.” One wonders if he would have written his letter if the victims were white.


Rockaway Needs Sanders

Dear Editor:

James Sanders is the exact person needed for the City Council seat. He is intelligent, independent in his thinking, educated, unblemished by any personal scandals or personal social behavior that might call his integrity into question, visionary and young.

The problem with re-electing him clearly seem to be whether or not he is willing to “tow” someone else’s line.

Let me get this right—people are dissatisfied because he doesn’t return phone calls and is not responsive to his constituents? That warrants his removal because of that? You’ve got to be joking. If that’s the case—most of the elected officials need to be removed as well as a whole bunch of other individuals in public servant positions.

While I give respect to David Hooks for the things he did for the African-American Rockaway community 25-30 years ago, this is a new day and age and Mr. Hooks is NOT the best candidate for the job. Seems this running might just be to split either the Rockaway vote or the Black vote. Hmmmm—sounds feasible.

If Hooks, and those supporting him, were seriously concerned about the welfare and progress of the community in these changing times, they would back James Sanders not only during the election but during his tenure in office.

It’s 2005, Rockaway and the world are fast changing and you guys are still playing the same ole tired ass political games? Man, your children are dying. The world is dying! Wake up!

I have seen the enemy and you continue to be your own worst enemy! Have you ever heard the saying: “In unity there is strength”?



Look Differently At Assault

Dear Editor;

While I agree that it is wrong to assault anyone taking a stroll anywhere, but the stroll in Howard Beach by all indications was not as innocent as some people want to make it appear

Since I’m a victim of multiple robberies at gunpoint I look differently when the assault is carried out on riffraff bent on stealing cars, push in robberies and committing other crimes

To label the latest Howard Beach incident a bias case is not right either. I have no doubts had the thieves been white on the prowl at night to steal cars they too would have gotten the taste of a baseball bat. If anyone is naïve enough to believe if the same thieves had been caught in a black neighborhood stealing cars, they would have been treated differently by their brothers, you better think twice.


Cowers Small Animals

Dear Neighbors,

We have a problem and hope that with the compassion we know you have, you will help.  Around the time of the 4th of July every year we have to watch helplessly while our little dog suffers the trauma of exploding firecrackers, caps and noisemakers. It’s not just for 1 day or night.  Many people try out their stock of “ammo” days before the actual holiday and continue to use whatever is left over for days afterward.

  It seems as if every group of children and teens has something in their fun arsenal that makes loud cracking, booming noise.

  We know it’s FUN!  Believe us, we really do!  It’s hard to ask you to curtail your activity or rain on your parade.  But, if you saw how much our dog and other innocent creatures suffer while you are enjoying this fun, you just might reconsider your use of explosives and caps inside the residential community.

  “Charo” hears explosives and caps from blocks away as well as right next door. It only takes One “CRACK” to start her heart racing.  She paces, cries and looks for places to hide.  She only weighs 10 pounds but she can never find a spot that blocks out the noise.  We often have to untangle her from wires under desks and end tables or make sure she isn’t suffocating under couch cushions.  She pants so hard her tongue curls and hangs out of her mouth for hours.  Her eyes stay wide open and glazed.  Sometimes, she vomits.  Even when held in my arms she shakes violently.  I am often reduced to tears in my frustration in not being able to comfort her.

We have tried to tranquilize her but without much success.  For one thing we can’t drug her many nights in a row.  Also, she is very small but 1/2 a tablet of 10mg. acepromazine does nothing for her, but a full tablet leaves her practically unconscious, wobbly, and hung over.

  She isn’t a nervous dog.  She loves people, playing with other dogs (big ones and small ones), cats, and adores every child she encounters.  She’s a tough, funny, smart little creature who wags her tail (and her whole body) with joy for anyone who cares to pet her or play.  I know there are other dog and cat owners in our neighborhood who are going through the same experience with their pets.

  The holiday is now over, but we hope this letter is the beginning of some consciousness raising about this issue.  Perhaps the editors of “The Wave” can put this item on their calendar as a community service reminder as the summers approach and from time to time during the year.  I’d like to hear a response from local Vets on the subject.

  Thanks for reading this letter all the way through.  Please talk about this with other people and help to make everyone aware that this sort of fun causes suffering for others.


Give Us Back Our Boardwalk

Dear Editor,

To the people of the Rockaways, and Far Rockaway as well – why can’t we ride our bikes on the boardwalk or stay on it till we want to go home? Crimes on the boards are down. I have lived here 52 years, surfing, diving and as a lifeguard. We want a bike path on the boards for us. Kids in Long Beach and Coney Island have things for them. It took 40 years to get a surf beach. Give us back our boardwalk.


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