No, that’s not a typo – It’s merely a reference to Stephen Berger, the head of a state commission that called for Victory Hospital’s closure in 2008. From a rally held last year (Image source: Michael Fleshman via Flickr).
Could the timing finally be right for Victory Memorial to reopen?
Local elected officials and community leaders gathered on March 8, to once again call for the return of ambulance services to the medical center formerly known as Victory Memorial Hospital [699 92nd Street].
If you’ve recently donated to Reaching-Out Community Services aka the Dyker Heights -Bensonhurst Food Pantry, then the above video should be in your email inbox.
During the five minute segment, various disaster relief groups, private sector volunteers, and community leaders including State Senator Marty Golden and Reaching-Out’s executive director Thomas Neve join Gerritsen Beach Cares to speak out for people whose lives have yet to return to normal well over two months since Superstorm Sandy wrought havoc on coastal communities.
If you’d like to support continued aid for hurricane victims in Gerritsen Beach, please call (347) 585-8630. For more information on Reaching-Out Community Services, please visit rcsprograms.org or call (718) 373-4565.
Bill Guarinello, chairman of the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee – as well as Bensonhurst’s Community Board 11, was paraphrased by Katinas as saying that the quick action and organization of base commander Colonel Eluyn Gines in the aftermath of Sandy – taken together with the fact that the installation served as a staging and support area for National Guard troops, should save it from the chopping blockContinue reading »
City Councilman Vincent Gentile’s Communications Director and Bay Ridge Cares co-creator Justin Brannan makes an appearance to discuss how he, local chef Allison Robicelli, Karen Tadross, and Father Michael Ellias collaborated to make the kitchen a reality.
According to Tadross, the Bay Ridge Cares kitchen at St. Mary’s – which began operations in mid November and prepares 800 meals a day six days a week, will be helping victims of Hurricane Sandy until at least December 15.
For more info about donations or volunteer opportunities at Bay Ridge Cares, please check out their Facebook page.
A news item in the 112-year-old Rockaway community newspaper The Wave highlights some of the work being done by students and faculty at Xaverian High School [7100 Shore Road] for the storm-ravaged peninsula.
A uniform and everyday goods drive was organized immediately after the storm in order to help students return to their everyday school routines as quickly as possible. Additionally, faculty members have been aiding in the cleanup process in the areas hardest hit by the storm each weekend. Middle school students organized a wonderful drive to create customized care packages containing gift cards and everyday items that families lost during the storm.
The piece mentions how “the Interact Club,” a community service club at the Catholic college prep school sponsored by the Rotary Club of Verrazano, has “organized a bake sale and raffle in order to raise money for the Graybeards” – a basketball league-turned local aid organization in Rockaway.
Xaverian students have also reportedly put together a Toys for Tots donation drive aimed at children affected by Sandy.
Occupy FEMA? Chepe of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Sandy “training” FEMA workers on Staten Island (Image source: Facebook.com).
More than a year after Occupy Wall Street first made international headlines by taking over Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, the activist group has reinvented itself as an effective disaster relief organization.
In an online article for news magazine the Nation, reporter Ayasha Guerin documents the relief work Occupy Sandy has been undertaking in the storm-ravaged Rockaways. Unbeknownst to many, a Sunset Park church within walking distance of Bay Ridge is serving as a crucial link in the Occupy supply chain.Continue reading »
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Image source: Wikipedia Commons).
At a press conference yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo placed the monetary value of Hurricane Sandy’s damage to New York State at $32 billion. That figure does not include an additional request of over $9 billion in federal funds for future mitigation and prevention efforts, as reported by Michael Gormley for the Associated Press.
“It’s common sense; it’s intelligent,” Cuomo said. “Why don’t you spend some money now to save money in the future? And that’s what prevention and mitigation is.”Continue reading »