The 42nd Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be kicking off on Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. on Beach 129th Street and Newport Avenue. We will be marching down Newport Avenue to Beach 116th Street, to Rockaway Beach Boulevard, proceeding to Beach 100th Street and the St. Camillus school hall.
As a proud board member of the Board of Directors we work hard all year to put on the parade at a cost of almost $50,000.
This year the parade will be led by Grand Marshal William M. Lynn, Business Agent of the Operating Engineers, Local 30 leading off the parade with Honorary Grand Marshal Betty McLaughlin and Sean Lane, our Gael of the Year. Our Deputy Grand Marshals are Msgr. John Bracken, Mary Kay Gibbons, Mary Forde, Eileen Meakim, Joanne Fogarty, Chris Dalton, Lt. Ed Strom Jr., John J. Manning, Jimmy McGovern, Stacy Pheffer Amato, Dan Reed, Andrew Israel, Robert Palmer and Kieran Toale.
I would like to thank Community House for sponsoring a band in the parade. After the parade, Irish Bank, Beasy Band, Wine with Sue and Raggle Taggle Gypsy O’s will be entertaining at Community House.
Yours truly will run the 50-50 raffle for the benefit of the parade. Erin Go Bragh. See all of you at the parade.
Hats off and congratulations to the Rockaway Women for Progress, a brand new grass roots group made up of very concerned and caring women from our peninsula. I look forward to working with you and assisting you in any way.
Since all the complaints about the Rockaway Post Office which were included in my column, I am proud to announce I’m having biweekly conference calls with Postmaster Miguel Pedroza. Most of the issues discussed involve mail not getting to their destination on time, put in a neighbor’s box or not put in the box at all. Most complaints involve substitute carriers. I am expecting a detailed response to the list of complaints I sent to Mr. Pedroza. If you have any postal issues call my office at 718-945-1216.
On Feb. 23, the Rockaway Coalition for St. John’s Hospital met the leadership of the hospital, including CEO Walsh, CFO Steve Guido, CNO Gwen Pickney and Renee Hastick-Motes, the Senior Director for Governmental and External Affairs. Yours truly chaired the meeting joined by Dr. Ed Williams, Shelly Ginis and Marilyn Beckford. After a long wait the New York State funds for construction of an expanded emergency room are now available through the Dormitory Authority. Construction will begin in April and is expected to take 18 months. A task force is looking to make space available to continue present services during construction.
The New York State Health Department allows St. John’s to have 227 inpatient beds. At times all beds are filled, especially on weekends. Nursing and adult homes do not accept discharged hospital patients on weekends. There are discussions with nursing home administrators to work together to return patients to their facilities when hospital care is no longer necessary.
Our coalition is excited to hear that the emergency room expansion is on the way. We thank CEO Walsh and his staff for their successful work and for taking the time to meet with community representatives.
On Feb. 25, the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps held their annual installation dinner. Joseph Skippy Nocerino was installed as Chief. Former Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder was named Honorary Chief. Once again yours truly ran the 50-50 raffle. Congratulations to Chief Nocerino.
The Good Government Regular Democratic Club welcomes your membership. Send your $25 dues to the GGRDC c/o Beacon Rehab, 140 Beach 113th St., Rockaway Park NY 11694. I am available to help with any community issue or to speak at your meeting. Call my office at 718-945-1216.