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Coney Island Hospital, 2601 Ocean Parkway. (Source: Gregory Maizous)

Coney Island Hospital located at 2601 Ocean Parkway. (Source: Gregory Maizous)

Kathleen Marino, a registered nurse serving at Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway), received a distinguished “Excellence for Management” award from the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) for outstanding work.

The HHC press release described the high standards set for the various honors:

The HHC nurses who received the award have gone beyond their daily routines to be positive leaders and mentors for other nurses, implement programs and processes to improve patient care, and volunteer their personal time to provide medical services to communities in New York City and abroad. They are among the 8,000 nurses at HHC — men and women who provide care each day to New Yorker’s in its public hospitals, long-term care facilities and health centers across the five boroughs.

“HHC nurses are not only going above and beyond for their patients and colleagues, but voluntarily bringing that expertise and medical care to their communities,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “These nurses are an example of the skill and compassion we see and appreciate from them each day.”

“These individuals have not only demonstrated their commitment to quality patient care, but also to advancing the knowledge and tools available to all staff,” said HHC Chief Nursing Officer Lauren Johnston, RN, MPA. “They work tirelessly to not only improve the lives of patients, but to also make sure their families and caregivers have the support they need.”

The HHC signaled out why Marino won the “Excellence for Management” award, stating that she, “creates procedures and tools to help her staff improve performance for better patient outcomes, and encourages them to complete certifications. She also coordinates groups for NICU parents where they receive support and important health information.”

Congratulations to Marino for going beyond the call of duty to provide people in our area with excellent service in the extremely demanding world of health care.

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I stopped by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s office today for a free flu shot, ensuring a strong, healthy winter so that I can keep being a slave for you ingrates.

It was painless, and I was in and out in less than 15 minutes. I even got a free bottle of hand sanitizer. Golly!

Did you get yours yet? It’s not too late. Here’s the list of remaining free flu shot events offered by our local elected officials. Please go get one. I really hate it when people sneeze around me.

Date Time Location Sponsor Appointment Required? Contact Info
10/17/2013 Call For Appointment 3520 Nostrand Avenue Assemblywoman Weinstein Yes 718-648-4700
10/18/2013 10am-2pm 2424 Ralph Avenue Assemblyman Maisel Yes 718-968-2770
10/21/2013 10am – 1:00pm 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz Yes 718-743-4078
10/21/2013 10am-2pm 2424 Ralph Avenue Assemblyman Maisel Yes 718-968-2770
10/22/2013 11am to 4pm Carro Center at 3000 Fillmore Av Senator Golden and Millenium Development Yes 718-238-6044
10/25/2013 10am-1:30pm 1402 East 64th Street Councilman Fidler Yes 718-241-9330
10/29/2013 11am to 4pm Avenue T and VanSicklen St Senator Golden and Sts Simon and Jude Yes 718-238-6044
10/30/2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz Yes 718-743-4078
11/4/2013 Call For Appointment 3520 Nostrand Avenue Assemblywoman Weinstein Yes 718-648-4700
11/6/2013 3pm-6:30pm 1402 East 64th Street Councilman Fidler Yes 718-241-9330
Source: Gregory Maizous

Source: Gregory Maizous

I don’t know about you, but this chilly, grey weather has got me feeling such that all I want to do is curl up into a ball in the corner of my office and have myself a little cry. I’m sure I can’t be the only one.

So for those of us who suffer a little seasonal trauma or symptoms of a much deeper, darker problem, Coney Island Hospital is participating in the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Mental Illness Awareness Week with free depression screenings and counseling services tomorrow.

Twelve HHC facilities Hospital across the city including Coney Island will offer the free services tomorrow, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The confidential screenings will be conducted by mental health professionals in individual, private consultations and are designed to identify symptoms of depression and mood disorders. Patients requiring assistance will be referred to appropriate levels of treatment within each facility.

Here’s some information about depression from the HHC’s news release:

Depression is a common yet serious medical condition, characterized by pervasive low mood; loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities; and significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. Other symptoms can include difficulty concentrating, loss of energy, trouble sleeping, changes in weight, feelings of worthlessness and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, each year, depression affects more than 400,000 (8 percent) adult New Yorkers, but only one-third of these individuals receives treatment. Early detection and treatment can reduce suffering and improve quality of life. Depression can worsen the course and complicate the treatment of other health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. In its most serious and tragic form, depression can lead to suicide.

Feel free to contact Coney Island Hospital with any questions or concerns: Coney Island Hospital; 2601 Ocean Parkway; (718) 616-3000.

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Blink Fitness, a no-frills gym, will open in December at 3827 Nostrand Avenue, the former site of Pathmark.

Readers began sending us tips about a possible gym at the location as early as a month ago, and more frequently as fencing went up at the property indicating interior work. The item came up at last week’s Community Board 15 meeting, when it was approved for a special application to allow a physical culture establishment.

They gym already lists the location on their website, noting that it will open in late December.

It replaces the second half of Pathmark, which shuttered in 2011 amid bankruptcy proceedings. Brooklyn’s first Aldi supermarket takes up the remainder of the Pathmark footprint.

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz with a resident donating blood in the New York Blood Center Bloodmobile. Courtesy of Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, in partnership with the New York Blood Center, is asking residents to roll up their sleeves and give the “Gift of Life” at his Super Community Blood Drive, this Thursday, October 3 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at 1729 Sheepshead Bay Road.

A New York Blood Center Bloodmobile, stationed at the corner of Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue, will welcome those wishing to donate blood just steps from his Sheepshead Bay Road community office (1800 Sheepshead Bay Road). Every day in our area, nearly 2,000 donations are needed for patients who require a lifesaving blood and/or platelet transfusion.

Eligibility Criteria

  • ID with photo or signature
  • Minimum weight 110 lbs
  • Between 16-76 years of age
  • 16-year-olds need parental consent.
  • Persons age 76 and over must bring a doctor’s note.

If saving lives is not enough of an incentive, all presenting donors will also be entered into a sweepstakes to win a pair of tickets for Super Bowl XLVIII, valued at $2,500.

Just to get you inspired to donate a pint of the Gift of Life, here is Pete Townshend and David Gilmour performing “Give Blood” in 1985.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. Call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ District Office at (718) 743-4078 for an appointment or more information.

Source: Gregory Maizous

Source: Gregory Maizous

Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) is taking part in the city’s Take Care New York campaign in an effort to battle obesity, and provide health screenings and flu shots. According to a press release, the event is being organized by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and will run throughout the month of October.

The focus of the event centers around fighting obesity. The HHC press release detailed the harrowing statistics that point to the seriousness of the obesity problem:

In New York City, over 50 percent of adults and 40 percent of children are overweight or obese. The obesity epidemic strikes hardest in communities already suffering from health and economic disparities, particularly black, Latino and low-income communities where the rate of overweight and obesity reaches 70 percent in some neighborhoods.

Senior director of HHC’s Office of Healthcare Improvement, Dr. David Stevens, detailed the scary risks of living with obesity and noted how the Take Care New York campaign is looking to educate people with the aim of helping them lead healthier lives.

“Adults and children who are overweight are at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer. HHC hospitals and health centers can help New Yorkers commit to be fit in just a few simple steps. Eating right, exercising and losing weight can improve your health and decrease the risk of chronic disease. A few minutes of preventive care save a life,” Stevens said in the release.

If you are interested in attending, the Take Care New York campaign screenings will take place in the main lobby of the Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) on October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the event, click here.

Free Flu Shot Schedule 2013


Source: hitthatswitch/Flickr

Every year our elected officials descend upon community meetings like white blood cells on foreign bodies, all to tout the free flu shots their office will offer ahead of the winter season.

This year is no different, and it’s only a matter of time until the ritualistic boasting begins, with Councilman Lew Fidler telling constituents that his flu shots are more effective than those offered by Assemblymembers Alan Maisel or Helene Weinstein, and the others countering that it might be true, but theirs will make you cooler and sexier. And what would you rather be? Sexy, or healthy?

Ah, it’s a question for the ages, and one that can only be settled by the inevitable fight to the death between our elected officials, in which we toss them in an arena littered with rabid porcupines and arm the pols only with syringes full of flu.

Alas, such just blood-sport is not yet legal. If any of our elected officials truly believe in their words, may they will use their legislative powers to make it so.

In the meantime, until the blood has been shed, let us all consider each of us truly victorious, as we have nearly two dozen opportunities to obtain a free flu shot in the weeks to come.

Here’s the schedule, which may be updated throughout the season as we learn of more dates.

(Are you an elected official or representative of an organization offering free flu shots in the Sheepshead Bay area? E-mail nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com and we’ll get you added to the list.)

Date Time Location Sponsor Appointment Required? Contact Info
9/30/2013 10am-2pm 2424 Ralph Avenue Assemblyman Maisel Yes 718-968-2770
10/1/2013 Call For Appointment 3520 Nostrand Avenue Assemblywoman Weinstein Yes 718-648-4700
10/2/2013 3:00-6:30pm 1402 East 64th Street Councilman Fidler Yes 718-241-9330
10/7/2013 10am – 1:00pm 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz Yes 718-743-4078
10/8/2013 9am-12pm -call for appt/walk in 1605 Voorhies Avenue, 1st Fl Councilman Nelson Yes 718-368-9176 ext. 5
10/9/2013 10am-2pm 2424 Ralph Avenue Assemblyman Maisel Yes 718-968-2770
10/11/2013 10am-1:30pm 1402 East 64th Street Councilman Fidler Yes 718-241-9330
10/16/2013 Call For Appointment 1655 Flatbush Avenue Assemblywoman Weinstein Yes 718-648-4700
10/16/2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz Yes 718-743-4078
10/17/2013 Call For Appointment 3520 Nostrand Avenue Assemblywoman Weinstein Yes 718-648-4700
10/18/2013 10am-2pm 2424 Ralph Avenue Assemblyman Maisel Yes 718-968-2770
10/21/2013 10am – 1:00pm 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz Yes 718-743-4078
10/21/2013 10am-2pm 2424 Ralph Avenue Assemblyman Maisel Yes 718-968-2770
10/22/2013 11am to 4pm Carro Center at 3000 Fillmore Av Senator Golden and Millenium Development Yes 718-238-6044
10/25/2013 10am-1:30pm 1402 East 64th Street Councilman Fidler Yes 718-241-9330
10/29/2013 11am to 4pm Avenue T and VanSicklen St Senator Golden and Sts Simon and Jude Yes 718-238-6044
10/30/2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz Yes 718-743-4078
11/1/2013 Call For Appointment 3520 Nostrand Avenue Assemblywoman Weinstein Yes 718-648-4700
11/6/2013 3pm-6:30pm 1402 East 64th Street Councilman Fidler Yes 718-241-9330
Source: ebbandflowphotography via flickr.

Source: ebbandflowphotography via flickr.

In 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration raised the fees for residents looking to use City-run recreational facilities, including ball fields and tennis courts, looking for a bump in revenue. According to an exhaustive report by the Independent Budget Office (IBO), the increased fees not only failed to increase revenue but drove down membership across the city.

The numbers laid out by the IBO starkly portray the failure of Bloomberg’s bet that increased membership fees would increase revenues. The City was projecting that increasing fees would lead to $6.3 million in extra revenue but in the end, they only ended up with $1.1 million in extra revenue and decreased athletic facility activity across the city. The IBO laid out the specifics:

• With considerably higher fees at the start of the 2011 tennis season, the number of adult seasonal tennis permits sold by the city fell from 12,774 in 2010 to 7,265 in 2012, a decline of 43 percent. Single-play permits fell 46 percent, from 23,512 to 12,755 over the same period.

• Despite the decline in the number of adult permits sold, there was an increase in revenue because fees doubled for these permits. The city collected a total of $2.1 million from the sale of adult, junior, and senior tennis permits in 2012, but the revenue fell $1.3 million short of the projected increase.

• The number of recreation center memberships sold in 2012 declined by 52 percent to 46,047 with the doubling of membership fees for adults and seniors at the start of the fiscal year.

• With the decline in memberships, recreation center revenue remained flat in 2012 at $4.8 million, about $4.0 million below the Bloomberg Administration’s expectations.

• Although the number of permits sold for ballfields also fell in 2012 in response to the rise in fees, the resulting increase in revenue exceeded expectations by nearly 5 percent.

The full IBO report, which you can read in detail by clicking here, presents the fascinating insight into how the fee increase, in their opinion, ultimately ran counter to Bloomberg’s much publicized health initiatives:

The parks department raised its fees for tennis permits, recreation center memberships, and the use of ballfields as part of a citywide effort to close projected budget shortfalls. While anticipating some fall-off in usage, the city still projected that the new fee schedules would raise $6.3 million in additional revenue in 2012. The decline in sales of tennis permits and recreation center memberships was far steeper than expected, however, and the gain in revenue totaled roughly $1.1 million—a fraction of what had been expected.

Perhaps equally troubling, the sharp drop-off in parks usage runs counter to the Bloomberg Administration’s anti-obesity and other health policy initiatives.

Beginning September 12, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz will be holding a series of health screenings in his district office at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road (between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway).

“I’ve worked hard to pass legislation to help residents remain healthy, active, and vital,” said Cymbrowitz, a member of the Assembly’s Health Committee. “I’ve also encouraged residents to take a pro-active approach to their health by sponsoring a wide range of preventive screenings that are convenient, accessible and FREE.”

The dates of screenings are listed below:

  • September 12 (Thursday), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Osteoporosis
  • October 7 (Monday), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Flu Shots
  • October 16 (Wednesday), 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Flu Shots
  • October 21 (Monday), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Flu Shots
  • October 30 (Wednesday), 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Flu Shots
  • November 6 (Wednesday), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Stress Reduction (Breathing Exercise)
  • December 12 (Thursday), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Cholesterol, Glucose and Blood Pressure
  • March 12 (Wednesday), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Colon Cancer Screening

Appointments are required and many screenings tend to fill up quickly. Call Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078 to schedule your appointments today.

Billy Weintraub at the 2009 Mermaid Parade. (Photo by Malcolm Brown via NYCgo.com

Billy Weintraub at the 2009 Mermaid Parade. (Photo by Malcolm Brown via NYCgo.com

Billy Weintraub just finished another year serving as a New York City lifeguard, making him the longest-serving lifeguard in the city. Observer is reporting that Weintraub just finished his astonishing 51st season of service.

Weintraub looks incredibly fit at the age of 70, and Observer detailed his inspiring training regime:

Mr. Weintraub’s workout regimen remains extensive. He trains four-to-five days per week with the other lifeguards, bikes 10 miles every other day and, on nonbike days, swims a quarter-mile in the ocean. “I have somebody from here go with me on the surfboard to make sure I don’t drown,” he said.

From a patch of sand located in Brighton Beach, Weintraub has seen it all. Observer described a few of Weintraub’s more stunning experiences dating back to the early 60s.

Mr. Weintraub remembers the needle scare of the 1980s when nobody wanted to visit the beach and its inverse, the pre-air conditioning mob scene of 1963, when five people drowned.

He has attended hundreds of heart attacks and bouts of heat exhaustion. He has seen “at least six” body parts wash up on the beach. When a leg washed up with an argyle sock on it, Mr. Weintraub called the police, who told him matter-of-factly, “We’ll just match this up with the other one.”

He once searched freezing water for half an hour before realizing the swimmer he sought had already circled the jetty and was back on the beach; Mr. Weintraub then saved his leg-cramped self with a last ditch crawl up the jetty. Another time, he saved an old woman crying, “Save my teeth! Save my teeth!” as she held her dentures above the water. He saved the teeth, too.

Observer described how Weintraub, a Bayside native, fell into the world of lifeguarding. As a swim team member at Bayside High School and Long Island University, Weintraub was encouraged to become a lifeguard by his college coach, beginning his part-time career in 1962. Weintraub primarily worked as a P.E. instructor but retired 20 years ago. My favorite passage from the article was how Weintraub met his wife:

He met his wife, Susan, right on his stretch of beach in 1966. “What happened was there was thousands of girls on the beach,” he said over pizza at L&B Spumoni Gardens in Gravesend. “I looked around, and I picked the prettiest girl.”

Classic stuff, and congratulations to Weintraub for another year looking out for all of us swimming in the ocean.

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