Letters to the Editor: August 6, 2014

Treat­ment at Aria ER

I am writ­ing in re­gards to the re­cent art­icle about Aria Health emer­gency de­part­ment.  

Little did I know that the week you ran the art­icle, Ju­ly 16, I would go to the emer­gency room when my lip swelled really bad. They got me back in E.R. really fast. 

It was a very short wait. It turns out that I had sepsis and my A1C for dia­betes was way out of con­trol. I was ad­mit­ted to the crit­ic­al care step down unit. 

I want to say thanks to the nurses: Ray, Megan, Lynette and Theresa for the care and all the great doc­tors and hos­pit­al work­ers who helped me make it. 

This is the second time this hos­pit­al helped me pull through. The last time was in 2009 when my blood sug­ar hit 1668. They treat you with dig­nity and class here. I would like to give a heart­felt thanks to the staff.

Bri­an McGee­han


No bikes on side­walks

The warm­er weath­er has res­ul­ted in the an­nu­al re­turn of the dan­ger­ous and il­leg­al prac­tice of cyc­lists rid­ing on side­walks.  

Any­one who is at any time a ped­es­tri­an should urge all our gov­ern­ment rep­res­ent­at­ives and the po­lice to do their duty to pro­tect us from har­ass­ment and in­jury — even death — res­ult­ing from un­aware or reck­less cyc­lists. 

Frank Gal­lop


A place for vet­er­ans

Rhawn­hurst-Castor Post 754 is open to any vet­er­an who would like to join the Amer­ic­an Le­gion. Our mem­ber­ship is open to any­one who served in the mil­it­ary.

Our post is the largest Le­gion post in Phil­adelphia. We have 719 mem­bers. 

Men or wo­men who would like to join can call 215-632-7781. Dues are $25 for the year 2014.

Wil­li­am Cole

Com­mand­er, Post 754

Thank you from the Wissi­nom­ing Civic As­so­ci­ation

I want to take a mo­ment to pub­licly thank three people:  Bob Ro­jas, John No­lan and Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on.  Thanks to them — and with two de­vel­op­ment pro­jects act­ing as cata­lysts — the re­new­al of the dormant Wissi­nom­ing Civic As­so­ci­ation is now a real­ity.

Bob Ro­jas was a “one man band” for over a year in run­ning civic as­so­ci­ation ef­forts in Wissi­nom­ing, but even his best ef­forts needed to be sup­ple­men­ted by a full and act­ive civic as­so­ci­ation.  

This is es­pe­cially true as the re­cent Re­gistered Com­munity Or­gan­iz­a­tion re­forms form­al­ized RCO groups in zon­ing mat­ters, like the pro­posed Auto Zone and Dol­lar Store pro­jects on Frank­ford Av­en­ue. In fact, these two pro­jects set our course in mo­tion.

Without a form­al civic as­so­ci­ation, Wissi­nom­ing could not vote on zon­ing no­ti­fic­a­tions for either pro­ject through our neigh­bor­ing civic as­so­ci­ation in May­fair. Coun­cil­man Hen­on con­vened meet­ings to fa­cil­it­ate the re­viv­al of the Wissi­nom­ing Civic by work­ing with John No­lan and oth­er con­cerned neigh­bors.

In the mean­time, his of­fice was able to work through the res­id­ent con­cerns with the de­velopers, like sig­nage, trash, fen­cing and traffic flows.

In the end, we have a win-win: They were able to en­cour­age neigh­bor­hood par­ti­cip­a­tion — par­tic­u­larly in zon­ing no­ti­fic­a­tion — while re­new­ing the Wissi­nom­ing Civic As­so­ci­ation, to keep our com­munity en­gaged year-round.

Our first civic as­so­ci­ation meet­ing was held on Ju­ly 30. We had a great turnout thanks to let­ters sent by Coun­cil­man Hen­on and the North­east Times no­ti­fic­a­tion.

Thank you to every­one in­volved.

Pa­tri­cia Gib­son


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