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A grass-roots movement in East Rockaway
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Mary Malloy/Herald

Social networking, mainly on Facebook, helped a lot, said Daitz, but she realized that many people were still in the dark and had no Internet or phones — so she and her boyfriend, Fred Faust, printed and distributed 1,000 fliers door to door to residents of Bay Park, letting them know what was going on and where they could get food, water, blankets and supplies.

“Chief Torborg and Diane LauKaitis were right there the whole time,” Daitz said. “They asked what I needed … they’re the heroes.”

The hundreds of volunteers who manned what turned out to be many tables at the firehouse put together packets of blankets, cleaning supplies and other necessities and delivered them to homes in East Rockaway and Bay Park. “Some people had lost their cars in the storm,,” Daitz said, “so they couldn’t even get to the firehouse.”

After meeting with Recreation Director Rick Kappel and the Rev. Mark Lukens of Bethany Congregational Church on Main Street, she eventually moved the entire operation to the church’s gymnasium. The Church of the Nazarene and the United Church of Rockville Centre also opened their doors. “We’re all doing what we can to help,” said Lukens.

Daitz said that Leon Williams, the owner of Five-Star Sports and Entertainment Academy on Ryder Place in East Rockaway, offered the use of his establishment to area children at no charge so they could get some exercise and their parents could charge their cell phones and laptops.

“One of the nicest things I saw was Sen. Dean Skelos getting out of his car by the post office with a bag of supplies, clothes I think it was,” Daitz said. “He was dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt … he didn’t have a photographer or an entourage with him. He came with his brother and sister, and they just handed things out to those who needed it. It was nice to see.”

Daitz said she is most proud that this was a true community effort. “So many people came to help,” she said. “Firefighters’ families, former residents and high school graduates who don’t even live here anymore … I wish I had made a list of everyone who volunteered. I’d like to thank each of them personally.”

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2setstraight

Great job by outstanding people. They should think about running for office most our politicians stayed on the sidelines wore cardigans or sat in their own clic.

Great job by great people

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Report this
brianTdessart

Awesome job to all involved. Even though East Rockaway covers a very small area of the map, you were able to place it at the apex. Nice work.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Report this
Paul3086

Unbelievably fantastic job by ERFD, auxiliary police and the village hall. Frustration is widespread about LIPA but the village did try to pass along info from Lipa. Turns out Lipa gave conflicting info and they are the ones to blame for our power issues.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Report this
jabeyrer

I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Firehouse for several days and was very impressed with Ms. Daitz. She had the whole operation running very smoothly. I was very displeased however with the local politicians that were there. What I saw was a terrible vision of patting themselves on the back Mayor Lenahan and Deputy Mayor Romano made it a point to load up a box truck while the cameras from a major network was there video taping them doing it. This had man power and such tied up for a little less than an hour. I made four trips to Bethany in my own car to drop supplies off during the time it took to load this truck. This would have been fine but when the camera was put away they unloaded the truck they just loaded for the cameras and loaded an empty truck. This was all done for a photo opportunity! I expressed my displeasure and was told to be quiet. I also saw at one point another person of village government who was on the clock through the Town of Hempstead feeding his men with food that was sent by FEMA to the people who were suffering from this disaster. This was another terrible thing to see! I asked the Mayor if he was coming to Bethany to help inload and he told me to knock yourself out pal and then banged my car with his hand! Disgraceful! Liz Daitz did a fantastic job and should be commended for all she has done. The public officials of East Rockaway were terrible not all but these three that I witnessed. Heck I don't even live in this village and saw this as a terrible act of humanity I can only imagine what others must have thought.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Report this
Paul3086

I guess the Town of Hempstead workers, doing 15 hr shifts arent entitled to a meal? Or would you rather have them park the trucks and go to a restaurant? As far as the Mayor and his trustees, they have been at the village hall, coordinating the day to day business that still needs to be done. All of the people in this village seem to think the town hall controls LIPA. Guess what? The village is not LIPA. They are not your cable, water, or newspaper delivery service. I've been without power, gas, etc as everyone else. But when I see people ranting and raving at Fran about their power it's ridiculous. The village can only forward the information given to them from LIPA.

Monday, November 19, 2012 | Report this
eastrockawayviewer

Paul I think your missing the part of feeding the workers using FEMA food which is not for their use. Can you explain what I am reading about the photo op that I read in the comment above yours?

Monday, November 19, 2012 | Report this
eastrockawayviewer

Hey Paul

I think you are really missing the mark ... jabeyrer never said they couldn't eat what he was saying was that the TOH workers and the trustee who works for them were eating FEMA food which was meant for the poor souls who lost things. TOH guys were on the clock getting paid and had money to use for eating they should not have taken from those who were less fortunate! That is the disgraceful part about it. I have noticed you are still silent on the Mayor and Deputy Mayor ... off the topic where were the representatives from the village for the veterans by the way. Not a single one showed up , yes I heard the mayor was sick but what about the other guys they could have gone!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | Report this
DoctorneedsaDentist

I saw the garbage trucks spitting out 20's on the hour cause they were on the clock. The nerve of these guys, and we all know they come from a far off land and none of them lost everything too. They had no problems of their own, they just enjoyed working around the clock. They provided zero help to the community, right? And the audacity to eat a MRE that fema provided. I even saw one throw away part of a cookie. I heard several people starved to death because of those missing mre's. In fact fema was so distraught after hearing the news about the garbage crew that ate an mre, they packed up shop with all the thousands of extra meals and went elsewhere.

Erviewer, you are a pathetic excuse for a human being. With all the sh!t going on and the community coming together to overcome this disaster, you unleash this pathetic and tasteless political attack. Grow up, move on or move out. Nobody wants to hear your crap right now.

Friday, November 23, 2012 | Report this
eastrockawayviewer

Dearest DOC

Your tone on your writing are pretty terrible ... I guess I have hit a nerve on speaking the truth ... I never said that they couldn't eat all I was saying was that it was terrible that they thought it was OK to eat food that was supposed to go to victims and not to people who were on the clock. I am sure some people had a loss of some sort with the crew I saw but they were working for the TOH not the DPW of East Rock. If you are a public employee working your working and are in the spotlight and should be careful what you do. I guess maybe I should understand that your education is very limited in reading because not once did I attack a person I was expressing what I read and saw ... it is a shame that if someone speaks the truth you get upset. Say hi to Mr. Lombardo for me!

Monday, November 26, 2012 | Report this
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