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Nov. 9 Support Rally for Doc B.
Buses, Restrooms, Parking, Coffee Shops and More

Advance News Coverage:
Newsweek: "A War Over Lyme Disease"


  • The rally is scheduled to take place in New York City in front of the Plaza Hotel (59th Street and 5th Avenue) on Thursday, November 9th from 1:30 pm - 4 pm.
  • We are gathering to show support for Dr. Burrascano and to call for an investigation of the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC). We contend that the charges against this doctor are nothing more than a misuse of government power by the OPMC in order to force compliance with one side of an ongoing scientific controversy. Patients feel that our lives and well-being are being put in jeopardy by the actions of the OPMC.
  • There is a small step at each entrance to the plaza, so be careful not to trip. There will be administrators wearing armbands at each entrance to warn people to watch their step, and to answer questions of the attendees.
  • Wear plenty of layers to be prepared for poor weather.
  • NO sales will be permitted on site.
  • A map of midtown manhatten can be found at: (scroll down page)
  • Pictures that I took of the site can be found at: (link expired)
  • Website dedicated to this rally at:"> Burrally
  • Doc Petition at:
  • Find information on sweatshirts at: "Sweat Shirts" (Link Expired)


    October 20th Update:
    We have seats left for the charter motor coach for the Nov. 9 NYC rally. We will leave by charter motor coach from the No. VA DC area, pick up in Bethesda and at Maryland House outside of Baltimore. $25 round trip. Donations accepted if you cannot go. Please call 703-821-8833 or reply by e-mail. Don't let Dr. B and your fellow Lyme patients down. Be there!!

    Monte L. Skall

    October 29:
    * VIRGINIA PICK-UP - McLEAN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH @ 6:45AM, 1020 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA - From Virginia: Take Exit 13, Rt.193/Georgetown Pike (East) off I-495. Turn Right onto Balls Hill Rd. Go approx. 1/4 mile and turn right into Church drive way. Drive past church (on left) to the bottom of the hill and park at the very back of the parking lot. (See map below.)
    * PICK-UP AT THE GEORGIA AVE. METRO STOP @ 7:15AM - Driving: Take Exit 31 or 31A North (depending on which direction you are traveling on the beltway) towards Wheaton. Turn left on Forest Glenn Rd. Follow signs to the Kiss and Ride parking on the right. Meet in front of Shelter "E". USING METRO: Meet in front of Shelter "E" on the right after coming out of the "tunnel". (See map below.)

    Northern New England:
    TO: All Lyme Patients and Their Families and Friends in Northern New England!

    On November 9th (1:30-4:00 pm), there will be a large rally in NYC outside the Plaza Hotel (59th St and 5th Ave). This event will coincide with a press conference being held within the Plaza by FAIM (the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovation in Medicine) to express public support for Dr Joseph Burrascano. It is vitally important that as many people as possible attend to show moral support for Dr B and all Lyme Literate MDs who also may be at risk NOW and in the FUTURE!

    Therefore, we will have numerous chartered buses traveling from different points in Massachusetts to this critically important rally at the Plaza in Manhattan on Thursday, November 9th. All families and individuals wishing to travel with us inexpensively by "Luxury Coach", please call Polly Emilitas at (508) 636-3585. We hope to see you ALL there!

    John Coughlan
    Massachusetts Lyme
    Disease Coalition

    Anyone from Nantucket there will be a bus from Hyannis on Nov. 9 from Hyannis leaving around 8 o'clock. Please call me at 508-228-0253 or e-mail It is $25 round trip, bring lunch, and there will be movies and bathroom!!!!! Thank you, Betty

    Hartford or Boston:
    If anyone is interested in catching a luxury charter bus from BOSTON or HARTFORD please email me ASAP at

    ALSO, I am accepting donations for those who want to go but can not afford the cost. If you want to donate or are in need of a ride but not able to pay please let me know ASAP. I have 2 people already who will go but can not pay. The cost is 25.00 per seat round trip.

    The bus has reclining seats, bathroom and movies. Movie choices will be limited to pg as there will be children on the bus!
    Make a difference! Attend the rally!


    To all going on the Bus to NY Nov 9, 2000 from Abington & New Jersey!!! NOTE TIME CHANGE!!!

    We are going, the Bus is contracted for.!!! 10:15AM Bus will be at Saturn of Jenkintown, 1001 York Rd (Rt 611), Abington PA 19001, 215-884-7140. York road at Saturn is one-way north, so you should be able to park on the street in front of the car lot at Saturn (both on the left & right). If there is no space, the Abington Library is across the street (west side) of York Road and has parking.

    10:30 AM Bus leaves for stop in New Jersey & on to Plaza Hotel, NY
    11:00 AM (about) stop in New Jersey at Wawa Food Market, just off NJTP at Route 130 to pick up Sue Huesken & others

    We can take more people.
    Tom Harbison, 215-886-9493,
    Arlene Ginsberg, 215-887-4343,
    Click "directions"

    New York:
    New Yorkers: If you are near New York City, you will have no problem getting to the rally. But New York is a big state...if you live in Binghamtom, for instance, or at a distance from any direction, please think about hiring a bus.

    Ellen has delegated me as the contact for New York, so please e-mail me privately to discuss this. I will be phoning group leaders within a few days.

    This press conference/rally, as we all know, is our opportunity to make a splash, to inform about Lyme and to support Dr. B.


    For those carpooling, parking info is as follows:

    Coming to the Plaza from the west side hwy, 57th is the best thru street to come on. However, there don't appear to be any parking garages on 57th near the plaza. Therefore, one would have to shift to either 58th or 56th. 58th would be the closest (1 way, east), and has multiple parking garages between 5th and 6th ave. 56th, 1 way west (?), also has multiple parking garages (4 I think) between 5th and 6th.

    On the east side of the park, on 58th (1 way east), there isn't a parking garage until 2 blocks away, just east of park ave.

    I don't know how parking prices compare.


    (NOTE: The location is Grand Army Plaza, 59th and 5th. On east side of the plaza is 5th Ave, on the west side is the Plaza hotel separated by a drive through area, on the north side is 59th St. and on the south side is 58th St.)

    Bergdorf's (B. burgdorferi?) is across from the plaza on 58th (behind the fountain). Take elevator to 7th floor. 7 stalls in ladies room.

    The Plaza Hotel is just west (just across the driveway) of the plaza and has bathrooms available to the public.

    The "Trump" building across 5th Ave does not appear to have public restrooms. However, there is a Trump building with public restrooms 1-2 blocks south of the plaza, on 5th Ave.

    The FAO Schwartz just across from the plaza on 5th Ave has public restrooms. Take the escalator or elevator to the second level. Straight ahead of the escalator is a display wall. To the left side of that wall is the ladies room, 6 stalls. However, this store location is not recommended for those with sounds and light sensitivities.


    If people want to spend their life savings they can eat at the Plaza. There is also a cafe in Bergdorf's on the 5th floor. On 57th Street and 5th there is Trump Tower which has a coffee shop on the lower level . Also, if people walk through the street level of the Trump Tower to Madison Avenue, they will be in a public sitting area, plenty of chairs and coffee/sandwich counter. There is also a coffee shop on 58th east of 5th.

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