1999-07-03 / Columnists

Simon Says….

by Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

This weekend we hope to see you at the St. Camillus Fourth of July Carnival on Beach 99 street and Shorefront parkway. They will be open on Friday, July 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday July 3 and Sunday July 4 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are rides, games and food. Admission is free.

We are saddened by the loss of Helen M. Miley. Helen spent most of her life here and raised a large family. Her son Bill is a great friend who used to own Poppy’s Disco in our good old disco years. The Mileys are a very close and solid family with police captains, probation officers and stockbrokers in the family. Helen, the matriarch of the family, with her smile and loving personality, will be missed.

Myrtle Williams, another potential candidate for the State Senate seat, called me this week. Myrtle, a good friend, was president of the Wavecrest Tenants Association. She is the main reason the Goldfarbs renovated the Wavecrest Shopping Center. She has a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and is the mother of two District 27 children. Myrtle is unique as a former battered wife and victim of domestic violence who has put her life together and is continuing to try to help others.

We also met with Malcolm Smith, a local builder and former aide to Rep. Floyd Flake. Smith is knowledgeable and has the support of the former Congressman.

This past Wednesday it came to my attention that Brenda Isaacs was no longer superintendent of District 27. Many neighbors and constituents have been waiting for the shoe to drop. Many people referred to Isaacs as "No Agenda Brenda". We are expecting Rudy Crew to clean house in District 27. Right on, Rudy.

With reading scores in District 27 the lowest in queens and P.S. 105 being "closed" by Chancellor Crew we decided to spring into action for my old alma mater, P.S.105. I contacted Al Walden, who is still our State Senator, and Assemblywoman Pauline Cummings who agreed to set up a meeting with Chancellor Crew to discuss reopening and reorganization of P.S. 105. The Assemblywoman will work with the Senator and I to set up a Town Hall meeting to make sure that P.S. 105’s doors will reopen in September.

Another item on the agenda is to get someone to fight for a state of the art magnet school for our middle school students. Each day numerous bus loads of Rockaway kids are going to District 21 and 22 to avoid JHS 198 and JHS. 180. Parents pay $150 a month for transportation. Many parents have expressed the thought they would pay whatever they have to for their kids education. We hope the next District 27 superintendent will have this on his or her agenda.

It has also come to our attention that a great lady who has turned I.S. 226 into a real school, Rhia Warren, might be a candidate for superintendent. We definitely should welcome her with open arms because of her ability and persistence.

Sunday night was the opening of the R.MA.C. musical presentations. It was called Neponsit Night because the Neponsit Property Owners gave a sizable contribution. The Gilbert and Sullivan Players were superb. The R.M.A.C. is a fantastic organization that provides great entertainment and culture for our community. Become a member or just make a contribution.

The Housing Authority has donated funds for the formation of a Boy Scout troop at 71-15 Beach Channel drive. See Deborah Smith or Elizabeth Sabat at Hammels Community Center on Friday at Hammels Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. for information.

Note to community residents; beware of boys claiming to be Boy Scouts selling cookies and candy, Question them closely before you buy. As a former district commissioner, Queens Council, scouting for the handicapped, we are aware of what units are active in Rockaway.

On Friday evening I attended the annual St. Thomas More and St. Edmunds parish show, "Song and Dance of the 20 th Century". This year’s show was dedicated to the memory of music director Gene Gilroy who served for 10 years. His lovely widow Lorraine was there to assist choreographer and director Maryellen Barnes.

The show went through songs from the early 1900’s to the 1990’s. Broadway talent lives in Breezy point. The show left me singing in the aisles. Next year I hope to join them and may be part of the cast.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday July 17. Call my office for reservations. We continue to meet on Thursday evenings at 112-20 Beach Channel drive. We have some special guests coming this summer. If you have any questions about this column or need help with a community problem call my office.

A joyous Fourth of July to all my readers.


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