1999-10-02 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

We are now faced with a new type of encephalitis. "Off" bug spray for adults and children is now being given out at local firehouses in the 100 and 101 Precincts as well as at my office. Last Wednesday night when spraying was done in Rockaway you could taste it in your mouth, lips, hands and face. Talk about being nauseous. We hope in the future they will do it on the ground. Many people have gotten diarrhea, nausea,

headaches and dizziness. Many pets have gotten very sick, but the city said this was the safe way to go. What's next, human deaths by spray?

Last Thursday evening we proudly represented the 23 A.D. at the Queens County 11th Judicial District Democratic Convention to nominate candidates for State Supreme Court Justice in the November election. Accompanying me as a delegate was Good Government President, Sara S. Berger. Executive Vice President Mary Ann Rooney was an alternate delegate.

Five candidates were nominated. Justice Daniel Joy was nominated for another 14 year term. Civil Court judges nominated to move up to the Supreme Court are Laura D. Blackburne, Joseph P. Dorsa, Robert J. McDonald and Jeremy S. Weinstein. Blackburne was chair of the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority and chair of the New York City Housing Authority; Dorsa, formerly a Democratic district leader in the 25 A.D. Part B, was past president of the Corona Lions Club. Robert J. McDonald served as general counsel to the Board of Standards and Appeals and has been an acting Supreme Court Justice.

Jeremy S. Weinstein is known to many of us as the state senator who represented Rockaway before becoming a judge. In 14 years in the senate he sponsored numerous bills of state wide and local importance and brought millions of dollars of state funding into our district. Many people through the years used to say that we look like each other.

The Supreme Court candidates, District Attorney Brown and Civil Court candidates James J. Golia and Kevin Kerrigan will be our guests at a meeting of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club on Thursday, October 7 at 7:45 p.m. The club meets at 112-20 Beach Channel drive (second floor opposite Waldbaum's parking lot). We invite all residents to become members but you do not have to be a member to attend.

On Thursday evening we attended the 72 Annual Dinner Dance of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, which was held in the White Shul in Far Rockaway. The officers inducted were Steven Wolf, president; Liz Sulik, first vice president; Marc Goldfarb, vice president; Clara Henglein, treasurer; and Geraldine Frazer as treasurer. Sectional vice presidents include Leon Locke, John Regan, Barbara J. Morris, Fr. Peter Gillen, Lou Ann Mannino and Mario Russo. Lou Caucig is chairman of the board of directors.

The Chamber chose five outstanding Rockaway citizens to honor. They include Dorothy Dunne a regular columnist for the Wave, who is a stunning blond; Lenny Kohn, owner of Rockaway Graphics, who is known as Mr. Rockaway; Al Moore who is president of the Peninsula Coalition for Positive Change and a vice president of Community Board 14; Harold Moorer, executive director of Rockaway Vendor Housekeeping Services; and Perla Tate, M.D, founder of the Tate Medical Center and Breast Institute serving the Rockaway community with excellent care.

Dinner, catered by Avrumi Goldfeder of Sharmel Caterers, was superb. Rockaway has a hidden treasure in the White Shul. It is magnificent and a great place for a wedding, bar-mitzvah or other event.

We had the honor and pleasure of sitting with Liz Sulik, Mary Leahy, Debbie Horan, Bernadette Rochelle, Nancy Woods and the Good brothers, Steve and Kenny. There was a magic show by Michael who was just superb. For all those who need a magician he is the one to call.

We are very saddened by the loss of Edmund Calabrese. Ed served the Rockaway Boy Scouts for over 40 years and touched many of our community children's lives. He had the pleasure of writing checks from his own pocket to send needy boys to Scout camp. In 1983 he received the Silver Beaver, one of scouting's highest honors for excellent service. Ed and I served together with the Rockaway District from 1977 to 1988, as well as on the Queens Council. We will miss Uncle Ed, as many called him. He was a fellow of distinction whose heart was good as gold. May he rest in peace.

We all will miss him so. We would like to wish a happy 40 to great friend George Pierce. We wish you two times 40 more to at least 120. Happy birthday and many more.

Rockaway Music and Arts Annual Fall Festival was indeed a huge success with many thousands attending. We would like to congratulate Fern Liberman, John Muscemi, along with many members and volunteers who gave their time to make this a huge success. Fern, we love you. You've done a fantastic job. Keep up the great work.

Friday afternoon was a great time for the Rockaways. There was a groundbreaking for the Sands Point Medical and Profession Building, which we have been waiting for the past four or five years. The owners are the Two Brothers Construction, Tommy and Al Cantonese who live in the Rockaway community and have decided to improve our community. They are located on Beach 102 street between Rockaway Beach boulevard and the freeway. This is a great place for any professional who needs an office.

On Thursday evening we received a call from Karen Flower, a former Rockaway resident and community activist whose little girl was molested. Karen moved south and said just how happy she and her family are. She lives in her grandma's house on 15 acres. Her children are having a great time. Karen said she missed all her friends and the projects she was involved in. She asked me to send her love to the Rockaway community and to all her friends and thank them for their friendship.

We have heard that the civic organizations that are part of the Southeast Queens Concerned Neighbors have unanimously agreed to bring legal action to stop construction of the Van Wyck leg of Airtrain. "Chosen on the basis of political expediency rather than on the basis of sound transportation planning or good economic sense, Airtrain will create a disparate impact in violation of Title VI. The real victims of the plan are New York City's air travelers, who are denied an effective rail access system which they have needed for thirty years." This group favors reopening the Rockaway Beach line and we wish them well in their legal efforts.

We wish a happy silver anniversary to Sheri and John McLoughlin. We wish them at least 55 more great years of love and happiness.

There will be an Atlantic City trip on Saturday, October 16, leaving 5:30 p.m. and returning 8 p.m. Call me or stop by at 112-20 Beach Channel drive.



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