1999-12-18 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

Students from Connelly Dance Studio performed at the Good Government Democrat's holiday party.

It's been an exciting holiday season. Always during the holiday I got depressed over the loss of my dear mother. This year during Chanukah I thought I was going to burst feeling very upset and missing mom's great potato latkes.

Last Monday, December 6 I received a call from Rabbi Levy Dicker of Mercaz Hatorah. Rabbi Levy, the director and founder of the school, invited me to a Chanukah party with the boys and some of their families and community residents. This indeed lifted my spirits. It brought back many haimisha memories. This boys high school is trying to start a science lab. We are trying to raise money to start the lab. We need the support of our community. If you are interested in donating to their worthy cause please make checks out to Mercaz Hatorah. Mark your check donation for science lab. We greatly appreciate all of your assistance.

We would like to congratulate Sheila and Michael Finnigan, proud parents of Michael Collins Finnigin III. God bless you and your family.

This post Thursday evening was the Good Government Regular Democratic Club's annual holiday fundraiser. This year's fundraiser was the brainchild of June Baehr. On our way home on the Atlantic City bus, June and I spoke and she said let's do a holiday fundraiser like last year. With only two weeks times we pulled off a huge success, with an overflowing crowd that constantly changed.

We would like to think our committee starting with chair June Baehr; John and Helen Flaherty, who never say no and always make themselves available; Joe Gallagher, who is always there (Johnny on the spot); Andy and Maureen McGee, always dependable and reliable; and Kay Casey, who helped us while she's getting ready to undergo major surgery. We are happy to say Kay is home and doing wonderfully. We love you Kay and wish you God speed.

Our president Sara S. Berger is a gem. We are lucky to have her leadership. Also, Katherine Pierce, who always makes herself available. We would like to give a special thanks to one of our fundraising chairs-- who always looks to make this a success for us--the beautiful, attractive brilliant, dependable Roberta Dicanio, who manages to get contributions out of everyone. We would like to thank Linda Berger for her assistance in making sure everyone paid. We would like to give sincere and gracious thanks to John Baxter for once again donating his theatre.

We would like to thank all the merchants who gave food, paper goods, or raffle prizes without having to be coaxed: Key Food, 101 Deli (food to die for), Rockaway Bagels, Ciro's Bakery on Beach 129 street (a beautiful sheetcake), Pickles and Pies, Wendy's, BBC Department Store (old Woolworth's), A&J Jewelry, Mr. Rocco's, The Beach Club, Dorothy Cincotta of Giovanni Hair Products, and the 99 cent store next to Mr. Rocco's.

We would like to thank Ellen Connolly and the children who put on a show, free of charge, and the parents who brought them. These gifted and talented children did a beautiful child. The performers were Panyota Giannior, Tara Shea, and Emily Arikian who did jazz and tap and Brian Lunde, Catherine Dinnerman, Zachary Rosen and Alix Slosberg who performed ballroom, including waltz, tango, cha-cha and swing.

On Thursday evening the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department had their annual elections. We are very proud of newly-elected Chief Timmy Keenan, who we refer to as Doogie Howser. He is young and enthusiastic with great medical and fire knowledge. We know that under his leadership the firehouse will continue to grow. Others elected include: Deputy Chief Craig Milty Boyle, President Joseph Nocerino, jr., otherwise known as Skippy, Vice President Tom Larkin, Treasurer Stacy Scanlon, Financial Secretary Donna Neuer, Recording Secretary Amy Schwach, Sgt. at Arms Eddie Wilmouth, jr., Supervising Dispatcher Denise Horan, who always has a beautiful smile, and Assistant Supervising Dispatcher Brian Williams, who is a rising star in the Broad Channel community.


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