2000-01-01 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

We would like to wish all our friends, neighbors--wait a minute--all of our family, yes you, a happy and joyous, healthy, peaceful New Year. As we go into the next millennium, we have a lot to be excited about. The future of Rockaway is sure bright with the hope of Destination Technodome, the reopening of the old Rockaway Beach line of the LIRR, the Rockaway ferry, building of market rate housing, and many census jobs opening up for community residents. Things are looking up.

We would like to welcome our new neighbors and constituents who moved into Rockaway Park Estates (old Playland site) during the Christmas season. It looked so beautiful and bright to see another empty lot gone and another change in our community. We look forward to many more new neighbors moving in and prospering in our community.

We would like to congratulate local lawyer and activist in many Irish causes, Terry Flynn, jr., and his lovely wife, Brenda Delisi Flynn, on the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Briana Marie, who weighed in at six pounds, nine ounces. Congratulations to Terry and Mary Flynn and Frank and Ann Marie Delisi, the proud grandparents. God bless you and the new addition to your family.

We would like to congratulate Robert Tilearcio for receiving a beautiful sculptured trophy for 16 years of service at Engine Company 266. Rockaway resident Irving Mars recognized Tilearco with this beautiful gift. Skippy, congratulations, you deserve this honor.

Our first Atlantic City trip of the millennium will be on Saturday, January 15. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost of the Trump Marina Casino trip is $23 with $17 returned. Come join us. Monday is a holiday. Reservations are a must. I am listed in the Rockaway phone book.

During the holiday season I spent a number of hours at the Rockaway Park Waldbaum's meeting and greeting neighbors, residents and constituents. Our purpose was to wish everyone a happy holiday and ask if they had a problem. I also asked people to sign up to work the census, which pays $18 to $22 an hour.

We are saddened by the loss of Evelyn Powell's sister, Renee Powell, who is survived by two beautiful children. Evelyn could not understand why during the holiday time one would lose a loved one. I responded that during this holiday time God needed a special angel to do the Christmas service in heaven. He chose Renee to do the Christmas service. Our heart and sympathy go out to Evelyn and her family at this difficult time. We ask all to keep her and her family in their prayers.

We would like to invite everyone to stop by on Thursday evenings from 7:30-11 p.m. at the Good Government Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel drive (above World Champion Karate Center). Don't hesitate to call my office at any time.

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