2000-04-22 / Columnists

Simon Says….


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

We would like to wish all of our constituents, friends and neighbors a happy Passover and a joyous Easter.

On Monday evening we attended the monthly meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women of Belle Harbor. The meeting was devoted to the remembrance of Yom Hoshoah, the Holocaust memorial service. The guest speaker was Dr. Tibbi Duboys, who has written and published about the Holocaust.

The evening started with the traditional lighting of the candles, each one representing one million Jews who were exterminated. Tibbi spoke about the different concentration camps and the millions of Jews who were killed. She commented on the work of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, who has written so eloquently of the time. Her lecture was so moving that it brought tears to many of the women’s eyes.

One lady spoke of her experience in the concentration camps and the loss of her family members. Others also spoke of the horrible tragedy of losing loved ones in the camps. One of the women said that although people tried to apologize for the Holocaust, there could never be an apology for six million deaths.

As I listened I though of the scenes from movies which told of the Holocaust. We must never forget and never allow another Holocaust.

Thursday evening we attended the open board meeting of Dayton Towers, at 102-00 Shore Front parkway. We had the pleasure of addressing the board members and residents and bring them up-to-date on the Sands Point Medical Center.

At this time a lease agreement for the Neponsit Adult Day Care Program is under discussion with the developers of the medical center. This program helps seniors who have had a stroke or Alzheimer’s. There are medical doctors on staff to help these clients.

The second program that is currently negotiating for space is the Hammels Senior Center. The New York City Department of Aging is excited about this project.

We wish to thank Ron Voore, president of the Dayton board, all board members, and the management, headed by Carmine DeLuca, for giving us the opportunity to update our constituents on these very important issues.

On Sunday, April 2, I was recognized as Community Leader of the Year by the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor and Congregation Ohab Zedek. I have always been available to work their bazaar fundraiser, which helps to keep the yeshiva alive and well. The president of the shul, Stanley Liker, spoke about how he remembered me as a kid and how proud he was to see me today.

I would like to share with out some of the comments I made: "I only wish that my mother was here to see me receive this award as she felt very connected to her Jewish brethren and I hope she is looking down at me now and feeling very proud. I have always believed that the best politician runs on a grassroots level. I have always been open to helping the community with problems as small as potholes and as large as immigration issues."

Our next trip to Atlantic City will be on Saturday, May 20. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with a $14 return. Call my office for reservations. I am listed in the phone book.

We are at the headquarters of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel drive, every Thursday evening form 7:30 to 11 p.m. You don’t have to be a member to drop in.

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