2000-04-29 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

Now that the holidays are over and we have all enjoyed our vacations, I’d like to talk about my first seder night. We were invited to the home of one of our club members, Karen Rosenthal. It was great to spend time with Karen, her daughter Jennifer, and Karen’s mom Bessie, who is, God bless, doing well. Program and entertainment chair Marie Mazza, her son Joseph, our strong sergeant at arms Ursula Powell (otherwise known as grandma and the crossing guard at St. Camillus), as well as other friends were with us.

Dinner was wonderful, conversation was enjoyable and a good time was had by all. Special thanks to them for inviting me.

We spent the second seder night at Roberta and Joe Decanio’s house. This year, sitting around the table we were able to give a great Mazel Tov to daughter Gabrielle, who was accepted in a doctoral program at Hofstra University. It is always a great relaxing time to be with the Decanios. Roberta, who is our fundraising chair, constantly has her mind going on how to raise funds. Such a great asset! We love her…

Many of our neighbors, constituents, and friends are constantly complaining about the muni-meters on Beach 116 street. I took a walk with a couple of the seniors on Good Friday and of course I understand their plight. The main problem is that in order to get from your car and walk on the center median, it feels like you are constantly drawing a "W". It is very easy to lose your balance. Whatever genius thought this up was not using his or her head.

We have called Anthony J. Fasullo, deputy commissioner of the Department of Traffic, to send an inspector to try to walk on this narrow walkway. We urge all to call the office of the first deputy commissioner at 212-442-7454 to voice your outrage.

On Sunday afternoon we attended a great event at the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor in the Ohab Zedek ballroom. Jonathan Geffner and Friends entertained the audience. His great ventriloquism act, repertoire of voices and characters, sound effects and illusions created a great atmosphere Chol Hamoed Pesach.

Schmemdrick was the first puppet introduced. He kept asking for a shidach, which means a marriage. He asked a woman in the audience named Myra. He was followed by Chippy the monkey. The kids were so excited with this show that they kept responding happily to all the questions. It was great to see a large audience of little children and their parents.

Holocaust remembrance will be held this week. On Monday, May 1, Ohab Zedek will have a remembrance night at 7 p.m. at Beach 135 street. Temple Beth-El will have their night on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. on Beach 121 street.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be held on Saturday, May 20. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. Call my office now for seats.

We wish to congratulate firefighter Steve Conklin and his wife on the birth of their new son, Steven jr.

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Marie C. Bagley. Marie’s daughter Ronnie is a great friend and neighbor. We know it is very hard to lose a mother. A mother can never be replaced. When you are taken away one week before Easter, it means that God must have a special mission for you.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown will be our guest speaker on Thursday, May 4. D.A. Brown will bring us up-to-date on how his office is fighting crime in Queens. We meet at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel drive. You do not have to be a member to attend.

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