2000-08-26 / Columnists

Simon Says….


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

Once again we have had a week of constant rain. The joke on the boardwalk is that Bernie Feuer and his friend Joe are starting to build the ark after seeing what is going on in Jersey with major damaged and a river disappearing. What’s next? We had a beautiful weekend, but hurricane season is around the corner.

This past week, the Rockaways were once again blessed by the graciousness of First Deputy Transportation Commissioner Anthony J. Fasulo. He once again made the JETS emergency team available to this community and this district leader.

DOT spent a number of hours over several days fixing sinkholes, potholes, and cleaning a number of sidewalks that were covered with tar during other repair work. As we went around with the truck we found a number of huge potholes in our community.

As we went on this crusade to fix up our streets, we were surrounded by residents of the community. I personally took the time to ring the bells of many so they were aware that we cared and were doing our job. I am always available to help whether it is a pothole, streetlight our, or an incorrect water bill.

On Sunday night we enjoyed a wonderful concert at Fort Tilden. Annmarie Acosta, who runs her own dancing school, brought together a great group of musicians. Dancers from the Petri School of Dance performed. We enjoy vocalist Sheila Finnegan, who sang "Danny Boy." The musicians included Annmarie Acosta, who plays piano and accordion; Matt Mancuso on the fiddle; Brendan Dolan on the tin whistle and flute; Frankie McCormack on the mandolin and banjo; Patty Furlong on the button accordion; and Michael Finnegan on the piano.

We met with Captain John Miller of the 100 Precinct and local residents regarding a number of major quality of life problems. The captain was once again extremely helpful in opening his door to the community, as well as personally arresting some of the perps. God bless Captain Miller, a breath of fresh air in the Rockaways.

It is a miracle that the New York City Department of Health has decided to spray Rockaway west of Beach 95 street to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus. This is just a start. What about Bayswater, Arverne, and other parts of the community ignored through the years? It is sad that Rockaway is always the last place remembered.

We are glad to announce that Tony and Al Cantanese, local residents and builders have now completed the roof on the Beach 102 street medical center. These two fine individuals are doing the right thing for our community. There are still several medical offices for rent. In the near future the second building will be erected to be the new home for the Neponsit Adult Day Care Center and God-willing the Hammels Senior Center. Good luck on a great job.

A number of residents have brought to our attention that the gate from Waldbaum’s parking lot, which allows pedestrians access to the municipal lot and Beach 116 street, was sealed. People had to walk around Beach Channel drive to get to Beach 116 street. After hearing this, I met with Waldbaum’s manager Mary Martinez. She assured me that the fence would be taken away.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, September 16. The cost is $25 with $15 returned. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 p.m. Call my office for reservations. We are located at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel drive.

We wish to give a special welcome back to our program and entertainment chairperson, Marie Mazza, who finally came home from Peninsula Hospital Rehab. Marie, we love you. Good health and God bless you.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department came through to help a friend in need. After one call to Chief Jimmy Keenan and Deputy Chief Milty Boyle, they responded to one of my own friends in the Far Rockaway area. He recently purchased a house for his mom and five kids. He hired a contractor, who went bankrupt leaving him with materials but no laborers. The BCVFD removed all the major rubbish that was in the house. The five who responded were Craig Miltie Boyle, Thomas Larkin, Mike Ryan, Luke Jackson, and Brian Williams. These great individuals gave of their time to help this Orthodox Jewish family. In the Jewish religion it’s called a mitzvah. The family in need wishes to express sincere gratitude for going above and beyond the call of duty.

 

 


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