2000-10-14 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

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

With the change of weather everyone seems to be fighting of colds, sore throats and stomach viruses. Once again we had a busy week.

On Tuesday, Frank Pascale, director of Public Information for the MTA-TBTA, was the guest speaker at the Rockaway Park Residents Inc. meeting. We questioned Pascale about the huge craters, otherwise called potholes, on the Gil Hodges-Marine Parkway bridge. He shook my hand and agreed they would be fixed immediately. A gentleman he is. They have been temporarily patched. How long they last will depend on the weather.

At the same meeting, newly elected Independence Party District Leader John Baxter got on his soapbox saying SROs are not so bad. He also urged me to stop condemning landlords for their tenants.

I believe that absentee landlords who harbor trash and do not attempt to evict them also deserves to be prosecuted. Not every SRO is full of garbage. Many good people rent rooms in these houses. Legal rooms with quality tenants. We know many good landlords who take pride in their homes and carefully screen their tenants. One can be fooled and take in the wrong tenant. We only fault the landlords who do not take care of their mess.

Cynthia Jenkins, a candidate for the State Senate, was at the meeting and discussed her ideas for community improvement.

This weekend was the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department carnival. Unfortunately the first frost of the season made it so cold you constantly needed hot chocolate to warm up. It seems to be a curse. Every time the BCVFD is trying to do something the weather interferes. The Labor Day Mardi Gras was rained out in the middle.

We urge all to make a small or large donation to BCVFD, 15 Noel road, Broad Channel, NY 11693, earmarked for building the new firehouse. Under the leadership of Chief Timmy Keenan and Deputy Chief Miltie Boyle our dreams should become reality.

Congratulations to Chief Keenan and former Chief Maline on starting their new careers at the FDNY fire academy. We know you will make us proud. We look forward to seeing Timmy Keenan as fire commissioner in the future.

We are saddened by the loss of John Malone sr. We had the pleasure of being his friend for more than 20 years. A man with a lot of life, spunk and tough. His favorite saying was "Hey pilgrim," acting like John Wayne. John knew how to make people laugh and many times left people speechless. To his family, Frank, John jr., Dennis, and Mary Ann, we know that your father must be in heaven making God laugh. May he rest in peace.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, October 21. The cost is $25 with $16 back. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. Call my office for reservations.

Our candidates night will be on Thursday, October 19. Our local candidates and representatives of the national ticket will be there. We meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Good Government Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel drive (opposite Waldbaum’s). We welcome new members. Refreshments will be served.

On Tuesday, I also attended the Rockaway Beach Civic where I gave an update on the Sands Point Medical Center. It is the future home of the Neponsit Adult Day Care Program, Hammels Senior Center and South Island Orthopedic Group. Congratulations to the Catanese brothers on the beautiful job they are doing on Beach 102 street. Some medical suites are still available.

On Wednesday evening my good friend and board member, Dario Schuster, who has been accepted to medical school in Grenada, and his lovely girlfriend, Jing, took me out for my belated birthday gift.

We had the pleasure of seeing my favorite all time movie, now a Broadway show, Saturday Night Fever. For the first time in my life I attended a Broadway show. I usually don’t grant myself the right of enjoying myself with something that doesn’t benefit the community. But, for once, I let whatever is left of my hair down and went to the best of the best.

Talk about amazing. It made me feel 20 years younger. It reminded me of the time I was 128 pounds, had a full head of hair and was able to look in the mirror and say, "Watch out."

The show’s music, scenery, acting and dancing was fabulous. After the show we were invited to get autographs and pictures with the cast. I urge everyone who hasn’t seen the show to go see it. You don’t know what you’re missing. If you want to buy an extra ticket, and take my along, I’m available. Thank you Dario and Jing for this wonderful gift!

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