2000-10-28 / Columnists

Simon Says…

As we go through our busy schedule we find more and more people have been getting sock with the flu. We remind seniors and people with low resistance to get your flu shots as soon as possible.

One of the big topics of the week is that the fire trucks on Beach 116 street have been relocated while the firehouse is renovated. The plan is for Ladder 137 to be parked in a cage on Beach 116 street while Engine 268 and its crew will be located on Beach 92 street with Engine 266.

The repair on the floor of the firehouse has been discussed for several years. This is the wrong time to begin construction because the rebuilding of Gil Hodges-Marine Parkway Memorial bridge interferes with fire protection coming into our community. When necessary backup from Brooklyn is brought to the peninsula over the bridge, and with traffic jams on the bridge, the engines would lose precious minutes reaching our community.

Moving the engine to Beach 92 street would also add precious minutes to response time on the western part of the Rockaway peninsula. We are asking that renovation of the firehouse be postponed until repair of the Marine Parkway bridge is completed.

On Thursday I reached out by phone to Fire Commissioner Tom Von Essen. He told me that engines could come over the Cross Bay bridge. I suggested putting one cage in Waldbaum’s parking lot. We offered to reach the management company to get permission. The commissioner said he would look into this and get back to me.

We are asking everyone to reach out to Commissioner Von Essen at 999-2004, Councilman Stabile at 843-5283, and Chief Kalletta at 476-6283. Call and voice your concerns.

On Monday evening the Rockaway Music and Arts Council had their annual "Thank You" party for the volunteers of the RMAC Fall Festival. President Barbara Eisenstadt thanked Fern Liberman and John Musumeci for their great work and being the heart and soul of the festival. Also thanked were Geoff Rawling of the RAA and John Gilleece of the Rockaway Theatre Company.

Barbara recognized and honored me on behalf of the RMAC and presented me with a hat and a shirt for my great ideas and work in raising money at each RMAC concert.

Barbara is a very humble person. She puts her all into any project she is involved in. She is professional, reliable, dependable and wonderful. Her husband Marvin (Mr. Sweet N’ Low), who she thanked, is always there, making funds available and not afraid to get his hands dirty by getting down in the trenches with us.

On Thursday we participated in a march to save our public library system and make sure library workers receive livable salaries. We joined with Ray Markey, president of Local 1930; John Socha, president of Local 1321; and Marlene Rosenberg, president of Local 1482. They are part of DC 37.

In order to be a librarian you must hold a master’s degree in library science. The starting salary is $29,007, while in Nassau County librarians start at $31,428. In San Francisco, a starting librarian earns $43,378. School librarians can earn up to $74,478, which is 47 percent higher than the principal librarian to one of the largest branches ($50,561). No wonder we find vacancies in many of our libraries.

In these days of one parent homes and latchkey kids, I have been a long time advocate of seven-day library service. We also wish that there were fair and equitable salaries for all their workers.

We would like to thank World Wide Beeper and Cellular Phone on Rockaway Turnpike. Recently Mamie Keaton of Community Board 14 had a problem with a phone purchase. Albert, the owner, took responsibility and corrected the problem.

On Monday, October 30, the St. Camillus Home School Association will be doing a proceeds night at Wendy’s from 5 to 9 p.m. Money will be raised for the school. If you are interested in raising money for your organization contact Evelyn Powell at Wendy’s.

The Good Government Regular Democratic Club will hold a Candidate’s Night on Thursday, November 2. Congressman Anthony Weiner will update us on the Rockaway ferry. John Finley from Gateway National Recreation Area will discuss how the ferry operator will be selected. State Senator Malcolm Smith will discuss his efforts to get the governor’s office and the developers of Destination Technodome together on approval of a financial plan for the theme park. We also expect Chief Kalletta to update us on our local fire protection from Engine 268 and Ladder 137.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, November 18. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $16 returned. In addition, 11 people will win $10 additional on the bus.

Thursday, November 9 will be Education Night. We will hear from District 27 Superintendent Matt Bromme and local principals. The Good Government Democratic Club is located at 112-20 Beach Channel drive.


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