2000-11-11 / 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

Simon Says

This week we start on a sad note. The eight-year-old boy who brought all of the Rockaway community together to help him fight for his life has lost his battle. Steven Morales lost his fight this Monday, October 30 at 10:15 a.m. This special little angel was the cutest, nicest, funniest and sweetest little boy you can ever ask to meet.

During the past year, many of us had the pleasure of meeting this angel. He was an extraordinary young man who loved the Yankees and his favorite players, Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter. His loving parents and little sister prayed so hard. Their own house of worship, Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, as well as thousands of people, kept him in their prayers. In heaven there is no suffering and no pain. There is peace and tranquility.

Of course we sit down and question God why this eight year old boy? This special angel had a special mission on earth. He taught many people about love, sharing and caring. We will always remember you Steven. To the family, you will have a guardian angel in heaven with Steven’s smiling face and loving heart.

Well here we go again. We lost a pillar of community, Rhea Finklestein, a bright, intelligent and witty woman who had given so much back to the community and the state of Israel. Her love of people showed in her hard work in the Far Rockaway chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. A woman of valor who leaves behind a great family. Rhea will definitely be missed.

Well they say it comes in threes. We lost Tim Murphy, a fellow neighbor and extraordinary citizen. He was a former FBI agent, staff member for our great State Senator, Al Waldon, and a gentle man who had a heart of gold. He was always going the extra mile for his constituents and neighbors. To his wife, Rae and the family, my heart and soul goes out to you. As a head angel in heaven will watch over us.

On Monday evening, the St. Camillus Home School Board Association had another proceeds night at the Rockaway Park Wendy’s. Barbara Buffolino, president of the Home School Board Association did a fantastic job getting parents and parishioners to support this event. Special thanks to one of Rockaway’s sexiest, nicest and funniest managers, Evelyn Powell, who puts her love with all her customers. Kiss, kiss, we love you. If your organization is interested in a proceeds night call Evie.

At a candidate night on Thursday, the good government regular democratic club heard from our congressman and state senator and others.

Congressman Anthony Weiner told us that he was in a close race and needed a good voter turnout to win. Weiner favors expanding Medicare to cover prescription drugs. He pointed out that the Bush-Lazio plan for tax deductions for prescription drug coverage would not work because the insurance companies were not offering this type of insurance. Weiner wants Americans to be able to purchase drugs at the same prices as they are charging in foreign nations.

Weiner praised the Clinton-Gore administration for paying down the national debt. He renewed his support for a united and independent Ireland. Weiner favors legislation halting non-humanitarian aid to the Palestinian authority until the violence is stopped.

The New York City Congressional delegation decided to try to save parts of the high density rule instead of just voting no because they did not have the votes to defeat the repeal. Weiner favors placing the Doppler radar on Hart’s Island in Flushing Bay, which is a potter’s field.

Fire Chief Michael Weinlein explained the need for the renovation of the firehouse on Beach 116 street. He said that the steel foundation was built on sand and was rotting. Using a new design, the contractor is expected to complete the job by January 1, 2001. He also announced that the engine in Roxbury would carry six firefighters during the construction period.

Bob Weintraub, a Manhattan attorney, spoke for Hillary Clinton and the National Democratic ticket. He praised the Clinton-Gore administration for balancing the budget and bringing prosperity. He urged everyone to vote so we would get a democratic president, House of Representatives and Senate.

State Senator Malcolm Smith was upstaged by Zach, a young Rockaway boy who suggested a bill to protect those who ride scooters. The senator took the idea and is introducing legislation on this subject. Smith also told us how he got the LIRR to agree to rehabilitate three stations in eastern Queens. We pointed out that we were interested in improvements in Rockaway and wanted to see results here.

Smith agreed with us to protect the conditions on the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway bridge. On other matters, he said he would work quietly, not by standing and screaming. He told our members that Technodome was not dead. He planned to meet the governor after Election Day to resolve the difficulties.

Saturday evening the St. Camillus Home School Board Association had a fantastic orchestra, Uncle Walt and his Jewels at their fundraiser. Money was raised for the Home School Board Association. Barbara Buffolino and her team did a dynamite job. This fantastic orchestra played swing music and Glenn Miller songs. We were treated to a night of special dancing led by Eileen Connolly and some of the Connolly dancers. We assisted in the sales of the 50/50 raffles and raised over $1,000 and had a great time.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, November 18. We leave at 5:30p.m. and return at 8a.m. the cost is $25 with $16 returned. Eleven people win $10 on the bus. Call my office now for reservations.

We are ready to assist with any community problems. Just call my office and we will get back to you. Our club is open every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 11 p.m. we welcome your membership, but you don’t have to be a member to drop in.


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