2000-12-02 / Columnists

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Simon Says...

With the change in weather to freezing cold, the flu bug finally got me. With a stuffed head and aching bones, I still don’t know when to quit and stay home.

My outrage and dismay over the Florida election is driving me crazy. The courts clearly told the counties to keep counting. For Miami-Dade to buckle to pressure was disgraceful. I’m tired of hearing the nasty remarks that the Democrats are trying to steal the election. It’s time for all counties to be counted and the accurate count to be certified.

We would like to wish Rockaway’s one and only Mary Park a happy twenty-first birthday. Whoops, I told your age! Thank you for all the great things you have done for the Rockaways in the past. Happy birthday.

With the holiday season upon us, it’s more common for thieves to attempt to rob you. We urge all residents to make sure their doors are locked and secured; secure bicycles and other items, which might be left outside. People should be very careful coming out of the bank. Beware of scams. Don’t fall for a hard luck story or make a deal to share the proceeds of a winning lottery ticket with someone who gives you a story as to why they can’t cash it themselves.

I suggest that women not carry cash in their pocketbooks and men put their wallets in their side pockets. Be alert at all times.

Thanksgiving was a great day. I was invited to the home of great friends whom I consider family – Karen Rosenthal and Jennifer Fisher. Karen and Jennifer had prepared a feast to feed an army although we were only 10. We were joined by Karen’s daughter Dawn, her husband Carlos, their two sons Ryan and Brendan, Billy (Dawn and Jennifer’s father), Norma, and her mother Eva.

During the evening we had a visit from our friendly undertaker, who has a heart of gold, Matt Kessler, as well as their downstairs neighbors (and my left and right arm) Johanna Massa and her godbrother Moses Powell. Thanks for making me feel at home.

We wish a speedy get well to Betty Levine of Surfside Houses and president of Rockaway Park Senior Center, who is currently in Peninsula Hospital. We’re asking everyone to keep her in your prayers.

We attended the third meeting of the Rockaway Park Estates Neighborhood Association. At the last meeting we had suggested they write a letter to the builder, Jonathan Miller, to obtain a $1000 donation to incorporate the association. We would like to personally thank Jonathan Miller for his donation to make this possible.

People who live in Rockaway Park Estates are very fine people of good stature. They include college professors, lawyers, teachers, police officers, and firefighters. It is a great new thriving community.

Captain John Miller of the 100 Precinct was the invited speaker at this meeting. He listened to the concerns of the residents and assured them that his door is open to members of the community.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on December 16. The cost is $25 with $16 returned. Eleven people can win $10 on the bus. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m.

The annual dinner dance of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club will be held on Wednesday, December 13. The cost is $35 or $250 for a table at the Ocean Room of The Beach Club. There will be a buffet and live music. Call my office now for reservations.

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