2000-12-23 / 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

This was a fantastic week. On Wednesday evening we celebrated the 14th anniversary of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club with a dinner dance at the Beach Club.

The gracious owners, Kenny and Steve Good, are humbly thanked by the board and members of the GGRDC. Over 200 people attended the gala event.

Among those attending were City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Congressman Anthony Weiner, State Senator Malcolm Smith, Assembly Audrey Pheffer, Council Member Steve DiBrienza, former Board of Education President Carol Gresser, Superintendent Matt Bromme of District 27 and his Deputy Marty Weinstein. My fellow Democratic Leader, Frank Gulluscio, joined us.

First Choice Entertainment’s Dennis Finnegan spun the tunes of today and yesterday, Christmas and Irish music. The Connolly Dancers led by the teacher, Ellen Connolly, were the hit if the evening. It was absolutely adorable to see the kids reach to invite adult members of the audience to dance with them. I was quite honored that Ellen Connolly asked me to dance.

Our raffle prizes were donated by Harbor Health and Fitness Club, World Championship Karate Center, A & J Jewelry, 99 Cent Store, Giovanni Hair Care Products, Mr. Rocco’s, Empire Wok, Dragon’s Den Florist, and Maureen McGee.

This was the second dinner chaired by June Baehr. She did a superb and wonderful job. Special thanks to club Treasurer Scott Winick.

The surprises of the evening was the entrance made by Marie Mazza. Marie it was great to have you back.

We would like to give a special thanks to all who attended and made donations from Rockaway, Broad Channel, Breezy Point, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Richmond Hill. We would like to recognize Local 1321 Library Guild, Local 420 of DC 37 that represented the former Neponsit Home workers, Local 2507 of the Emergency Medical Service all who were represented. Also present was Andrew Bauman, president of the NY Families for Autistic Children.

Community leaders attending included Janet Brady, executive director of the Hammels Senior Center; Liz Sulik of the Chamber of Commerce represented by Joe Sulik; Jane Bragg of the Tionol Emerald Society; Harold Rochelle, president of RAC; Maureen McGee, president of the St. Francis Golden Age Club; Grace McCloskey, former president of the Breezy Point Golden Age Club; board members from the Rockaway Park Residents and Homeowners; and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department.

Other notables attending included Jimmy O’Sullivan, owner and proprietor of the Kerry Hills Pub; Henry Jefferson and James Carman, co-presidents of the new Rockaway Park Real Estates Association; Sara S. Berger, president of the GGRDC; Maxine Schack, executive director of the Neponsit Day Care Center; and Katy Pierce, owner of the yacht Mystique.

We’re saddened by the loss of Margaretta P. Collins of Breezy Point. Her passing this week broke the hearts of her great family, her sons Martin Collins and Father Collins of St. Francis and loving daughter and son-in-law Dr. Frank Machiarolla. She was a sweet, kind, gentle soul who will be missed by all. Her over 92 years of life is now celebrated by her angel status in heaven.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, January 13. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 p.m. The cost is 25 dollars with 16 dollar returned. Eleven people will win 10 dollars on the bus. Call my office now for reservations.

A Happy Chanukah to all my friends, neighbors and constituents.


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