2001-01-20 / Columnists

Simon Says...

Simon Says...

In traveling through the Rockaway community I was in sheer delight when I saw a new store, which opened last week. The "99 Cents Lovers" is located at 86-10 Rockaway Beach boulevard, across from the Dayton Shopping Center. Not only are there things for 99 cents, there are many other top quality items at reasonable prices.

We welcome Kal, the owner, with open arms. We urge all bargain lovers to stop and shop. I myself was shocked at how much I saved on the great items I bought.

We must extend our sincere congratulations to one of our great friends and one of the founders of the Good Government Democratic Club, Gerald D’Albora, who has been elected president of the Dayton Towers Cooperative. After major scandals with the Marvin Gold Management, the former president, Ron Moore, did a great job rectifying the problems at Dayton Towers. We congratulate Ron on the great job he did. We also know that Gerry’s professional outlook and integrity will make sure that the co-ops will continue to prosper. The people of Dayton are truly blessed to have a fighter who will protect their investment and homes.

Last Tuesday night I attended the regular monthly meeting of Community Board 14. One of the first items discussed was the renovation of the Far Rockaway High athletic field. The condition of all of the ballfields in Rockaway was brought up at the November meeting by Brett Moore, the 11-year-old grandson of Al Moore. Brett asked why the children of Rockaway do not have a good ballfield to play on.

Richad Kahn, president of the Take the Field, Inc., made the presentation about Far Rockaway High School’s field. Construction will include new bleachers, a running track, and tennis courts, with a state date in March and finish date by June 2001. Funds are raised by private individuals to pay for this project.

I questioned Mr. Kahn about Beach Channel’s fields. He made a commitment to us that Beach Channel would be slated next year.

We are saddened by the loss of Rockawayite and athlete Tommy Johnson, taken unfairly at a young age. His father is a great man who works for the Neponsit Adult Day Care Program. We extend our deepest sympathy and know that Tommy has earned his wings as an angel in heaven.

A special happy birthday to a woman I refer to as my right and left arm – the best petitioner in the world – Johanna Mazza. She is a young lady with a fantastic personality who is always plugging her community and fighting to make a difference. We love ya!

On Saturday night a great friend, who is like a younger brother to me, had his engagement party. David Neuman of Far Rockaway was engaged to Jodi Joseph of Kew Gardens. This young man is one of the finest people you could meet. We know Jodi and David will make a great couple. They are two kindhearted people who are proud of their Jewish heritage. We wish you Mazel Tov and look forward to your wedding in June.

We’re coming upon the 12th Annual Doo Wop Concert at Beach Channel High School on Saturday, January 12 at 7 p.m. You can get tickets by calling my office. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets for our Atlantic City trip on Saturday, February 10 are still available. 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. Call my office for reservations.

As we are all aware, the United Federation of Teachers is in negotiations with the city. New York City teacher are the most underpaid in the area. Our teachers are on the front lines dealing with the problems of our society in our schools. My friends who work for the Board of Education deal with disruptive children, personal threats and assaults. Many people say teachers work 10 months a year and have short hours. They don’t realize that teachers spend hours writing lesson plans, marking papers, and attending courses and workshops. This is more than a fulltime job. Hats off to all the teachers.

On Thursday, January 25, newly appointed Queens Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, Joseph Cannisi, will discuss the muni-meters on Beach 116 street and resurfacing of local streets. This is your chance to discuss needed traffic lights, painting of crosswalks, or potholes to be fixed. The Good Government Regular Democratic Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at 112-20 Beach Channel drive (opposite Waldbaum’s parking lot).

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