2001-01-27 / Columnists

Simon Says...by Lew M. Simon

Simon Says...by Lew M. Simon

Again this week I ended up with a lousy cold. I love being active and can’t sit still. That’s why we pay the price of getting zapped with a cold and laryngitis.

This week I spent many days and nights out with the DOT repair crews making it our business that the roadways in our community are pothole free. Special thanks to DOT Commissioner Irish Weinshall, First Deputy Commissioner Anthony J. Fasulo, and the wonderful emergency response team known as the J.E.T.S. These guys are worth their weight in gold, working in all kinds of weather all over the City of New York. They even responded to my calls about Flatbush avenue between the Belt parkway and the Rockaways.

I wish that the TBTA would respond by repairing the huge craters on the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway bridge. I would like to remind everyone that instead of calling me with your frustrations about the bridge, call Frank Pascual and ask him why we are paying for a bridge we are losing our hubcaps on.

I want to remind everyone that State Senator Malcolm Smith will have his town hall meeting to address issues of concern to the Rockaways on Thursday, February 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Beach Channel High School. Don’t miss a chance to get out to meet your senator and discuss important issues.

We are saddened by the loss of Marie Ruscillo, mother of Danny and mother-in-law of Linda. Marie suffered a short battle with that ugly disease called cancer. She was a great mother and raised four wonderful children. She worked as a paralegal and was very involved in all community and civic issues. She is a definite angel in the Kingdom of Heaven. May she rest in peace.

Congrats to Tara Benn, daughter of Mike and Tara Benn, on her graduation this week from St. John’s University with a B.S. in justice. Her father is the chairman of the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. We look forward to Tara’s entrance into law school. She’ll be a fine addition to the legal profession.

Hats off once again to Rockaway’s Sanitation Department crews for a job well done after Saturday’s snowstorm.

Say what you may about the weather, Rockaway’s Irish community definitely can be called the Fighting Irish. The Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee had its Hearts and Shamrocks fundraiser to benefit the 2001 parade.

While we were setting up the night before we were worried about the attendance. I would like to extend a thank you, as one of the members of the Parade Committee, to everyone for coming together and making it a huge success.

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

Congrats to Archbishop Egan who will be elevated to the rank of cardinal at the Vatican on February 21, 2001.

Don’t hesitate to call me with a problem. I am listed in the phone book.

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