2001-02-10 / Columnists

Simon Says....by Lew Simon

Simon Says....by Lew Simon

Last Saturday I volunteered for the eighth year in a row for the Harry G Doo Wop concert at Beach Channel High School for the benefit of the Susan G. Memorial Scholarship Fund. I had the pleasure once again of collecting the 50-50 money. The charity we chose this year is the New York Families for Autistic Children.

Thanks to the great help of Maureen and Andy McGee, Grace McCloskey, Rosemary Logan, Alice Duck, Lally Davis, Helene and John Flaherty, Eddie Goodwin, John Hayes and Frank Bo Malone, we raised $2,206 with $1,103 going to NYFAC. Andrew Baumann, president, thanked me from the bottom of his heart on behalf of all families with autistic children in New York.

On Monday evening I attended the meeting of the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. I was proud to announce that we got Varsity Bus Co. to donate a bus for the March 3 parade to transport honorees, family members and committee members from the mass at St. Francis to the breakfast at The Beach Club and back to Beach 129 street to begin the line of march. Special thanks to Green Bus line (and Doris), parent company of Varsity.

On Tuesday afternoon I attended the St. Rose of Lima Catholic School Week 2001 presentation. The assembly was held in the auditorium of St. Rose. The first grade children made a presentation based on the letters of Rockaway Beach N.Y.C. Each child spoke of what each letter meant. It was the cutest thing you have ever seen. The third grade children sang the Ramones’ song "Rockaway Beach" with style and gusto. It was great to see the cultural diversity of the children including Polish, Irish, Black, Haitian, Jamaican, and Chinese. The beautiful smiling faces of this melting pot lit up in the room.

Called first to receive a beautiful school mug with ruler, pencils, and candy was yours truly. Earleen Glenn, legislative assistant to Assemblywoman Pheffer, received one for herself and one for Audrey. Congressman Anthony Weiner was also presented with one of these great gifts.

We are saddened by the loss of two great women this week. The first is Kay Colton, who was quite a unique woman. I knew Kay for more than 30 years. During the 70’s and 80’s Kay used to attend the 100 Precinct Community Council meetings. Kay and my mom were great friends. Kay was a very loving, charity oriented and community minded. She was a classy woman who has definitely earned her wings and will be a great angel in heaven.

We are also saddened by the loss of Breezy Point’s Carolyn Bennett. Carolyn has been the mistress of ceremonies for 12 of the St. Thomas More parish shows. She was a great artist, a very religious person and absolutely a lady of class. This petite, stunning and charming woman always impressed me as if she was already an angel. Her big heart and personality, and her wonderful singing voice, always lit up the room. WE will surely miss Carolyn.

Wednesday was a very rough day for me. It was the fifth anniversary of my loving mom’s death. As those of you know who have lost a loved one, there are many times you want to call them to ask a question or tell them something. It never gets easy, but the memories are great!

I always thank the staff of Peninsula Hospital and Peninsula Rehab for the care they gave my mom. Peninsula takes a lot of bad hits. Let me say they are the best.

Although mom is gone, the love she instilled in me has made me the person I am. Mom, may you rest in peace.

We still have seats available for the trip to Atlantic City Trump Marina on Saturday. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $16 returned. Eleven people win $10 on the bus. There are eight hours to enjoy. Call my office for reservations.

We now have applications for the handicapped parking sticker issued by the NYC DOT. This sticker exempts you from paying at the muni-meter. To obtain an application, send a stamped self-addressed envelope to my office at 112-20 Beach Channel drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

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