2001-04-14 / 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 past week has been quite exciting with the community coming together and working as a team picketing and boycotting Golden Video, 239 Beach 116 Street.

We had filed complaints with the New York City Department of Buildings. They found as illegal door and wall constructed without required permits and without two means of egress, an illegal canopy and neon lights. These summonses must be answered in criminal court.

We are continuing to keep up the fight until we get a written agreement that the sex toys and hard-core porno movies will be removed.

A story in Newsday on Friday quoted one of the owners, Rengith Don, as saying that racism was behind the protests. If this is the case, why do we have community supporters who are Chinese, Korean, Egyptian, Guyanese, Bangladeshi, Polish, Russian and merchants from other countries? Opposition to smut of this kind crosses racial lines.

We wish to thank some of the local stores that helped in distribution of flyers, The Gift Is Love, Brown’s Hardware, BBC, and a number of others on Beach 129 Street. Special thanks to Mary Martinez and Paula King who helped to bring many people out. If you agree with us please come out and march with us. If you have nay questions call my office.

We are saddened by the loss of three wonderful women this week. One pioneer woman, Claire Zimmer. God bless her in her late 80’s or 90’s spent many hours collecting mon4ey for the American Cancer Society to help find some cure for cancer. Dorothy Bradford of Broad Channel was a lady who was dearly loved by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We spent many a Saturday night going to Atlantic City on buses laughing and joking at her great humor. Josephine Dolan was a great Irish Catholic who installed good morals and values in her children. She passed away this week and her body was brought home to be buried in Ireland next to her loving husband Peter Dolan and her family. We know heaven has accepted these three women. Claire has probably got God’s ear about a cure for cancer, Dorothy is asking God for her slot machines, and Josephine is shining down on her children. Each of these ladies will be missed but not forgotten.

On Wednesday evening, we attended the open meeting of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council. At this meeting the dates were set for the summer concert series in Riis Park. The first concert will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 6 p.m. These concerts are the highlights of the Rockaways.

President Barbara Eisenstadt has been reelected to serve another term. We wish her great success and Mazel Tov. She is an energetic professional who puts her life into RMAC. We thank her from the bottom of our heart.

We wish everyone a Happy Passover and joyous Easter.

On Saturday evening, after eating our Seder dinner, we attended the fundraiser for the Rockaway Little League, Night At The Races at the Knights of Columbus. This sellout event should make the president, Marty Andersen proud of the parents and grandparents in our community who came out to help the future of our community, our children.

The committee worked very hard in preparation selling 50/50 raffles and working on sales. Gary Knott provided music that was great for dancing. It was a great evening, a lot of fun and a pleasure was had by all. We urge everyone in the community to continue to support the Rockaway Little League, the future of the Rockaway community.

Our next trip to Atlantic City will be on Saturday, April 21. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. Eleven people can win $10 on the bus. Call my office now for reservations.

The Phillip Port Unit of the American Cancer Society will be holding its annual luncheon at Rockaway’s Washington Hotel on Thursday, May 17 at noon. The donation is either selling or purchasing a book of raffles, 20 in a book at $2 each. More than 100 prizes are raffled off. There is great entertainment and you are raising funds to find a cure for cancer. If you are interested contact Lally Davis.

A resident of 117-12 Ocean Promenade found a swastika and the words "time to burn" on his door on Saturday, March 31. It was the second time this has happened. During the time of Passover and Easter in the year 2001 you would not expect this to occur. The 100 Precinct is looking for the culprit and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

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