2001-12-01 / Columnists

Simon Says…. From the Desk of Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

Simon Says….
From the Desk of Lew M. Simon,
Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

On Monday evening we signed up to be involved with the design and fundraising for the Rockaway memorial for those lost on 9/11 in our community. We urge all who are interested in getting involved to attend the fundraising meeting on Monday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Atlantis Room at the Beach Club.

On Tuesday evening the Belle Harbor Property Owners presented a plaque to Sara Lefkowitz and her son Daniel in recognition of the outstanding community work Stephen Lefkowitz had done for this community. Rabbi Jacob Reiner spoke about Steve and also extended his deepest sympathy to those who lost loved ones on 11/12.

Jack King, former president, as well as myself spoke about a wonderful man Steve was. Sara and Daniel were appreciative and found it very difficult to deal with their loss.

Barbara Larkin, BHPO president, spoke about the 11/12 incident. So many members of our community got together and worked as a team. Community residents who are firefighters, police and EMS came out to save lives. Barbara also set up a public welcome for the relatives of the victims on the flight to the Dominican Republic. They were greeted with Dominican flags and served food and drinks. Hats off to Barbara and her team for the wonderful job of making everyone feel welcome. Barbara, you’re a real leader.

In light of the recent tragedy, I spoke up at the Town Hall meeting on Monday evening. I questioned why the planes do not fly directly over the bay instead of over our homes. As many of you noticed I was on all major TV stations saying that we were not going to take it anymore. We mentioned having a rally and taking on the FAA.

A rally has been set for Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. We will be near the American Airlines terminal at JFK. We are protesting the flights over our heads and for banning the SST. This is a must attend rally. Call Linda Ruscillo at 474-6145 for further information.

At the same time we urge everyone to pick up the phone and call our Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton and our members of Congress, Anthony Weiner and Gregory Meeks. Tell them that Lew Simon said we are the voters who put you there and now we need you to assure us that planes will not fly over our homes, but over the bay. Don’t complain if you don’t make calls or attend rallies. The phone numbers and addresses of our public officials appear in the editorial page of this newspaper.

We spent Thanksgiving at the home of Joseph and Roberta DiCanio. Joe and Roberta know how to throw a party. The DiCanio family is one of the best. We look forward to spending many more holidays with them. Roberta is a great cook and a wonderful hostess.

On Sunday we attended the first kickoff for the 2002 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We had the pleasure of sitting with the McGee family. Maureen McGee is the president of the Seabreeze Golden Age club. Also present were her husband Andy, daughters Eileen and Maryann, son-in-law Sean and grandson Sean Jr., and Maureen’s sister Geraldine and brother-in-law Rody.

The fundraiser was sold out. I even received a title of honorary Kerry man. If you weren’t there you don’t know what you missed.

Get on the bus with us. We are Atlantic City bound for the Trump Marina on Saturday, December 15. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. Eleven lucky people win $10 on the bus. Call 945-1216 for reservations.

If you are a college or high school student interested in volunteering to help your community, get in touch with us. You may be able to get course credit for your work. Volunteers and interns can make a difference.

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