2001-12-29 / 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

We would like to wish all a joyous, wonderful New Year. May this year give us all peace, happiness and love to all mankind.

On Monday the James Conway Sullivan Queens County St. Patrick’s Day parade committee had a big Christmas party at the Beach Club. Martin Quinn entertained us. Various people sang Christmas songs. I had the pleasure of singing Feliz Navidad with Chairman Mike Benn. We look forward to many more holiday parties like this one.

On Tuesday we went to the Breezy Point Golden Age party, which was held at the Silver Gull. This was a sold out event with over 200 people. There was dancing to Christmas and Irish music at this gala event for all in the room.

It was quite nice to sit with Renee and her sister Eileen and listen to the wonderful comments when people were leaving. Renee’s love and commitment showed by the success of every event she works on. Hats off to this wonderful leader. We’d love to see her run for political office one day.

Being such party persons, we left the Silver Gull and proceeded to the 100th and 101st precinct Explorers Christmas party at the Beach Club. We found over 200 members of the Explorers, including Junior Explorers, dancing and having a great time. It was so nice to see the future generation of the Rockaways dancing together and getting along in harmony. The young people, white and black, Hispanic and West Indian, proved we could all get together and get along.

The leadership of the 100th and 101st precincts served as chaperones. The Youth officers as well as the Transit Bureau officers did a great job. The Explorers regularly get experience in the areas of careers, leadership, community service, social fitness, and outdoor activities. They get classroom and hands on training in police procedure and tactics. We can sure be proud of the youth in this program because they set a fine example for our community.

On Wednesday evening we attended a meeting of the Volunteer Firemen’s Association of New York City. Six of the ten volunteer departments in NYC are located in the district I represent and I serve as chair. The purpose of the group is to help raise funds to purchase new apparatus, equipment and to reconstruct some of the volunteer firehouses.

On 9/11, two volunteer groups, the Broad Channel and Aviation units, lost an ambulance. Other volunteers lost equipment and suffered injuries. They were among the first to respond on 9/11 and 11/12 to assist in all areas.

It is a constantly tiresome burden to fundraise, but it is always needed to keep these 10 groups going. They are a vital part of NYC. We are urging all to remember that they play a major role in saving lives every day of the year.

The Volunteer Firemen’s Association is a nonprofit 501 C3 organization. We are asking for your assistance in making a donation to help us to continue to do the fine work we do. Anyone interested can send a check to the Volunteer Fire Department, 15 Noel Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

Please be kind as they are important to us. All donations are tax deductible.

On Friday evening we attended the Bay Towers Christmas tree lighting and party. All the children of Bay Towers came together to meet Santa and get a beautiful gift. As many of you remember, my mother Jennie, God rest her soul, lived there for 25 years. What can you say when you go home. I consider Bay Towers a major part of my life.

President Terry Harris, Vice President Sandra Wilson, past president Yvonne Lewis, and broad members Georgia Christie, and Lillian Camacho and Mary Burns served the ham, turkey, rice and beans, and chicken salad, which was homemade with love.

I would like to personally thank Liz Sulik of the Chamber of Commerce who told me toys were available to the children of Rockaway. I immediately put Terry in touch with Liz. Liz got teddy bears donated by people from all over the U.S. This was their way of showing they care about us after 9/11. It was great being around those who watched me grow up as well as those who I watched grow up.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, January 12. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. If you want to help us keep our doors open as well as have a great time call us now for reservations at 945-1216.

Our office is open every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Look for major speakers starting in January.


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