2002-02-02 / 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

At the 100th Precinct Council meeting Sister Carmelina Lally spoke about Elizabeth's House, 140 Beach 112 Street. The Sisters of St. Joseph meet each month to pray for police officers they have adopted. Those who cannot join with them may pray at home. If you want to participate you may send your name and address to them. They will send you a name of a cop who would like to be adopted. If you know of a cop who would like to be adopted send them the name.

They meet on Thursday February 7 at 10 a.m., Thursday May 2 at 10 a.m., Thursday June 6 at 10 a.m. at Elizabeth's House. When I heard the Sister speak of this great program, I thought many of us would like to join by attending or praying at home.

If you want great Chinese food visit or call Empire Wok, 114-07 Beach Channel Drive, (718) 474-7711. They are polite, friendly, courteous and kind. The food is delicious and you can eat in or take out.

This is the sixth anniversary of the death of my mom, Jennie Simon. As I write this I can't believe that six years have gone by. Mom passed January 31, 1996 after a long struggle with cancer and heart disease.

Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing my mom knew what a special person she was. My mom instilled great qualities in me. Her kindness, generosity, outspokenness, and caring for all, I'm sure made her my guardian angel. For those who have suffered a loss, you know it never gets easy to lose your best friend.

During holidays, special events and times when you are thinking of things and want to pick up the phone to call and speak about it, reality hits and you get depressed. Each and every day so many of my constituents tell me how my mom would be proud of me.

It often makes me feel great when I'm around some of my mom's friends such as Alice Duck, Florence Weiss, Dorothy Jackson, Nivea Marshall, Liz Edwards and Lally Davis, just to name a few, to talk about memories of my mother.

For those of you who have no idea why I write about my mom, it is because she was special and touched my life. She taught me how to survive and make a difference for others. This is very difficult because it makes me teary and upset that she is gone. Happy anniversary to that special angel in heaven from your loving son.

It is always a great feeling to spend time with my mom's only living sister, Aunt Yetta. When we get together we often reminisce of great, old times. We love shopping together and going to various restaurants. Since my aunt lives by herself, I make it my business to call three or four times each week to let her know how much I appreciate her.

Congratulations to the re-elected board members of Dayton Towers Cooperative. They are: Gerald D'Albora, President; Frank Dean, Second Vice President; Pat Kantor, Treasurer; Ginny Kuhn and Eddie Robinson. Congratulations and great success. The Daytons are a vital part of the community.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown will be the guest speaker at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club on Thursday February 7 at 7:45 p.m. sharp. D.A. Brown is a long time friend of ours and the club. We have supported him and his office has helped many people in our community. We look forward to discussing community legal problems with him.

We welcome all members and community members. Your membership, $25 for a family, $18 single, $12 Senior, disabled, Young Dem, is welcome, but you don't have to be a member to attend. Coffee and cake and bagels and cream cheese will be served.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, February 9. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $16 returned. Call my office at 945-1216 for reservations.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, someone who had Rockaway in her heart, and was fighting to make a difference. Assemblywoman Pauline Cummings passed away after a short bout with cancer. Pauline will definitely be missed. We know that Pauline will be high in the angel ranks in heaven. The 31st Assembly District has lost its best friend.

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