2002-06-08 / 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

Summertime is here! The weather has been just wonderful. Come down and have a good time with us on Saturday, June 15 on our monthly bus trip to Atlantic City to Trump Marina. We’ll have eight (8) hours of fun and excitement. We leave at 5:30 P.M. and return at 8 A.M. The cost is $25 with $15 returned. Call my office at 718-945-1216 for reservations.

Once again, our pristine Rockaway Beaches are opened or closed because of lack of lifeguards. I find it ironic that for the past number of years, the Parks Department does not stagger the lifeguards so more beaches can be opened.

Why is it that every year on Beach 73 Street and Beach 89 Street, which includes Dayton Towers East and Dayton Beach Park as well as the Hammels with a large concentration of families, the beaches are closed. Each year we are told after July 4 the beaches would be opened. But it never seems to open during the week. We are well aware there is a shortage of lifeguards because most college students are not yet home.

We would also suggest that various train stations have signs posted for beach closings and the nearest open beach. I feel sorry for the many families who get off the train for a day at the beach and find the beaches closed. It should also be announced on all news stations and channels since we are the Mecca of the city. Many people may take buses and/or long train rides to come here to the Rockaway Beaches.

The local merchants depend on the summer tourism to help make up for winter loss. It is important that we keep our local businesses open.

For the last 8 years, residents at Dayton West have requested that a ramp be reinstalled at Beach 103 Street so seniors, disabled persons and people with baby carriages can get up and down the boardwalk. We hope that in the new City budget they find the money to get this finished.

On Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Waldbaum’s in Rockaway Park will be celebrating customer appreciation day in honor of our heroes of September 11 and November 12. Face painting, free gifts and samples will be given away.

As many of us have watched on the news or read in the newspapers the head of American Airlines is attempting to reduce security when boarding their airlines. Today, living in the height of terrorism, we must continuously keep our guard up to protect all and to avoid a reoccurrence of 9/11. With all the hatred against the United States and anti-Semitism, we must never let our guard down at any time.

The anxiety and depression of many of our friends and neighbors still lingers on for the loss of loved ones, friends, neighbors and fellow Americans. September 11 and November 12 have created major stress for young and old. Many of us are frightened of when the next shoe will drop. We must keep in our prayers all the people we lost and say "Never Again."

Last week in my house a pipe broke under my sink. It caused some damage. I made one "SOS" call to Micuel Martinez of Mandy’s Quality Construction who is the brother and brother-in-law of the Martinez family that had the fire on Christmas Eve. We worked closely with them to get their house rebuilt so the family could move back. Thank God for Micuel. He replaced the pipes and damage in my house. We highly recommend him for remodeling for interiors and exteriors

We must once again thank the GrayBeards with Rick Horan who read my column and got into action rebuilding the house and purchasing new windows. God Bless the GrayBeards. Please support them in whatever endeavors they are engaged in. God Bless them again and keep up the good work.

On Thursday, June 13, the Phillip Port Unit of the American Cancer Society has their annual luncheon at the Washington Hotel where you can buy a book of raffles or sell them. The cost is $40. You’ll have a great lunch, entertainment and over 100 prizes to win.

Have you noticed how many of the local merchants are sprucing up by remodeling? Look at Rockaway Farms on the corner of Beach 116 Street and Newport Avenue. It is absolutely beautiful. We wish Steve and his wife continued success.

I recently read an ad that the best brisket on the beach is at the Belle Harbor Kosher Deli. Well for once, you can say there is truth in advertising. Food is par excellence. The portions are healthy. Try their food. You don’t have to be Kosher.

For information about any of the topics in this column, please call my office.

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