2002-07-13 / 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

Wow! This past week has been one scorcher with the threat of terrorism on July 4 and over 100-degree weather.

Many seniors called our office asking for an air-conditioned place to cool off. Unfortunately, all the senior centers and libraries were closed that day. Many of them asked about grants to obtain free air conditioners. We are going to check if any grants are available at this time.

On Thursday afternoon we attended Bay Towers Day. As many of you know I spent my teenage years in Bay Towers. Who said you can’t go home? Talk about having a fantastic time with what I consider my family. There was a cool breeze blowing off the bay and the ocean. There was a barbecue going on to feed everybody, games for the kids as well as a pony and a horse on which the kids and the adults had a ball. I was sitting with Tenant League President, Yvonne Lewis, Terry Harris, Georgia Christie, Robert and Fay Rivers, Miriam Camacho, Roslyn Nivia, her sister and many others. We had a great time talking laughing and joking. A great time was had by all.

The event of the night was an all you can eat buffet at Rockaway’s own Beach Club where we all sat waiting patiently for the fireworks. From the porch of the Beach Club we could see thousands of people waiting on the boardwalk. The humidity was so high you could cut it with a knife.

The anticipated fireworks were a disappointment. It was clocked at six minutes including many duds and no grand finale. Liz Sulik Executive Director of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and I thought there would be more. She asked the firemen who were communicating with the barge that confirmed that it was six minutes. Many people stated this was the worst fireworks they had seen. What happened? Why only six minutes?

At the buffet the prime rib was ample and the quality was superb. We sat with Karen Rosenthal, her daughter Jennifer Fisher, her friend Norma and her mom, Marie Mazza and her son Joseph. Also at the event was Diane Russo, widow of our late, great Mario Russo and her son and daughter in-law. The DJ was wonderful. The people egged me on to sing my theme song "Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now."

It was great to see Marie Mazza. As many of you know Marie doesn’t get out much since losing part of her leg. She was singing and dancing in her wheel chair. Her smile lit up the room. For those who don’t know Marie by name, she was the lady who stood next to me in Waldbaum's holding my petitions for past elections. God Bless You Marie. We love you.

We gave some information about repairing some sidewalks damaged by tree roots last week. A constituent who has this problem walked us through the process. She found a registered contractor, Two Brothers Construction, to complete the job. They are old friends and Wave advertisers. Call Tommy at 967-2026.

We were mortified when we heard that California’s 9th Circuit Court voted to stop the children from saying "Under God". In discussing my opinion with a number of constituents they brought to my attention that prior to 1952 these words did not exist in the Pledge of Allegiance. We believe that especially in light of September 11, we must never forget and teach our children to say the Pledge for it stands for liberty, freedom and justice for all people of this great country.

We are saddened by the death of Maureen Douglass, a wonderful constituent and resident of Belle Harbor. Her beautiful smile could have lit up a room. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She will be sadly missed. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family.

We wish a happy anniversary to one of the best and most happy couples in the Rockaway’s, Merv and Roz Berrin. They are the most dedicated people who work to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Rockaways.

On Sunday evening, we attended the Rockaway Music & Art Council Concert series at Fort Tilden. This week was extra special. This Irish Music Concert by Cherish the Ladies was the brainchild of my dear sweetheart, Grace McLuskey. Yes, we gave her the ring. The regular donations of money were matched by a grant obtained by RMAC. She also collected many gifts for the raffle.

The concert was probably the best one they had with over a thousand people in the audience. The people made donations as I went around with the raffles. We wish to thank Mike Gustin, one of Rockaways great photographers and artists for helping with the raffles on the field.

Hats off to Barbara Eisenstadt, president of RMAC and Board Members, Fern Leiberman, Toni Geraci, Marvin Eisenstadt, Gary and Heidi Gliboff, Shirley Golub, Sharon Gabriel, and the others and especially my dear sweet Grace.

We would like to give a special thanks to our junior, junior members of the RMAC. The two future politicians, doctors or lawyers who assisted in picking the raffles were Jonathan Gliboff, son of Gary and Heidi Gliboff and Daniel Lefkowitz, son of the late Stephen and his lovely wife Sara. Both boys are excellent students at the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor.

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