2002-08-31 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

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

Once again the Good Government Regular Democratic club is running their monthly Atlantic City bus trip on Saturday, September 21. The cost is $28 with $16 returned. We leave at 5:30PM and return at 8AM. Call 945-1216 for reservations. Our annual dinner dance honoring outstanding community leaders will be held Thursday, October 10 at Rockaway's Beach Club. Tickets are $50 per person and include a sit down dinner, DJ and live music. To obtain tickets call my office or the chairperson of the dinner, Sara S. Berger at 634-5505.

We want to remind everyone that Tuesday, September 10 is Primary Day. On this day Democrats, Conservatives and Independence Party members will choose their candidates for governor. Democrats will also choose candidates for Comptroller and Lt. Governor. In the 31 A.D., Democrats will choose their candidate for State Assembly. Look for our column next week for names of all the candidates. For anyone who needs assistance in filling out an absentee ballot, or would like to know about the candidates, please call me.

We are disturbed that there do not appear to have been any debates or candidates nights scheduled for voters to meet the candidates in the 31 A.D. It will be hard for the voters to properly judge the candidates. It would be nice if a meeting could be put together in the few remaining days.

Once again it has come to our attention that the mail in the Dayton buildings on Shorefront Parkway is not getting delivered properly. Items including credit card statements, pension checks and packages have not been delivered. They are being returned to the sender when the regular carrier is not on duty, or if the apartment number is not included in the address.

I would like to know why the Post Office makes a big deal about apartment numbers when the buildings have a directory with all the names posted near the mail boxes and on the mail boxes themselves. We can understand if a new resident is not listed on the directory or the mailbox. In the past few months I've been receiving calls from many residents. A number of people have gotten hit with late charges and added fees from credit card companies for not paying on time. People have asked me to make calls or write a letter to the credit card companies.

I have told the people, it is important you make sure everyone knows your apartment number. If you have a credit card and always paid on time they will excuse you if you have a good explanation for being late.

Elizabeth Benson of 102-00 Shorefront Parkway was very amazed when she did not see her bill for a few months. She called the company and was told she hadn't paid. She was hit with many extra charges. Thank God they were removed when she explained the problem. She told them the problem began when the regular mailman went on vacation.

Linda Berger of 74-00 Shorefront Parkway was very upset when she charged something at Macy's in June and did not receive a bill. We succeeded in getting rid of the late charges and penalties. We had reached out to the Post Office in May and June and helped residents of Dayton Beach Park with some problems. After one phone call from Charlie Milazzo the P.O. responded. If you have postal delivery problems, you should call Postmaster George Buonocore at 327-7700. He is located at the main P.O. in Far Rockaway.

Thursday evening was the scheduled start of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department's annual carnival. As we’re aware there was a heavy rain. Friday the weather was chilly. Saturday, as we rode along in the Fire Department parade with numerous fire departments and ambulance corps down Crossbay Boulevard, heavy rain returned. It could not stop Broad Channel residents from standing on the Boulevard and cheering us all on.

Saturday night the rain again killed the carnival. Thank God for Sunday when the weather was fine. It was the only time people could smile. It is important that we all assist the BCVFD in rebuilding their new firehouse. They were there for us on 9/11 and 11/12 and they are always there for us.

If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution send it to Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, 15 Noel Road, Broad Channel, New York 11693. Your donation, whether it is $1.00 or 1 million dollars will be appreciated.

On Friday evening the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department had a bingo fundraiser. We had the pleasure of being the caller for the evening. Anyone who knows me will probably remember I was the caller for over 15 years for the American Cancer Society in the old Dayton bingo hall and at HILI, which was the yeshiva on Beach 17 Street. Those in Dayton Towers may remember the Men’s Club headed by the late, great Eli Rosenfeld, which had bingo games every Monday evening for a number of years.

In Seaview Towers my grandparents, the late Earl Scolnick and his wife Mitzi ran bingo and I would pop in from time to time to assist.

On Sunday evening we attended the final Sunset Concert of the season sponsored by the RMAC. It was a tribute to Frank Sinatra with Jerry Cardone taking you down memory lane. If you closed your eyes or didn't look you would think Frank Sinatra was resurrected. Over 1,000 people attended. The smiles and favorable comments were all over. Many talked about the old days at the New York Paramount.

As a member of the RMAC advisory board, I congratulate Barbara Eisenstadt, John Musemeci, Fern Lieberman, Sally Gwirtzman, Tori Gerace and all the board members of the RMAC for a dynamite job well done. To Heidi Gliboff who was a dynamo in obtaining grant money and making us a seven-concert summer. God bless you. To treasurer Judy Yeager who smiled every time we gave her money, God bless you. I look forward to working closely with you in obtaining additional funds so that a concert can be held every week next summer.

Remember that on September 28 and 29 the RMAC will present their wonderful crafts sale, beautiful flower show, plenty of food vendors and pony rides. Parking is free. Please be kind and make a donation on the way out. I would like to personally thank those who attended and made generous donations on the field.

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