2003-02-15 / 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

Our next trip to Atlantic City Trump Marina will be on Saturday, March 8. We leave at 5:30PM and return at 8AM. The cost is $28 with $17 returned. Call 1 718 945-1216 for reservations.

On Thursday evening the Good Government Regular Democratic club held an educational forum with Evita Belmonte, the Queens representative on the Panel for Educational Policy, which replaced the Board of Education. Evita Belmonte also represents Queens' high school parents.

The audience was quite impressed by her background in education. She spent many years as a parent advocate for her own children as well as the Borough of Queens and the City of New York. Evita is a very brilliant, down to earth, easy to get along with and talks directly to individual concerns.

Among the problems raised was the shortage of textbooks and materials to educate our children. One of the parents expressed her outrage and anger that her child, who is not a good test taker, did not even have a textbook to take home so the parent could study with him. She wanted to know how she could help her child when there were no books at home.

Another complaint was about a child who got a second quarter report card stamped "failure possible summer school required." The parent said the classroom teacher never contacted her and did not mention it at Open School Night.

A major question concerned the turmoil and problems at Beach Channel High School. They asked when the C-30 committee would finish and a new principal would be appointed.

At another District 27 school many parent advocates voiced their outrage and disgust about an appointed principal who seems to be very opinionated, cold, unresponsive to staff and parents, having poor interpersonal relationships and lacking in leadership skills. It has been brought to our attention that the Deputy Chancellor has assigned a mentor to assist this principal. The mentor has not been available and the Deputy Chancellor, Burt Sachs, has been reassigned.

A number of questions about this principal's political affiliation arose. A question was asked about whether she would be one of the principals removed.

On Friday evening we volunteered our time selling 50-50 raffles at the St. Camillus card party helping the Home School Association. As I walked through the room I got numerous compliments on my weight loss.

People have been asking me what diet I'm on. Through my great friend and childhood doctor, Dr. Mitchell Kurk, a medical doctor and trained nutritionist, I started on a salad and salmon diet. The emphasis is on fish, shellfish, shrimp, lobster, skinless breast of chicken or turkey, tofu, lentils, beans, split peas and legumes, green leafy vegetables, salads and sprouts, cabbage family and tomatoes. In addition, one apple, pear or 1/2 grapefruit a day is allowed.

A minimum of 8 glasses of mineral or spring water is required. Four ounces of whole-wheat grain each day can include brown rice, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, and rolled oats. Two rice cakes per day are permitted. Oils include olive, canola and flax seed. Other items include sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds and walnuts and hazel nuts.

Plain low fat yogurt, garlic, cayenne, ginger, fresh spices, vinegar and lemon are included. Two eggs poached or hardboiled three times a week complete the diet.

Items to avoid include beef, veal, pork, lamb, organ meats, luncheon meats, corn and sweet potatoes, white squash, carrots and beets, jams, jellies, fruit juices, dried fruits, vegetable juice, alcoholic beverages and sodas, white rice and all flour products, breads, muffins, cookies, crackers, matzohs and breakfast cereals except Wheatena, oatmeal and oat bran. No margarine, butter, lard or other oils, nut butter or other nuts are permitted.

All other dairy products including flavored yogurt, rice dream tofutti are out. No salt, soy cause, ketchup, mayonnaise or commercial salad dressing is allowed. No bread or fried foods, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, honey, barley, malt or maple or rice syrup or natural sweeteners are allowed.

Since I've gone on this diet I'm proud to announce I've lost 60 pounds. For all who know me when my mind is made up I stick to the issue and fight to win. This is quite apparent when you look at me. If anybody has any question call me at 1-718-945-1216.

Happy St. Valentine's Day to all the loving couples in my district.

We are saddened by the loss of a great friend and community activist, Maura Foley. She was not only a wife, mother and grandmother, but very active in everything in our community. Maura was one of my dear friends. Maura and her husband, Mike, have been among my strongest supporters from the beginning of time.

This professional, educated, wonderful, kindhearted, selfless individual has done so much for so many. We are saddened that she had such a long struggle with cancer. We know in our heart of hearts that this religious Christian woman of class has a specific job as God's angel in the kingdom of Heaven. My heart is broken. Condolences to the Foley family. We have truly lost the best.

We welcome your membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic Club. Dues of $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for senior should be sent to the club at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

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