2003-09-12 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

Simon says...

Lew M. SimonLew M. Simon

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

September 9, 2001 became much more than just another day for Beach 118 Street and The Moran Family. It would be the last time they would see John Moran. Who would have thought that a simple party, a block party, would become such an overwhelmingly important day for so many? It is so important to get together with your friends and family; even if it can only be that one-day a year. The extended Moran Family and Beach 118 Street can happily smile with the ever so happy and cherished memories shared that day. This year on Saturday, September 6, 2003 at the Beach 118 Stre et Fifth Annual Block Party, Beach 118 Street was renamed Chief John Moran Way in a touching, official NYFD Memorial and Tribute which brought such strength to the family, friends and neighbors of Battalion Chief John Moran. Incredible warmth was given from the many politicians that came to the tribute including Mayor Bloomberg, Congressmen Weiner and Congressman Joseph Crowley (a cousin of Battalion Chief John Moran) and many others. 42-year old John Moran was the best of the best—a Battalion Chief, a Fordham Law School graduate, the father of two beautiful sons, just an incredible tribute to a wonderful, giving man…John’s last words "I’m going in to make a difference" will forever reign in our hearts and minds. Please remember John and the entire Moran family in your prayers and the 3,000 angels watching over all of us on this 2 Anniversary. Many thanks to the many who participated in the Dedication of Beach 118 Street in Honor of Battalion Chief John Moran, to those who attended, to Patricia McGrane, Helen and Mark Barna and the children of Beach 118 Street who keep the Memorial Boardwalk Garden so very beautiful, to Kerri, Erin, Sheila, Ginger, Peggy, Mary Beth, Tara and Kari of Beach 118 Street who know how to organize one heck of a block party each year. God Bless, like their t-shirts read, "118 Best Block on the Rock" now Chief John Moran Way.

We hope to see everyone on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 at the event of the year, the Rockaway Music and Arts Fall Festival. There is something for everyone in the family. There is face painting, sand art, a petting zoo and pony rides for the children. There is musical entertainment, a flower show, food vendors and arts and crafts vendors for everyone. The North Shore Animal League will bring a portable van for pet adoption.

As an active board member of RMAC, we are personally inviting everyone. Please come and enjoy the day with us.

We applaud Con Ed for agreeing to reimburse their customers for food spoiled during the blackout. If your lights were out for more than 12 hours in a 24 hour period, you may collect. Maximum claims of $350 must include an itemized list and proof of loss. Those between $150 and $350 must be accompanied by an itemized list of spoiled food. To receive a claim form, contact your Con Ed office.

As we bring you this information we await an announcement by LIPA that they will do the right thing. After all I stated in my column that we should be reimbursed for our losses.

I was very glad to hear the announcement by Washington Mutual Savings that there would be no charge for the use of their ATM cash machines. Both account holders and those who have accounts at other banks will get free service. We look forward to seeing all financial institutions follow this example. It is very unfair to have to pay to take out your own money.

I was shopping at the new BJ’s in Brooklyn about a week ago. I needed to use an ATM. Much to my chagrin, it was out of money. When we tried the ATM at Target, we found it was out of service. Imagine in a big shopping mall and being unable to get cash. I found there was no bank in the mall. For those who walk around with limited cash, this was some lesson.

We wish a speedy get well to Ann Klein, part of the dancing team of Bernie and Ann, or otherwise known as Ms. Hammels Senior Center. Annie one of the sweetest, finest people you could ever meet. We love you. We wish you a speedy recovery in Peninsula Rehab. We look forward to dancing with you soon.

We are saddened by the loss of Cantor Fuchs who has devoted many years of cantoral services at Congregation Ohab Zedek Belle Harbor Jewish Center. This cantor had one of the best, most powerful voices. We looked forward to hear him do Kol Nidre and many other famous prayers. This great loss will be felt by the Orthodox Jewish community on the West End.

We believe that God must have needed a great cantor to lead the high holy services in heaven. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and congregation.

We remind all our members, friends and active Democrats to send in their dues or renewal at this time. We will have an active season with meetings and special events. The dues are $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for Seniors and Young Dems. Send your dues to the Good Government Regular Democratic club, 112-20 Beach Channel Dr., Rockaway Park NY 11694.

Don’t forget PRIDE-the U2 Show at Paddy K’s on Beach Channel Dr. and Beach 92 Street Friday, September 12 at 10:30 p.m. See you there!

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