2003-09-19 / Columnists

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Lew M. SimonLew M. Simon

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

WOW! What a night at Paddy K’s! For those of you who are not familiar with Paddy K’s it’s known as [The Bridge] the old "under-age place" on 92nd Street and the bay, but NO MORE—Paddy K’s is an oasis of splendor with exceptional patrons. Bobby Ledogar of Broad Channel is doing a beautiful job with his tavern on the bay (oasis) and now as adults you can head back to the tavern with your head held up high…Nice job Bobby-gorgeous! is a gem! the high notes-Amaz-ing

Mayor Michael Bloomberg put to-gether a charter revision commission, which is pushing for elimination of party primaries. We heavily disagree with this. People have chosen a party which agrees with their beliefs, or have not chosen a party for their own reasons.It is a proven fact that children from Pre-K to 3 grade do better in smaller classes. Fourth grade students are gi-ven an ELA test. This determines a child’s ability to read, write and comprehend. This is a time to determine which children need help before they fall through the cracks.It would behoove Mayor Bloomberg, who wants to be known as the Educa-tion Mayor, to put his money where his mouth is by asking the City Charter Commission to allow a referendum on class size. He could find other ways to allow all parties to get together to make a plan for smaller classes in NYC.At this time if the city does not step up to the plate to build additional schools, my prediction is that there will be many over-crowded schools. Two high schools in our region, Richmond Hill and John Adams have split sessions now. It is now time to put the question to the vo-ters. We must allocate more money for construction.We invite you to attend our upcoming Town Hall Forum that will focus on local education. It will be held on Thursday, September 25 at our headquarters, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park.

Among the speakers will be Region 5 Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Cashin, District 27 Superintendent Rita Giar-amita, P.S. 114 Principal Brian O’Con-nell and M.S. 180 Principal George Giberti. Others invited are Beach Channel Principal Barbara Pleener and Far Rockaway H.S. Principal Cheryl Jones.This is your chance for a one on one dialogue. Ask questions you were a-fraid to ask. The meeting is open to all. Be there by 7:30 p.m. to get a seat. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:50 p.m.I have asked The Wave to print one of the form letters received by a constituent one mine. Everyone that writes to the Parks Department is getting the same letter back regarding the antiquated rules and regulations of our beaches and boardwalk. I have asked Benepe, the Park’s Commissioner for a sit down meeting, a Town Hall meeting, a debate in front of Channel 1 and all everyone receives in return is this insignificant letter from Kavanagh, the Dep-uty Commissioner for Op-erations. It is time for them to step up to the mound. We will not give up this fight. 2004 is not going to be more of the same as 2003. Please continue to write or call their offices at The Arsenal, Central Park, New York, New York 10021 Attn. Adrian Benepe, Com-missioner (212) 360-1307.We look forward to seeing you at the Rockaway Music and Arts Council Fall Festival this Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, in front of the bathhouse in Riis Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday.They will have many new arts and crafts vendors from all over, music, food and children’s events. It is great to be able to talk to the artists whose work is on display and for sale. There will be animals to pet and feed or even to take home from the North Shore Animal League. Tickets for the Be-atlemania show at Beach Channel H.S. on Saturday November 22 will be on sale.Get well to one of the best Rockaway couples around, Mildred and Al Schul-man. They are in Peninsula Re-hab. Many of us remember Millie from Arverne, Seaside and Peninsula li-braries. Mildred and I attended Bro-oklyn College together. When I speak of Millie and Al, it reminds me of my own parents. We love the two of you. We wish you a speedy recovery. We look forward to hearing you speak up as you always do for the betterment of Rockaway.As you have read in this paper on last Saturday, there will be a ceremony for Stephen Russell on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bayfield Avenue and Beach 69 Street in Arverne. Stephen was a gentleman and a scholar. A firefighter, Stephen, gave his life on 9/11 to save others. He was one of the nicest people in the world to talk with.Steve Russell spent many hours on the bay that he loved, in a community that he loved. He was a diver and he boated on Jamaica Bay whenever he had the chance.It is an honor to rename the street where he grew up and still lived in his honor. We know he is shining down on us as a special angel. I admire his parents Cliff and Marie for their long support for Rockaway community causes. They have spent countless hours on helping to put together the new Mem-orial Park on Beach 116 Street. Please help honor the memory of Stephen Russell and honor his family as well by attending the street renaming ceremony.WOW! What a night at Paddy K’s! For those of you who are not familiar with Paddy K’s it’s known as [The Bridge] the old "under-age place" on 92nd Street and the bay, but NO MORE—Paddy K’s is an oasis of splendor with exceptional patrons. Bobby Ledogar of Broad Channel is doing a beautiful job with his tavern on the bay (oasis) and now as adults you can head back to the tavern with your head held up high…Nice job Bobby-gorgeous! is a gem! the high notes-Amazing! What a showman-had the gals melting with Laird’s effervescent "Bono-nessence"! Justin the guitar player I chatted with, and Pride’s bass player are from a notable band from Long Island called MANIAC-just the coolest guy around and what a guitar player! "Joe Bertino" Pride’s bass player I am told is the best bass player this side of the sun. Take a bow Justin and Joe! Great stage performance had by all,

Mayor Michael Bloomberg put together a charter revision commission, which is pushing for elimination of party primaries. We heavily disagree with this. People have chosen a party which agrees with their beliefs, or have not chosen a party for their own reasons. It has been a waste of taxpayer money for staff, printing and meetings. A better idea to put on the ballot would be to lower class size in NYC schools. Many organizations involved with schools are supporting this idea. They include ACORN, the Educational Priorities Panel, the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Committee, the Hispanic Federation, the New York Central Labor Council, the New York State Conference of NAACP Branches, the United Parents Association and the UFT. It is quite obvious to anyone that smaller groups of children allow the teacher to give more individual attention and support to each child. If you are asking where are they getting the money for more classrooms and personnel, the answer is quite clear. Where does the lottery money go? If the money went where it is supposed to go we would definitely have more schools built and smaller class size. It is a proven fact that children from Pre-K to 3 grade do better in smaller classes. Fourth grade students are given an ELA test. This determines a child’s ability to read, write and comprehend. This is a time to determine which children need help before they fall through the cracks. It would behoove Mayor Bloomberg, who wants to be known as the Education Mayor, to put his money where his mouth is by asking the City Charter Commission to allow a referendum on class size. He could find other ways to allow all parties to get together to make a plan for smaller classes in NYC. At this time if the city does not step up to the plate to build additional schools, my prediction is that there will be many over-crowded schools. Two high schools in our region, Richmond Hill and John Adams have split sessions now. It is now time to put the question to the voters. We must allocate more money for construction. We hope you will join us by phoning Mayor Michael Bloomberg at (212) 788-3000, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott at (212) 788-3106, and Chancellor Joel Klein at (212) 374-6000. We must hold them accountable. Population is booming in District 27. It is very important that we act immediately. We invite you to attend our upcoming Town Hall Forum on local education on Thursday, September 25 at our headquarters, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park. Among the speakers will be Region 5 Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Distrit 27 Superintendent Rita Giaramita, P.S. 114 Principal Brian O’Connell and M.S. 180 Principal George Giberti. Others invited are Beach Channel Principal Barbara Pleener and Far Rockaway H.S. Principal Cheryl Jones. This is your chance for a one on one dialogue. Ask questions you were afraid to ask. The meeting is open to all. Whether you are an educator, parent, grandparent or educational advocate, all are welcome. Bagels and cream cheese and coffee are served. Get here by 7:30 p.m. to get a seat. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:50 p.m. I have asked The Wave to print one of the form letters received by a constituent one mine. Everyone that writes to the Parks Department is getting the same letter back regarding the antiquated rules and regulations of our beaches and boardwalk. I have asked Benepe, the Park’s Commissioner for a sit down meeting, a Town Hall meeting, a debate in front of Channel 1 and all everyone receives in return is this insignificant letter from Kavanagh, the Deputy Commissioner for Operations. It is time for them to step up to the mound. We will not give up this fight. 2004 is not going to be more of the same as 2003. Please continue to write or call their offices at The Arsenal, Central Park, New York, New York 10021 Attn. Adrian Benepe, Commissioner (212) 360-1307. This is the time to join or renew your membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic club. The dues are $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for Seniors and Young Dems. Send it to our headquarters or bring your check with you to the meeting. We need your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the Rockaway Music and Arts Council Fall Festival this Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, in front of the bathhouse in Riis Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. They will have many new arts and crafts vendors from all over, music, food and children’s events. It is great to be able to talk to the artists whose work is on display and for sale. There will be animals to pet and feed or even to take home from the North Shore Animal League. Tickets for the Beatlemania show at Beach Channel H.S. on Saturday November 22 will be on sale. Get well to one of the best Rockaway couples around, Mildred and Al Schulman. They are in Peninsula Rehab. Many of us remember Millie from Arverne, Seaside and Peninsula libraries. Mildred and I attended Brooklyn College together. When I speak of Millie and Al, it reminds me of my own parents. We love the two of you. We wish you a speedy recovery. We look forward to hearing you speak up as you always do for the betterment of Rockaway. As you have read in this paper on last Saturday, there will be a ceremony for Stephen Russell on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bayfield Avenue and Beach 69 Street in Arverne. Stephen was a gentleman and a scholar. A firefighter, Stephen, gave his life on 9/11 to save others. He was one of the nicest people in the world to talk with. It is an honor to rename the street where he grew up and still lived in his honor. We know he is shining down on us as a special angel. I admire his parents Cliff and Marie for their long support for Rockaway community causes. They have spent countless hours on helping to put together the new Memorial Park on Beach 116 Street. Please help honor the memory of Stephen by attending the street renaming ceremony..WOW! What a night at Paddy K’s! For those of you who are not familiar with Paddy K’s it’s known as [The Bridge] the old "under-age place" on 92nd Street and the bay, but NO MORE—Paddy K’s is an oasis of splendor with exceptional patrons. Bobby Ledogar of Broad Channel is doing a beautiful job with his tavern on the bay (oasis) and now as adults you can head back to the tavern with your head held up high…Nice job Bobby-gorgeous! is a gem! the high notes-Amazing! What a showman-had the gals melting with Laird’s effervescent "Bono-nessence"! Justin the guitar player I chatted with, and Pride’s bass player are from a notable band from Long Island called MANIAC-just the coolest guy around and what a guitar player! "Joe Bertino" Pride’s bass player I am told is the best bass player this side of the sun. Take a bow Justin and Joe! Great stage performance had by all,

Mayor Michael Bloomberg put together a charter revision commission, which is pushing for elimination of party primaries. We heavily disagree with this. People have chosen a party which agrees with their beliefs, or have not chosen a party for their own reasons. It has been a waste of taxpayer money for staff, printing and meetings. A better idea to put on the ballot would be to lower class size in NYC schools. Many organizations involved with schools are supporting this idea. They include ACORN, the Educational Priorities Panel, the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Committee, the Hispanic Federation, the New York Central Labor Council, the New York State Conference of NAACP Branches, the United Parents Association and the UFT. It is quite obvious to anyone that smaller groups of children allow the teacher to give more individual attention and support to each child. If you are asking where are they getting the money for more classrooms and personnel, the answer is quite clear. Where does the lottery money go? If the money went where it is supposed to go we would definitely have more schools built and smaller class size. It is a proven fact that children from Pre-K to 3 grade do better in smaller classes. Fourth grade students are given an ELA test. This determines a child’s ability to read, write and comprehend. This is a time to determine which children need help before they fall through the cracks. It would behoove Mayor Bloomberg, who wants to be known as the Education Mayor, to put his money where his mouth is by asking the City Charter Commission to allow a referendum on class size. He could find other ways to allow all parties to get together to make a plan for smaller classes in NYC. At this time if the city does not step up to the plate to build additional schools, my prediction is that there will be many over-crowded schools. Two high schools in our region, Richmond Hill and John Adams have split sessions now. It is now time to put the question to the voters. We must allocate more money for construction. We hope you will join us by phoning Mayor Michael Bloomberg at (212) 788-3000, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott at (212) 788-3106, and Chancellor Joel Klein at (212) 374-6000. We must hold them accountable. Population is booming in District 27. It is very important that we act immediately. We invite you to attend our upcoming Town Hall Forum on local education on Thursday, September 25 at our headquarters, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park. Among the speakers will be Region 5 Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Distrit 27 Superintendent Rita Giaramita, P.S. 114 Principal Brian O’Connell and M.S. 180 Principal George Giberti. Others invited are Beach Channel Principal Barbara Pleener and Far Rockaway H.S. Principal Cheryl Jones. This is your chance for a one on one dialogue. Ask questions you were afraid to ask. The meeting is open to all. Whether you are an educator, parent, grandparent or educational advocate, all are welcome. Bagels and cream cheese and coffee are served. Get here by 7:30 p.m. to get a seat. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:50 p.m. I have asked The Wave to print one of the form letters received by a constituent one mine. Everyone that writes to the Parks Department is getting the same letter back regarding the antiquated rules and regulations of our beaches and boardwalk. I have asked Benepe, the Park’s Commissioner for a sit down meeting, a Town Hall meeting, a debate in front of Channel 1 and all everyone receives in return is this insignificant letter from Kavanagh, the Deputy Commissioner for Operations. It is time for them to step up to the mound. We will not give up this fight. 2004 is not going to be more of the same as 2003. Please continue to write or call their offices at The Arsenal, Central Park, New York, New York 10021 Attn. Adrian Benepe, Commissioner (212) 360-1307. This is the time to join or renew your membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic club. The dues are $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for Seniors and Young Dems. Send it to our headquarters or bring your check with you to the meeting. We need your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the Rockaway Music and Arts Council Fall Festival this Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, in front of the bathhouse in Riis Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. They will have many new arts and crafts vendors from all over, music, food and children’s events. It is great to be able to talk to the artists whose work is on display and for sale. There will be animals to pet and feed or even to take home from the North Shore Animal League. Tickets for the Beatlemania show at Beach Channel H.S. on Saturday November 22 will be on sale. Get well to one of the best Rockaway couples around, Mildred and Al Schulman. They are in Peninsula Rehab. Many of us remember Millie from Arverne, Seaside and Peninsula libraries. Mildred and I attended Brooklyn College together. When I speak of Millie and Al, it reminds me of my own parents. We love the two of you. We wish you a speedy recovery. We look forward to hearing you speak up as you always do for the betterment of Rockaway. As you have read in this paper on last Saturday, there will be a ceremony for Stephen Russell on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bayfield Avenue and Beach 69 Street in Arverne. Stephen was a gentleman and a scholar. A firefighter, Stephen, gave his life on 9/11 to save others. He was one of the nicest people in the world to talk with. It is an honor to rename the street where he grew up and still lived in his honor. We know he is shining down on us as a special angel. I admire his parents Cliff and Marie for their long support for Rockaway community causes. They have spent countless hours on helping to put together the new Memorial Park on Beach 116 Street. Please help honor the memory of Stephen by attending the street renaming ceremony.. It has been a waste of taxpayer money for staff, printing and meetings. A better idea to put on the ballot would be to lower class size in NYC schools. Many organizations involved with schools are supporting this idea. They include ACORN, the Educational Priorities Panel, the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Committee, the Hispanic Federation, the New York Central Labor Council, the New York State Conference of NAACP Branches, the United Parents Association and the UFT. It is quite obvious to anyone that smaller groups of children allow the teacher to give more individual attention and support to each child. If you are asking where are they getting the money for more classrooms and personnel, the answer is quite clear. Where does the lottery money go? If the money went where it is supposed to go we would definitely have more schools built and smaller class size. It is a proven fact that children from Pre-K to 3 grade do better in smaller classes. Fourth grade students are given an ELA test. This determines a child’s ability to read, write and comprehend. This is a time to determine which children need help before they fall through the cracks. It would behoove Mayor Bloomberg, who wants to be known as the Education Mayor, to put his money where his mouth is by asking the City Charter Commission to allow a referendum on class size. He could find other ways to allow all parties to get together to make a plan for smaller classes in NYC. At this time if the city does not step up to the plate to build additional schools, my prediction is that there will be many over-crowded schools. Two high schools in our region, Richmond Hill and John Adams have split sessions now. It is now time to put the question to the voters. We must allocate more money for construction. We hope you will join us by phoning Mayor Michael Bloomberg at (212) 788-3000, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott at (212) 788-3106, and Chancellor Joel Klein at (212) 374-6000. We must hold them accountable. Population is booming in District 27. It is very important that we act immediately. We invite you to attend our upcoming Town Hall Forum on local education on Thursday, September 25 at our headquarters, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park. Among the speakers will be Region 5 Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Distrit 27 Superintendent Rita Giaramita, P.S. 114 Principal Brian O’Connell and M.S. 180 Principal George Giberti. Others invited are Beach Channel Principal Barbara Pleener and Far Rockaway H.S. Principal Cheryl Jones. This is your chance for a one on one dialogue. Ask questions you were afraid to ask. The meeting is open to all. Whether you are an educator, parent, grandparent or educational advocate, all are welcome. Bagels and cream cheese and coffee are served. Get here by 7:30 p.m. to get a seat. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:50 p.m. I have asked The Wave to print one of the form letters received by a constituent one mine. Everyone that writes to the Parks Department is getting the same letter back regarding the antiquated rules and regulations of our beaches and boardwalk. I have asked Benepe, the Park’s Commissioner for a sit down meeting, a Town Hall meeting, a debate in front of Channel 1 and all everyone receives in return is this insignificant letter from Kavanagh, the Deputy Commissioner for Operations. It is time for them to step up to the mound. We will not give up this fight. 2004 is not going to be more of the same as 2003. Please continue to write or call their offices at The Arsenal, Central Park, New York, New York 10021 Attn. Adrian Benepe, Commissioner (212) 360-1307. This is the time to join or renew your membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic club. The dues are $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for Seniors and Young Dems. Send it to our headquarters or bring your check with you to the meeting. We need your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the Rockaway Music and Arts Council Fall Festival this Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, in front of the bathhouse in Riis Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. They will have many new arts and crafts vendors from all over, music, food and children’s events. It is great to be able to talk to the artists whose work is on display and for sale. There will be animals to pet and feed or even to take home from the North Shore Animal League. Tickets for the Beatlemania show at Beach Channel H.S. on Saturday November 22 will be on sale. Get well to one of the best Rockaway couples around, Mildred and Al Schulman. They are in Peninsula Rehab. Many of us remember Millie from Arverne, Seaside and Peninsula libraries. Mildred and I attended Brooklyn College together. When I speak of Millie and Al, it reminds me of my own parents. We love the two of you. We wish you a speedy recovery. We look forward to hearing you speak up as you always do for the betterment of Rockaway. As you have read in this paper on last Saturday, there will be a ceremony for Stephen Russell on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bayfield Avenue and Beach 69 Street in Arverne. Stephen was a gentleman and a scholar. A firefighter, Stephen, gave his life on 9/11 to save others. He was one of the nicest people in the world to talk with. It is an honor to rename the street where he grew up and still lived in his honor. We know he is shining down on us as a special angel. I admire his parents Cliff and Marie for their long support for Rockaway community causes. They have spent countless hours on helping to put together the new Memorial Park on Beach 116 Street. Please help honor the memory of Stephen by attending the street renaming ceremony..


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