2003-10-17 / 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

Did you see an accident on Crossbay Boulevard near Eckerd Drugs on Wednesday, October 8 at 2:50 P.M.? Chris and Tori Kelly were on their motorcycle and were hit by a car. A woman who was a witness said she "saw the lady plow into us". We are asking that woman or any other witnesses to come forward to help the Kellys, who are from Broad Channel. Call my office at 945-1216 if you can help. The Kellys thank Kim, an EMT from Belle Harbor who helped them get timely medical attention at Parkway Hospital. Six hours later she drove them home. That’s the kind of neighborliness we like to see. Many people know Chris as a coach with the BCAC.

The 16th Annual Dinner Dance of the Good Government Regular Democratic club will be held on Wednesday December 3 at The Beach Club. A full sit-down diner including beer, wine and soda will be served. There will be a DJ and live music. Glatt Kosher food will be available. Among the honorees will be Alphonse Catanese Sr. local builder and contractor; John Norbury, Business Agent of Laborers Local 79 and President of the Queens Board of Business Agents of the Building Construction Trades council; John Socha, President of Local 1321, Queensboro Library Guild, Barney Cassidy, member of the Board of Directors of the Breezy Point Cooperative, Maxine Schack, Executive Director of the Neponsit Adult Day Care Center, and Teresa Harris, President of the Bay Towers Tenants Association; Bryan Bernath of Bryan’s Automotive and Barbara and Elizabeth Buffolino and Karen Nevirs of S.H.A.F.T.

We want to honor these fine people who have done so much for our community. We need your continued support to keep our office open and our phones working. We receive no government support and need your participation. Call for reservations at 945-1216. Send your checks to the club at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

Our next Atlantic City trip is off and running. We will go to Trump Marina on Saturday, November 15. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return 8:00 a.m. There are 8 hours to enjoy. Bagels and cream cheese courtesy of Rockaway Bagels are served. Reservations are a must and tickets must be paid in advance. Call our office now.

Happy 40th birthday to Al Catanese Jr. of Two Brothers Construction. Many, many more from the third brother, Lew.

We are saddened by the loss of the mother of Boomie Pinter member of Community Board 14 and a leader of the Orthodox Jewish community.

Thursday evening we attended the St. Rose of Lima 12th Annual Dinner Dance. I am the vine, you are the branches. John 15:5. St. rose of Lima was founded in 1886. This year they honored Father Peter D. Gillen KCHS. Father Peter D. Gillen, one of the 13 children of Edward and Patricia Mills of Broad Channel was born in the old Rockaway Beach Hospital on August 10, 1951. In many ways he feels that his life has come full circle as he now lives and ministers down the block from where he was born.

His home parish, St. Virgilius, began as a mission of St. Rose. He was educated in St. Virgilius School, Cathedral Prep Seminary and Cathedral and Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. He was ordained a deacon in January 1977 and a priest on February 11, 1978. Father Peter celebrated his 25 anniversary with his family and parish family last February. On November 21, he will mark his 10th anniversary as pastor of St. Rose. The dinner was held in Russo’s Catering Hall in Howard Beach, with over 600 people attending. The highlight of the night was the out-spoken Sister Barbara, one of the teachers at St. Rose. She roasted Father Peter in the style of the old Dean Martin show.

Local elected representatives presented official proclamations. Father Peter, very humble as usual, has added life and brought many young people to St. Rose of Lima Church.

The team of Father Gillen and Mrs. Anderson, the school principal, along with the staff and sisters, and the Pastoral Council have made St. Rose one of the best parishes on the beach. Congratulations to Father Peter on an honor well deserved. We had a wonderful time.

On Sunday evening we attended the 40th birthday of Jonathan Roberts, President of the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor. Jonathan Roberts is one of the nicest, kindest and most generous individuals you can meet. He is a brilliant computer teacher, great father and a great spiritual and religious person. He has been working diligently with the board of the yeshiva to make it one of the finest in the city. Even at his birthday party he sat picking my brain to raise money for the yeshiva. He even asked if we could reach out to the Graybeards or another group that could donate time to install new doors on the classrooms. The party was well attended by a Who’s Who of the neighborhood and the Hebrew and English principals of the school. In lieu of birthday gifts, Jonathan asked people to make a contribution to the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor. Happy 40th. May you have another 140 more and may your dreams of one day living in Israel and raising your family in Israel come true.

The Good Government Democratic Club is open on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 11 p.m. If we don’t have a speaker, you are welcome to just come in to chat. You are always invited to become a member, but membership is not required.

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