From the Desk of Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B
We wish to thank and remember the following merchants who have been superb and wonderful. Their contributions of merchandise and services made many of our guests at the dinner dance winners. We urge everyone to support these merchants. Rockaway’s own Beach Club, the generosity of the staff with their time and effort in helping make the dinner a huge success. Special thanks to Steve and Kenny Good, Theresa, Carol and Donna for helping us to accommodate over 400 great supporters. We wish to give a special thanks to Bernie Grant, Owner of Audio Visual, who repairs TV’s, VCR’s and stereos for helping our dream come true by providing equipment to simulcast so people in the adjacent room could see the events. Sean Minardi of SMC Designs (Websites and other computer/ a/v needs) provided us with sound equipment and audio/video. Adam Funtleyder of Funtime Entertainment spent the night as our DJ. Maria of Ciro’s Bakery provided us with a huge cake to feed us all. Other generous merchants included AJ Jewelers, Beach Distributor, Blockbuster, Brown’s Harware, Bryan Auto, Busy Bee Store for Learning, Cadawan’s, Two Brothers Construction, Channel Haircutters, C-Town, CVS, Dave’s Liquors Beach 87th St., The Fisherman, George’s Florist, Greenpoint Bank, Dragon’s Den, Harbor Liquors, Harbor Opticians, Key Food, Kerry Hills (Jimmy Sullivan), Kings Pharmacy, Midas, Mirkin Opticians, Mocean, Mr. Rocco’s, North Fork Bank, 115 Hardware, Pickles & Pies, Rockaway Farm, Sherwood Diner, Station Liquors/Price Cutters, Sunoco, Tiberio’s, TopTop Nail Salon, Video Waves and the NJ Devils.
This was the Good Government Regular Democratic Club’s 16th Annual Dinner Dance on Wednesday, December 3. Club members June Baehr, Sara Berger, Mary Bowles, Judith Smith and Linda Ward also made contributions.
On this special occasion, we instituted two new annual awards in loving memory of two of our best friends and board members. The Stephen Lefkowitz Memorial Award was given to Maxine Schack, Executive Director of Neponsit Adult Day Care for her exemplary leadership, for her guidance, dedication and devotion and for supporting the medical and social needs of the Rockaway community senior citizens. A special plaque was presented to Sara Lefkowitz. It reads, "In loving memory of a special angel lost on 9/11, who gave his life for us. We loved him, will remember him and will never forget him".
A plaque was presented to Dorothy Cincotta reading "In loving memory of his service, Dominick Cincotta who gave so much to our community. His generosity and kindness will never be forgotten. God bless you." The Mickey Cincotta Development Award was presented to Alphonse Catanese Sr. (Two Brothers Construction). It reads, "For your
understanding belief in
the Rockaway community, never wavering on making a difference where you lived and putting your money where your mouth is."
We presented John Norbury, Business Agent of Laborers Local 79 and President of the Queens Board of Business Agents of the Building Construction Trades Council with a Humanitarian Award.
John Socha, President of Local 1321, Queens Borough Library Guild has worked for the Queens Borough Library for 30 years. He served as branch manager of our Seaside branch for 10 years and also served on the board of the Howard Beach Senior Citizens Center. His plaque reads "For your outstanding tireless service, we recognize and appreciate your leadership and efforts for keeping the doors to the Queens Borough Public Library Open to All".
Terry Harris, President of the Bay Towers Tenants Association, received a Leadership Award. I worked closely with Terry and other residents of Bay Towers to fight a rent increase and improve living conditions in Bay Towers.
Barbara Buffalino, Elizabeth Buffalino and Karen Nevirs received a Humanitarian Award for their work with S.H.A.F.T., the Surfside Housing Association for Tenants. SHAFT fought to protect tenants after the City of New York demanded $30 million in back-taxes from the landlord. Their plaque reads, "Through your leadership, commitment and guidance you have succeeded as a team in securing for the residents of Surfside Housing an improved quality of life."
Barney Cassidy in a career with the Department of Corrections as a Warden, worked with other city departments and was President of the Correction Emerald Society. He is the founder and president of Shamrock Computers Inc., which consults and serves schools and businesses. Barney is a Director of the Breezy Point Cooperative and President of the Rockaway Point Association. He received a Leadership award.
Bryan Bernath received the Community Business Award. He is the owner and operator of Bryan’s Autmotive on Beach 100 Street. Bryan’s commitment to excellent repairs and outstanding customer service for Rockaway’s car-dependent community is what made Bryan’s Auto a mainstay on the peninsula.
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all our friends, readers and constituents. We also wish a Happy New Year since our column won’t run again until the New Year.
We are saddened by the loss of four outstanding individuals who have given so much to our community. John Peter Moroney was a great friend to our community, a veteran and a supporter of all good causes, a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather. James P. Supple, who spent over 45 years in our community, was in his early 90’s. He was very active in Irish culture and heritage as well as community issues. Mr. Supple was a kind, caring, loving individual who took the time to make sure the needy were fed by personally bringing money and food to those in need. He was a great father, grandfather and husband.
We are also saddened by the loss of Alex Fagin, father of Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, one of the nicest, kindest men you could ever ask to meet. His great support of his daughter, Audrey, his love for his family and community made him one of the most special people you could ever meet.
We are also saddened by the loss of Josephine McMonagle. Josephine was an active member of St. Thomas choir and Golden Age club, Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department. Jo was a live wire who knew how to have a good time and lots of fun. At all of the events at the Golden Age club Jo coordinated entertainment for the evening. She asked people to sing and dance and tell jokes. She always got me to join in. She was one of the sweetest, finest women you could ever meet with a heart of gold.
During this special holiday season god must have needed special angels to perform miracles on earth. Our loss of these fine, outstanding individuals must be because God needed them to be angels looking over us. My deepest sympathy to the families. We will greatly miss them all.
Anyone who would like to make a contribution can send it to Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park NY 11694. We love what we do and want to continue.
The night was made very special when the Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes and Drums marched the honorees through the two rooms and performed their beautiful melodies for over 45 minutes. Thanks to Terence Williams and the bagpipes for a superb job. God bless you from the bottom of my heart.