2004-12-03 / Columnists

Simon says...

Lew M. Simon
Lew M. Simon

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

This past week I was mortified by the announcement of a new video game from a firm in Glasgow, Scotland.  Traffic Management Ltd. under managing  director Kurk Ewing has put out a video game to retrace the shooting of John F. Kennedy. The objective is to disprove the conspiracy theories and to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald killed John F. Kennedy alone.

Anybody, child or adult, can download this program and practice killing our late President Kennedy. Talk about anger. Talk about four letter expletives. The anger that raged through me caused me to write this in my column.

Talk about outrage. Can you imagine, after losing one of our best presidents while riding in an open car in Dallas, Texas? For many of us it brings back very sad memories whether we believe the president was shot by one person or several and how the plan was devised.

Still I’m sure all of you are as mad as I am. Yes, we are aware that many video games are violent. Could you imagine shooting JFK, the President? My heart goes out to the Kennedy family. We urge everyone to write letters and voice their outrage about this diabolical, sick, frightening rendition of a reenactment  with a twist allowing us to reshoot our beloved president. What next, will they recreate shooting the late President Reagan? For shame on this company. Let’s put an end to this nonsense.

Last Saturday I stopped by the new apartment building, the Rockaway Beach Towers, at 214 Beach 96 Street in which Gary Gliboff is renting apartments. Gary took me on a guided tour of a beautiful building with beautiful granite floors and nice apartments. This seven-story building has between 75 and 80 apartments. Each apartment has beautiful parquet floors at a reasonable rent.

On Sunday afternoon the kickoff of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day parade fundraiser was held at Rockaway’s own Beach Club. The food and atmosphere was superb. Service is always excellent.

This year we will be honoring several fine people as Deputy Grand Marshals. Joseph Perotta is a florist who donates a lot to senior services. Edward Shevlin, Sr. is president of the St. Camillus Golden Age Club. Frank Connolly employs many residents in his construction business. Terence Williams is in charge of the Breezy Point Bagpipes and Drum band. 

Keith (Bugsy) Goldberg is co-president of the P.S. 114 Parent’s Association and very active in youth activities including the C.Y.O. Brian O’Connell is the principal of P.S. 114 who has made a great difference in educational standards for our children. Mary Bowles is a community activist and a great lady who attends all community meetings to improve the quality of life in our community.

John Conroy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Breezy Poiont Cooperative and a lieutenant in counter terrorism of the NYC Police Department. Terry Ariola has worked diligently to improve life in the 23 A.D. She is a lady of class, professional and with a heart of gold. 

Also being honored is the late Helen Toland. Helen accepted the honor and due to her untimely death we lost a special angel. She was involved in so many things in our community. We will be remembering her at the 2005 parade.

The Honorary Male Grand Marshal is Gerard McCabe from the building trades. Our Male Grand Marshal is none other than our great friend James Mahony, business agent of Local 580 Ornamental and Architectural Iron Workers. He is a great fighter for the union and union workers in New York.

Music was presented by the Martin Quinn Band.

The 30th annual parade will be on Saturday, March 5, 2005.

We would like to give a special thank you to supervisor Petra for responding immediately after garbage cans were removed from Beach Channel Drive from Beach 112 Street to Beach 116 Street. He came over immediately to meet with me in  my office and walked through the strip of Beach Channel Drive to see where the cans had been and where they were needed.

On Thanksgiving we had a great time with Joe and Roberta DiCannio. I consider them family.

They are two wonderful community conscious people with a heart of gold and love for the Rockaway community. It was great to see Bill and Roselle Sampol and share a lot of laughs and good times. They are the owners, with their daughter Elizabeth, of Elizabeth’s Dance School on Mickey Carton Way between Beach 108 and Beach 109 Streets.

After we left we went to visit our dear friend Lt. Robert Nussberger of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and his wonderful  wife Pat where we shared a couple of mugs of tea and a lot of pleasant stories. This hero of 9/11 as a volunteer fireman was crushed and we nearly lost him. They are still struggling to pay the bills. He was forgotten because he was not a city fireman but a volunteer. It would be great to see someone come forward to help the Nussbergers get back on their feet.

Looking for kittens? We know of 10 available kittens for adoption. They are tiger colored, calico and gray and white. Please call 718-634-4605 after

6 p.m.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday December 11. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $32 with $25 returned and a 100-minute phone card. Bagels and cream cheese are served courtesy of Beach Bagels.

Call 718-945-1216 for reservations.

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