2005-04-22 / Columnists

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Lew M. SimonLew M. Simon

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

We would like to wish all of our Jewish constituents, friends and neighbors a happy, healthy, joyous Passover.

As we enter into the holiday season I must thank all who have contributed to the survival of St. Virgilius and St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Schools. Your charity has gone a long way.

During the next few weeks I must once again call for your assistance in funding the Philip port Unit of the American Cancer Society. They will once again have their annual fundraiser with a beautiful luncheon on Thursday June 16 at Rockaway’s own Beach Club, where the food and service are always the best.

When you see me I will be selling raffles. Each raffle will be $2 a ticket. We will be raffling off over 100 prizes including a 19 inch color TV. All money will be turned over to the American Cancer Society to be used for research. If anybody would like to donate a gift to be raffled please feel free to stop by or call my office.

A week ago Maxine Schack, Executive Director of the Neponsit Day Care Center, retired. Maxine is a wonderful, talented, intellectual professional who has a heart of gold and a lot of love to share with her clients and staff. Maxine will definitely be missed. We wish Maxine a great retirement and know we will be seeing you in the neighborhood.

By a great miracle, Veronica Heyer, former comptroller of the Neponsit Home, has replaced Maxine as Executive Director. She is a breath of  fresh air, highly energetic, personable, loving, kind and extremely professional as well as being a Rockawayite. We wish Ronnie success and happiness for a long career.

The Neponsit staff dedicated a song to Maxine. Some parts of the Song  for Maxine are: Once upon a time there was Neponsit, At Beach 149 Street, facing the sea. There the story of our day care started-

With no one great to run our “family”

Then one day they overheard her name, Maxine Schack, in admissions, was the best-

Soon they begged her to begin the day care,

And so she did with talent and finesse-    ...

1998 soon fell upon us,

The dreadful day we had to close our doors, Chaos and depression all around us, Our clients’ dreams were shattered ever more,

But Maxine did not bend or lose all hope,

She persevered and looked at every site,

Found Beach 9, and settled at the temple, And reunited all, with all her might

Since 1986 we have been a strong supporter of having a designated surfing beach in the Rockaways. Through the years environmental activist Bernard Blum, President of Friends of Rockaway, fought tirelessly and diligently to get Beach 38 Street designated as a surfing beach named for Duke Kahanamoka who brought the sport from Hawaii. That beach has been closed due to “erosion” or some other excuse.

During the past few years there has been a ticket blitz against surfers, fishermen, tanners and swimmers. We made up our minds that we are not going to take it any more. It is quite obvious that the two rallies we led and the petition we circulated played a large part in moving various elected officials to get state laws changed to permit the Parks Dep’t to designate Beach 90 St. an official surfing beach.

The Beach Channel High School band has just been wonderful to our community. Whenever we need them to entertain for a fundraiser or march in a parade they are always eager to participate. Now it is time to assist them with their financial burdens. BCHS will have a spring concert Saturday May 14 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $6 each. If you are interested in making a donation or buying some tickets call my office at 945-1216.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday May 21. The cost is $32 with $25 and a free gift returned. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. Bagels and cream cheese and movies are served on the bus.

Call my office now for reservations.

It is so beautiful to see the daffodils on the triangle at Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive. You know spring is in the air.

On Monday April 18 the Queens County Democratic Organization District Leaders endorsed the reelection of our wonderful city Comptroller William Thompson who has done a superb job of forcing the MTA to account for its funds. They are also supporting the Public Advocate, Betsy Gotbaum, who was Parks Commissioner during the Dinkins administration, and a future summer resident of the Rockaways.

If you think we’re doing a good job, please continue to support us by becoming a member. The dues are $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for Seniors and Young Dems. Make your check payable to the Good Government Regular Democratic club and send it to 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park 11694. We will bring candidates for city wide office to our meeting on every Thursday in May. Watch this column for details.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ann Feeney, a great pioneer woman who worked extremely hard for the St. Camillus band and many other community issues. She was a loving mother, grandmother and a wonderful happy go lucky class individual. We know in our heart that God must have needed a special angel to organize in heaven.

My deepest sympathy to the family.

We have requested that Community Board 14 rename Beach 115 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard “Rob’s Hardware Way” in loving memory of the late Robert Krinis. He was a gentleman, scholar and a mensch. It’s not every day that we find a person like him.

He will be missed deeply.

If we can be of any assistance at any time please don’t be intimidated by an answering machine. We are unpaid and don’t have money for staff. Our phone rings in our home and office.

No calls will go unreturned, no matter what time of day or night.

God bless all of you.    

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