Commentary From the Desk of Lew M. Simon,
Democratic District Leader, 23 rd A.D. Part B
'Tis another political year.
Democratic nominating petitions are out for the reelection of our outstanding District Attorney, Richard A. Brown. We urge all registered Democrats to please affix their names on his reelection petition.
We are in the process of hiring added Board of Elections inspectors, poll workers, door clerks, information clerks and Spanish and Chinese interpreters to work on Primary Day, Tuesday, September 18; Election Day, Tuesday, November 6; and Presidential Primary Day, Tuesday, February 5.
The requirements are being an enrolled Democrat in the 23rd A.D. Part B, working from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., with an hour for lunch and an hour for dinner. You are paid $200 each day. If you are interested in a position, you must call our office at 718-945-1216 now.
For all those who agree that the price of gas is ridiculous, we urge you to eat locally at the Last Stop restaurant, which is located at 222 Beach 116 Street next to the subway station. It is now owned by Carlos, the head chef at Rockaway's own Beach Club.
He and his partners, Mario and Guaralupe are the great team of cooks who worked at the Beach Club. The food at Last Stop is prepared fresh, is most delicious and reasonable. They are open seven days a week, until 8 p.m. I recommend that you come and bring your family.
Mary Sorrentino is collecting information to make an affordable ferry ($2 to $4 a ride) possible. She is using her website, www.rockawayferry.com to learn the optimum arrival time at Wall Street, NY and the optimum PM departure time from Wall Street. You can also submit your opinions and concerns and show support.
Our next Atlantic City bus trip will be on Saturday, June 16. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $35 with $25 returned. Bagels and cream cheese are provided by Beach Bagels. Call our office now for tickets.
We are looking for interns and volunteers for the summer and fall. Students may receive school credit for their computer work and attending community meetings. Call my office for information.
Your membership is always welcome. The cost is $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for seniors and young Dems. Send your check to the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, N.Y. 11694.
Once again, we are proud to bring you Dancing Under the Stars, sponsored by Sweet'N Low, every Tuesday evening at Beach 84 Street and the Boardwalk. There will be line dancing, ballroom dancing and disco. It is free of charge for all. Come bring your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins by the dozens. It will start on Tuesday, July 10.
Saturday June 9 was a very busy day in Rockaway. It was the kickoff of the 8th Annual Relay for Life. This great family event was held at Beach Channel High School. It started with the Survivors Lap with the many survivors who have beaten cancer. This day is a fundraiser with all money earmarked for research.
We ended our evening by attending the 68th annual Journal Dinner of the West End Temple. This year's honoree was the past president, Marsha Weber, who served for the past two years and was vice president for the prior two years. She is an Assistant Principal for the New York City Department of Education and an outstanding educator, great administrator and a loving, helpful daughter to her loving mother, Evelyn, who was also an educator. Weber's leadership helped to bring in many new members to West End Temple.
The other two honorees were the loving couple, Harold and Ronni Schwab, residents of Rockaway since 1960, who met in high school and attended Harvard and Radcliffe together. While Harold went to law school, Ronni taught in a small town.
Harold is now an outstanding attorney with Lester, Schwab, Katz and Dwyer. Ronni formed a successful fundraising firm and was elected to Community School Board 27.
Ronni has given of herself tirelessly and voluntarily as an unpaid school board member who fought to improve the quality of education in our district. Harold has assisted legally on numerous community issues. This year's three honorees are the best of the best.
Rabbi Marjorie Slome is a dynamic, dedicated and devoted spiritual leader. The incoming president, Chaya Kirchein, is a breath of fresh air and a well-organized administrator who worked diligently to help keep the Temple's doors open. She and her wonderful committee help to collect needed funding. The members are Ruth Boss, Emily Cenamo, Elaine Gelda, Ronni Schwab, Edward Spierer, Florence Spierer, and Jeffrey Zweifler.
We had a fantastic time. It was the first time I had ever been in the Sands in Atlantic Beach. The food and ambience of the catering facility were superb. I would definitely recommend it.
On Monday evening, I attended the annual meeting of Peninsula Hospital. We were welcomed by board chairman Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E. Presentations were made by P.S. 104 in Bayswater, P.S. 215, Far Rockaway, and P.S. 333, the Goldie Maple Academy, in Arverne. Each of the schools made a sizable donation to assist the pediatric unit at Peninsula. The choruses of P.S. 215 and P.S. 114 entertained us. After the installation of the Board of Directors, CEO Robert Levine gave a heartwarming speech about the fine care given by hospital staff and all the improvements ongoing at Peninsula. Levine is an outstanding CEO who fought to add the money needed to make PGH a top-rated, state-of-the-art hospital.
We are saddened by the death of Rockaway matriarch Anna Moriarty, a resident since 1983. She was a kind, loving and generous individual who always helped our community as well as anyone who needed her assistance. She was class personified, a wonderful wife and an outstanding woman. The community suffered a major loss. Our loss is heaven's gain. I'm sure god must have needed a special angel with a heart of gold and a lot of love to go with it. My deepest sympathy to the family.