2007-07-13 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

We had a great "Breezy" week. On Wednesday and Thursday evening, St. Thomas More-St Edmund's proudly presented its 19th annual parish show, "That's Life," directed and choreographed by Maryellen Barnes, produced by our own Twozee. The opening number, "When You Wish upon a Star" included Jimmy O'Meara, Paul Rudolph, the great Ed Deacy, Tom Maclellan, and the great Al Lo Voi.

"Mamma" was sung by Cathy Murfitt and Lo Voi. This brought tears to everyone's eyes. Murfitt is quite a star. She has the voice of an angel. She and Lo Voi helped make this show a real success. Sister Beata puts her whole heart into singing "When New York was Irish." She is the best; a true class act. Breezy Point's own Jane Deacy was fantastic in the show, singing and dancing up a storm. She is a lady of class, character and charisma.

On Sunday evening, we were on the beach on Reid Avenue to see the exquisite and magnificent fireworks show. Thank God, no rain this year. It was a little chilly, but better than rain.

We had the pleasure of talking with the Killians. M. Elliot Killian presented me with two beautiful watercolor postcards that she painted. One was of the Riis Park clock. The other was of the Beach 116 Street firehouse. I will treasure them. We urge all to see her lovely art work and purchase something.

It is an absolute disgrace to walk on Beach Channel Drive from Beach 108 Street to Beach 116 Street. The center median that was carved out for beautiful plantings has nothing but weeds growing. We wish the Parks Department would make up their mind to plant beautiful flowers or replace the cement.

It is also time for prompt action to clean the bike path on Rockaway Point Boulevard from Fort Tilden to the entrance to the Breezy Point Cooperative. It would also behoove the Parks Department to plant some beautiful trees on the center median up to Breezy.

While we are on Parks Department projects, on Wednesday June 27, I asked my favorite friend, Councilman Joe Addabbo to find time to take a walk on the boardwalk from Beach 73 Street to Beach 126 Street to see the abomination of broken boards, protruding screws, and places where your foot can go through the boards. There are major hazards that may catch your shoe, foot or rip your pants. They could cause a baby to fall out of a carriage.

Many people, especially seniors, have fallen on the boardwalk, breaking arms, legs, collar bones or even hips. Addabbo said to me, "Let's do this on a cool day." Well Joe, I'm ready, when are you? You know my number, 718-945-1216.

I also would like to invite The Wave, John Baxter and his video camera for Queens Public Access TV, Rockaway Parks Administrator Jill Weber, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and other Parks personnel to document and take pictures of all hazards that need immediate attention.

It is time to put that $40 million to use. By no means is this a dig at our councilman. It is just a chance to help all who use our lovely Rockaway boardwalk, the jewel of the east coast. Let's continue to make a difference. Let's work as a team to make our boardwalk safe and secure. Let's pick any mid-afternoon and take this challenge.

Former Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore has teamed with leading entertainers to put together concerts in London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Washington and Giants Stadium to call attention to the need for an international treaty to cut carbon emissions, work for energy efficiency and reduce individual carbon pollution.

Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth" has made him a leading spokesman for the environmental movement. I am personally hoping to hear an announcement that he will run for President of the United States. His wisdom, track record, and experience would make him the best Democratic candidate to win the White House.

In talking to hundreds of people on a daily basis, I have found that many Democrats, Republicans, conservatives and liberals do not like any of the choices now campaigning. I hear moaning and complaining about Rudy Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden and Fred Thompson.

A number of people have expressed interest in Dennis Kucinich but know that he has no chance; others have said he is too "damn" liberal. When questions come up about Mayor Bloomberg running for President, some laugh and others doubt it.

The 2008 Presidential election will be one of the most important in our history. With the continuing war in Iraq, the threat of terrorism, the downturn of parts of our economy, federal deficits and the continued high price of gasoline and heating fuel, our blood pressure continues to rise. The commutation of the prison sentence of Scooter Libby, who was found guilty and sentenced to prison, may prevent the prosecutor from getting Libby to answer questions about who suggested that he lie to the FBI. Talk about political connections. We must keep our eyes on the Presidential election. If you are not registered to vote, call my office and make an appointment to sign up.

We spent Friday evening at the Cozy Bowl at 98-18 Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park. This beautiful bowling alley has over 72 lanes for family fun and enjoyment. I stopped by on Friday with my friend and her children. They played and I chatted with the owner, Diane.

This is a great place for all of us to have family fun. The reasonable prices are $10 for four games. Leagues are available. It is a clean, well-kept, recreational center. Take the A train to Rockaway Boulevard or, if you drive, remember that the Cross Bay Bridge is free for Rockaway residents, thanks to yours truly.

Family Fun Night or Dancing Under the Stars will continue on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Beach 84 Street and Shore Front Parkway until August 23. Our next Atlantic City bus trip to the Claridge will be on Saturday, July 21. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. Bagels by Beach Bagels. Tickets must be paid in advance. Call 718-945-1216 for reservations.

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