2008-02-22 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon Have we been lied to? Have we been duped? Does the U.S. Post Office think we're stupid? The Daily News reported on Monday that Post Office spokesman Bob Trombley said that that they believe that the discarded mail was "undeliverable."

Shame on the U.S. Post Office for discarding properly addressed mail, containing customers' personal information. Is this not considered a federal offense? We would hope that when you discard things you would use a shredder.

Who is the real boss of the Rockaway Post Office? How many more major screw-ups must we endure? We are demanding a federal investigation of the lack of proper mail delivery in the Rockaways. Heads should roll.

For the past week I've been home, sick with an intestinal flu. Even that couldn't keep me down. I received a large number of calls from Rockaway Park residents and the Voice of the Faithful. Everyone was concerned about a front-page story in The Wave about a rapist living in Belle Harbor Manor. After reaching out to the administrator, he told us that the guy had died a year ago.

Being inquisitive, I decided to check out the story. It seemed awfully fishy that they still had Frederick Werbell, a convicted rapist, listed there. I immediately reached out to my dear friend Andy McGee, who is a professional private investigator. I asked him to verify if Werbell was actually dead. While holding on, within minutes, Andy verified the death had occurred in March 2007.

We wish a speedy get well to Alicia Greenberg, who worked at Peninsula Rehab for many years in patient care. She is someone I knew all my life. She took care of my mom at Peninsula. We love you and wish you a speedy recovery.

We are asking the support once again of everyone who reads our column. Rockaway's own Theresa Mohr, who worked as banquet manager for the Beach Club, has been diagnosed and operated on for cancer, which has spread. She and her family have racked up extensive bills due to her health issues and no income coming in. Her rent is due and there is no money for her children.

On this Saturday, February

23, please join the Graybeards, Rockaway Irish boys and yours truly at a fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90 Street. All donations are tax deductible. Make checks out to the Graybeards Ltd. If you are unable to stay, please drop by with a donation. Theresa is one of the most beautiful women we have ever met. Her heart is full of love and kindness. Let's help her win the battle and help pay some of the bills.

In my last column I wrote about a Visiting Nurse patient who could not get moving expenses paid. We failed to write that the VNS operates a Labody homebound program that allows patients to remain in their homes instead of being placed in nursing homes. As of today, February 17, the patient has still not heard from VNS or the VNS social worker assigned to his case.

We are still looking for able bodied and talented volunteers or interns with computer knowledge. College students and others interested may call our office.

Have you heard about our great deal on our monthly Saturday Atlantic City bus trip? The cost is $35 with $30 returned. Can you believe it costs only $5? You have 8 1/2 hours to enjoy, and a delicious bagel with cream cheese donated by Beach Bagels. Early booking and paying in advance is required as we are filling our 3rd bus for Saturday, March 8. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. Call 945- 1216 now for reservations.

On Saturday evening we attended the 33rd Annual Ball of the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade at Queens' own Antun's. This year the Deputy Grand Marshals are James McVeigh, who works diligently with the Special Olympics, Capt. Patrick Kelly of the Court Officers, local medical doctor Dr. David Lichtenstein, Capt. Bill Kinnane of Breezy Point Security, Msgr. John Brown of St. Francis de Sales Church, Diane Willoum of the Machinists Union, Breezy Point resident Pat Devine, wife of the late Finbar Devine Sr. great bagpiper extraordinaire and mother of Finbar Jr. a great bagpiper, Republican State Committeewoman Jane Deacy, and my dear friend Grace Toland.

The Honorary Grand Marshals are District 23 Transit Police Capt. Phyllis Byrne-Driscoll, a brilliant professional officer of the law, who is outstanding and has helped to reduce crime in the 23rd Transit District. We know one day she will make a fine Police Commissioner, Larry McDermott of Local 46 Metallic Lathers who is cur- rently building the new Yankee Stadium and is a great neighbor and union man.

The Grand Marshal of the 2008 parade is James T. Callahan President and Business Manager of Locals 15, 15A, 15B, 15C and 15D of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

A 27- year union member, he is also on the Executive Board of the NYC Construction Trades Council, the 5 Borough Board of Business Agents, member of the NYC Labor Council and Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau County.

This year's parade should once again be the best in NYC. We had a great time at the ball. We sold baskets of cheer, and had the honor of presenting the sash to Grace Toland.

When Grace called me and asked me to do the honors of putting on her sash I was truly moved and very happy. Grace is a lady of class and honor and a true professional in nursing.

I look forward to spending the day of the parade at the many parties and events accompanied by my dear Grace.

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