2009-10-16 / Columnists

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon On Thursday, October 22 the Good Government Reg u lar Democratic Club will keep up its tradition of bringing the citywide Demo cratic slate for the Nov ember election to the community. We are proud to announce that Comp - troller William Thomp - son, candidate for Mayor, City Council member and candidate for Public Advo cate Bill de Blasio and City Council member and candidate for Comptroller John Liu will speak and answer questions. The meeting will be held in a new location, the Ocean Promenade Nursing Center, 140 Beach 113 Street, which is next to the boardwalk. We will have the use of a large, handicapped accessible room so we can accommodate more of our community. Parking is available in their lot.

Other candidates expected to speak are Frank Gulluscio, Democratic candidate for City Council 32nd District, Borough President Helen Marshall, Jodi Orlow Mackoff, Civil Court Judge candidate and David Lewis, Diccia Trinidad Pineda-Kirwan and Thomas D. Raffaele, candidates for State Supreme Court Justice.

There will be a brief presentation by each candidate and a question and answer period. Food and refreshments will be served. A $1.00 donation will be collected. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Raffles will be held.

If you are interested in becoming a member or bringing your membership up to date you may send a check for $25.00 payable to the Good Govern - ment Regular Democratic Club to 112- 20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park NY 11694 or bring it with you to the meeting.

On Saturday, October 3, Blessed Trinity Parish held its annual spaghetti dinner. We assisted by selling 50-50 raffles. It was great to see so many beautiful children of the Breezy Point Parish.

While at this event, Dorothea Willis and local attorney Loretta Pye asked for my assistance in helping make sure a 25-year tradition continues - that of local school buses dropping children on Wed - nesday CCD or religious instruction at St. Thomas More and St. Edmunds. This has been standard for P. S. 114 children. The Atlantic Ex press Bus was requesting $115 per week or $6000 for the academic year.

Thank God we were able to get the buses to make the stops at the two churches without charge. God bless Dr. Kathleen Cashin who worked with me as a team to secure the Atlantic Ex - press Bus for the children. A million thanks to the best and most professional administrator and educator, Dr. Kathleen Cashin. We love you.

On this Tuesday we attended a press conference with City Council candidate Frank Gulluscio who announced a three-point plan to improve Rock - away's commute to Manhattan.

Gulluscio's plan includes replacing the current shuttle train to Rockaway with direct full time A line trains to Rockaway Park; expanding express bus service to include nights and weekends and reinstate limited service on Q35 and Q53 routes; expanding ferry service to include additional evening departures from Manhattan and service to midtown as well as more weekend service; continuing to fund the subsidy for Rockaway ferry service past April 2010 when it expires.

The two-year pilot program for ferry service running between Riis Landing and Pier 11 in Manhattan began in May 2008. The ferry service was made possible in part by a $1.1 million allocation from the New York City Council. The ticket price is $6 because of the subsidy provided by the City Council. Thus far, the service has proven to be a success with weekday riders averaging between 155-360 and when weekend service is available, averaging between 500-700 riders. It is now time for the mayor to give us a commitment to maintain a completely free ferry as Staten Island has.

Wednesday afternoon we attended the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor Sukkot carnival which was put together by the principal, Rabbi Boaz Tomsky, and teacher Bayla Adler, the special events coordinator. This event brought the children and parents of the Jewish community together for fun-time games as well as a beautiful magic show. I enjoyed myself and felt like a kid again. It was also great to see Daniel Lefkowitz, son of Sara Lefko witz, who is now 13 years old and has become quite a young man; he assisted all day with the games and events. It was also great to see the quality of professionalism the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor brings to the children.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, October 17 to Bally's. The cost is $45 with $30 returned. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7 a.m. We have eight hours to enjoy. Bagels and cream cheese are provided by Beach Bagels. Seats are still available. Call 945-1216 now for reservations.

We are deeply saddened by the death of three outstanding women. Theresa Mohr, the former manager of the Beach Club catering facility was a loving mother and an outstanding individual. She had a big heart and a beautiful smile. She had a rough time fighting cancer for the last years. She was too young, too young.

We recall a cute story about Theresa. It was the night of our annual Demo cratic Club dinner at the Beach Club. Theresa called me to tell me that they lost power to the building. I raced over to figure what to do as our dinner was only two hours away. There she was, sitting in the dark. She said to someone "lights" and the lights went on. She played a good trick on me. She was just the best.

Patricia Dwyer was a very fine individual. Her love for her community, her Golden Age club and her family showed she was an all around beautiful person.

Although we did not know Florence Curran, mother of Msgr. Curran, we know she must have been a beautiful loving mother who instilled the proper values in her children. It is quite evident if you know her son, Msgr. Curran, who is a gentleman and a scholar.

God must have a special plan for these outstanding women. Theresa will be a special angel in charge of banquets in heaven. Patricia will assist all seniors and disabled persons. Mrs. Curran will work with all the members of the clergy and share her love with all. My deepest sympathy to all the families.

Mazel tov to Matthew Kessler, who has been appointed to the Long Island Commuters Council by Governor David Paterson. Matthew, who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in transportation management, will meet once a month to represent riders. Through the Permanent Citizens Advisory Council, he will be able to meet with representatives from the Transit Authority, LIRR and Metro North. You may send him your concerns and ideas at: pengensvc@aol.com

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