2009-11-27 / 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 During the last two weeks I recovered from an illness. Now Yetta, my only living aunt, who is 84 years old, is facing heart surgery. She is brilliant, charming and has been involved in politics since her teen years. She is a petite woman who walked three miles a day and appeared in outstanding health.

On Monday, November 16, I received a call from my cousin letting me know that my aunt had passed out and was found by a neighbor in the hallway. Af - ter a battery of tests on Monday, they couldn't find anything wrong. After an MRA on Tuesday, they found that her artery on the left side had a 95 percent blockage.

Being the great sport she is, my aunt took this very calmly and agreed to go ahead with the surgery. It is set for Mon day as I write on Sunday evening. My aunt is in great spirits. The doctor doing the surgery assured us that she should come through, but in case of a complication, they would stop the surgery to avoid a stroke or heart attack.

My aunt is extremely important to me. She gives me a chance to reminisce about all the great times our family had. That's why I always be - lieve all my friends and constituents are my family. I am always happy to help and serve you and appreciate all the love and affection you give me.

We received a personal phone call from Yisrael Lifschutz, a member of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club. He was born and raised in Rockaway. He invited me to see his new movie that he calls a "mockumentary," a hybrid of fact and fiction, at Belle Harbor Jewish Center, Oheb Zedek on Saturday, November 14.

Yisrael has been involved in film since 1977, working with material about Orthodox Jewish groups. He was involved in films like "Stranger Among Us" and "Price Above Rubies." He was the creator of Saturday Night Chai, hosted by Kenny Vance of the Planetones. He follows the Jewish Film Festival circuit from Montreal to Australia.

Yisrael is a real Rockaway boy, having attended P.S. 114, played basketball for Far Rockaway High School and served as sports editor of the sch - ool newspaper. He will be showing his movie and discussing it with community groups after the first of the year. If your group is interested in the film, call me at 945-1216.

On Thursday evening, we attended Open House at the Ocean Promenade Nursing and Rehabilitation on Beach 113 Street and Ocean Promenade. The home was recently renovated at a cost of $4 million. They provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Most rooms are spacious and private. They are open for public tours 24 hours, 7 days a week. Religious observances are held on site.

The architect specializes in hotels. I was pleasantly surprised to walk into a gala affair in the main dining room that looks like Russo's or El Caribe. They have flat screen TV, free cable and telephone for the residents. I spoke to a number of residents who told me they are very happy with the care and love their view of the beach and ocean. They say the staff is very loving and caring.

Ocean Promenade has state-of-theart rehab and physical therapy equipment. This would definitely be a place for rehab or long-term care for a family member.

On Friday afternoon I attended the Rockaway Point Thanksgiving dinner which has been given for the seniors for the last 14 years. It was started by Barney Cassidy and now continues with Bob Darcy. Frances Derosa was ticket chair. Now Betty Glennon and Ann Court have taken over ticket sales. Barney and his wife Terry continue to work on the dinner.

Vol un teers put the plates to gether and serve the food. I was proud to be part of the assembly line putting on the gravy.

The delicious food at the Catholic club came from the Blarney Castle. Franny Janin and his staff of great cooks did an outstanding job. Franny received a plaque for his dedication, devotion and support of the seniors in the Rockaway Point community.

Many came in wheel chairs, walkers and a few were accompanied by home health aides. I felt so honored and loved by all. It was the best Thanks - giving dinner to have with my family.

We would like to congratulate City Councilman Eric Ulrich on his wedding which took place on Friday, Nov - ember 20, Mazel Tov. Con grat ulations to you and your lovely bride. We wish you a lot of kids and happiness.

Congratulations to Ed and Jane Deacy on the marriage of their daughter Kelly and her husband on Satur - day, November 21. The couple will live in Belle Harbor.

The New Year will bring many challenges to our community. We urge you to be part of the solution. Join the Good Government Regular Demo - cratic Club to find out what is happening in our community.

You will have a chance to hear from and question a variety of public officials and work with others to help improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

We are working on setting up some interesting meetings.

Send your dues of $25 to the Good Government Regular Demo cratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park 11691. Indicate if you want to be included in the Young Democrats (students) or Young Profes - sionals division.

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