2009-12-11 / 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 I'd like to give a million thanks to the 863 people who called my office to tell me they kept my aunt in their prayers and wanted to know how she was doing. Thanks for the prayers and thanks to God. My aunt is home doing wonderfully well.

Her doctor says she will be given another 50 years. Considering my aunt is 84 it sounds wonderful. My aunt asked me to thank all of you for keeping her in your prayers.

Since we are beginning a holiday season, we have been all over the map.

I thank Kathleen Lalsie for inviting me to spend Thanksgiving with her family and great neighbors. Last year she asked me after Thanksgiving how my

Thanksgiving was. I told her it was sad and lonely and I spent Thanksgiving lonely in a diner by myself. She was shocked to hear that I didn't have many invitations for the holiday dinner. This year she made Thanksgiving a lot happier. God bless you and your family.

Last Friday the weather was beautiful in Rockaway. We attended the beautiful tree lighting on Beach 116 Street in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce; Brown's Hardware, which donated the tree and lights; and the Belle Harbor Steak House, which donated refreshments.

P.S. 114 chorus at the tree lighting ceremony P.S. 114 chorus at the tree lighting ceremony Our two favorite Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were Danny Ruscillo, president of the 100 Precinct Council, and his lovely wife Linda, who made sure all of the children got a special gift for Christmas.

We had a beautiful presentation put together by the Choir of P.S. 114 led by their teacher Jodee Timpone.

It was wonderful to see the hundreds of smiling faces of the children. Peggy Page of the Rockaway Theatre Company was part of the party. Councilman Ulrich and I had a great time.

The next stop was the tree lighting in Breezy Point, where the beautiful children of the Breezy Point Tiny Tots program sang beautiful songs and entertained. It was another wonderful event.

We then proceeded to one of the beautiful highlights of the year, the annual Wave Christmas party at the beautiful Bungalow Bar Restaurant (formerly Pier 92). Susan Locke, our hostess, sure knows how to throw a party.

We even saw the editor of The Wave, our great friend Howie Schwach, enjoying the event with his lovely wife, Susan. It was great to see Wave manager Sandy Bern stein enjoying himself and dancing. The Wave's own Miriam Rosenberg is a great columnist and an excellent dancer.

Felicia Edwards, whom I've known since childhood, is one of the finest outstanding, beautiful young ladies you could meet. One of her staff members, Carolina Cohen, who is also a graphic designer, is a great asset to The Wave and an extremely charming young lady. I've watched her wonderful husband, Lenny, grow up to be a fine gentleman. His wonderful mother, Arline, instilled the proper values in her loving son. Mazel Tov to the wonderful couple of Lenny and Carolina, on expecting their first child.

Janice Weide, whom I've known for the last 20 years, and her husband, Chris, are just the best. Our special friend Vivian Carter was happy and smiling as usual. She is a great dancer and a good friend. Liz Guarino, who is just charming, writes a beautiful column about the Broad Channel com munity. It was great to to see Tom Denver and his lovely wife, Barbara. We had a great time dancing and schmoozing. We must not forget our other great friend, Norma Allende, who is the best art teacher on the peninsula and an extraordinary dan - cer.

Saturday saw the beautiful holiday boutique sales at St. Camillus and West End Temple.

Sunday was the annual Blessed Trinity Christ mas concert led by Breezy's own Sister Mary Beata. The beautiful children of the church choir gave an outstanding performance.

On Sunday evening, after a rain delay on Saturday, Rockaway's own outstanding criminal lawyer, community activist and major fundraiser for Children's Juvenile Diabetes, presented as he does every year, the Little North Pole.

The entertainers included Goumba Johnny of WKTU radio, Tony Sirica of the Sopranos, Kevin Corvais (Chicken Little) of American Idol and Judy Torres, the Queen of Freestyle.

This beautiful evening as well as the next few weeks, people can enjoy this wonderful sight and make a generous donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

God bless Joe Mure and his family for making a difference in helping to find a cure.

We'd like to urge everybody who celebrates Christmas to remember our own Maria, home of the Breezy Dog. Maria is selling her Christmas trees and wreaths at the foot of the Wald - baum's shopping center.

Stop by to buy a tree and tell her Lew Simon said to wish her a Merry Christmas.

We'd like to wish all of our Jewish constituents a healthy and happy Chanukah. As you read the paper, it is the first night of Chanukah.

We still have tickets for our Atlan tic City Bally's bus trip on Saturday, December 12. The cost is $45 with $30 returned. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:30 a.m.

We have eight hours to enjoy. Bagels and cream cheese are from Beach Bagels. Please join us and make our trip a successful fundraiser. Call 718- 945-1216 for reservations.

We are very much outraged and up - set that many women are being turned away from getting a mammo gram.

Insurance companies should not play God with people's lives. If a doctor writes a prescription, it should be followed no matter what the age of the patient.

Much needed federal legislation should be put forth that insurance companies be required to pay for mammograms when a prescription is written.

We look forward during this holiday season to be attending holiday events.

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