2010-01-22 / Columnists

Simon Says...

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon This week one of the worst natural catastrophes occurred. An earthquake which registered 7.3 on the Richter scale hit Haiti and killed thousands of innocent residents. The devastation that occurred is still being assessed. There is still no official head count on the number of killed and injured. Tens of thousands of people in our country have been trying to reach loved ones without success as electricity and cell phone towers are down.

The US is taking a lead role in assisting with recovery, health care, shelter, food and supplies. We are urging everyone to donate whatever he or she can to a reputable organization that actually supports victims. My heart goes out to all those who have been hurt or displaced.

With the proposed closing of Beach Channel High School we are urging the parents, students, staff and alumni to do the following: Let your voice be heard loud and clear. The Panel for Educational Policy (replaced the Board of Education) will meet on Tuesday, January 26 at Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place in Brooklyn.

They will hear from the public and then are expected to vote. There will be a rally outside the building at 4 p.m. Bring signs and all your friends. At 5 p.m. go inside to register to speak. At 6 p.m. the meeting will be opened. We will be there and we expect all those who care about education in our community to be there also.

Speak out and voice your outrage at the effect the closing will have on the Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point communities. The peninsula will have no zoned high school.

John Adams is running above full capacity from early morning to late evening. Richmond Hill is full. What will happen to our children?

Brooklyn Tech is located near downtown Brooklyn. It is near the Lafayette Avenue station on the C train. Take the A train to Nostrand Avenue and change for the local. It is also near Nevins Street on the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains and De Kalb Avenue on the B, M, Q and R trains.

One bus will leave from BCHS at 3 p.m. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The bus will leave at 9 p.m. regardless. Call Joe Berhman at BCHS 718-945-6900.

If you don’t like the idea of taking the subway, think of all those local students who will have to travel on the subways to get to a comprehensive high school in the future.

Our State Senator Malcolm Smith, who is President Pro Tem of the Senate, is holding a virtual Town Hall on Friday, January 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. To take part you can go online to nysenate. gov/smitheducationtownhall or by calling in at 1-800-930-9878. You can use Twitter Hashtag:#smithtownhall.

The Panel for Educational Policy is made up of persons appointed by the Mayor and Borough Presidents. The Queens representative is Dymtro Fedkowskyj. His e-mail is pepofqueens@- yahoo.com Chancellor Joel Klein’s phone number is 212- 374-0200.

The 17th anniversary “Doo Wop” Spectacular will be held on Saturday, January 30 at Beach Channel High School at 7 p.m. The performers include Cleveland Still & The Dubs, Norman Fox & The Rob Roys, Vito & The Salutations, Quotations, Fireflies, Devotions, Manhattan Skyline, Super Girls Group, Margaret Williams, Louise Murray and Nanette Licari. The program is hosted by Harry G. and partial proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Memorial Scholarship Fund. Some free tickets are available from my office. Senior citizens and handicapped will be given preference. Call 718-945-1216.

The Good Government Regular Democratic Club will hold its 22nd Anniversary Dinner Dance on Thursday, April 15 at El Caribe, 59- 25 Strickland Avenue, Mill Basin, Brooklyn near Kings Plaza.

There will be a DJ and live entertainment. Glatt Kosher available. The list of honorees is in formation. We will honor Tom McClellan, president of the Rockaway Point Association; Maria Thompson, Woodhaven Development Corp.; Mary Ellen Barnes, Breezy Point Teen Show Director; Dermott Tuohy, Postmaster Rockaway Post Office; Marva Hanlin, neighborhood community activist; Nancy Vardakis, community leader who will receive the Barbara Eisenstadt Memorial Award; James Morton Sr., Roxbury firehouse; Jack Allen, president Broad Channel Athletic Association; Ari Gluck, executive director Ocean Promenade Nursing and Rehab who will receive the Stephen Lefkowitz Memorial Award; Sean A. Brennan, director of the Mason Tenders Training Fund; Sister Agnes White, principal of St. Camillus School; Larry Kelly, Knights of Columbus; and Cliff Miller, a Howard Beach resident who is assistant VP and director of Emergency Services at Wycoff Hospital.

Tickets are $75 per person. A table of 16 is $1200. Dinner journal ads are available. The funds raised at this event help keep the Good Government Regular Democratic Club’s doors open. Without this fundraiser we would not be able to continue to do all the great things we do.

We would like to give hearty congratulations and Mazel Tov to Barry Grodenchek who has just been appointed deputy borough president of our great borough of Queens. Barry has always been a great friend of the Rockaways, Broad Channel and Breezy Point communities. We look forward to working as a team to improve the quality of life in our community.

Please come and join us on our next Atlantic City bus trip to Bally’s on Saturday, February 13. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7 a.m. This month the cost will be $40 with a $30 playing voucher returned. Bagels are courtesy of Beach Bagels. Call 718-945-1216 for paid reservations.

We welcome your membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic Club. Send your dues of $25 per year to the club at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park.

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