2012-01-06 / Columnists

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon We’d like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and blessed 2012. May all your dreams come true. May there be peace on earth and jobs for all those who need them.

As Chairman of the Rockaway Transit Coalition and probably the strongest supporter of the reopening of the old Rockaway Beach line of the LIRR we’re proud to announce that our Assemblyman, Phil Goldfeder, will be helping to champion the cause of making this a reality. Thirty-two minutes to Penn Station. Think of what this will do for the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. Twenty-two minutes from Howard Beach. Eighteen minutes from Ozone Park.

This will bring local residents straight to midtown Manhattan right through Queens without the long route through Brooklyn. This will be a great shot in the arm for real estate values. It will be a win-win for Resorts World Casino and Aqueduct Racetrack.

We are well aware that Community Board 9 is being pushed for a park on the site.

We know that some neighboring residents and businesses have encroached on the property.

The city retains title and can clear the property with short notice and the railroad can run again. The project is worth its weight in gold.

Congratulations and mazel tov to Daniel Solomon, who was accepted and won a scholarship to Harvard University. At the young age of 9 or 10 his writing, knowledge and wisdom was that of a well educated adult. His verbal and written genius, ability to debate and express what he believes in is that of a fine trial attorney.

The Solomon’s have been close to us for many years. His father Seth, who went to Beach Channel High School with me, is also a brilliant and capable professional, and a union official. Daniel’s mother Hope, is also brilliant and a very capable professional.

Daniel is part of a set of triplets. I have watched his brother Joseph and sister Rebecca, who are also talented and brilliant, mature into responsible adults.

Hope and Seth instilled the proper values in their children. We are extremely proud of Daniel. Go Daniel go.

We have been working closely with Assemblyman Goldfeder and Senator Malcolm Smith to get a meeting with the new MTA Chair Joe Lhota.

We are planning a rally to take back and occupy the bridge. We real- ly need the whole peninsula from Breezy Point to the tip of Far Rockaway and Broad Channel to join. We must be united to rid ourselves of this unfair toll tax.

We are still looking into and fighting for what we believe is an illegal toll on the Marine Parkway Bridge.

It is illegal to put a toll on a bridge which begins and ends on federal park property. We have been trying to prove our case since 2009 and gained the full support of our former Congressman Anthony Weiner. We are hoping that Congressman Bob Turner will look into this matter.

We are deeply saddened by the death of two outstanding individuals.

Eleanor King, widow of Jack King, President of the Belle Harbor Property Owners and the 100th Precinct Community Council. Eleanor was a very loving, kind and beautiful person. She looked after so many seniors who needed help in solving problems on a daily basis.

Eleanor was one of the finest, kindest people you could ask to meet. We know that when she passed her husband Jack was waiting at heaven’s gate to let her in.

My dear friend Julia of Strand’s went with me to the wake. She said that she felt like she lost her mom. Her tears were inconsolable. She was so upset that her dear Eleanor had passed.

Carol Bonaguro Selkow, or as we referred to her as Carrie, was a lady of class, dignity, pride and a heart as big as our peninsula. She was an outstanding mother of her son Phillip and mourned for him since he had passed. When you talk about someone with a lot of love you talk about Carrie.

Carrie always cared for everyone making sure everyone had what they needed. She was dressed immaculately, with all her clothes coordinated and beautiful, and with beautiful high heels. She was extremely family oriented. She loved her sisters, nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews and treated me like I was her own son. She was one of the strongest women I knew. I was extremely shocked when I found out her age which I will not discuss. She carried herself like a teenager. She went out in style looking as beautiful as can be. She was well known for working for Helen Miller Ladies Clothes on Beach 129 Street and had a great eye for fashion.

We know God had a special place in his kingdom in heaven for Eleanor running the social work department and Carol in charge of love and kindness. We know these angels were the best. My deepest sympathies to the families.

HEAP is a federally funded financial assistance program designed to help income-eligible households pay energy bills.

Regular grants are available to those who have an energy bill in their name or heat is included in their rent.

Emergency HEAP grants may be available if you qualify for HEAP and have a disconnection notice or have less than seven days supply of fuel.

The HEAP Information line is 800- 692-0557. The Rockaway office is located at 325 Beach 37 Street.

In other years when HEAP funds were exhausted further applications were denied. Apply now.

The Good Government Regular Democratic Club welcomes your membership.

You may drop in at our beautiful new handicapped accessible office at 114-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Thursday evenings after 7:30 p.m.

You can call us at 718-945-1216. Yearly dues is $25 per year. You may bring it in or send it by mail.

This is your office. If you need help with any community problem drop in.

We welcome people who have ideas for improving our community.

We would like to recommend Alice Barnes who is a professional tax preparer who has done outstanding work for so many of our friends and members. She is extremely competent, knows all the rules and regulations. She gets you the maximum refund you are entitled to.

Alice is honest, personable and available. She teaches tax preparation to new H&R Block employees.

She is located at the H&R Block office at 87-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The phone is 718-318-0307.

See her and tell her we recommended her.

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