2012-05-11 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

We need your help. We have been assisting and helping all as part of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club for the past 25 years. We have been serving as District Leader for 19 years. Our organization is not eligible nor is the District Leader to receive any federal, state or city funds.

Our Democratic club office is yours truly’s living room to help serve our district. When people need assistance, we are always there to assist and help in any way we can. We never look to get paid. All we ask is your assistance in helping us so that we will always be there. Without your assistance we will be forced to close our doors after one quarter of a century.

Dues for our club is $25 per year. If everyone who met me and told me how much I had helped them sent in their dues or a donation we would not be in this hole.

Dues should be sent to the Good Government Regular Democratic Club at 114-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

We are in the process of selling tickets for our 25th Annual Dinner Dance to be held on October 25 at El Caribe. Tickets are $85 or $1360 for a table of 16. Call 718-945-1216 if you have any questions.

We would like to bring you some very important information to show why two community hospitals are needed to serve the Rockaway peninsula. In Community Board 14, which serves Rockaway Point, Rockaway and Broad Channel, there are 22,000 persons over the age of 60 or 18 percent of our residents. According to the City Planning Department we have 3178 nursing home beds, 2802 adult home beds in a total of 44 facilities.

St. John’s Hospital has a total of 8 coronary care beds, 8 ICU (intensive care) beds, 144 medical/ surgical beds, 4 neonatal immediate care beds, 6 pediatric beds, and 43 psychiatric or a total of 257 beds. With our abundance of nursing and adult facilities, disabled and seniors, can you imagine that God forbid you need a coronary care monitored bed and there are only 8, what happens? With our growing population it will only get worse. With the loss of a hospital we may not be able to get a bed in one of these units.

In 1995 when my dear mom, Jennie, was in the emergency room at Peninsula, she had to stay in the emergency room for over 8 days because no coronary care bed was available. My mother complained how her back hurt because she had to sleep on a gurney instead of in a bed. Instead of a waiting time of 3 to 4 hours we could expect to wait 8 to 9 hours for emergency care. It is unacceptable to have only one hospital in our community.

Many local residents have called me regarding the strip of lights from Beach 102 Street to 108 Street on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Asbestos was found when doing excavation near these lights. Because the Boulevard lights were off, the lights on Shorefront Parkway could not be turned off. We are hoping now that this problem has been solved and the lights can be on only when needed.

We had the pleasure of joining the Holy Communion of Caitlin Ann Moran at St. Camillus and the celebration was at the Knights of Columbus. Caitlin is the daughter of Michael and Dawn Moran and the granddaughter of John and Barbara Long and Oliver and Mary Rooney. Mary Rooney is the executive vice president of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club.

Caitlin is beautiful as beautiful can be, pretty as a picture and a sweet, brilliant young lady. At her party we had the pleasure of sitting with the Rooneys and the wonderful McGovern family. So many great Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point residents shared in Caitlin’s celebration. Congratulations to Caitlin and family from Uncle Lew. You made us all proud.

It’s time we demand the sand and funding to finish the study to fix our beach and boardwalk which suffered major damage from Hurricane Irene. Join us on Saturday, May 20 at 12:30 p.m. at Beach 87 Street on the beach. John Cori will lead the rally. John Cori has given his heart and soul to our community to make sure that our beautiful jewel, our beach and boardwalk, will be restored. Come one, come all.

Please sign the petition which Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has put on the Internet. Go to www.Rockawaybeachrail.com.

Some of us have been fighting for the restoration of direct service to midtown Manhattan and central Queens since the service was cut off in the 1950s. With the opening of the casino at Aqueduct we have new support for the rapid transit we need and deserve.

Election board workers are needed for the 3 coming elections this year. You receive $200 per day to work from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. There is extra pay for the required training. If you are a registered Democrat in the 23 A.D., call my office at 718-945-1216. You can follow our activities by friending me on Facebook under Lew M. Simon.

This Saturday and Sunday stop to pick up Mother’s Day plants and gifts at the foot of Waldbaum’s parking lot. Maria of Breezy Dog will be out there selling. Maria always does the right thing for our community.

We are saddened by the loss of Sherry McLaughlin whom I knew all my life. Her mom, Florence, and late father, Dave, were very close to my family and me. Sherry was an outstanding, loving, kind and most beautiful person, a loving daughter, mother, grandmother and a good friend to all. She fought a valiant battle for life and died at a way too young age.

God must have a special plan for another wonderful angel. I’m sure her husband, John, met her at the gates of heaven and hugged and kissed her and asked her why she was here so soon. My deepest sympathy to her mother, Florence, who is like a mom to me, sister Tammy, brother Richard, children John and Melissa and their families. My tears and sympathy go out to you and your family.

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