2012-07-06 / Community

Simon says...

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

As we write this column we are winding down and preparing to hand in our reelection petitions. May God bless all of the registered Democrats who signed the petition for reelection. As we went personally door to door, I was truly humbled by the thousands of compliments received from my constituents. Many reminded me of how they called me at my office and I responded and assisted them. Others thanked me for my continuous work throughout the community. Whether in Rockaway, Broad Channel, Breezy Point, Howard Beach or Ozone Park, I was truly amazed by the excellent response. As we worked through the community many who were not Democrats shook my hand and thanked me for always being there.

It is also amazing how when you stand in your local shopping center and greet people you’ve done favors for they can say “I’m too busy,” or “Now is not a good time,” “God help America,” “I drive a Mercedes,” “F—- the Democrats,” “I’m an alien,” or even “I’m a Mafia hit man.” Sometime I would like to stand in a public place with someone collecting Republican signatures to see if these people are good registered Republicans.

We want to give a billion thanks to Johanna Mazza, who has always been my right and left arm during petition time, for her long and tireless hours of enduring me during my wacky time called petitions. She was available every day and evening and at one point was ready to kill me for overworking her. She is a tireless dynamo who collected almost 1,000 signatures herself. We must not ever forget her wonderful mother, Marie, who more than 20 years ago spent grueling hours getting 1,000 signatures at a pop. Marie, thank you for allowing Johanna to continue on. Happy 90th birthday. May God keep you and bless you. You are the best.

The Good Government Regular Democratic Club is struggling to keep our office and phone open so that we can continue to serve our community. Send your dues of $25 to the GGRDC at 114-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Rockaway Park NY 11694. Our accessible, air conditioned and newly decorated office is available for community meetings, seminars, sales meetings, defensive driving classes, or religious services at reasonable rates. Call 718- 945-1216 for information.

Maria of Breezy Dog has her truck on State Road near Fort Tilden and the Marine Bridge. She was voted # 1 for best milkshakes going with 50 different varieties and 9 different smoothies as well as various foods, candies and other drinks. Maria has always been a great supporter of our community. At this hot time of the year we urge all to go up and see Maria and purchase your milkshakes and food.

On Sunday afternoon we held a rally in conjunction with our Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder on Beach 149 Street on the beach because we are fed up and upset that the fence that separates our city beach from Gateway Bay 1, which is a nude beach. The only nudity allowed on city beaches is being topless. During the past few weeks a number of the Bay 1 Riis Park crowd have gone onto the city beach and engaged in masturbation, fellatio, and other inappropriate activities in front of our children.

Since 1914 there has been a fence to separate these jurisdictions. During the hurricane at the end of last August the fence was damaged and the Parks Department chose to remove it. Even after the community offered to pay for the fence Parks has refused to replace it. We are sending a clear message to Dictator Mike Bloomberg and his lame duck Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe that this is unacceptable. It’s a damn shame that the children of our community have to witness these lewd acts.

Among those notables who attended the rally were Amanda Agolia, President, and Peter Sammon, Past President of the Neponsit Property Owners Association, Hank Iori, President and Barbara Larkin and Sylvan Klein, Past Presidents of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Jonathan Gaska District Manager and Dolores Orr, Chair of Community Board 14, Margaret Wagner representing Congressman Bob Turner, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, and Council Member Eric Ulrich. We’d like to thank NY(1) and Channel 4 News for coming down to broadcast our protest.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and I have worked together to end the Crossbay toll for local residents. Now we are working to end it for all Queens residents. We make a great team. We will work with those politicians who work for our community especially in support of the reopening of the Rockaway Beach line.

We are saddened by the death of two outstanding individuals. I’ve known Katherine Pierce since my days at Beach Channel HS where she worked in the guidance office. She was truly a lady of class, elegance and stature. She was beautiful in her looks but also inside and out. My heart goes out to her husband, children and grandchildren. We know that God had a special place in his heaven for an angel of kindness.

Colleen F. Docherty was truly a friend to me and this community. She was a special lady who fought a good battle against cancer. She made herself available last summer and winter at rallies to save Peninsula Hospital. When Colleen was very ill and needed hospice, we arranged through an outstanding doctor, Dr. Martin Grossman, for excellent hospice care. One Sunday my phone rang and Colleen was asking for a pass to see her young daughter in her high school show and invited me out that evening to dinner at a local Chinese restaurant. She told me that she didn’t know if she had 30 days or 90 days of life. We spoke about her daughter in high school. She asked me to assist her in making college plans and choosing a guardian.

Talk about an amazing lady. I was totally choked up and in tears admiring her for her strength and being able to prepare for death. I told her I didn’t know if I could handle it as well. O my God I was so amazed. Her long involvement in the Church of the Rock across the street from my office gave her strength. I knew her all my life as she was only one year older than I. I knew her aunt, uncles and cousins. God must have needed a special angel in the church in heaven. Her strength and ability to love the world was truly amazing. My deepest sympathy to the family. She was one of the prettiest red headed women you could ever see.

Dancing Under the Stars Zumba fitness is back every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rockaway Rockies Roller Rink. Thanks to a grant I obtain each year from Sweet N Low. It is free to the community, we have Lisa G, the best Zumba instructor in the world. Lisa G is talented and a professional. Come one, come all to the end of September.

We are completely frustrated again with the price of gas in Rockaway. We find that it is between $.18 and $.30 more than in Howard Beach, Brooklyn or Nassau County. We are aware that some delivery trucks have to pay tolls to cross the bridge, but this is a ridiculous way to pass it on the consumer. We shall boycott the gas stations that price gouge. Memo to Sen. Schumer. Why do we have to pay an extra .10 a gallon even for debit cards which are treated as cash? Mr. Senator: Put the cameras on and end this ripoff.

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