2001-04-14 / Columnists

Looking Backwards

Looking Backwards

20 Years Ago

Police Booths for three areas of Rockaway: Beach 67 Street, Beach 25 Street and Empire Avenue were approved by Community Board 14.

Congressman James Scheuer led a fight to keep the National Park Service from dropping Gateway National Park and other urban parks from the national parks system. The Federal Government plan would have turned all of the nation’s urban parks over to local government authorities.

The United Choral Society dedicated its latest concert to the memory of Rockaway resident Sam Levinson, who the organization called "a particular friend of our society."

Jay Steingold, the community relations director of St. John’s Hospital, was named the Laurelton Man of the Year at a recent dinner.

Chris Scandole, a ninth grade honor student at JHS 180 was named as a city-wide winner of the city’s Fire Prevention Essay Contest. His essay –"The Arsonist," won first place honors.

Herb Greenfield and Moe Weinschel delivered 20 dozen hamatashen to the Neponsit Home for the Aged. This is part of a yearly tradition on the part of the Lt. Bernard Weiner Post, JWV.

30 Years Ago

Some local businessmen complain about the loss of business from Title I areas. Funny, nobody complains about the business they lost to the Big A.

The canopy over the store entrance makes it look as though Ed Whitey is expecting the carriage trade at his men’s shop on Beach 116 Street. Now, if he only had a parking spot rather than a bus stop at the curb.

Freddie Kholreiter’s boss, Wolfe Chassen, had some nice things to say about Fred at the recent breakfast held by the Congregation Derech Emunoh men’s club.

Sings of the approaching summer include cops training at Riis Park to handle the summer crowds and baseball tryouts throughout the peninsula.

The rumor factory has been at it again. Local business places, reported to have received 30-day notices to vacate, say they have never received the notices.

Dirt is flying around Peninsula General Hospital. It’s the Rockaway Rotary Club’s landscaping project getting under way, and someday, before long, the hospital grounds are going to look real nice.

40 Years Ago

Increases in the commutation tickets for the Long Island Railroad became effective last Saturday and there was a rush on Friday to all stations by commuters to take advantage of the old rates.

Many of the stores along the boulevard that have been vacant during the winter months are being put into readiness for the coming summer season.

John J Sheenan, prominent figure in Irish-American circles, will be a guest of the testimonial dinner to Rev. John F. Stack, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church on May 29 at the Park Inn Hotel.

After deliberating for three hours, a jury of twelve men returned a verdict of guilty of first degree manslaughter against Ella Lewis Jowres in the fatal stabbing of her landlady.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Solomon of Beach 86 Street will spend the Passover holidays at the residence of the latter’s parents in Boston.

50 Years Ago

Preliminary work on the elevated structure got underway last Thursday, when the first test piles were sunk. Two were driven in the Hammels area and on Friday, four more piles were driven into the ground.

Property owners in Neponsit will probably begin to get checks for their share of the oceanfront condemnation award within the next two weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Porter of Beach 97 Street and Mrs. Jennie Gilmore of Beach 80 Street, have returned from a five-week motor trip of Florida.

Marjorie Knoll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Knoll of Beach 134 Street, celebrated her birthday on Thursday afternoon.

Marie Basile, daughter of John Basile of Shad Creek Road, was married on Thursday to Robert Guerra of Howard Beach.

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