2001-04-21 / Columnists

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20 Years

For the first time, the city has presented Broad Channel residents with the dollars and cents terms for buying the land on which their homes are located. This brings the purchase of that land closer to reality than ever before.

Vincent O’Connor, the executive director of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce this week called for casino gambling for Rockaway. "We would experience vitally needed new revenues and an overall rejuvenation," O’Connor said.

Police Sergeant Patrick Moynihan, a former Rockaway resident, has been transferred to the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach as the new commanding officer of the precinct’s detective squad.

Jewish congregations throughout Rockaway are expressing fear that they will become targets of vandalism and theft after the dramatic theft of nine torahs, valued at more than $10 each, from the Young Israel of Far Rockaway synagogue on Beach 9 Street. On the same night, windows of the Shaare Tefila of Belle Harbor Synagogue on Beach 120 Street were broken by unknown vandals.

The M.J. Sessa Senior Citizens Club celebrated a number of birthdays under the direction of president Anita Presser. Among those celebrating birthdays were Grace Greenberg, Gladys Koppleman, Bella Rukasin, Dorothy Hertzoff, Josephine Wollard, Sally Berger and Fay Friedman.

Dr. Alexander Budin, who served Congregation Ohab Zadek as rabbi and teacher for almost half of a century was mourned this week.

30 Years

With the surge of warm weather we will have this week, students at PS 42 in Arverne have been tending their gardening chores, preparing their green garden for the season.

When that festival is held on Beach 116 Street on May 16, the street will be closed to traffic between the subway station and the boardwalk. The stores will remain open, however, for the convenience of the expected crowds.

Milton E. Jacobowitz says that he is going to run for election to his former job as Democratic district leader of the Rockaways and Broad Channel.

At the Golden Age Club meeting last week, plaudits were received by the Revs. John J. Bracken and Coleman Costello of St. Francis De Salles for their leadership in procuring a traffic light at Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue.

Mario P. Russo will be installed next Tuesday evening for his eighth term as the president of the Arverne Civic Association.

Neiman’s Pharmacy has a nine game lead with four weeks to go in the Rockaway Park Businessman’s bowling league standings.

40 Years

Some youngsters fashioned a dummy out of a pair of waders and a stuffed jacket, which they placed in the middle of Seagirt Boulevard last Wednesday evening. How they laughed when a motorist would stop to investigate the supposed hit and run victim.

The Far Rockaway Rotary Club had to call off its landscaping project for Peninsula General Hospital last week. All the Rotarians would have been able to do because of all the recent rain was to have made mud pies. They will try again next Sunday.

The tanned faces that one sees around town these days make it seem that spring is really here. It really just means that the sun followers are returning from their winter sojourns in Florida.

Some local motorists who have optimistically had their snow tires removed from their cars had a jittery spell during the rain and cold weather earlier this week. It could have been snow.

People in the neighborhood are trying to locate the owner of the abandoned barge tied to a bulkhead at the foot of Beach 88 Street. They are not having much luck.

50 Years

At a meeting of the First Pilgrim Fellowship of the First Congregational Church, an Indian spoke about his homeland in India and its customs.

A capacity attendance celebrated the thirteenth anniversary of the founding of Temple Beth-El at a dinner and Ball held on April 19.

The health department will give a presentation and demonstrate how to handle food at the Daniel M. O’Connor American Legion Post 272 in Rockaway Beach on Wednesday morning, to which all of the food handlers in Rockaway are invited.

The City Planning Commission will consider the plans for the Hammels Housing Titlle I Project at its meeting next Tuesday.

Private and Mrs. John Frain are making their home in Lebanon, Missouri where Private Frain is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.

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