2001-05-05 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Jack Braunstein was named as the head of a slate to lead the 100 Precinct Community Council. Frank Spolin was named as first vice president and Stuart Sachs was named as second vice president. Nominated from the floor as third vice president was Lew Simon.

Don DiDonato of Floral Park set a new race mark when he ran the ack Braunstein was named at the Rockaway Ocean Run in a record 29 minutes and 45 seconds for the 6-mile race.

Tavern owners throughout the Rockaways gathered at the Pier 92 Restaurant last week to begin a boycott of British goods, including Gin made in England.

Jack Eisner, noted author of the best seller, "The Survivor," will appear at the first Holocaust commemoration sponsored by Temple Beth El of Rockaway Park.

More that 6,000 people attended the Ocean Run and Beach 116 Street Fair that was held under sunny skies last weekend.

The Yeshiva of Far Rockaway honored Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Herschberg, Far Rockaway community leaders and long-time residents, this week.

Services for Milton Jacobwitz, lifelong resident of the Rockaways and long-time Democratic leader, were held at the Boulevard Park West Funeral Home in Hewlett.

Beach Channel High School’s crew team won the Long Island championship this week with a win over McArthur High School of Levittown.

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway will hold a walk-a-thon this week to raise money for the school. The walk will be led by the St. Camillus marching band.

The 100 Precinct is asking the city for 50 more police officers to patrol the beach and the boardwalk for the coming summer season.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Whenever somebody suggests that we abandon publication of the Looking Backward column, that suggestion runs into a lot of flack by those who want more information about Rockaway – information from way back.

We have a lot of budding artists around town. Some of them have become quite good is the impression one gets after looking at some of the exhibits in the schools and more recently, at the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Office on Beach 116 Street,

Talk about running on a fixed course. A lady was adrift in a heavy sea on Beach 116 Street the other day, but before she went down for the last time, she is rumored to have murmured, "Take me to Duffy’s Tavern."

Two apartment buildings have been rumored for a location on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 116 Street. There are to be two 23-story buildings, if the plan goes through.

The folk festival being planned for May 16 on Beach 116 Street is still attracting talent, according to Joel Gerstel, the president of the Rockaway Park Merchant’s Association.

Steel work is going up quickly for the new nursing home going up next to St. Joseph’s Hospital on New Haven Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Ada Zakin says that reservations are going fast for preparation for another trip to City Hall on Monday to end the plan to put mobile homes in Arverne.

Two of the peninsula’s fine eateries, the Breaker’s and the Newport Inn are serving special dinners for Mother’s Day.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The last of the old Seaside landmarks went the way of time last week when Valenti’s Hotel finally closed. Dan and Al Valenti, who conducted the business since the death of their father many years ago, now have homes in the Edgemere Houses.

It is bad enough when thieves relieve a store of its cash, but it really hurts when they take the tools of the trade away from the man as they did a week ago from a gas station on Beach Channel Drive.

Rocks being laid along the inlet shore in the O’Donohue Park section should be the beginning of a good fishing grounds for fish and should please local fishermen.

Progress in the Rockaway Park business section is going to be measured from this week, when The Beach Drug Store added Barton’s Chocolate to its inventory.

Phone calls and personal complaints to The Wave office since publication of the "Warning, Low Flying Plane," picture last week indicates that the humor of the picture struck many people just like those "Drive Off the Bridge" signs.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Ms. Adele M. Caligiuri, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Caligiuri of Almeda Avenue in Arverne, was honored at a shower held at the Dock Inn.

The third anniversary of the Independence of the State of Israel will be observed by Congregation Ohab Zedek with prayers of thanksgiving to be offered at a service on Saturday morning. Cantor Avery Cohen will lead the service.

A daughter was born at Rockaway Beach Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. James Skelly of Beach 56 Street in Arverne.

Formal investiture of a Brownie Girl Scout troop sponsored by the West End Temple will take place on Saturday morning. Troop leaders are Thelma Reiter and Mrs. George Arum.

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