2001-11-10 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Parallel parking will be permitted on the east side of beach 116 Street during the final phase of a sewer reconstruction on the street, according to Joel Gerstel, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

Neponsit residents are up in arms that their bus stops are being moved, and there is a movement to form an association to put an end to the moves. According to a source at the Department of Transportation, bus stops throughout the city are being moved "from far corners to near corners, wherever there is construction going on."

Local residents were stunned last week when the Department of Labor closed down the only unemployment office nearby Rockaway (in Cedarhurst), forcing residents to travel long distances to Jamaica to get unemployment services.

The detectives in the 100 Squad were named "Men of The Year," by the 100 Precinct Community Council at its annual dinner held at the Washington Hotel last week.

The Rockaway Park Zionist Organization honored Sylvia and Milton Raider and Cele and Charles Bruckner at its annual breakfast.

Steven Kaplansky, executive director of the Gustave Hartman YMHA, installed the officers of its senior citizen’s organization last week. The new president is Lillian Klein. Sylvia Katz was installed as the first vice-president.

Jack Braunstein was installed last week as the new president of the 100 Precinct Community Council.

State Senator Carol Berman has announced that the MTA might be forced to raise bus and subway tolls to $1.00 if tax collections in the city do not rise in the near future.

Many local residents considered the recent election a dull one. Seems that everybody knew who the winners would be before they entered the voting booth.

The Christmas season started early this year, as Christmas lights went up on Beach 116 Street on November 4.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

This November 11 will be the first time since the beginning of the observance of Armistice Day that no ceremonies have been scheduled in Rockaway. Armistice Day was changed to Veteran’s Day, which had been observed in October.

Election Day has just passed, and already the political pot is boiling over. Dr. Lew Dick, the publicity chairman for the Rockaway Peninsula Democratic Club has announced that Milton Jacobowitz will enter the next primary race for leadership of the party.

Those who enjoy political speculation may try tossing around the possibility that a reapportionment of districts might make Rockaway an assembly district all of its own.

The temperature last Tuesday broke the record low for our city. The temperature stood at 28 degrees at 6 a.m. and early risers were greeting with icy patches on Rockaway streets.

The voters turned down the Transportation Bond Issue in the recent election and they have given the politicians an excuse not to do the things that they should have been doing all along.

Monday morning, a fleet of huge trucks brought fill to the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Apartment buildings will soon be seen on that site, just east of the Arverne firehouse.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Supreme Court Justice Irwin Shapiro observed last week that the Title I groundbreaking ceremonies opened with both the "Star Spangled Banner" and a prayer for God’s help in the undertaking. With a solid foundation such as that, how can it fail?

The spring weather we’ve been having has fooled some garden plants into budding. That leads some experts such as Walter Patterson to wonder if they will be affected by a frost and fail to open in the spring.

Although Green Bus Lines has no plans to increase service in Rockaway because "it does not pay to run more buses," many riders on the peninsula are fed up with the line’s poor service.

The four Zuckerman brothers and others who took part in the groundbreaking for Seaside last week look forward to occupancy in two years.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Jubilant over the restoration of funds for Junior High School 198 in the Capital Budget for 1951-1952, the Allied Parent’s Association made plans to appear before the Board of Estimate when the budget hearings are held in that body.

Hyman Perlman, one of the proprietors of the new Loew’s Drug Store, was recently taken ill, and is recovering at his home on Greenport Road.

A new spiritual leader was welcomed this week by Congregation Kenesseth Israel of Far Rockaway, when Rabbi Ralph Pelcovitz, formerly of a congregation in Akron, Ohio, was appointed as rabbi.

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