2002-11-30 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Restoration will soon begin on the Cornell Burial Site in Far Rockaway, the only designated New York City landmark on the peninsula. The site is now covered by construction debris from the Haven Manor Nursing Home nearby. Officials at the home say that they did not know that the site was a burial ground that includes several men who served the army in the Revolutionary War.

Residents at Surfside Park in Rockaway Beach were stunned this week by word that the Board of Estimate has approved the landlord's request for an 18.4 percent rent hike.

One of the largest refiners of oil products in the nation pled guilty this week to bribing a Department of Sanitation official to allow him to dump toxic petroleum waste in the Edgemere Landfill in Rockaway. He faces five years in jail and a $10 thousand fine for his activities.

Shlomo Shai and opera singer Bianca Sauler will entertain at the Temple Beth El Hanukkah Ball to be held next week, according to a report by the event chairwoman, Selma Kaplan.

Staff and students at Far Rockaway High School are marking the passing of retired teacher Libby Klaperman, an English teacher at the school for more than 20 years.

Residents of Broad Channel were angry this week at word that the park and playground that was promised for completion in 1983 may now have to wait until 1985 for completion. Councilman Walter Ward, who represents the community as well as the Rockaway peninsula, promised that he would try to get the timetable for the park pushed up.

The Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Far Rockaway has donated money to fund the Gustave Hartman Y's after school program this year. The check was presented to the Y's executive director, Steve Kaplansky and its youth director, Gloria Klein.

The Surfside Twin Cinema on Beach 102 Street is presenting a double feature this week. The two movies are "Victor, Victoria" and "Heidi's Song." Admission for the first two shows each day is $1.50.

A contest to foster community pride and awareness has begun in the Seagirt Beach section of Far Rockaway with a contest to write an "I love Seagirt Beach" song. The Hartman Y and Wavecrest Gardens are sponsoring the contest.

Bright, new painted lines have been added to the roadway of Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 102 and Beach 108 Streets. We can understand the need for white lines that separate the lanes, but why paint yellow lines alongside the center median? If motorists cannot see the median, they will certainly not see the lines.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The heavy rains that inundated the area last weekend once again pointed to the two roads that traditionally flood whenever there is a heavy rain. The worst section on the peninsula is Beach 20 Street and Seagirt Boulevard, where the water was almost window-deep. The other area that is a constant problem is Rockaway Beach Boulevard nearby the Dayton Houses apartment complex.

Members and friends will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rockaway Rotary Club at a dinner to be held at the Washington Hotel this weekend.

The coming 31st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Day That Will Live in Infamy, will remind many of where they were that day when they heard the announcement.

Far Rockaway High School's football coach, Jack Kerchman, is still reeling from the referee's call on the simultaneous catch in the Brooklyn Tech game that won the game for the Seahorses. What kind of coach would Kerchman be if he did not teach his players to take advantage of a situation such as that one to win the game?

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Those lights that are noticeable in the new Surfside Apartments are in the model apartments. Nobody has yet moved into the complex.

Public School 44 is empty this year, as its students move on to their new school. It is the first time in more than 60 years than the building has been empty during the school year.

When the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce holds its annual dinner at the Bayswater Jewish Center next month, it will be the first time in recent memory that the organization has moved its dinner out of the west end.

Although details are sketchy, it is rumored that a major financial institution will open a Rockaway branch in the next few months.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Rockaway Civic Club has asked all of its constituent members to write to their representatives to protest the proposed boost in real estate taxes. The club, meeting at the Washington Hotel, urged the state not to allow a rise in the debt limit that would facilitate the increased taxes.

St. Francis de Sales church is collecting clothing to be sent to Korean refugees who were forced from their homes by the fighting on the peninsula.

Twenty businesses on Beach 129 Street advertised this week their gratitude that the street paving has been completed and the street is once again open for business. Among those establishments that advertised were the Associated Food Store, Belle Harbor Bakery, Belle Harbor Sweet Shop, M and L Fish Store and Johnny's Garage.

The one-hour parking rule on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 114 Street and Beach 117 Street will be strictly enforced this winter, according to the police at the 100 Precinct.

A wrecking company will begin its work this week to clear the land for the massive Hammel Housing Project. Construction on the apartment buildings will reportedly begin next spring.


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