2003-05-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward What The Wave Said 20

What The Wave Said
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Years Ago...

"Please vote! It’s very important to our children’s futures and the future of the community." This plea comes from Samuel B. Granirer, a member of Community Board 27 who is up for re-election.

Dr. David Novack, rabbi of the Bayswater Jewish Center in Far Rockaway, will speak at an open meeting of the Rockaway Catholic-Jewish Council at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea R.C. Church. The public is invited without charge.

22-Year-old Lous Vasquez led more than a thousand wet runners to the finish line of the Ocean Run. Race Director Eli Cohan calls it, "the world’s largest six-mile race." More than 2,500 runners were entered for the race, but wet weather kept many away.

With help from Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo and his staff, Peninsula Hospital Center has negotiated a formal agreement for payback of funds owed the Medicare program which ensures that the hospital in Edgemere will remain financially sound and able to meet its responsibilities to the community.

About 150 sixth graders are planting marigolds at Intermediate School 53 in Far Rockaway, under the supervision of Gardening Coordinator Maureen Baglia.

Pianist Lisa Papili will perform works by Mozart, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff at the Sam Levenson Theatre. Her appearance is underwritten by the American Jewish Congress and Pepsi-Cola Young Musician’s Competition.

West End Temple Men’s Club is planning a salute to B’nai B’rith…a paean of praise for "this tremendous organization always in the forefront in the fight for Jewish rights and the constant struggle against anti-semitism."

An advertisement for J.G. Footwear features Nike "lo-top leather sneakers" for men and boys. The prices are $32 and $28 respectively.

An ad with a drawing of a tombstone reads "R.I.P. Rockaway’s parochial and public schools died of neglect May 3, 1983." It also says, "remember: community participation + concerned school-board members = higher property values."

Purse-snatching within the 100 Precinct has increased dramatically, when compared to the number of complaints from last year. The problem seems to be focused in the area between Beach 83 and Beach 90 Street.

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Years Ago...

Rockaway Little League began its nineteenth season last weekend as Nick Simon threw out the first ball at and Irving Pollock led the umpires onto the field.

A truck belonging to Maggio Brothers was found by Department of Public Works officials, in the morning, with its front half covered by water. The truck was moving westward in a badly flooded section of Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 59 Street. The weight of the truck, combined with the ground soaking water, caused a cave-in.

When the election board is on hand from early morning to late at night and the workers outnumber those voting in the school-board election, there must be a better way to choose school leaders, many local parents are telling state politicians.

Building and sewer inspectors from New York City have denied permits for the construction of a proprietary home for adults currently readied to be built on Beach 119 Street.

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Years Ago...

Seems hard to imagine framework for eight-story buildings at Breezy Point, but they’re in the new development.

The multi-ridged roof now visible from Seagirt Boulevard is not one of those new fangled motels that are sweeping the country. It’s the roof of the new Public School 215.

A pastime, which is growing in popularity these days, is counting the dressed windows (curtains and blinds) in the new Surfside park buildings showing window shades—and then guestimating the amount of rentals.

The new front on Sam Shapiro’s building at Beach 87 Street and the boulevard is impressive and colorful, just as he said it would be.

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Years Ago...

Irving Feingold of Feingold Motors in Arverne is celebrating his 30 Year in the automobile business.

The Peanuts Quartet of St. John’s Home in Rockaway Park hit the
jackpot last week when they were selected winners on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour.

Isabella Schmelk of 88-07 Holland Avenue, celebrated her birthday recently with a family gathering at her home.


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