2003-05-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20

Years Ago...

Youths 14 to 21 years old are finding it difficult to get summer jobs in Rockaway despite the fact that the wages will come from federal funds made available to the New York City Em-ployment Department.

Commander Charles Duffy of the Daniel M. O'Connell American Legion Post 272 of Rockaway Beach is hoping to see everyone in the community flying an American Flag on Memorial Day.

Oil and industrial wastes dumped in the Edgemere landfill since 1960 may be creating a severe pollution hazard, the New York Public Interest Research Group formally charged this week.

"Motor vehicles are systematically breaking up the boardwalk!" This complaint was emphasized this month to the New York City Parks Department. The complaint contained details of popped nails and springing deck work.

More that 500 friends and parishioners attended a farewell party in honor of Sister Eileen Stephens, principal of St. Francis de Sales School.

Showing at the Surfside Cinema: "Spacehunter" and "The Outsiders"

Rumors are still flying about the fate of Rockaway's Playland. Some say it's sold while others say no. Dick Geist said, "I'll issue a press release when I have something to say."

At Pisces Seafood Restaurant, a lobster dinner, complete with mussels marinara, Manhattan Clam Chowder, salad, potato or vegetable, and coffee or tea was just $11.95. At Danny's Place on Beach 116 Street $5 bought you "all the tap beer you could drink," on Thursday nights.

The NAACP has demanded that James Conway Sullivan be ousted from Community School Board 27. Lovette Glasgow, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Sullivan "waged an openly racist campaign during the past school board election."

30 Years Ago...

All but two sections of the beach will be open for the season on Saturday. The two sections are Beach 32 to 38 Streets, and Beach 94 to 101 Streets, where washouts by storms have created dangerous conditions.

Neiman's Pharmacy has won the Rockaway Park Businessmen's Bowling League Crown.

Boat yards in the area are humming with activity as boaters get their crafts in shape for the opening of the season, generally around Memorial Day.

Councilman Walter Ward was instrumental in having the City Council pass a bill requesting the Legislature to approve turning city-owned land in Jamaica Bay for inclusion in Gateway National Park.

There was a packed house at the Pearlberg Auditorium of the Peninsula Hospital Center where the 101 Community Council honored Mal Bodenlos for his tireless efforts and years of service to the council's youth program.

40 Years Ago...

The condition of the boardwalk, showing rotten decking and protruding nail heads, which the Parks Department does not have the money to repair, makes many people wonder where all those millions of dollars it will take to acquire Rockaway Point for park use are coming from.

Apartment houses hereabouts are offering concessions to attract tenants, but Zuckerman Brothers says there are only a few apartments left in the Dayton Park project where construction has barely begun.

J. (Tasty Shop) Perlmutter, who switched to the Yankees when the Dodgers left town seems to be wavering again. "The Mets are a very colorful team," he says, "exciting too."

Rabbi Aaron Chomsky has begun his duties as the spiritual leader of Temple Israel in Rockaway Beach after completing 11 years at Congregation Cnesses Israel, Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 64 Street.

50 Years Ago...

Mrs. Walter H. Blum, and her daughter, Peggy, of Beach 130 Street, have sailed on the Italian liner Vulcania for Genoa, and will tour Europe for two weeks.

Reuben Garfield, of Beach 72 Street, was given a party last week by friends and neighbors to celebrate his entering the brokerage business.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Young of Beach 73 Street have returned from a visit to the West Coast and Nevada.

Frank Joseph Weeks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weeks of Beach 91 Street, celebrated his first birthday with a party. Family and their friends attended.

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