2003-07-18 / Columnists

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Years Ago...

A problem with ticks has been annoying anyone who lives on or near Jamaica Bay. The pesticide that had been used on them had been found unacceptable by environmentalists the previous year.

Three out of four School Board 27 officers elected in the most recent election hail from Rockaway.

Operation Clean Sweep, a Rockaway Community Corporation Center project has been keeping Beach 20 Street clean. It is part of a city-wide delinquency prevention program.

The Riverhead Shakespeare Company announced that it would be bringing "The Merry Wives of Windsor" to O’Donahue Park at Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17 Street on July 27.

The Irish Special Olympics Team visited Rockaway, and their reception overflowed with welcome and friendship.

The manager of the Social Security office on Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway has encouraged victims of AIDS to use the phone instead of coming to the office. This was intended to reduce their risk of infection and to acknowledge the changing status of the virus as an automatic part of the SS definition of disability.

Joel Gertstel, the chairman of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce was picked to chair community board 14 at a recent meeting.

A memorial concert for Helen Leonescu, the late Democratic District Leader drew 300 people to O’Donahue Park. The George Suffert band performed.

Dora Neidle Frankel, a local who was heavily involved in a number of Jewish charities, received the Israel 35th Anniversary Award for her commitment to the Israel Bond Campaign.

Forty homeless women visited the Beach 121 Street Senior Center to enjoy a hot meal and a Vaudeville show.


Years Ago...

Environmentalists were happy that Mayor John Lindsey ordered many trees to be planted in Queens, including 280 hearty trees for Rockaway.

Tom Sawyer, starring Johnnie Whitiker, was the featured movie at the Jerry Lewis Cinema last weekend.

Edwin Shilling, a member of the Jamaica Savings Bank, was unable to attend this year’s annual meeting.

The 100 Precinct received funding for mobile radios and walkie-talkies thanks to intervention from merchants and civic organizations.

James Wolfson, seven year veteran of Community Board 14, resigned as a protest against the board’s record in promoting the Arverne project as a housing district.

The new proprietors of Sally’s Restaurant on Beach 116 Street announced that they were doing well and intended to stay open all winter.

The former U.S. Army engineers ship was still tied up in the Somerville basin at the foot of Almeda Avenue where it had been since 1968.


Years Ago...

The Inwood Volunteer Fire department provided a valuable assist to city firefighters during a plant fire on Redfern Ave.

Local Police were ready with special plans to handle the traffic if the threatened railroad strike spiked the traffic in Rockaway.

The Wednesday concerts at the St. John’s Home were enjoyed by all, and especially appreciated by the crowds waiting for the weekly fireworks display.

Pat Kelly said the American Irish Society would be in its new headquarters at the foot of the Beach 81 Street in Rockaway Beach by the end of the summer. Postal Authorities were given permission to use the address 1 Shamrock Drive.


Years Ago...

Miss Jani Christy of Harrison New Jersey, is spending a two week vacation with her cousin Jack Christy at Beach 88 Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wolf and their children, Michael Jr. and Lillian, visited the Delaware Water gap.

Dianne Lynn Peterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peterson, celebrated her fourth birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. William Texdorf, of 301 Bayside Place, received word from Germany of the passing of Mr. Texdorfs brother.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith and family, of Columbia, Pennsylvania, are visiting the Seaman family of Beach 128 Street in Belle Harbor for a two week vacation on Rockaway’s beaches. They will also visit Manhattan.

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