2004-09-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

Years Ago...

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Community Board 14 will hold a special meeting and public hearing to hear presentations from three developers who answered a request for proposals for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Richard Brown won the New York City Ocean Mile Swim in the vicinity of Jacob Riis Park. Brown, of Queens, came in at 22 minutes 18 seconds.

James C. Sullivan, Anne E. O’Malley and Republican voters allege serious election irregularities occurred in Tuesday’s primary election.

Although the Department of Parks and Recreation received praise this summer for keeping the boardwalk and beach clean, by the end of the season seaweed and driftwood were accumulating, and trashcans were not being emptied, claims Jack Braunstein, Chairman of the Rockaway Beach Patrol.

A release this week from the Office of Mayor Edward I. Koch promises passage of a comprehensive plan that will improve access by emergency vehicles to the Breezy Point Cooperative and the adjoining Roxbury community, and at the same time remove longstanding legal obstacles to home improvements there.

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A lot of tension has gone out of American lives since President Gerald Ford announced full pardon for any acts former President Richard Nixon may have committed while he was in office. Further reducing tension came when the news that Robert Evel Knievel was not successful in his much-heralded rocket propelled attempt to cross the Snake River canyon. He dropped, alive but with minor injuries, into the river after failing to land on the canyon’s rim. Now all we have to worry about is Election Day and the fate of the Mets and Yankees.

Mrs. Teddy Brooks, executive director, and Murray Leifer, president of the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, have announced a consumer program in cooperation with the Human Resources Administration, Rockaway Department of Community Development, and give advice on consumer problems.

When there was a dearth of workers at the Democratic campaign headquarters last Saturday afternoon, Gerdi Lipschutz, woman leader of Zone B, leapt into the breach and personally used the telephone effectively as she solicited votes for the organization candidates.

State Senator John J. Stantucci, a member of the State Finance Committee, is calling for tax incentives to savings bank depositors to stimulate home buying and home building. He proposes certification by the banking superintendent of banks in which depositors would receive tax benefits on savings.

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Last Wednesday brought the last of the weekly fireworks shows on the beach. The next pyrotechnics will be of a political nature. From all reports, they’ll have plenty of boom.

Off-the-street parking is not provided by the Board of Education for its teachers, so many of the Far Rockaway High School staff will make use of the parking facilities in the basement of the new Hartman “Y,” just across the street.

Harry O’Connor is receiving many compliments on the fine appearance of the recently completed new addition to the O’Connor Funeral Home’s colonial building on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 91 Street.

The new public school, opposite Public School 43 at Beach 111 Street, did not make it for the opening of this fall term.

Having experienced a few hurricanes ourselves in recent years, there is much sympathetic feeling here for communities, which have been damaged by the recent storms along the Atlantic coast down south.

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Hammel Houses will open Monday and participating in the opening and cornerstone laying will be Robert Moses, City Construction Coordinator; James A. Lundy, Borough President, and other city and local officials.

School bells rang in Broad Channel this week despite attempts to close the building permanently and transfer its students from the little wooden structure housing P.S. 47 to more modern quarters in P.S. 44.

Satisfactory progress is being made toward the construction of the new synagogue and religious school of Congregation Ohab Zedek and the construction will proceed as soon as the steel is delivered.

The summer season closed with a bang in Broad Channel as record crowds enjoyed the three day Mardi Gras sponsored by the Broad Channel Post 1404, American Legion.

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