2005-01-21 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Concern about a garbage burning plant proposed for North Lawrence appears to be causing a minimum of concern in Inwood, Lawrence and Far Rockaway. In Rockaway, leaders told The Wave if it’s over the county line it isnot in their jurisdiction.

Deputy Mayor Kenneth Lipper will speak to the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways during an upcoming luncheon. Following his presentation, Lipper will answer questions. Each ticket bought at the door will include a full luncheon, including gratuities.

Martin Galvin and Dorothy Hayden will be grand marshals of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Galvin, national publicity director of Irish Northern Aid, and Hayden, who was recently named Irishwoman of the year, were chosen this week by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee if the Rockaways.

What has been taking place in our community? Elaine Castas, district manager of Community Board 14, will answer this question and others during the 101 Precinct Community Council first monthly meeting of 2005.

Orthodox Jewish people in Rockaway’s west end have extended their homes to an area that includes most of Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor and Neponsit by physically designating this area with an eruv – a suspended, and mostly inconspicuous wire that creates a physical boundary related to their observance of the Sabbath. 30 Years Ago... The medical staff of Peninsula Hospital Center has elected Edward H. Davis, M.D. of Belle Harbor, president; Martin A Ginsburg, M.D. of Far Rockaway, vice president and Howard E. Rifkin, M.D. of Woodmere, secretary-treasurer.

Robert Rapaport, principal of Beach Channel High School, reported at a recent meeting of the Rockaway Rotary Club at the Newport Inn that the student body of the school has reached 1,900 and in September it will stand at 3,000. The school’s maximum capacity is 3,400. The school’s staff has now reached 150, and the school now offers the full range of academic studies.

After completing considerable preliminary work, the Rockaway Rifle and Pistol Club has abandoned its plan to convert the former Pix Theatre into a rifle range. “There was too much opposition in Far Rockaway. We’re considering a site in Nassau County,” a club official stated.

Horatio Proce, president of Community School Board 27 and Marvin R. Aaron, acting district superintendent, joined last week in an appeal to local residents to be vigilant and report promptly to the police threats of vandalism to public school property.

40 Years Ago... Rabbi Irwin Lowenheim of Congregation Beth Israel says the move will soon be made into the transformed building purchased from the Long Island Lighting Company, on Central Avenue. He marvels at the changes that have been made in the structure.

Dom DiResta’s snowplow did a great job on The Wave’s sidewalk last week. It was a fast one, too.

Many of his old friends in the Holland section are welcoming John Dannaher who has become associated with a new real estate and insurance office which has opened in the former Appetitio shop near Beach 90 Street.

Dave Teitelbaum of Belle Harbor had a box for his family at the Governor’s Ball – right next to Michigan’s Governor George Romney. Teitelbaum has plenty of tales to tell about the event.

50 Years Ago...

A gangland murder reminiscent of Prohibition days snuffed out a Broad Channel longshoremen’s union organizer in a lonely area, where Murder, Inc. operated 15 years ago. The 46-year-old man was a reported henchman of Thomas Gleason, the secret head of the International Longshoreman’s Association.

Laws regulating low flying planes, reapportioning the cost of sewers installed for the benefit of public housing or projects and remedying other conditions which have been a source of civic complaint will be sought by the Rockaway Beach Property Owners’ Association in 1955, Jack G. Braunstein, vice-president and chairman of the board of directors declared this week.

Two 18-year-old girls and four youths, all from Brooklyn, found racing two autos – one of which was stolen – in the Riis Park parking lot, are being held on $1,000 bail each this week pending a hearing in Queens Felony Court.

Two 100 Precinct policemen will be recommended for departmental recognition for the capture of a would-be holdup man last week, Captain V. Judge announced yesterday. They are Sergeant John Ashe and Patrolman Eugene Kelly.

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