2005-01-28 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Glasses, plates, a table and the counter were broken early last Saturday morning inside the Ram’s Horn Diner on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive, when a 210 pound, 20-year-old man, lashed out. Damage was estimated at $1 less than the amount needed to classify the crime a felony. The man was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and destroying property.

Borough President Donald R. Manes said on a recent trip to Rockaway that there is no way he will sign anything that calls for moderate or low income housing in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Further comment from Community Board 14 chairman, Joel Gerstel, referred to the fact that the original Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) were thrown out because they all had stipulations asking for subsidized housing.

Ducks have a saying: “If it walks like a candidate, talks like a candidate and looks like a candidate, it’s probably a candidate.” Walking, looking and, in particular, talking very much like a candidate for the New York City Council President’s spot, Kenneth Lipper, deputy mayor for economic affairs, came to the Rockaways bearing messages of importance for the local citizenry, a sign that election day cannot be too far off.

How to involve the middle class into policy making of government? This question brought Burt Borkan, a personal security expert and executive director of the Finest Firearm Federation; Harvey Brody, executive director of the National Conservative Coalition, and Ralph Abbondanza, a “distinguished veteran,” to the national headquarters of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) in Manhattan for a conference with Roy Innis, national chairman of CORE.

30 Years Ago...

Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes and the Rockaway Office of Neighborhood Services have jointly announced that an appropriate site for the centralization of city ambulances on the Rockaway peninsula has been located. The site is 80-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

M.O.P., the Motorized Observation Patrol, will celebrate its second anniversary at the West End Temple.

Roberta Chapey has been awarded the Ed. D. degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Chapey, whose special field of study is speech pathology, earned her undergraduate degree at Marymount Manhattan College. She took further graduate work at New York University.

The Peninsula General Nursing Home, at Peninsula Hospital Center, has been renamed the Granirer Pavilion, in honor of Julius Granirer, prominent Rockaway attorney who has been president of the hospital since April, 1965.

The Rockaway Kiwanis Club has designated Mrs. Gerdi Lipschutz and Neal Rairden to be Rockaway Citizens of the Year for 1974. A dinner to be held in their honor will be held at Mickey Allen’s restaurant in Lawrence in February.

40 Years Ago...

One of Rockaway’s claims to fame, just before the turn of the century, was that it had regular steamboat service to Manhattan. Perhaps we are to think we never had it so good, but many of us remember when we had better.

Public School 44’s old building last weekend looked like a moving set for a bombing raid. Only a small part of one wall towered above a huge heap of rubble.

Campaign No. 4 for a single subway fare for Rockaway is being launched by Milton Jacobowitz. The pervious three campaigns have been supported by Borough President Cariello; Councilman Stantucci; Queens Chamber of Commerce and Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

50 Years Ago...

Matthew Baird, president of the Broad Channel Civic Association, informed The Wave last week that the site favored by the civic group for the new Broad Channel school has been selected.

John and James Boggiano, and Dennis Downey received Lion Badges, and John Hearn and Teddy Cavoores received Wolf Badges at the pack meeting of Cub Scout Pack 389.

“Reorganization in Washington” has delayed approval of funds for a survey of the Arverne-Hammel site for a Title 1 Housing Project, the Mayor’s Committee on Slum Clearance informed The Wave this week.

It’s not too late to file applications for apartments in the Hammel Housing Project, although 1,381 applications were received listing Hammel as first choice for location, the New York City Housing Authority made known this week.

Two west-end teens – speeding in a stolen auto – were arrested after a 26-block chase last Wednesday night.

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