2005-02-04 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Each year during the month of February, Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park conducts its annual Law Sabbath in conjunction with the reading from the Torah dealing with the beginnings of Jewish Jurisprudence. This year Queens District Attorney John Santucci will be the guest speaker.

Officers of the Queens Narcotics Force raided a Far Rockaway apartment and nabbed six people in what was described as a major storage center and cutting factory for drugs in the Far Rockaway-Five Towns area.

“You can’t beat us! So why not meet us?” It is doubtful that this quotation comes from Seymour Sheldon, who is chairing a Rockaway District Boy Scouts breakfast as he has done for the past 17 years. More likely it comes from “Buster” Paterson, who is on Sheldon’s committee. The breakfast, which is a fundraising event for the Boy Scouting program in the area, will be held at the Rockaway Council of the Knights of Columbus. The guest speaker will be New York Giants offensive tackle, Gordon King, who is in his eighth year with the team.

Citing among other things, the economics of doing business in New York, Bingo King, with plants throughout the United States and Canada closed its Rockaway Beach operations. The move laid off at least 75 employees, many of them Rockaway residents.

In efforts to stop the construction of the Far Rockaway section of the Nassau Expressway, Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz and Jewish Community Council President Irving Klein, have asked engineers for the State Department of Transportation to check their records to determine if the former head of the state agency promised the residents of the area that the section would be the last one of several sections to be built.

30 Years Ago...

The new Beach Channel High School has received authorization to operate an amateur radio station from the Federal Communications Commission and has been the call letters WB2YYG.

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council, which has had a successful concert series for the past 11 years, has announced its first community art show and museum exit.

Parks Administrator Edwin L. Weisl Jr. cautioned today that the ice is not yet thick enough for safe use on most lakes and ponds in city parks.

Army Private Carl Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Ray of 38-08 Beach Channel Drive, completed eight weeks of basic training at Fort Ond, California.

Congregation Shaaray Zedek is planning to mark a gala occasion in June when it celebrates the completion of its synagogue at the corner of Beach 30 Street and Seagirt Boulevard. Milton E. Jacobowitz, well known Rockaway Attorney, who is a leader of the congregation, will receive honors from the congregation during the ceremonies.

40 Years Ago...

Morris Rochelle, manager of the Strand theater, says he has been amazed at the number of people of all ages who patronize the 2 a.m. show on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Seems there’s more nightlife here than people realized.

There were Artic scenes aplenty during the recent cold weather as tugs and barges made their way up the bay through the ice.

A former post office worker in New York, who now resides in the Dayton apartments, was greatly impressed by the pains of one of the local letter carriers took to be sure that three of his neighbors, all named Friedman, received the right mail.

Impatience is mounting over the failure of the sponsors to build the shopping centers in the Dayton Park and Surfside developments and meanwhile all sorts of rumors circulate.

50 Years Ago...

Broad Channel will have a full six-grade school rather than the original three-grade building planned by the Board of Education, the Parents Association of Public School 47 was informed this week.

The Frank Avenue Civic Association of Edgemere reversed an earlier stand this week and reported that the organization will support the city’s plan for the erection of a 1,400-apartment housing project in the Sommerville-Conch Basin area.

Without fanfare the cornerstone of the new Benjamin M. Cordozo Junior High School was placed in the northeast wall of the building on Beach 56 Street just one week after the school opened with 1,510 students.

Immediate action by the state for protection of the Rockaway beachfront was requested this week by State Senator James J. Crisona and Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox in an appeal to Governor Harriman.

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