2005-03-18 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Reports revealed Joseph Smith of Beach 149 Street, Neponsit, as the person seeking a restraining order to stop the Orthodox Jewish community in Rockaway’s west end from having a symbolic neighborhood enclosure without which they are not permitted to carry objects (such as prayer books) on the Sabbath.

Hagar has left the Hawk! Rockaway’s crack New York City Transit Police Detective Andrew Moschetto (the Hawk) said goodbye to his retired partner, Detective Richard Farnsworth (Hagar). Detective Moschetto was not alone. People from all over the community also rushed to say goodbye, and to ask the retiree if he would come back for a party.

Tires of at least seven automobiles belonging to teachers were slashed while they were meeting with parents in Public School 42, at Beach 66 Street and Thursby Avenue.

About 30 of a big crowd of Rockawayites spoke when they went to city hall to insist that the peninsula be excluded if a citywide moratorium on conversion, alteration and demolition of single room occupancy dwellings is passed into law.

Prince-Wynn Post 260 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the post’s ladies auxiliary will distribute government surplus foods to needy area residents. The foods to be distributed this time are processed cheese, butter, flour and rice.

“We Remember the Holocaust!” – a community wide creative expression competition – is being sponsored by Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park. Poetry, essays, artwork and songs about the holocaust will be accepted.30 Years Ago... Henry Waichaitis, chairman of Community Planning Board 14, reports “the impossible dream has come to fruition.” Queensborough Community College Extension in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area is now a reality. Through the efforts of Queens Borough President Donald Manes, $200,000 each year for the next five years has been re-instated into the budget for construction of the school.

Councilman Walter Ward set up a conference at the office of Borough President Manes, on behalf of Broad Channel residents, at which an agreement was reached for a new five-year lease pact with the city.

Jose A. Rodriguez, well known local jockey of 160 Beach 116 Street, won angling recognition in the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament when he landed a 58-pound sailfish in the general division. He fished with Captain Dick Reich aboard the Ripple II out of Islamorada.

Sallejane Seif, longtime Rockaway resident, announced her candidacy for a seat on the Community School Board of District 27, which includes Rockaway, Broad Channel and southwestern Queens. Years Ago...

40 Mark Harwood of Bell Boy Cleaners is receiving many compliments on the fine new building that his firm will open on Central Avenue at the corner of New Haven Avenue.

We must be easy marks in Rockaway. Since we have not made too much fuss about the noise of jet planes, Rockaway is now being considered as the site for a helicopter port. That’s a dubious distinction.

Those beautiful trees and landscaping in Neponsit were marked for destruction during the sewer installation. They were saved by action from the Neponsit Property Owners Association with an assist from Borough President Cariello.

William Brust, retired Hammel shoe merchant, had to interrupt his Florida vacation in order to be here when Rockaway Beach Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of which he is a past chancellor, will hold a dinner and dance in his honor.

50 Years Ago... Four small children were passed to safety by their mother as an early-morning two-alarm fire gutted and ruined a row of eight Edgemere stores.

A 37-year-old Hammel mother of five is in jail awaiting the recovery of a Brooklyn woman who told police the Hammel woman performed an abortion on her for $65.

Parts of the Rockaway skyline changed again this week. But instead of a new building going up, a cold half-pint stub is all that remains of a once-proud 150-foot chimney. Early last week a trio of experienced steeplejacks rigged their scaffolds, rolled up their sleeves, and began swinging steel hammers at the 30-year-old stack of the abandoned Hamel Incinerator on Beach 80 Street and the bay.

A picture story of the condition of streets in the Arverne-Hammel area showing the need for removal of refuse accumulated during several years was sent to Mayor Wagner and heads of various city departments by the Arverne-Hammel Democratic Association.

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