2006-02-17 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

A 70-year-old man was found dead last Saturday morning in an automobile in the C-Town shopping center in Rockaway Beach.

Seven ambulettes (four of them new) and five ambulances were destroyed in a fire Monday from about 8:20 to 10:22 p.m. that extensively damaged real property at Hunter Transit Inc., 66-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Ace Metal Specialties Co., manufacturer of Better Kitchen & Bathroom Products, separated from Hunter Transit by a false wall, was gutted.

Legally, parents in Community School Districts 27 and 29 can do more about possible exposure of their children to the AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) virus in public schools, but they can get new laws, and they are starting intense efforts to get those laws. This development was brought to the attention of this newspaper by George Russo of Ozone Park of Community School Board 27, after Justice Harold Hymans of the Supreme Court in Queens ruled Tuesday that “automatic” exclusion of children suffering from AIDS is a violation of their civil rights.

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo is

applauding Captain Bernard Weber

of the 101 Precinct for his efforts

in revitalizing Far Rockaway’s beachfront bungalow community – between the ocean and Seagirt Boulevard

from Beach 24 Street to Beach 26 Street.30 Years Ago...

Work is progressing nicely on the new post office at Beach 59 Street and Beach Channel Drive. This office will replace 11692, which is now on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 70 Street. The new building is designed to fit in with the surrounding buildings. Tentatively, the opening is set for October 1.

A large group of anti-SST forces met on Tuesday evening at Public School 206 in Howard Beach. Brian Levinson, organizer of the rally, plans to conduct a large parade of cars to Kennedy Airport on January 22.

A new format at the Breaker’s restaurant seems to be working out very well. Finding a table is getting to be quite an experience. Nick Cholakis says call ahead for reservations.

Terri Bienenfeld won first prize in the 1976 limerick contest of the women’s auxiliary to the 11 th District Dental Society. Terri, a member of class 6-321 at Public School 183, was awarded $25.

Violent crimes have decreased by about 40 percent in Far Rockaway since a special police taskforce was assigned there in December, even though crime in the rest of the city has increased from 10 to 20 percent in the same time period.

40 Years Ago...

Bayswater Park is soon to become a reality to the delight of Jules Michaelis, veteran civic leader, who has been tireless in the 30-year effort to have the park developed.

After freezing in Florida, Tom Safonte came north and spent the last of his vacation in the ski country where he could dress for the weather and feel comfortable.

If the proposed new high school should be located in the Holland section, and if the proposed big reference library is located nearby, and if the courthouse becomes a cultural/recreational center, perhaps the next step should be a Rockaway community college to transform the whole area into an educational complex.

Flooding near the firehouse on Beach 116 Street following the recent heavy rains is stirring indignation among business people and residents of the area who feel that they have tolerated the condition far too long.

50 Years Ago...

February 22 marked the 70th anniversary of the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach. It was the first church to be erected on Rockaway Beach, following by five years the organization of a non-denominational Sunday school. Descendants of the church’s founders are still among the worshipers at its services.

Saul Maskin returned last week after two enjoyable weeks of golf in Miami, to resume activities at his men’s shop in Rockaway Park.

At the outset of a meeting called to protest the subway fares being proposed by the Transit Authority to become effective with the opening of the Rockaway line in June, former State Senator Milton Koerner briefly reviewed the state law under which the Transit Authority was created in 1954. It obligates the Transit Authority to operate the subway system according to its revenue without access to tax money. Koerner said there are strong arguments against the 65-cent fare proposed for subway riders within the Rockaways. He pointed out that the facilities are no different than those being offered for the same type of service in other parts of the city for 15 cents.

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