2006-04-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

This Sunday you can run or you can stop and listen! Either way you can help Rockaway start celebration of its Tri-centennial Year. First, the annual Rockaway Ocean Run will take off at 11 a.m. from the boardwalk and Beach 112 Street. Rockaway Rotary Inc., Chase Manhattan Bank and Rockaway Road Runners Inc. once again are sponsors.

Second, runners of a different kind - candidates for Community School Board 27 - will discuss their qualifications and issues with the community at a meeting of the Harry S. Truman Regular Democratic Club at the Wavecrest Community Center in Far Rockaway.

Fire, that for a number of reasons had to be labeled suspicious, heavily damaged what was the Maimonides School for Retarded Children last Friday evening. Flames were coming out of four windows when firefighters arrived, but fire officials could find no one who would admit to owning the building, nor to caring for it, nor using it in any way.

Rockaway Council of Catholics and Jews, Congregation Anshe Sfard of Dayton Towers East in Arverne, Hadassah and B'nai B'rith will join Temple of Israel, Beach 84 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, "in paying tribute to the six million Jewish martyrs" on Collective Remembrance Day, the 43rd anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, May 7.

30 Years Ago...

The summer detail of police will report May 26. Out of the $5.5 million made available to rehire police, the 100 Precinct recovered three men.

A vacant lot at Beach 125 Street and the boulevard is slated to become the site of three-family homes. Construction is now getting underway.

Transfer of parkland at Beach 169 Street between Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from the City of New York to the National Park Service for inclusion in Gateway National Recreation Area has been approved by the City Planning Commission.

Cold weather did not stop crews from cleaning the beaches. Work was still in progress late Monday at Beach 116 Street.

As of now, there is no money for scooters for the Auxiliary Police. They still will maintain foot posts covering the boardwalk and bazaars. There will be a new class for A.P.s beginning in September.

40 Years Ago...

According to Mario Russo, one way to tell a conscientious carpenter is to watch the way he drives screws. If the screw slots all run vertically when he's finished, he's a master craftsman.

Half a dozen people have come forward recently with pictures of old Public School 44, showing its beautifully kept lawn and hedges. Too bad more interest had not been taken in saving the old building from the bulldozers.

Renovation work is going on behind the boarded up windows of the former Cushman store at the corner of Mott and Central Avenues where a Chock Full 'o Nuts store is soon to open.

One steamship company has been sending The Wave photos of local residents which were taken during cruises in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean - and all with the steamship's captain. How he must get around.

Rockaways' Playland is now open on weekend afternoons and evenings. That's a sure sign that spring is here.

50 Years Ago...

The Seaside Property Owner's, led by their president, Edward Martin, are still opposed to the projected Seaside Title 1 housing development and intended to "fight it out with the city," as witnessed by their meeting last week.

Far Rockaway could really have a sorely needed municipal parking lot if New York City would take the advice of Municipal Court Justice Abraham R. Margulies, who is also president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, and purchase the present Far Rockaway station with its plaza.

Many compliments are being received by The Breakers, Rockaway Park's newest eating place, just opened by its proprietor, Gus Cholakis, who formerly was proprietor of the Neptune restaurant, a famous spot on Beach 116 Street for many years.

Miss Irene Maggio, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Maggio of Beach 67 Street, was honored at a luncheon at Joy Ling's restaurant.

The first of a series of "bonus coupons" are being offered by Rockaway Park merchants in this week's issue of The Wave. Participating in the unusual event are: Associated Food Store, Bennie's Tasty Shoppe, Dave's Apparel, Hegarty Furniture Stores, House of Brick, Lowy's Mail Order Outlet, Smart Mart, Tailored Tot, Weiskopf's Meats and Poultry and Yancovitz Fashion Shop.

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