2007-03-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

New York State Assembly's Ethics Committee is expected to recommended this Monday that Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz be stripped of her post as chairman of the Assembly's Majority Steering Committee and her stipend ($11,000) for this post, and that the full Assembly censure her. Under immunity from prosecution, Assemblywoman Lipschutz has admitted in federal court that she placed two secretaries on her Assembly payroll knowing that they would be working for someone else and not in the state jobs for which they would be paid.

Broad Channel residents (including observant children) were horrified this week when they saw what looks like raw sewer water (including what looks like soap suds) pour from a wide pipe at the end of West 11th road and cascade into Jamaica Bay.

Internal Revenue Service is sending VITA (a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) to Rockaway Park, Inwood, and Lawrence to help lower-income, elderly, handicapped and non-English speaking tax payers or individuals who are unable to use regular IRS assistance fill out forms.

Joanne Newbert, Rockaway's first and only female detective has been promoted to police sergeant and is serving an interim term (of at least six months) in the 104th Precinct (Ridgewood). Joanne served her last five-months as a squad detective in the 100th Precinct (Rockaway Beach).

Councilman Morton Povman of Forest Hills is pressing the city to rehabilitate the Richard Cornell graveyard in Far Rockaway, which dates back to the 17th century. Povman is aiming for this rehabilitation as a follow up to legislation he has introduced which would preserve and rehabilitate historic sites in the city that are falling into disrepair.

30Years Ago... Legislation has been introduced in both houses of the state legislature to repeal the 1973 legislation, which makes it possible to continue charging tolls on the Atlantic Beach Bridge.

The 100th precinct is now entirely segregated. The last black officer assigned to the precinct was transferred out Monday.

Did you hear the Concorde SST at Kennedy International Airport? If you daydreamed a little bit while listening to President Carter on Saturday, you did. The Chief reportedly said he called Governor Carey to pass along a request from French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing to let the governor know that the French people consider this a very important issue.

Concert violinist Eugene Fodor will appear at Beach Channel High School Saturday, March 19, at 8:30 p.m. His appearance is part of a "Great Performers Series" sponsored by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council.

What was the big meeting at Sy Sheldon's home last Saturday? Twenty-two cogs in the wheel attended. We assume that it was to lick the wounds of the recent special election.

First prize went Jeffery Dady and Charles Howard, a singing duo, when the Office Inn in the Broad Channel held a "Gong Nite" on Sunday.

40 Years Ago... Board of Education announced that the vacant lot that once housed Public School 43 in Rockaway Park will remain under jurisdiction of the Board of Education for future use by Public School 225.

Two men held up the assistant manager of the A&P supermarket on Beach Channel drive and Beach 115 Street last Thursday night, and fled with $ 700.

The Parents Association of Public School 215 located at 535 Briar place, Wavecrest, has issued a call to all members of the central Board of Education to allocate the monies needed for a speedy construction of intermediate School 53 to be located on the old Public School 39 site in Far Rockaway.

Broad Channel residents are concerned that their leases will not be renewed after their current expiration date.

50 Years Ago... Mr. and Mrs. Norman Friedman of Hewlet are receiving congratulations upon the birth of a granddaughter recently at St. Joseph's Hospital, born to their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Rosenblatt of Far Rockaway.

Patrolman William L. Donnelly of 25-34 Bayswater avenue in Far Rockaway, and attached to the Far Rockaway Precinct, who made four hazardous trips into two burning buildings on Beach 20 Street to rescue 11 persons, including an elderly cripple and a baby, was awarded the 413th Hero Award presented by the New York Daily News.

Dr. and Mrs. Burton F. Salpeter of 19-15 Boulevard are receiving congratulations on the arrival of a new son born Tuesday night at Rockaway Beach Hospital.

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