2007-03-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
Years Ago...

Audrey Pheffer, Democratic leader of Part A in the 23rd Assembly District, Democratic State Committeewoman and aide to New York City Council President Andrew Stein, has emerged as the most widely mentioned candidate to get the democratic nomination to replace resigned Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz as the state legislator from this district (Rockaway, Broad Channel and parts of Rosedale and Howard Beach).

Art by Wesley Vutaggio of Public School 114 (Belle Harbor) has won the kindergarten prize, and art by Chee Chee Patterson of Public School 183 (Rockaway Beach) has won the Grades 1-3 prize in a borough wide Queens Women's History Month Contest.

Life on Long Island has changed dramatically since 1887. During the 1880's much of the oyster harvest that was so important to Long Island's economy came from Jamaica Bay. From Inwood alone, the shipments came to 3,000 bushels a week. This booming oyster business drew residents to the area, thus creating a need for increased recreational facilities.

Trophy winners surrounded Doniel Frogel at the Yeshivah of Belle Harbor to recognize that a poem he wrote, placed first in the annual fire prevention contest of the City of New York.

Some $5 million worth of improvements to help make Wavecrest Gardens, a 38-building housing development in Far Rockaway, once again "the sunny, beautiful and affordable home that people remember in the Rockaways," was announced last Saturday, March 7, by Samuel Goldfarb, a partner in the Rockaway One Co. that owns and manages the complex.

Youth in Action will have its first open meeting of 1987 on Thursday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the 101 Precinct police station at 16-12 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway.

30 Years Ago... Unless we are mistaken, it looks as if the British and French might just push through landing rights for the Concorde at Kennedy Airport.

Congratulations to Stanley Hochman on the grand opening of his new store at 207 Beach 116 Street. The new "Ellen's" will feature children's wear as well as misses.

Rumors are flying that politicians in the know say Rockaway will get casino type gambling in the near future. Hopefully it will not be too late to save the Peninsula.

Another addition to the Beach 116 Street effort is the opening soon of a new record store. The new store will be located next door to "Looking Good." Everyone should try to patronize the local stores. This will enhance the neighborhood and create the possibility of more stores moving in.

Why can't all the powers that be in the Rockaway's get together? On the New Haven plaza situation, the Chamber of Commerce is for it; Ada Zakin is for it; the Far Rockaway Board of Trade is against it. With gambling for the Rockaways: Chamber for it; Board of Trade for it; Ada Zakin against it; Jerry Hipscher against it. Let's put aside all our differences and pull together.

Jonathon Isaacson of Far Rockaway was feted at two surprise parties in honor of his 34th birthday. One party was held in Far Rockaway and other in Jackson Heights.

40 Years Ago... About 50 motorists who purchase permits at $15 for three months will be able to use the municipal parking facilities under the subway structure at Far Rockaway.

Fine weather brings many people to the boardwalk at Belle Harbor where they pass time watching workmen cut up the hull of the beached tanker, Passaic sun, which will soon be removed from the beach.

With a great clamor going up for more housing, those towering steel frames of apartment buildings at Rockaway Point are rusting away because the city chose to condemn them as part of the Breezy Point site. Strange isn't it?

Old-timers say that there is just plain bog down below the sandbar that is to be dredged away, to change the location of Beach Channel. That may not make desirable fill for the new high school to be created in the bay.

50 Years Ago... Mrs. Samuel Lipschutz was one of the participants in the fashion show at the Belle Harbor Jewish center.

Mr. and Mrs. Johns J McNulty, jr., recently entertained relatives and friends at their residence, 591 Grassmere Terrace, Far Rockaway, upon the occasion of the birthday of their son, John Joseph III.

First prize was awarded to "The Chat," Far Rockaway High School's newspaper, in the senior high school division at the annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association convention.

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