2007-09-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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20 Years Ago...

Teacher Barbara McDermott is relaying to Far Rockaway High School students a great deal of knowledge she was able to gain last month by participating in the National Center for Excellence in Education's 1987 California Mathematics Summer Institute.

Two courses in Yiddish aimed at Rockaway and Five Towns residents will be offered starting Monday, October 19, by the Lawrence Continuing Education Program.

Meals at the Rockaway Child Care Center Inc., 14-66 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, are available to all children enrolled without regard to age, race, color, sex, handicap or national origin.

Breezy Point Cooperative Inc. has been ordered to show cause in court on Wednesday, September 30, as to why an order should not be made for a special meeting of the stockholders of the Breezy Point Cooperatives Inc. to allow stockholders to vote by secret ballot on whether or not a study should be made of alternate sewage systems.

With wide-awake boardwalk neighbors leading police to at least one person who could be taking apart boardwalk railing and removing it from the scene, there is a feeling in the community that this activity soon will slow down and finally draw to a halt.

Queens Borough Public Library will conduct a workshop on resume writing and job search skills this Saturday, September 26, at 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Branch, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Barbara Meyers, a 46-year-old wife and mother of three, junior high school counselor in Community School District 27, and member of Temple Beth- El of Rockaway Park since 1970, has completed the Volunteers for Israel in directly related military activities.

Rockaway Canoe and Kayaking Club kayakers won the Atlantic Divisional championship and also qualified for the Empire State Games this summer.

Reconstruction of rest rooms along the boardwalk at Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, could take a year, but there is hope in the Department of Parks and Recreation that it will be finished by Memorial Day.

30  Years Ago...

Radio Shack, the nationwide consumer electronic store chain, will open a store in Rockaway Beach on Wednesday, October 5. The store will be at 87- 09 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Somebody must know someone. With all the streets in Rockaway needing repaving, why is Beach 139 Street between Newport and Rockaway Beach Boulevard being resurfaced?

It looks like a four way race in November. Mayoral candidates Cuomo, Farber, Goodman and Koch will make it a lively race.

"Operation Rip-Off" has commenced. That's Jack Braunstein's idea for cleaning up the campaign posters. The only trouble is that we still see the posters up from two years ago.

40 Years Ago...

Impressive ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held at the Columbia Savings and Loan Association office opening Saturday at 86-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Milton Jacobowitz, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, led the local contingent.

Emergency rehabilitation of the Rockaway beachfront is likely to last well into October, says a Parks Department spokesperson.

While moviegoers continue to mourn the closure of the Strand Theatre on Central Avenue, business is booming at the new RKO Twin Theatres on Rockaway Turnpike near the new E.J. Korvette's. Harry Biggs, longtime area resident and employed by RKO Theatres for over 40 years is in charge of the new complex.

The DeMatteis Organization hints at the possibility that a few stores will be ready to open at the Dayton Shopping center by Christmas.

50 Years Ago...

A new song, "America. My Wonderland," was written by an Arverne resident, Mary Bauer, who has been discovered by a prominent record producer and is becoming popular throughout the city. The record appears on the Thalia label and is sung by Howard Fried.

Plans are underway to revamp the oasis luncheonette at the southwest corner of Beach 68 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Housing projects at Hammels and Seaside will probably get underway sometime next year, in the opinion of local leaders. Representatives of the city civic slum clearance committee have scheduled a meeting with local property owners in October.

Nat Boriskin, president of Congregation Derech Emunoh in Arverne, welcomed the congregation at the Saturday morning service this past weekend.

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