2007-10-05 / Columnists

Looking Backward

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

State Senator Andrew Jenkins was mum this week after he was indicted on federal charges of attempting to launder 150,000 dollars and conducting business for an African bank not authorized to operate in this country.

Men's club of Bayswater Jewish Center has arranged for a D.J. team to lead a real "hool-ya" evening with dance music from the '40s swing to the disco thing, at a bagel and cream cheese dance on Saturday, October 24, at 9 p.m., at the center, Healy Avenue and Dickens Street, Far Rockaway.

Residents of the Wavecrest apartment complex are ripping mad over the way they claim they are being treated by management. According to one tenant, the buildings, although looking better from the outside, are a horror inside.

Rockaway's waterfront is being ignored by both the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development guidelines for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area and by contractors, who are expressing an interest in developing the area, charges Bernard Blum, president of Friends of ockaway, an environmental group.

More and more public officials are joining Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer among others in demanding that that State Public Service Commission reverse the continuous rate-hiking policies of the Long Island Lighting Co.

Margaret Enright, manager of the Norstar Bank branch at Beach 66 Street and Beach Channel Drive in Arverne, was installed on Wednesday, September 30, shortly after noon, as the first female member of the Rockaway Rotary Club in the club's 41-year history.

Congressman Floyd H. Flake is sending a mobile legalization office to Rockaway next Saturday, October 10, to urge illegal aliens to apply for amnesty.

More than 50 fraternal, civic and religious organizations will be represented at a Break the Link between Drugs and Crime rally on Sunday, October 11, at Central and Mott Avenues, Far Rockaway.

30 Years Ago...

The summer is over. The baseball season is over. All the bats are in Rockaway. That's right, Rockaway is full of bats (The flying kind.) Some say it is because of the demolition of some of the older houses.

Has anyone seen the demolition site at Beach 102 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard? Most of the shacks are demolished. However, a few still stand. There is no contract yet for demolition of these buildings.

After the recent heavy rains homeowners would be wise to check the foundations of their homes. There are many reports of water damage. Especially the foundation seals.

Senator Farber was quite upset when he learned of the court decision to allow Concorde to land here. When the latest decision was made the senator was speaking before the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

40 Years Ago...

As the public school teachers' strike enters its fourth week, some West End and Far Rockaway parents have begun to send their children to private schools. The picketing continues, with many Rockawayites wondering if there will be school in October.

Benjamin N. Cardozo Junior High School students have had to cancel their annual trip to the nation's capital due to the strike.

One casualty of the school strike has been at Green Bus Lines, where a large portion of its rush hour and late afternoon fleet transports the children from school. Buses that would normally be transporting students have been incorporated into the local schedules until further notice.

Apparently shelved for this year will be the annual storefront coloring contest that was planned for Columbus Day in Far Rockaway. Staff and students from the art departments of the two junior high schools have been unable to meet to decide on the theme for the contest. There is some hope that the contest could be held at Thanksgiving or in the spring.

50 Years Ago...

Queens Republicans seconded the nomination of Magistrate Corning G. McNamee of Rockaway Beach as their candidate for Civil Court judge Wednesday evening.

Never mind selling the Brooklyn Bridge. A better-paying proposition would be to rent standing room at the rail of the Cross Bay Bridge where porgies and blackfish are the current attraction.

Dick McGuire of Rockaway Park, a member of the New York Knickerbockers of the National Basketball Association for eight years, has been traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Detroit's No. 1 draft choice next year.

Rockaway artist Rubi Roth took third prize at the annual Greenwich Village art show with a water color entitled "Red Earth."

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