2007-10-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Clearing of the right of way for Route 878 (often referred to as Section E of the Nassau Expressway) from Burnside Avenue in Inwood to Meadow Causeway in Lawrence may begin in about a month.

Gateway National Recreation Area's Breezy Point District will host its annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. Children and their parents are invited to join the festivities which include hayrides, scary movies, face painting and a singalong.

Florence Farkas will teach a new class, "Nutrition for Good Health," beginning Thursday, October 29, at 10 a.m., at the Rockaway Park Senior Citizen's Center, 121-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park.

Com-Tex (equipment which helps the hard of hearing enjoy plays, programs and discussions more clearly) will be available for whoever needs it (any age) for a film discussion on Thursday, November 5, at the Peninsula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Judge Jerome Hornblass of the Criminal Court of the City of New York will look at how "the Talmud Encounters the Constitution in Honor of the Bi-Centennial of the Constitution" on Monday, October 26, at 8 p.m. in the ballroom of Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park, Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Volunteers interested in teaching adults to read and write will be given 18 hours of training beginning Saturday, November 14, at the Peninsula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Newly formed Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation has approved a new two-year contract for Executive Director Ed Remsen, who served in the same post in the predecessor Far Rockaway Revitalization Corporation.

Modernization programs have been approved by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Edgemere House, 434 Beach 54 Street, Arverne, and the Redfern Houses, 14-56 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway.

30  Years Ago...

More than $3 million for revitalization in Far Rockaway and there is a flood in front of Beach Channel Drive and Mott Avenue every time it rains.

The stores and apartment house at 115 Street and the boulevard are still wide open. The city is definitely tempting the fates by not sealing the openings before the winter sets in and fires are set.

The marquee is still falling apart on the old Park Theatre. Hopefully the theatre will be demolished before the rest of the marquee falls and injure someone.

Did you hear the Concorde? That's funny, neither did we. The only thing we heard was Brian Levinson yelling we were tricked.

40 Years Ago...

Briefs from Kenneth Reiver, who is suing to force the Transit Authority to equalize the subway fare throughout the city, and from the Transit Authority were accepted last Thursday at the hearing in State Supreme Court, King County.

The Rockaway Park-Belle Harbor Property Owners Association is in favor of having the old Public School 43 site on the Boulevard at Beach 110 Street turned into a vest pocket park.

Opposition to locating the Shore Front Parkway extension adjacent to the Freeway is being voiced by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaway.

Five hundred friends and political associates of John J. Howley attended ceremonies at the Rockaway Council Knights of Columbus hall on Beach 90 Street Sunday, at which time Howley was installed as president of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club and Mrs. Margaret Albot as his auxiliary president.

50  Years Ago... Last week's decision by the Public Service Commission not to immediately permit the moving of the Long Island Rail Road terminal in Far Rockaway, has caused Central Avenue merchants to take new heart. Perhaps there won't be a shopping center in Far Rockaway after all, they hope.

In order to enlarge the playground of the St. Francis DeSales School in Belle Harbor, the old Belle Harbor House, a summer hotel built in 1911, was demolished.

Mrs. Ella George, pioneer resident of the Rockaways, is now a great grandmother for the 23 time.

Lillian Barto of Burchell Avenue, Arverne, was the winner of the special prize at the recent installation dinner held by the Sommerville-Arverne Civic Association.

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