2007-11-23 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

20 Both drivers who collided last Saturday, November 14, at Rockaway Freeway and Beach 95 Street (at the exit ramp from the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge), Rockaway Beach, claim a clear intersection (green light).

Rockaway Park Senior Citizen's Center, 121-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, will be open this Sunday, November 22, for regular activities and exercise with Magda Rosenberg.

Selma Kaplan will be installed as president of Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park during services this Saturday morning, November 21, in the main sanctuary at Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park.

Parents of the Robert Gordis Day School of Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park will be ready to welcome hundreds of shoppers as their third annual holiday boutique opens for business on Sunday, November 22.

Three o'clock Friday afternoon is movie time at the Arverne Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, 312 Beach 54 Street, Arverne.

State Senator Jeremy Weinstein and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer commended New York City public education

20 last week by visiting Public School 225 to celebrate Staff Recognition Day.

First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach will conclude its annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, November 21, with a fresh ham dinner prepared and served at 6 p.m. by members of the congregation.

Members of the 101 Precinct Youth-in- Action/Police Athletic League swim and play PAL basketball on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 7-10 p.m., at Far Rockaway High School, 821 Bay 25 Street, Far Rockaway.

Pvt. Richard A Watford, son of Jacquelyn and Joseph Watford of 51-15 Almeda Avenue, Far Rockaway, has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

The Dolphins 1987 football season ended last Saturday at Flushing Memorial Field with a hard fought victory over the "Owls" of Bryant High School.

Stephen F. Hertley, son of Donald J. and Rita E. Hertley of 437 Beach 121 Street, Rockaway Park, has been promoted in the U.S. Army to the rank of corporal. Years Ago... 30 Damn the Mayor, gas guzzlers ahead. This seems to be the message Queens Borough President Donald Manes is sending to Ed Koch. Manes says he's keeping his chauffeur driven car.

In preparation for the flu season, the city's health commissioner said on Wednesday that influenza vaccinations will be available free to senior citizens

30 and high risk individuals starting next Monday at district health centers. One is at Beach 67 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Sewer construction in Far Rockaway is expected to begin before the end of the year. The sewer will run along Seagirt Boulevard, from Beach Channel Drive to Highland Court.

It was 70 years ago this week that the Rockaway Park Polar Bears made their debut in the ocean. 40 Years Ago...

40 Arthur's Apparel shop in Beach 116 Street led off the pre-Christmas shopping season with decorations and window displays two weeks before Thanksgiving.

It seems strange to see new construction underway in the area marked for demolition for urban renewal. Must be that they are going to work around the new buildings when the renewal is being planned.

Bob McCafferty of Rohr's Confectionery, Beach 116 Street, said Thanksgiving business this year was unusually brisk and he hopes that is an indication of the Christmas business ahead.

Reliable information is that there is no change in the sponsorship of the Dayton shopping center, rumors to the contrary notwithstanding. The Food Fair Company is still in charge of renting, which is said to be proceeding. Years Ago... 50 A Far Rockaway fisherman, John Fisher of 1431 Pearl Street, is credited with rescuing the pilot of a twin engine private plane which crashed and sank in Jamaica Bay on Saturday afternoon.

The Rockaway Park business district will be without holiday lights this year. It will be the first time in several years

50 that businessmen have not underwritten the cost of the gesture of good will to the people of the community.

Max H. Galfunt was honored Wednesday by being presented a plaque for serving as the "Key Man" in the Joint Defense Appeal for the American Jewish Committee and Anti Defamation League of B'nai B'rith during 1957.

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