2008-11-28 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Landmark-like Derech Emunoh Synagogue's fate will rest in the hands of whatever team wins the contract to develop the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

With the largest crowd in 20 years in attendance, Harry Z. Haroon, Irving Levi and Mario Russo were honored at the 63rd annual dinner dance of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. The dinner was held at the Washington Hotel in Belle Harbor, on Wednesday, November 16.

Joanne James, 19, of 433 Beach 40 Street (the Beach 41 Street Houses in Edgemere) was found murdered (lying face up on her bedroom floor with stab wounds) Wednesday night, November 22, between 11 o'clock and 11:30.

When six million square feet of vacant land in Breezy Point is developed, there will be 2,000 more cars leaving each day, and creating congestion at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge connecting the western part of the Rockaway Peninsula with Brooklyn!

Melissa Robyn Hershcopf, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvan Levey of Dayton Towers East in Arverne, was bat mitzvahed on November 19 in Temple Beth Shalom, Manalapan, NJ, with Rabbi Ira J. Rothstein and Hazzan Jeffery Myers officiating. A party was held in Sheraton Gardens, Freeport, NJ.

Public School 225, at 190 Beach 110 Street, Rockaway Park, has entered into an agreement with the Polaroid Corp. which includes the use of photography in math, science, art and social studies.

Property at 1315 Dinsmore Avenue, Far Rockaway, will be sold at public auction on Monday, November 28, pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure for Bancplus Mortgage Corp. (plaintiff) vs. Fletcher Dockery, et al (defendant).

New York City's Fire Department's ice hockey team will face off against Boston Police Department's ice hockey team, followed by the New York Police Department against the Boston Fire Department, in a hockey double header Sunday at the Nassau Coliseum beginning at 1 p.m.

Apparently Board of Estimate approval for the construction of a luxury housing complex in Rockaway Beach was such a relief to the developers of the Rockaway's Playland site that the principals went off for vacation.

30 Years Ago...

Police Officer Vincent Manzella arrested a youth in a home in Rockaway Park on Sunday, November 19, after the youth allegedly broke furniture and attacked a counselor at the home.


With a snow storm and hazardous driving hampering every attempt to get around, Rockaway suffered again on Monday morning, November 27, with one Emergency Medical Service (city) ambulance covering Rockaway.

Rockaway's Anti Crime Program Advisory Council meeting which was scheduled for Monday, November 27, has been advanced to Thursday, November, 30.

Formal groundbreaking ceremonies to signify the start of construction of the new Beach 20 Street, in Far Rockaway, will be held Tuesday, November 28 at 11 a.m.

40 Years Ago...


Now that the Long Island Rail Road's new timetable is in effect, how much longer will it be before we see some of those highly touted new cars on the Far Rockaway branch?

If there is not a better entrance to the Cross Bay Bridge from Beach Channel Drive before the crowds arrive next summer, we can expect some monumental traffic jams.

Dean Georges, president of the Rockaway Rotary Club, has announced that members of the club will man Salvation Army kettle on Beach 116 Street and hope for generous Christmas contributions.

Now that Frederic R. Hammer will become a Civil Court judge, other local republicans, like Milton Koerner and Sheldon Rosenblatt will move up rung on the patronage ladder.

50 Years Ago...

Twenty years ago the people in Broad Channel were told they would be given the opportunity to buy the land on which they built their homes. They still wait while the city shies away from a decision as to their fate.


All kinds of fish are caught in a net. Along with the habitual offenders against the multiple dwelling laws, summonses have also been given to distressed property owners who no longer conduct their buildings as multiple dwellings.

Although Christmas street lights have been strung for several weeks in other communities, they won't make their appearance in Rockaway until after Thanksgiving. The Rockaway Park Merchants Association believes in sticking to tradition.

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