2009-11-13 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Harold Cornell, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rock aways Inc., is lashing out at New York City's Department of Sanitation for cutting out daily pickups of trash baskets on the Rockaway Peninsula.

Charles Goldberg, a retired project direc tor of JASA-Brookdale Village in Far Rockaway, has been appointed activities and program director of the Sans Souci Hotel in Miami Beach.

James Green, 22, of Far Rockaway was arrested on Tuesday, November 14, in connection with a drug-related shooting on Monday in Jamaica, Que - ens, that left two men dead and one shot in the leg and back.

Incoming New York City Schools Chan cel lor Joseph Fernandez has offered Community School District 27 Superintendent Colman Genn a top spot in his administration, while Queens District Attorney John J. San - tucci seeks to indict suspended Com - munity School Board 27 members James Conway Sullivan and Samuel Granirer.

Frances Kantor, a senior citizen who resides in the Dayton Towers East com plex in Arverne, was selected this summer as "Defense Contract Admin - is tration Services Region New York Outstanding Employee with a Dis abil - ity for 1989" and nominated as "De - fense Logistics Agency Outstanding Employee with a Disability for 1989."

Police officer Richard Szubinski of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) arrested Sherrie Mosley, 17, of 81-04 Rock - away Beach Boulevard (the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach) and Yvette Elliot, 25, of 20-39 Seagirt Boulevard (Wavecrest Gardens in Far Rockaway) on Monday, November 13, after they were seen carrying plastic bags from a house on Beach 120 Street, Rockaway Park, after they al - legedly broke into the house.

Power to Jacob Riis Park and the Riis Park Golf Course was interrupted for 55 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, November 15, about 2:35, after there was a failure in sub-cable feeding electricity to the office of The Wave in Rockaway Beach, a Long Island Light - ing Co. spokesman informed this news paper shortly after the power was restored.

30 Years Ago...

Drivers are still complaining about the repaving job done on Beach Channel Drive. Although the bad corners were ripped up and done over they still are not up to par. Some cars still bottom out when they reach the corners.

What coordination! First the Traffic Department put down a double yellow line on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

This was followed by a private contractor who put down a double yellow thermal plastic line. The Department of Highways promptly followed with a resurfacing of the street which covered both sets of double yellow lines.

Residents are asking if Rockaway can be brought back to its glory days. They speak of the time when Rockaway boasted of four A&Ps, numerous new car dealerships and many other large supermarkets. Now we are down to only two major supermarket firms.

40 Years Ago...

Although it is estimated that more than 200 local residents were in Washington, DC, for the anti-Vietnam war demonstration last Saturday, many cars were on the streets here with lights burning and the American flag was displayed by many others, who supported President Nixon's effort to win peace with honor.

Three youths found some keys and after trying several stores, discovered that they opened the iron grating and front door of a local jewelry store. They set off a burglar alarm when they entered, but they managed to smash a showcase and make off with considerable merchandise. Although they were observed in the act, nobody notified the police or reported the ringing alarm that could be heard for blocks.

Some time ago it was announced that a large reference library would be erected on the site of the former public School 44. There are no signs of a start on construction yet.Rockaway Park is soon to have a sauna bath and gymnasium where a course in slimming will be given.

50 Years Ago...

Automobiles with engines in the rear are becoming commonplace. Just the same, it is startling to see a Dauphine at Herbst Brothers Oldsmobile with a big sign on what used too be the hood, reading "7 cubic feet of storage space."

Abe Feldman says that since he moved his formal clothes renting business to Far Rockaway, he sees many of his former Rockaway Beach customers passing his door on Central Avenue on the way to their present homes in Far Rockaway.

When concrete slabs appeared on the site of the Rockaway Park gas works, word got around that concrete was being laid for a new housing development. The slabs had merely supported several large tanks which have just been moved away.

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