2010-02-05 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Sallejane Seif, chairman of Community Board 14, received an ovation and a rare cheer on Tuesday when she announced that the city had finally certified plans to develop the Ar-verne Urban Renewal Area.

Rockaway Park Zionist District (a unit of the Zionist Organization of America) will sponsor a Masada Israel Summer Programs information and orientation session on Sunday. This program is expected to provide an opportunity for interested persons to meet with leaders of programs and see a 16mm film of summer programs in Israel.

Medical researchers at the University of Kuopio, in Finland, have discovered (accidentally) a new weight-loss formula. The new discovery appears to enable an overweight individual to lose pounds and fatty tissue without conventional dieting or exercise.

Chief Park Ranger Christopher Stein will take slide viewers “Into Africa” when Gateway National Recreation Area begins 1990 lectures at Fort Tilden. touring East Africa, “making a 20-year dream come true.”

School officials who this year were ordered to return money collected from students for course fees and other school-sponsored activity thought they were doing something good, providing instruction and activities for students for which they were not budgeted.

Raccoons, a common annoyance for homeowners in Rockaway and nearby communities, are turning rabid.

Jack Nicholson will make $60 million from “Batman” alone. He is Hollywood’s highest paid performer.

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer is promising to continue to fight for additional funding for drug enforcement agencies, as well as education, prevention and rehabilitation programs.

Years Ago... 30

Cable car type vehicles are being proposed for 42 Street in Manhattan. Wouldn’t they be nice running along Rockaway Beach Boulevard passing by hotels in the Arverne/Edgemere area?

Rumor has it that a large discount hardware store is seeking to rent space in the proposed shopping center on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 110 Street. We wonder what effect this will have on the smaller hardware stores in the area?

With the opening of Church’s Chicken at Beach Channel Drive and Mott Avenue, Rockaway now boasts four fast food chicken places.

Look for the opening of a new jewelry store on Beach 116 Street. Called “The Exchange” it will be located in the building once occupied by Klinger’s Pharmacy.

40 Years Ago...

Bill Brandenberg, well-known Rockaway Beach letter carrier, is on vacation. He is spending the month hunting kangaroos and such in Australia.

Last Saturday’s scheduled demonstrations at the MTA offices to protest the double fare on the Rockaway line was not all that had been hoped for. Twenty five people traveled to the office in New York and found it closed.

When threatened by a man holding a knife to her back resourceful Isabele Latagola of Arverne countered by holding a knife on him. He fled not knowing that her knife was a key she happened to have in her hand.

The meters in the municipal parking lot in Rockaway Park should be marked so that people might know which ones are not working. Perhaps with signs reading “Be our guest.”

Years Ago... 50

customers come to his market in Rockaway Park. The vast majority of them telephone their orders in to Jimmy’s market—in spite of the ten percent telephone tax.

Shore Rambler provided an interesting film on the “History of the Automobile in America,” which was shown last week at the meeting of the Rockaway Rotary Club held at the Newport Inn.

Assemblywoman Savarese should put Transit Authority and Housing Authority cops under the Police Department’s authority. That would be one way to get some badly needed additional patrolmen on the streets of Rockaway.

With the acquisition of the former Fallon Building Materials property on Falling Avenue, the Anthony Rivera construction company has three blocks of frontage on Barbadoes Creek, most of which will be used for a new marina which will be one of the largest privately owned installations of its kind on the Atlantic Coast.

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