20 Years Ago...
Police are looking for a man, about 35- years-of-age, who displayed a gun and robbed a bank at Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard on December 3 and then fled west on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The robber walked into the Savings Bank of America branch about just after noon and approached a teller. He displayed a black handgun and said, “This is a holdup, give me all of your money.” The teller placed an undisclosed amount of money in the bag he had provided and he fled.
The Rockaway Park Senior Citizen’s Center at 121-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard will be closed as of December 13, and all activity will be transferred to the Hartman Senior Center at 315 Beach 30 Street, according to an announcement by city agencies. The move was prompted by a fire that occurred next door to the center, and seniors are hopeful that they will soon be able to move back to Beach 121 Street.
“Breaking Rockaway into two council districts does not give Rockaway two representatives, it gives Rockaway no representatives,” said Bayswater Civic Association officer Manny Fox at a hearing held at John Adams High School last week. The city’s redistricting committee was listening to testimony for the community as to how to change district lines in the coming year. In all, 18 Rockaway residents, most of them from Bayswater and Far Rockaway, spoke in opposition to the plan.
Sergeant Andy Eichner of the 100 Precinct Community Policing Program (CPOP) welcomed six new cops to the program at the precinct last week.
Some Rockaway residents who are light sleepers are protesting the new Sanitation Department plan that picks up garbage between midnight and 6 in the morning. The reason is that the city agency has a snow watch that keeps personnel on the overnight tour. When there is no snow, they are used to pick up the garbage.
A recent special election for the Rockaway Music and Arts Council named Barbara Eisenstadt as president, Carol Musumeci as vice president, Sara Gliboff as treasurer, Shirley Golub as recording secretary and Sharon Gabriel as corresponding secretary. The officers will serve for the next six months, until regularly-scheduled elections are held.
30 Years Ago... Registered nurses at the Peninsula Hospital Center are working around the clock with management to reach a settlement of their contract prior to the strike deadline, Monday morning, December 8 at 7 p.m.
Two large grants for Rockaway were included in the supplemental budget passed by the State Legislature last week. The sum of $75,000 was given to an economic revitalization plan conducted by the Rockaway Local Development Corporation. A like sum was granted to the corporation for remedial, counseling and developmental activities in local schools.
The Police Athletic League (PAL) will dedicate its new Far Rockaway center tomorrow. The center, which is at Beach 19 Street and Cornaga Avenue, will be dedicated in memory of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino, who was shot and killed on April 18 while pursuing a robbery suspect at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.
40 Years Ago...
Public School 42’s student government is headed this year by a set of brothers, Jay and Robert Walder, who live in the Nordeck Houses.
Unhappy workers of Local 32B, Teamster’s Union, did much damage to the Urban Renewal office at 80-04 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Mario Russo, president of the Arverne Civic Council, says that last week’s meeting at the old Rockaway Beach Courthouse was attended by more than 150 members. Many of them took a tour of the ongoing renovations in the building.
Comedian Joey Adams and his wife, Cindy, a popular radio talk show host, were the headliners at the annual National Council of Jewish Women luncheon held at the Washington Hotel last week.
50 Years Ago... Municipal Court Judge Abraham Margulies says that there should be no difficulty about developing the Rockaways so that areas of multiple dwellings will not in any way interfere with the single family homes nearby.
One of the happiest faces in Rockaway is worn by John Fiedler, president of the Far Rockaway Merchants Association, as the Christmas lights were turned on along Central Avenue.
Last Saturday evening a lot of old-time Seasiders attended a farewell party at Valenti’s Hotel and took a last look at some of the interesting old photographs on the wall.