2011-02-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Some of those who attended a Board of Education meeting to discuss a new, appointed school board said that they wanted the new board chosen on the basis of race. “We had an election and people of color were not elected,” said NAACP President Lovette Glascow. “Now that we have appointments, it is important that people of color are chosen for those positions.” Seleema Hunter, a parent advocate, added, “If a multi-ethnic board is not chosen, we will have to do something about it. We are tired of waiting.”

Eleven-month-old Donald Rodriquez was already dead when police officers arrived at his door, a first-floor apartment on Point Breeze Place in Bayswater. The baby’s father, Raymond Rodriquez, is being held and is expected to be charged with his son’s murder.

The United Irish Foundation hosted a recent reception for local elected officials and community activists who have offered their support for the organization over the past several years. Among those who were honored were Dan Tubridy, the organization’s president and Harold Cornell, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

Rockaway residents who want to see the Edgemere Landfill finally closed down should pay attention to the recycling rules, says Arverne resident Mario Russo, who chairs Community Board 14’s environmental committee. “Our mandate is clear,” Russo said. “We have to make recycling work.”

Elizabeth Rudin, daughter of Susan and Ira Rudin of Belle Harbor, has been chosen to be a Columbia University Scholar at Oxford for the 1991- 1992 academic year. Rudin is a graduate of PS 114 and a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

Far Rockaway resident Frank Spolin was installed last week at the new president of the Regular Rockaway Democratic Club . Spolin is also the president of the 100 Precinct Community Council and an executive with Rivlab Bus Company.

A memo has come to local merchants from the 100 Precinct asking them not to sell thick-point indelible markers to anybody under the age of 18. The move will hopefully cut down on all the graffiti in the west end community. Those who want to buy the markers must now show proof of age.

30 Years Ago...

Community support for a “suitable space” for a Social Security office in Far Rockaway is being sought by Stephen Hartenstein of Belle Harbor, an official of the union that represents the federal workers.

Legalized gambling proponents are reading various possibilities for the Rockaways into a Hilton Hotel pullout

in regards to the building of a new hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

William Sampol, the president of the New Gateway Republican Club hosted a meeting at this Neponsit home last week.

Sewer construction in the area around Beach 116 Street has exacerbated the need for additional municipal parking in the shopping area, says Queens Borough President Donald Manes.

40 Years Ago...

Not long ago, Henry Waichaitis was the leader of the residents who wanted to save Broad Channel from city officials. Now, as chairperson for Community Board 14, he is trying to save the entire Rockaway peninsula from the city’s Housing Development Corporation in its handling of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Present occupants of the housing in the urban renewal area are certainly making things easier for the wreckers who will eventually demolish their

houses, many of which were once fine homes. Copper pipes and other building materials have been disappearing from the homes for months.

Looking for flooded places on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Dayton Houses area, nobody would ever guess that there is a four-foot sewer beneath the surface of the street.

50 Years Ago...

In spite of increased police activity, thieves continue to plague local stores, especially in the Hammels Title I area.

Last week’s rugged weather must have brought in a dry spell for local inebriates. When the weather was fine and they could not get out last Friday morning, a lady feeling no pain made her way against the traffic lights blithely through a busy intersection in

Far Rockaway. A man who found it rough going in making the same crossing finally gave up and reclined with unconcern in a pile of snow. Both were well protected with antifreeze.

It wasn’t mere business that brought Bill Brunner home from Florida. He just couldn’t miss the excitement of a large snowstorm.

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