2011-03-04 / Columnists

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Years Ago...

The National Park Service has announced that it will soon provide training for the Rockaway Sea Cadet Program, a deal brokered by Congressman Floyd Flake. The program will provide training for 250 boys from the ages of eight to 17. It has not been made clear where the program would be run. Officials at Gateway National Recreation Area say that the program would most likely be run from an unused hanger at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, while Board of Education officials say they would like the program to run out of Junior High School 198 in Arverne, one of the city’s lowest performing schools.

Community Board 14 has been informed by the New York City Development Corporation that the U.S. Truck Body Company has dropped its plans to build a truck body plant in the Vernon-Barbados section of Rockaway. The future use of the site, which is mostly wetland on Jamaica Bay, has been referred to the board’s economic development committee. There has long been a battle over whether to leave the wetland area sit fallow or to use it for development purposes. The failure of U.S. Truck Body to come up with a viable plan that would satisfy the environmental lobby might well lead to an end to future development on the site.

Two robbers who have been holding up stores along Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 79 Street to Beach 88 Street were nabbed by police on Wednesday, after the duo allegedly shot a 33-year-old local man who resisted their robbery attempt.

More than 60 marching units, including 22 bands have signed up for the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will step off at 1 p.m. on March 9 this year.

The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) will host its annual awards dinner at the Bayswater Jewish Center next week. Honorees this year include Kay Management, City Councilman Walter Ward and businessman Jesse Plaxen, who, along with his wife, Rose, has run Town and Country Travel in Far Rockaway for more than two decades.

Wednesday morning, residents of 102- 00 Shore Front Parkway were greeted by the sight of a huge snowman standing at the entrance of the building. He stretched as high as the first floor windows and was carrying an American Flag. In addition, the snowman featured a huge yellow ribbon on its chest.

The Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA on Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway will host a “Big Band Dance” on March 9. Organizers say that the 10-piece band will play songs from the 30s and 40s.

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Years Ago...

Removal of bridge tolls for automobiles leaving the peninsula will be reviewed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Looking at casino gambling to serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the peninsula and for extending the economic

base of the community, the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and the Ad Hoc Committee for Casino Gaming formerly combined this week to form the Committee For Casino Gaming in the Rockaways, Inc.

Look for those four magnificent structures on the Hartman Y property to be demolished in the coming weeks. The new Y campus on Seagirt Boulevard will soon take shape.

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Terry Flynn of Belle Harbor was installed as president of the Regular Republican Organization of the Rockaways last Thursday. He succeeds attorney Kenneth Reiver.

Busloads of people protesting proposed $69 a month rent increases in their apartments at Surfside Park will descend on City Hall next Thursday to voice their opinion to increase the rent retroactive to September of 1970.

Rockaway’s Playland will open for its 43rd season this weekend with many new games and rides.

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When a tanker ran aground off Beach 41 Street as it was trying to enter East Rockaway inlet in the fog Saturday night, it narrowly missed hitting the jetty. Small craft have received many warnings about the jetty, but it seems as if the big boys were not given the same warning.

At least two local organizations are considering acquiring the abandoned sewer screening plant on Beach

Channel Drive near Beach 87 Street to use as a clubhouse. It has a cellar which extends far below the level if the water in Jamaica Bay at its back door.

Bus service to the local junior high schools is coming under attack by the parents associations following numerous accounts of poor service which results in children being left at the bus stops with no way to get home.

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