2011-03-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Wave readers may recall the March 2 editorial requesting Harvey Schultz, president of Oceanview Associates, to give The Wave current information on the Arverne Urban Renewal Area development, which the company recently got permission to develop beginning in early 1990. The Wave has been consistently questioned by its readers as to the status of the development, as the community has been subjected to rumors alleging the demise of the project due to inadequate financing available in today’s real estate market.

Police officer Mathew Fanning positioned himself for a head-on collision on Wednesday afternoon, March 6, in order to stop two armed Rockaway Park residents who were fleeing from a bank robbery in Richmond Hill.

“Honoring servicemen and woman,” is the theme of Rockaways’ largest parade ever under the auspices of the Queen’s County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. The parade is slated to step off this Saturday, March 9, at 1p.m

Temple Israel sisterhood is planning a trip to an afternoon of musical entertainment from around the world to mark Israel’s Independence Day. Sandra Feldman, president of the United Federation of Teachers, presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to Beach Channel High School’s Judith Yaeger, Saturday, February 23. Yeager has been a dedicated paraprofessional in the music department at the school since 1974. She was honored as the outstanding paraprofessional of the entire New York City High School division. The award was presented at the UFT’s annual luncheon honoring paraprofessionals at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Maria Chindamo Harrison, of the Foreign Language Department, nominated Yeager.

Detectives were in Queens at presstime working on a shooting in Cedarhurst on Tuesday, March 25, in which at least one person wanted for questioning was seen taking a bus (public transportation) that took him to Far Rockaway.

Associated Young Mens-Young Woman’s Hebrew Associations of Greater New York revealed this week what has long been suspected in Rockaway – that it is ready to sell off the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA based in Far Rockaway to help an organization that up to $17 million in the red.

30 Years Ago...

Commitments have been received from a seafood restaurant, a women’s boutique, a dress shop and a stationary store for the indoor mall proposed for what was once the A&P store at Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park.

The Beach Channel High School’s boys’ basketball season record shows a fourgame improvement over last year, and the future looks bright. The final record

this year is five-seven and only three players will be leaving because of graduation.

Marching bands, bagpipers, dignitaries and civic leaders will step out briskly this Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m., for the Rockaway’s St. Patrick Day Parade.

Assembly woman Gerdi E. Lipschutz is stepping up gambling casino presentations, especially to explain to the media and the public about the casinos pending resolutions to bring them to the Rockaway Urban Renewal Area.

40 Years Ago...

Steel framework for the new reference library building at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard has been going up for the past week.

An office of the Mayor’s Urban Action Task Force has been set up at 20-42 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, in the Waldbaum’s shopping center.

Many residents have called The Wave telling us about the Cracker Jack TV commercials that stars Jack Gilford. The locals have identified the locale of the commercial as the Roman clock at the foot of the boardwalk at Jacob Riis Park.

50 Years Ago...

For the first time in many years, the Rockaway Park businessmen had to postpone their weekly bowling contest due to the big snow and the lack of clean, ice-free roadways.

There is resentment in Arverne because of the failure, under present laws, to give sufficient notice of the hearing this morning before the Board of Estimate concerning changes in the local bus routes. A lot of them feel that such notices should be published in The Wave, where local people would see them.

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