2011-03-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Public School 197 on Hicksville Road in Far Rockaway was closed on Wednesday in the wake of a report that an eight-year-old girl was sexually molested on the way to the school on Monday morning. The school reopened the following day.

Police are seeking family members of a baby abandoned in the stairwell of 8400 Shore Front Parkway on March 14. Detectives Robert DeLeon and Donald Moran are working on the case, and anybody with information about the whereabouts of the baby’s mother, or any other family members should contact them immediately. The baby, which was swaddled in a towel and a plastic bag is in good condition, sources say, and a number of nurses at the Peninsula General Hospital have asked to adopt her.

Timothy Kuffner, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arther Kuffner of Belle Harbor was selected as the first place winner in the Community School District 27 storytelling contest. Kuffner is a third grade student at PS 114 and a student of teacher Barbara Larkin.

Community Board 14 dealt with three major issues at its last meeting: cable television, a redevelopment plan for the old Far Rockaway National Bank building and a controversy over which of two agencies will get a $800,000 grant to run an afterschool program.

It was good to see Arverne activist Mario Russo back in form after a week of tests at the Peninsula Hospital Center. Russo spent his time wandering the halls and checking out the hospital’s sanitation.

Jerry Rogoff called to say that he got a big order for St. Patrick’s Day material from a store in Texas. Seems it’s difficult to find St. Patrick’s Day hats, noisemakers and banners in that part of the nation.

City Council Speaker Peter Vallone was the guest speaker for the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce at the China Pak restaurant on Beach 116 Street last week. Speaker Vallone told the chamber members that the coming budget might cut some of the development that has been planned for Rockaway in 1991 and 1992.


Years Ago...

Construction of the proposed alcohol detoxification facility at Beach 99 Street and Shore Front Parkway is being held up by a stop work order from the New York City Department of Buildings. This order will remain in effect until the builders remediate the problem and it is lifted.

Collection of tolls in only one direction on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge will be discussed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority during the first week of April.

Christina Galas, Sallejane Seif, Mary Waldron and Harry Wertlieb have been added to the membership of Community Board 14.


Years Ago...

A large tract of land on the bayfront, adjacent to Healey Avenue and Norton Drive in Bayswater is being eyed for high-rise development according to a report from the Bayswater Civic Association, which says that it will fight the development.

Applications are now available for those who want to participate in the first annual Rockaway Folk Festival, which will be held in May on Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park.

The new flagpole with a cross-arm that has just been erected at the triangle on Beach 116 Street is the result of a project by the local Rotary Club.


Years Ago... New activities, including a ladies auxiliary organization have been added to the Fifth Ward Democratic clubhouse on Beach 86 Street. Fifth Ward officials have been working hard towards registering Democratic Voters for the upcoming November election, sources say. With the rising population in Rockaway, as many move into the new apartment houses that dot the peninsula, the Democrats hope to register many new voters for the party. Although the new park along Seagirt Boulevard has not yet been fully developed, now that the buildings have been cleared from the site, there is a stretch where you can actually see the ocean. That is something that is rare on the boulevards and streets that run along the ocean. When completed, the park will include a large parking lot that can be used for visitors during the summer months, several handball courts, a large baseball field with stands to accomodate youth baseball and a picnic area that will allow residents to grill food with tables for them to sit at. It is hoped the area will be used for community events as well.

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