2011-04-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Alternatives in setting up new City Council districts as mandated by the new City Charter are being influenced to a large degree by concentrations of black residents in the eastern portion of the Rockaways, as proven by information supplied by Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska.

A fire marshal was badly injured on Saturday, April 13, when his car was broadsided by another automobile on Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 26 Street. The injured firefighter was identified as Seamus McNeela of Battalion 47. Another fire marshal, riding in the passenger seat of the automobile, was not badly injured.

Four new members were added to Community Board 14 at its last meeting Tuesday night. They were welcomed to the board by President Vince Castellano and district manager Jonathan Gaska. The four are: local realtor Barbara Morris; Far Rockaway activist Pauline Cummings; RDRC official Diana Roberts and Jane McKenna of Rockaway Beach.

The 1991 version of the Rockaway Ocean Run, the 13th in the peninsula’s history, will start on the boardwalk at Beach 107 Street at 11 a.m. on April 28. As with last year, the race will be run partially on the boardwalk and partially on Shore Front Parkway. The event will once again be hosted by the Rockaway Rotary Club.

Public School 114, the Belle Harbor School, led all of the School District 27 schools in terms of the citywide reading tests that were just released by the Board of Education. The lowest scores in the district were recorded at PS 105 in Arverne and Middle School 53 in Far Rockaway.

Lew Simon has announced that the school chancellor called him to offer him a slot on the new community school board being organized by the Board of Education to replace the board that was suspended. Simon says that he turned down the school slot because he wants to run for elective office and would not be allowed to do that if he were on the school board.

Community Board 14 youth coordinator James Sanders Jr. and youth committee chair Julia Blair spoke to the board last week about Fair Share allocations to local schools.

City Councilman Walter Ward, who represents Rockaway, will join Parks Commissioner Betsy Gotbaum for the annual pre-summer tour of the Rockaway beaches on Friday, May 24.

30 Years Ago...

For the first time, the city has presented Broad Channel residents with the dollars and cents terms for buying the land on which their homes stand. That brings the purchase of the land closer to reality than ever before in the history of the island community.

Vincent O’Connor, the executive director of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, has called for casino gambling in

Rockaway. “We would experience vitally needed new revenues and an overall rejuvenation,” O’Connor said.

Police Sergeant Patrick Moynihan, a former Rockaway resident, has been transferred to the 100 Precinct’s detective squad as its new Commanding Officer.

Jewish congregants throughout the peninsula are worried about vandalism and theft in the wake of the theft of nine torahs from the Young Israel of Far Rockaway synagogue on Beach 9 Street last week.

40 Years Ago...

With the surge of warm weather we will experience this week, students at PS 42 in Arverne have been tending to their gardening chores, preparing their green garden for the coming growing season.

When the street festival is held on Beach 116 Street on May 16, the street will be closed to traffic from the subway

station and the boardwalk. All of the stores will remain open, however, for the convenience of the expected crowds.

Mario Russo will be installed next week for his eighth term as the president of the Arverne Civic Association.

50 Years Ago...

Some teenagers recently fashioned a dummy with a pair of waders and a stuffed jacket, which they placed in the middle of Seagirt Boulevard. How they laughed when a motorist stopped to investigate the supposed hit and run victim.

The Far Rockaway Rotary Club had to call off its landscaping project at Peninsula General Hospital last week. There was just too much mud left over by the recent heavy rains. All they could have made were mud pies. The project is scheduled to begin again next week. Some local motorists who optimistically had their snow tires removed last week got a scare with the recent cold and rain. It could easily have turned to snow.

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