2011-05-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Complaints that proposed City Council redistricting splits traditionally unified Rockaway and ties the Rockaway population in the east end with a community that has no common goals are surfacing all over the peninsula. The plan being circulated was released earlier this week with a notation that it adds five City Council seats to Queens. Far Rockaway will be split off from the rest of the peninsula, attached to Laurelton, while the west end of the peninsula will be joined to Howard Beach and the home of Walter Ward. The Far Rockaway district is described as 59 percent black, 13 percent Hispanic, two percent Asian and 25 percent white. The western district is five percent black, 12 percent Hispanic, four percent Asian and 79 percent white. Officials say that the split is necessary to guarantee minority participation in the electoral process.

After holding its price for fifteen years, The Wave has been forced to increase both its newsstand price and its subscription price. The newsstand price will increase from 25 to 35 cents, and the mail subscription price will increase from $12 to $15 beginning with next week’s edition.

Community Board 14’s Committee on Land use, co-chaired by Michael Tubridy, will meet on Monday to consider an application from the Washington Hotel to reinstate and extend its variance permitting an addition to the hotel, which is on Beach 125 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

What makes Jake Miller so different from many Far Rockaway High School athletes is that he chose to stay and serve the community. In the ’50s and ’60s, Jack Kerchman was the premier football coach in the city and Miller was first one of his key players and then his assistant. In the ’70s and ’80’s Miller became the team’s coach, developing many locals who have also stayed on, including Greg Carter. This week, Miller retires from the high school after 33 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Streisand, who reside in Surfside Park, celebrated their 50th anniversary on April 28 with 200 guests at a Brooklyn restaurant. In attendance was cousin Barbara Streisand, who gave the couple a personally autographed photo in a gold frame.

Sergeant Thomas Barrett, the community affairs officer at the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, was one of the top finishers in the 13th annual Rotary Ocean Run, which was held last weekend.

30 Years Ago...

Jack Braunstein was named to head the slate that will lead the 100 Precinct Community Council in the coming year. Frank Spolin was named as the first vice president and Stuart Sachs was named the second vice president. Nominated from the floor as third vice president was Lew Simon.

Services for Milton Jacobowitz, lifelong resident of the Rockaways and longtime

Democratic District Leader, were held at the Boulevard Park West funeral home in Hewlett.

Tavern owners from throughout the peninsula met at Pier 92 on the bay last week to begin a boycott of British goods, including gin made in England. The boycott is led by Dan Tubridy, the proprietor of the restaurant.

More than 6.000 people attended the Ocean Run and Beach 116 Street Fair, which were held under sunny skies last weekend.

40 Years Ago...

Two of the peninsula’s finest eateries, the Breakers and the Newport Inn, are offering specials for Mother’s Day this year.

Steel work is going up quickly for the new nursing home going up next to St. Joseph’s Hospital on New Haven Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Whenever somebody suggests that we abandon publication of the Looking Backward column, the suggestion is met with a lot of flack by those who love the information about Rockaway of old.

Two apartment buildings have been rumored for a location on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 116 Street. There are to be two 23-story buildings if the plan goes through.

50 Years Ago...

The last of the old Seaside landmarks went the way of time last week when Valenti’s Hotel finally closed its doors. Dan and Al Valenti, who conducted the family business since the death of their father many years ago, now have homes in the Edgemere Houses.

Rocks being laid along the inlet shore in the O’Donohue Park section should be the beginning of good fishing grounds, which will please both the local fish and the fishermen.

Phone calls and personal complaints to The Wave office since publication of the “Warning, Low Flying Plane” picture last week indicate that the humor of the picture struck many people like those “Drive Off The Bridge” signs once did.

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