2011-07-01 / Columnists

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Years Ago...

Two local teens, Dontez Jones and Barrett Parks, were arrested on June 25 in connection with the shooting of a five-year-old girl who had been walking with her parents on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 97 Street. Police say the two men were arguing when they both pulled out guns and began shooting, hitting the young girl.

Large parts of Rockaway were without electricity on Tuesday, June 25 after a flatbed trailer carrying a bulldozer slammed into a utility pole at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 104 Street. The crash took down all of the electrical wires and caused about 1,500 LILCO customers to lose their power for hours.

Beaches from Beach 25 Street to Beach 56 Street, Beach 60 Street to Beach 72 Street and Beach 127 Street to Beach 149 Street will be closed as of July 1 because the city does not have enough money to hire lifeguards to man those beaches, State Senator Jeremy Weinstein announced this week. The announcement had many Rockaway residents hopping mad because no Coney Island beaches were closed.

Medical waste, including some fresh with blood, washed up on the Rockaway beachfront at Beach 96 Street on

Hearings will be held shortly on a Green Bus Line proposal to charge a $1 regular fare and a $3 express bus fare for travel from Rockaway to Manhattan.

Rockawayites have won three of the four seats for officers of Community School Board 27, according to James Conway Sullivan, who was elected as vice president. Irving Schwartz was elected as secretary and Samuel Granirer was elected treasurer.


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Summer traffic barriers were finally delivered to the bus stop outside of Maskin’s men’s shop on Beach 116 Street this week. Workmen in red shirts were seen guiding the barriers into place. The barriers will be used to control the crowds awaiting bus transportation on hot beach days.

Although the request for a zoning variance has been withdrawn, Bernard Schneider says that the Washington Hotel has no definite plans for the land that once housed a church and now

What a difference a week makes. Now that the Regent’s exams are over, teenagers are no longer discussing the tests. Rather, they are congregating on the boardwalk listening to their favorite music on their transistor radios.

Now that construction of the municipal parking facilities in Far Rockaway are

Sunday, Parks Department officials say, adding that the material seemed to have come from a surgery.

Local attorney Lois Rosenblatt was elected as the new president of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) at its annual meeting last week. Rosenblatt is a lifelong resident of Bayswater.

Congressional records show that our Congressman, the Reverend Floyd Flake, was the largest recipient of banking industry donations, with $67,000 coming to Flake from the industry’s PAC. A spokesperson for Flake said that the money did not change in any way his voting record on laws impacting the banks.

The deal for the sale of the Hartman YM-YWCA to an Orthodox school has been finalized, and the property will soon be taken over by the local Yeshiva Darchay Torah. The new executive director of the yeshiva says that it will maintain all of the secular programs now run at the Y.


Years Ago...

Marion Polichak, a Bayswater resident, has been chosen as president of the 101 Precinct Community Council at a recent meeting of the organization.

Lieutenant Commander Robert Taylor recently took command of U.S. Coast Guard Station Rockaway in a change of command ceremony. The facility is manned by seven officers and 153 enlisted personnel.

Barry Rosen, a recent hostage in Iran, returned to Rockaway this week, where he once taught at Junior High School 180. He was the guest of honor at the school’s graduation ceremony this week.

could be used as a parking lot for his guests on the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 125 Street.

Sunday’s fine weather brought such large crowds to Rockaway that the municipal parking lot was filled by noon and thousands of visitors scurried through local streets looking for a legal parking spot.


Years Ago...

under way, the happiest man on the peninsula is Jack Fiedler, the president of the Rockaway Merchant’s Association.

Next week is the fourth of July, and we cannot believe that there are so few shopping days between now and Christmas.

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