2011-11-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development will issue a $50,000 grant to the Rockaway Revitalization and Development Corporation (RDRC) for its neighborhood development demonstration project, it was announced by Congressman Floyd Flake, who spearheaded the grant.

Approximately 20 teenagers ages 15 to 18, destroyed a school bus that was stalled at Briar Place and Deerfield Road, about a block from PS 215, school officials said. The teenagers broke all the windows in the bus and tore the door right off the hinges. The bus company is offering a reward for the capture and arrest of the vandals.

Roy Innis, the national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) will speak at the November 18 meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. The luncheon will be held at the Lightship Restaurant at 104-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Peninsula Hospital Center celebrated its annul dinner dance at the Sands catering hall in Atlantic Beach on Saturday, October 26. Honored at the dance was Herbert Wasserman, an attorney who has provided “exceptional service” to the hospital.

After years of back-breaking work by local environmentalists, Bayswater Point State Park became a reality last weekend with a dedication ceremony at the Bayswater park, which is at the far eastern end of Mott Avenue. The park will be administered by the New York City Audubon Society and the State Park Authority.

A new Rockaway business, Roxbury Mills, opened its doors last week with many local business people and politicians at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Nancy and Bill Hansen, the two owners of the new business, promise that the new business will be good for Rockaway in terms of jobs and taxes.

A letter was received at The Wave this week relating a story of a couple who were looking to come to Rockaway for a few weeks during the next summer season and requesting a recommendation about local hotels. It was embarrassing to tell them that we are the only beachfront community in the world that has no accommodations for visitors. Even Antarctica has a small hotel for visitors.

30 Years Ago...

Parallel parking will be allowed on the east side of Beach 116 Street during the final phase of the sewer reconstruction on the street, according to Joel Gerstel, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

Locals were stunned last week when the Department of Labor closed down the only unemployment office near Rockaway – in Cedarhurst. Rockaway residents are now forced to travel to Jamaica to access an unemployment office.

The Rockaway Park Zionist Organization honored Sylvia and Milton Raider and Cele and Charles Bruckner at its annual breakfast, which was held last week.

The detectives on the 100 Precinct Squad were named “Men of the Year” by the Community Council at its annual dinner at the Washington Hotel last week.

40 Years Ago...

This November 11 will be the first time since the beginning of the celebration of Armistice Day that no ceremonies have been scheduled for Rockaway. Armistice Day was changed to Veteran’s Day, which had previously been observed in October.

Election Day has just passed and already the political pots are boiling over. Dr. Lew Dick, the publicity chairman for the Rockaway Peninsula Democratic Club, has announced that Milton Jacobowitz will enter the next primary election for leadership of the party.

The voters turned down the Transportation Bond Issue in the recent election, and they have given the politicians an excuse not to do the things that they should have been doing all along.

The temperature last Tuesday broke the record low for New York City. The temperature stood at 20 degrees at 6 a.m. and early risers were greeted with icy patches on the street.

50 Years Ago...

Supreme Court Justice Irwin Shapiro observed last week that the Title I groundbreaking ceremonies opened with both the “Star Spangled Banner” and a prayer for God’s help. With a solid foundation such as that, how can the program fail?

The spring weather we have been experiencing has fooled some garden plants into budding. That leads some experts such as Walter Patterson to wonder if they will be affected by a frost and fail to open in the spring.

The four Zuckerman brothers and others who took part in the groundbreaking for Seaside last week look forward to occupancy in two years.

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