2011-11-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Firefighters had to cut Nelson Cruz from his automobile after he had a head-on collision with another car on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 112 Street on Wednesday.

Norman Lazar, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, Philip Goldfarb and Robert Voulo, vice presidents of the economic development committee and Bruce Goldman, chair of the public relations committee, have announced an ad campaign supporting the merchant community of Rockaway. The campaign, which will be comprised of full page ads, will ask the Rockaway community to shop at and support local merchants. Residents of Beach 122 Street are fearfully alerting each other that a “blue car” with a man and woman inside are apparently out to steal their children. At least one parent has reported that the couple attempted to lure her son into the car earlier in the week, luring him with a bag of M & M candies.

John Baxter, the publisher of the Rockaway Press says that he will appeal the $2.25 million verdict against him, his newspaper and Rockaway Journal editor Joe Doyle, who worked for Baxter at the time the suit was brought by Hartman Y director Steve Kaplansky. Baxter

says he will fight the decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Baxter’s paper had claimed that Kaplansky was part of a real estate scam.

Congressman Floyd Flake has announced that he opposes plans to put homeless men in shelters in Rockaway and other parts of his district. Flake says that there are already too many public support facilities in the area and that the new homeless shelters should be placed elsewhere.

Bullets smashed through the window of the Waldbaum’s Supermarket on Beach 112 Street and Beach Channel Drive on Saturday, as a man on a motorbike drove through the parking lot, firing shots at the building.

Volunteers put in a hard day’s work on Saturday, cleaning the Cornell Cemetery in Far Rockaway, preparing it for a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the site, one of the oldest graveyards in New York City and an official landmark. Many of the first citizens of Rockaway are buried in that graveyard, behind Gateway Boulevard.

30 Years Ago...

Local residents and politicians are objecting to a plan that would reduce the number of lanes on the North Channel Bridge, which connects Broad Channel to Howard Beach and the rest of the Queens mainland. The new bridge would have four lanes rather than the six that the bridge has currently.

Police from the Neighborhood Stabilization Unit (NSU) will be patrolling Rockaway streets on weekdays beginning next week to look for students who are truant from their schools. Those students who are picked up by the unit will be returned to their schools and their parents will be notified immediately.

School Superintendent Marvin Aaron has announced that district students will soon air a series of monthly radio shows called “Books on Parade.” The show, which will be in a quiz show format, will pit one local school against another. It will be broadcast on the city’s radio station.

40 Years Ago...

Both the city and the housing police have reacted to an increase of crime in the city housing projects in Rockaway by beefing up the number of officers in both the Hammel and Edgemere housing projects.

Assemblyman Herb Posner is a busy man and will soon be even busier when the Assembly gets down to redistricting his own district as well as with saving the thirty cents subway fare.

Coach Jack Kerchman of the Far Rockaway Seahorses football team has reportedly turned down a chance for the team to play a televised game. It seems that playing the game would have meant putting the team on the road at a very early hour of the morning and Kerchman did not see any good reason to do that.

The cry for a skating rink at Riis Park has been renewed once again. Officials at the park said that there will be no rink this year because of “a lack of interest.”

50 Years Ago...

Although it has been announced that the Title I projects at both Seaside and Hammels would proceed at the same time, foundations are being laid at Seaside, but no work has commenced at Hammels.

Perhaps the Far Rockaway parking area will be ready by next year after all. Demolition has started and the developers will have all winter to clear the site.

Strings of lights have been put in place on Beach 116 Street, heralding the beginning of the Christmas season.

No work on the Parks Department plan to create an ice skating rink at Riis Park for the 1961-1962 season.

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