2011-11-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

William McKitchen, who allegedly shot, punched and kicked Anthony Mabry, 21, last Saturday night, leading to Mabry’s death in an ambulance on the way to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, was indicted for murder this week. Police sources say that Mabry refused to give up his winter coat, leading to his brutal death.

The New York State Department of Economic Development has loaned more than $200,000 to Coletta Recycling Company of Far Rockaway to allow it buy machinery in order to expand its tire recycling business. The company is located on Redfern Avenue.

Officials at Peninsula Hospital Center have announced that the hospital will soon house one of the most modern medical technologies – MRI – which stands for magnetic resonance imaging. The machine will allow doctors to see inside even the tissue in a patient’s body.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has made a plea to the redistricting committee that they not split Rockaway into two Assembly Districts. “Splitting Rockaway between two districts would dilute the political power of both assembly people and would be detrimental to Rockaway,” Pheffer said.

Vowing that there would be a continuing dialogue between all the groups on the peninsula, Yeshiva Darchei Torah, which took title to the former Hartman Y property at 1800 Seagirt Boulevard on Tuesday, has begun to repair the outdated buildings to make it ready for use as a school.

Although there are many No Parking signs missing on the west end, the Department of Transportation says that it won’t replace the signs because of budget constraints. Members of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association have been asking residents who have fallen signs stored in their backyards and garages to bring the signs to the association, which will then try to put them up on their own.

Rockaway schools have started to receive the new city Automate The Schools (ATS) system that controls student information and allows staff to generate lists quickly and easily. The system is a marvel, and many locals are amazed at what it can do.

30 Years Ago...

People who work in Rockaway but live elsewhere are asking for the right to buy the reduced fare tokens for both the Marine Parkway and Cross Bay Bridges. “Those who use the bridges eight or ten times a week should have the same rights as those who live in Rockaway and use them less often,” one such worker said.

The community board has called for all those who live in Rockaway to come together to develop a revitalization plan for the peninsula.

Extension of the JFK Expressway into either Rockaway Park or Far Rockaway is being considered by New York City officials, according to a report by John Fetscher, the president of the Hammel-Seaside Civic Association.

Police from the 100 Precinct have been active giving tickets to those making a right turn into the Waldbaum’s Shopping Center on Beach 112 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Police advise that the right turn against the light is illegal.

40 Years Ago...

Assurance has come from Michael Rechner, the project director for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, that the orders have gone out that the Arverne firehouse is not to be touched in any planned development.

Ira H. Newman of Neponsit was the guest of honor at the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies dinner at the Washington Hotel last week.

Brother Frank Springman of St. John’s Boy’s Home was the guest of honor at a dinner given by Stella Maris Knights of Columbus recently.

Several new businesses have located in modern offices and plants on the former Long Island Lighting site fronting Brunswick Avenue.

Local eating establishments all report brisk business for Thanksgiving dinner this year, as the custom of eating out for the holidays seems to be spreading.

50 Years Ago...

Things are starting to get back to normal after the recent election. Now, the local rumor mill is working on the question of who will become the new Democratic leader.

Those Christmas Club checks, now in the hands of many Rockaway residents, will go far this year. Just check some of the values being offered in local stores.

A new construction office was opened this week at the Surfside Park development site. Too bad, because one of the demolished buildings could have been used for that purpose.

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