2011-12-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said Years Ago...

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Mayhem marred Christmas Eve this year, with a burglary at Temple Beth-El in Belle Harbor, a shooting at McDonald’s in Far Rockaway that left two men wounded and two other shootings in that community, as well as an assault on a security guard at Bay Towers in Rockaway Park. In addition, two police officers, Danny O’Brien and Michael Alberti, saved the life of a two-year-old boy who had stopped breathing.

Citing all allegation of impropriety in the selection of a new school superintendent for District 27, School Chancellor Joe Fernandez has put a hold on the board’s election process until an investigation can be completed. The local school board was set to vote on the selection of Dr. Beverly Hall to lead the district, which includes all of the Rockaway schools.

The development of the Edgemere Urban Renewal Area – north of the Freeway from Beach 50 to Beach 30 Streets – is continuing despite the stall in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, which is south of the Freeway, from Beach 35 Street to Beach 74 Street.

With McCrory set to close 229 of its more than 1,000 stores, Rockaway residents can count themselves lucky that the store in the Dayton Shopping Plaza is not on the hit list. The store provides vital jobs, especially in an economy such as this one, with so many people out of work

The State Supreme Court has upheld most of the $2 million judgment for Steve Kaplansky in his case against John Baxter, the publisher of the Rockaway Press.

Local Firefighter and civic activist Kevin Callaghan is one of those pushing for the inclusion of the Rockaway peninsula in any light rail proposal for transportation between the two Queens airports and Manhattan.

The bad news is, as of December 15, there were 2,058 homicides in New York City. The good news is that the total is down 25 from last year.

The Peninsula Hospital Center has just received the first MRI machine on the peninsula. The huge machine was offloaded from a flatbed truck earlier this week and will be installed in the near future. Doctors say that the machine will revolutionize medicine on the peninsula.

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Residents from all over the peninsula are helping The Wave begin a Rockaway Museum. There are two sites that have been recommended – the old courthouse on Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive and a building on Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, right next to the library.

By promptly informing police from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach when she saw something she thought was suspicious, a young actress from Belle Harbor helped police arrest two burglars wanted for a series of robberies and to recover thousands of dollars of loot taken by the two that will now be returned to the rightful owners.

The Tom Russell Band rocked the crowd at Tubridy’s bar and restaurant on Beach 109 Street last weekend.

Congregation Darchay Noam in Bayswater inducted 39 members on Friday night. Rabbi David Novak conducted the ceremony, assisted by Cantor Reuben Caspe. Readings were delivered by Judith Diamond and Rose Stenzler. Paul Brauth and Jack Diamond were the co-chairs for the evening.

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Andrew McTigue of Far Rockaway, who, as a young lieutenant in World War I organized the 24th Company of the Ninth Regiment, National Guard, says that he regrets that there are no more meetings of the “Last Man Club,” and that he is no longer sure how many men from his company are still alive.

Arrangements have been made by the Mayor’s Emergency Board to keep both the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway Bridges open during the morning and evening rush hours in the event of a strike by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority employees. The strike could come as early as this Friday.

Due to the number of senior citizens that now live in Rockaway, a petition has been filed to open a Social Security Administration office in Rockaway.

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Years Ago...

Christmas arrived four days after the beginning of winter, and the weather cooperated.

How come the traffic department made Nameoke Street in Far Rockaway one way from Beach Channel Drive to Redfern Avenue when it eliminated the parking on the block? If they did not intend for motorists to use the block for two-way traffic, why did they eliminate all of the parking?

Dubrow’s Cornaga Hardware store on Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway has made some major renovations that will make it the largest hardware store in the local area.

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