2012-01-13 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

More than 1,500 Long Island Lighting Co. electricity customers in Rockaway were cut off from their electricity on Tuesday, January 7, at about 5:32 p.m., when a transmission wire from the Bayswater power plant came down in high winds and snow.

New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins is extending to Far Rockaway a new LEAP (Local Employment Action Program) created to reduce the number of teenagers who drop out of school. The program will begin next month.

Along with efforts to recruit more parents and guardians of children attending Rockaway public schools as candidates for the upcoming community school board elections now scheduled for May 5, New York City’s Board of Education is conducting workshops on the peninsula to help prospective candidates apply and run an effective campaign for the non-paid school slots.

State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein is seeking nominees from the Rockaway community for state awards designed to honor individual citizens who have made significant contributions in fighting substance abuse. The ADAD award (Anti-Drug Abuse Council) is named after Rite Webb Smith, a New York City woman who has gone toe to toe with drug dealers of her Harlem neighborhood while advocating for both treatment and services on behalf of recovering addicts.

Beach Channel High School will be recognized for sponsoring blood drives in 1991 in an annual event that will be held this year on May 31 at Grumman Aircraft’s headquarters in Bethpage, Long Island.

The Reverend Thomas Mason Community Center is hosting “A Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” this Saturday, January 11 at 1 p.m., at Benjamin N. Cardozo Junior High School 198, 365 Beach 56 Street.

Gregory Lide, 18, and Donnell Pollard of 14-20 Redfern Avenue, and William Stockdale, 20, of 13-10 Redfern Avenue, all of the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway, have been arrested and charged with robbing a Long Island Rail Road train conductor at gunpoint on December 26 about 5:40 p.m. in the LIRR’s Far Rockaway station.

30 Years Ago...

Two male patrons of the Chase Manhattan Bank on Beach 116 Street foiled an attempted holdup this week when they grabbed the alleged hold up man, who had just passed a note to the teller asking for her money, and held him for police.

Captain Bernard Webber, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct has noted that crime statistics in most of the major categories were lower in his precinct this year.

West End residents are concerned that the increase of the parking fee at Riis Park to $1 from twenty-five cents will mean that more people will be using their streets for parking next summer.

Residents of Rockaway were stunned this week at the news that a trial in Pennsylvania elicited the information that a firm has been dumping toxic waste, including cyanide, into Jamaica Bay on a regular basis.

Rockaway Beach Post 57 of the Jewish War Veterans will install Sheldon Rosenblatt of Bayswater as commander at a breakfast to be held this Saturday.

40 Years Ago...

The public is invited to attend the induction ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Frederick Hammer, which will be held at the West End Temple tomorrow evening at 8:30.

Congregation Anshe Sfard, whose synagogue in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area on Beach 75 Street was condemned, expects to close soon on the Beach 88 Street property that was once an A & P Supermarket.

Forty years ago Parks Commissioner Albert Beninger planned a concrete boardwalk at Rockaway Park. That never materialized. The present parks commissioner, August Hecksher, has said that people would be walking on a concrete boardwalk by next summer. We hope this Commissioner is better at predictions than the old one.

Borough President Donald Manes has called an emergency meeting to discuss the “rising incidents of crime in the Rockaways.”

50 Years Ago...

Lighted Christmas trees, behind grated windows of Galsbands Hardware Store in Hammels, are a sign of the time.

The Wave’s “Looking Backward” department is in great favor with merchants along Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. More than half of them moved from Rockaway Beach to Far Rockaway and the column reminds them of the good old days.

Two way traffic on the northbound lane of Seagirt Boulevard was started last Friday as excavation for the new sewer began in the southbound lane.

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