2012-02-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

After two months of investigation, the Special Commissioner for the Public Schools, Ed Stancek, has issued a report in the case of Community School Board 27 and its election of Dr. Beverly Hall as its superintendent. Stancik said that trustee Muriel Russell told board President James Sanders Jr. that she would vote for Hall only if Sanders stepped down and allowed another board member, Martha Dana, to take over the president’s seat. Sanders was censured by the investigator for not reporting the offer, which was accepted. Hall was elected as superintendent, and she was personally cleared of all wrongdoing. Several white board members told Stancik that the fear was that any white board member voting for Hall, who is black, would lose their own constituency in the next school board election.

Percy Sutton, the president of the Queens Inner City Cable Company, the former politician who recently won the bid to be Rockaway’s service provider, will appear before Community Board 14 this week to explain his network’s programming and how it would serve the Rockaway community.

Buses will be provided to allow locals to travel to Queens Borough Hall on February 14 so that they can be heard on the question of reapportioning Rockaway for the coming elections. Community Board 14 President Vince Castellano is urging all locals to attend. “Rockaway is going to be further fragmented by the new plan and we have to let the politicians know that we are not going to accept that possibility,” Castellano said.

We want to congratulate Al McGuire, who was just elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. McGuire was one of the two famous basketball players from the family – the other being his brother Dick. Both of them played for St. John’s and then went on to professional careers with the New York Knicks. They learned their craft on the playground at Beach 108 Street, only steps away from their parent’s bar, the famous McGuires.

30 Years Ago...

City Councilman Walter Ward has called on the city to eliminate the tolls on both the Cross Bay Bridge and Marine Parkway Bridge. “If they increase the tolls, that will cause irreparable damage to the businesses in Rockaway,” he said. “They should be totally eliminated instead.”

Forty Beach 116 Street store owners have signed a petition opposing construction of a proposed center mall on that street. The petition was circulated by owner John Baxter. Jerome Shedrick, who lives in the Edgemere Houses, has been missing for almost two months. Police are asking anybody who has seen the youth to contact the detectives from the 101 Squad in Far Rockaway.

The Rock N’ Rollers Skating Center on Beach 116 Street is reminding locals that there is disco skating each Friday and Saturday evening.

Despite efforts by civic leaders, legislators and others, public transportation has been deteriorating this winter. Locals hope that the ferry service, now in the talking stages, will soon become a reality.

40 Years Ago...

Reports are making the rounds that when the new congressional district is finalized, Rockaway will once again fall into the district represented by Congressman Manny Cellar, who has always been very popular on the peninsula.

Bernie Hirsch, president of the Chamber of Commerce, has called a hazard to the attention of the Depart-ment of Marine and Aviation. The fire-ravaged hull of the Steamer Catskill is tied up at the bulkhead in the vicinity of Beach 108 Street. Isaiah Robinson, president of the Board of Education, toured Rockaway last week and told residents that the board has a problem – it has $64 million to meet an expense budget of $775 million.

Rain and high winds minimized the number of people on the boardwalk last weekend, but those who did make it were treated to a spectacular surf condition.

50 Years Ago...

Congregation Derech Emunoh is getting ready for a testimonial dinner to Nat Borskin on April 28. The event’s coordinators say that there will be no problem in selling tickets to the event because Borskin has done so much for the synagogue.

Old line Democrats are scoffing at the rumor that there will soon be a new Democratic club started on the peninsula.

They say that the new club will need the approval of the old, and that is not likely to happen anytime soon.

Otto Meyer was talking the other day about a man who sold tickets for a fish dinner. It was many, many years ago and the tickets sold for the high price of $5. When the guests sat down for the dinner, they found that the fish dinner was a can of sardines, a roll and a cop of coffee.

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