2012-03-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Edwin Reed, the chief of staff for Congressman Floyd Flake confirmed this week that three of his checks had been overdrawn, about $16,500 in all. Flake’s spokesperson said that the overdrafts were due to a mistake by the House Credit Union that failed to transfer $14,000 into his account. The rest, he said, was just the result of poor bookkeeping on the part of the staff.

Stating that the district superintendent’s slot was too important to leave open, School Chancellor Joseph Fernandez told The Wave that he was weighing his options, including appointing a ninth member to the school board, therefore hopefully breaking the racial roadblock that has kept the board from choosing a new superintendent. Even the assistance of a mediator at a meeting last week did nothing to break the deadlock. Despite the fact that Fernandez said that time was of the essence in choosing a new superintendent for District 27 schools, he declined to provide a timetable for The Wave.

Tuesday’s Community Board 14 meeting ran angry and late as residents and board members argued about road barriers, hospital beds, variances and speaking time. When the smoke finally cleared just after midnight, the board had voted to place Jersey Barriers along Beach Channel Drive from beach 135 to Beach 145 Streets in order to shut off the entrance to Conston Avenue from the drive. There have been many accidents in the area, including a recent accident in which a Rockaway school teacher was killed.

Representative Floyd Flake will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, which will be held at Pier 92 on Monday, March 23 at noon.

Five people were injured when a car turned the wrong way into a one-way street in Far Rockaway. The car made a right-hand turn into Deerfield Avenue from Beach 25 Street. When the driver realized his error, police say, he lost control of his vehicle and hit head on into a utility pole. An arrest was made at the scene by police from the 101 Precinct.

People living on Beach 145 Street, between Newport and Cronston Avenues, may never be able to get home again, now that the department of transportation has decided to close off the entrance to Cronston Avenue from Beach Channel Drive. The alternative is to make 145 Street a two-way road between Newport and Cronston or to reverse the direction (north to south). 30 Years Ago...

Bay 1, the nude bathing beach at the Neponsit end of Riis Park, will be closed this coming summer to allow for a new groin and a boardwalk to be built at that site.

Donkey Basketball will soon come to Junior High School 180 in Rockaway Park. The event, to raise funds for the school’s general organization (GO) will be held on March 25.

Police Captain Edward Fitzgerald will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Rockaway Regular Democratic Club, it was announced by club presidents Geraldine Chapey and Sy Sheldon.

The members of the Rockaway Park Senior Citizens Club will be taking a trip this weekend to the lower east side of Manhattan for a shopping spree.

Responding to a rash of panhandling in the Beach 116 Street shopping area, Republican leaders Bill Shockett, Bill Sampol and Karen Funtleyder are asking city officials to come to the area to see for themselves how the single room occupancy hotels on the street impact the area.

40 Years Ago...

For the first time in many years, the Democrats have separate district leaders to represent Rockaway in Part A – Fred Kohlreiter and Helen Leonescue; and in Part B – Sy Sheldon and Gerdi Lipschutz.

Test borings have been busy on the central medians along Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway. One local resident suggested that they are looking for oil under the Rockaway peninsula.

Construction of Beach Channel High School is going forward at a rapid pace, an indication that the builders are trying to make up for the time they lost during the cold, snow winter months.

50 Years Ago...

Now that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is over for another year, local bands are practicing with an eye to the Memorial Day Parade on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Assault was added to injury last week by a new Jersey visitor who looked at the Rockaway streets littered by last week’s storm and commented, “Now I know why the beaches in New Jersey are so clean. All of the garbage floats up to Rockaway.”

There had been a announcement that a new 64-lane bowling alley will be built at the foot of Beach 88 Street has people wondering whether a building the size that one would have to be would have to be extended out over the bay.

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