2012-05-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Despite the fact that more than 3,000 Rockaway students boycotted school for one day last week to show their displeasure with the superintendent search process, which has been deadlocked for months, the board appointed by the chancellor voted last week to move ahead with the process to meet the chancellor’s new deadline of May 22.

Detective Edward Henson arrested Eugene Finley, 20, on April 30, after the resident of the Edgemere Houses was identified as the perpetrator in a shooting at the Hammel Houses the day before.

Several correspondents to The Wave have conveyed their displeasure with the Neponsit Homeowners Association stand against allowing little league fields to abut their community. “What’s more American than the little league,” asked one writer.

Congressman Floyd Flake has announced that he has earmarked $5.5 million to the city budget for a new health facility in Rockaway, to be called the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Care Center.

Congressman Floyd Flake, State Senator Jeremy Weinstein, Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska and 100 Precinct CPOP Sergeant Eugene O’Connor were the recipients of community service awards presented last week by the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association.

Next week, west-enders and those living along Shore Front Parkway begin the yearly game of car jockey for the next four months as the summer parking rules begin on May 15.

Fishing along the seawall between Beach 145 Street and the Marine Parkway Bridge was fast and furious last Saturday. The anglers were pulling them in one after another.

30 Years Ago... Community Board 14 will hold a public hearing this week on the proposed upgrade for Beach 116 Street. The plan calls for curbside angle parking. It also calls for a turnaround at the south end of the street rather than an egress to Beach 117 Street, as originally planned.

The Bayswater Civic Association met this week to discuss the formation of a community security patrol. In addition, there will be a discussion of a developer’s proposal for developing condos on the old Maimonides property.

Breezy Point resident Ted Kazimiroff, whose book, “The Last Algonquin” was recently published, now joins Howard Schwach, who has published numerous educational works, as the second author who works at IS 53 in Far Rockaway.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz has announced that her subcommittee on Casino Gambling will meet at the American Legion Hall on Beach 92 Street on Wednesday night.

Democratic District Leader Helen Leonescu and community relations officer Frank Favilla were both welcomed back to the 101 Precinct Community Council last week after long absences due to illness.

Is it our imagination, or has Greenpoint Road been looking better since its name was recently changed to Gateway Boulevard?

40 Years Ago...

Fred Kohlreiter of Arverne, a candidate for Democratic District Leader, has been named the liaison between the borough president and civic groups in Rockaway.

Three buildings on Bayport Place and Central Avenue will be renovated to serve as a nursing home.

Deputy City Administrator Philip Finkelstein has urged the city to keep the Arverne Urban Renewal Area pristine.

In a recent memo, Finkelstein argued against any kind of housing plan for the area. His memo caught many local politicians by surprise.

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo will be on hand Monday night to congratulate long-time members of the Daniel P. O’Connell Post of the American Legion.

50 Years Ago...

Very soon, a unit of the Albrecht’s chain of ladies wear stores will open on the corner of Central and Mott Avenues in Far Rockaway.

There is a growing opinion among Rockaway residents that the former railroad plaza would do more good for the town if it were to become a municipal parking lot rather than the shopping center that is now planned for the site. Last Saturday, when Loeb and Mayer moved into its new building in Arverne, there were so many cars present that it looked almost like a used car lot.

Now that the windows are open once again, you can hear the tooting of fifes and the blaring of bugles as young bandsmen practice for the upcoming Memorial Day Parade.

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