2012-06-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Super express subway service from Rockaway to Manhattan is being put off until the fall, and the MTA won’t provide a date that the service will begin even then. The service was set to begin on July 26, but it was postponed without explanation this week.

Detectives from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway are searching for a woman who walked into Tino’s Unisex Beauty Shop on Mott Avenue and shot dead a beautician who was on her first day at the job. Police say that the lone shooter walked into the shop and put two bullets in the employee’s head and then calmly walked out again.

This Sunday will mark the beginning of the Rockaway Music and Art Council’s free summer Concert Picnic Series, with a Klezmer music concert that will begin at 6 p.m. at Fort Tilden.

Councilman Walter Ward was present for the installation of Joseph Miele, the newly-reelected president of the board of directors of the Peninsula Hospital Center. Present at the meeting was hospital administrator Irwin Langer.

“My job is to hold principals and other administrators responsible for the schools,” newly-elected District 27 School Superintendent Beverly Hall told parents at a meeting at Wavecrest Gardens this week. Hall said that accountability would be the key to the success of the schools under her supervision.

The population of Rockaway went up by 21 in the last year, according to a recent survey published by the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO). According to LILCO, Rockaway’s population rose to 98,226 residents in 1992. The great majority of those, 40,298, live in Far Rockaway.

The 100 Precinct Mobile Observation Patrol (MOP) is looking for volunteers for either day or evening shifts. The volunteer patrol serves as the eyes and ears of the local precinct in the community.

Lew Simon’s drive to block the toll plaza at the Cross Bay Bridge seems to be falling apart. Many of those who usually protest with him are unwilling to face arrest and a disorderly conduct fine.

30 Years Ago...

Even though denials are rampant, look for somebody to propose low-cost housing for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

David Zakin, the grandson of Ada Zakin, has been awarded a Master of Science degree from Ohio State University.

Rockaway’s beaches will be open with a full compliment of lifeguards beginning next Saturday. Many of the beaches were closed last week because of the city’s hiring freeze.

The Daniel O’Connell Post, American Legion, took three first place trophies at the recent Legion County Convention. The post had 600 members at the convention.

The commanding officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach has announced that the local cops will enforce the curfew and all other rules for the beach this coming beach season.

40 Years Ago...

James McVeigh of Beach 117 Street, a student at St. Francis de Sales School, was one of those honored this week by the Rockaway Rotary Club for scholastic achievement.

Walter J. Blum, the president of the Rockaway Rotary Club, has been collecting food and clothing for upstate disaster victims.

On July 1, title to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway will pass to the Community Committee for a South Shore Hospital, in a step that many say will lead to a merger with Long Island Jewish Hospital.

Local attorney Louis Bornstein died last week at age 68. Bornstein was involved in many community activities.

Hurricane Agnes, which struck last week, moved a buoy from the East Rockaway inlet to Edgemere.

50 Years Ago...

There is talk of moving the boardwalk back along the Arverne oceanfront to allow for a connection between Shore Front Parkway and Seagirt Boulevard.

Last week, the former Rockaway Beach Hospital reopened as the Rockaway Beach Hotel. So many people spent time in that building for health reasons that they thought that it always was a hotel. As usual for this time of the year, many stores are opening for the summer business. This year, however, quite a few stores managed to stay open and do well during the winter months.

Some of the doctors and directors of Peninsula Hospital say that they are planning to put another story on the new building. We guess that business is that good.

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