2012-08-31 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The New York City Department of Sanitation has told City Councilwoman Juanita Watkins that it has no plans to reopen the Edgemere Landfill. Nor do they plan to place a garbage incinerator at that site nor an ash disposal area.

Community School District 27’s board has approved a yearly salary of $102,000 for its new superintendent, Beverly Hall. The board’s vote was split 5-4 with the majority approving the new two-year contract for Hall, who was hired only after a long and contentious procedure. Much of the argument over the contract centered on special requirements demanded by Hall, such as having to report less often to the board, keeping her salary stable even if the city cut superintendents’ salaries and a promise of a job as principal when her contract ended, should she not be rehired as superintendent.

Two men, claiming that their victim was an “Hispanic drug dealer,” beat the Broad Channel resident to within an inch of his life with 2 by 4’s last weekend. The victim, Daniel Galas, 15, was taken to Peninsula Hospital unconscious Irving Klein, the executive director of the Rockaway Jewish Community Council, is taking lots of heat for stating last week that the new affordable housing to be built on Beach 30 Street and Brookhaven Avenue would be perfect for Jewish residents because it is close to a number of synagogues and within walking distance of a yeshiva. Community leaders and the developer have pointed out to Klein that the publicly financed housing is for all races and religions, not just for Jews.

Jesse and Rose Plaxen, the owners of Town and Country Travel in Far Rockaway, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this week at the same time they celebrated their 35th year in the travel business. The entire family, grandchildren included, celebrated the event by going to see songstress Peggy Lee at Club 57 inside the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.

30 Years Ago...

Broad Channel residents have reacted with glee to the word that they can now buy the land on which their houses are situated. Dan Tubridy, a Broad Channel resident who had been a leader in getting the city approval for people to buy their lots, held a meeting with 400 residents last week, with most indicating that they were going to buy as soon as possible.

A Green Bus was rerouted to Riis Park this week when two of its tires went flat and smoke began to emanate from under the bus. The Rockaway Beach Ski and Surf Club will host the first annual Rockaway Beach Labor Day two-mile swim on Monday, September 6. Swimmers will enter the water at Beach 149 and will swim eastward to Beach 108 Street.

The Hammel Houses are not being torn down. The installation of new windows in the housing complex has led some, however, to rumor that the buildings are being readied for demolition.

Congregation Darchay Noam in Bayswater will welcome its new rabbi, Dr. David Novack, at a special ceremony to be held this week. The ceremony will also kick off the synagogue’s annual Kol Nidre appeal.

40 Years Ago...

Irving (Eskimo Pie) Shapiro of Beach 116 Street just turned 84 and is being congratulated on celebrating his fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Some businessmen on the west end of the peninsula are looking to have parking meters installed on Shore Front Parkway as a way of improving their businesses.

Brookdale Village, a pair of 22-story buildings at Beach 19 Street, to contain 252 one-bedroom apartments and 29 efficiency units slated for senior citizens,

is the latest high-rise construction to come to the Rockaway skyline.

New York City Parks Commissioner August Heckscher dropped into the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary this week to visit with Herbert Johnson, who is in charge of the facility. The sanctuary will soon become part of the Gateway National Park system.

50 Years Ago...

Last Wednesday evening was the season finale for the weekly fireworks displays. The last of the summer’s activities will be the firemen’s parade on Saturday.

Before the end of the year, the Far Rockaway Post Office will move its garage facility to the former Herbst Brothers building at Nameoke Street and Redfern Avenue. The building was formerly an automobile dealership for many years.

Milton E. Jacobowitz has been a bluefishing enthusiast for many years. He gave it up this year to campaign for the position of local Democratic leader, but he tells us that the blues have not been running very well this year in any case.

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