2012-09-07 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Detectives from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach are urging sexual assault victims of Seymour Saposnick, 74, to come forward and report those attacks. The Dayton Towers man was indicted last week, charged with attempted rape and multiple counts of sexual assault and sodomy. Police say they have a few of his victims, but they are sure there are more in the Rockaway Beach area.

The local Knights of Columbus is collecting canned and other non-perishable foods for the Florida victims of Hurricane Andrew, which struck that area recently.

Mayor David Dinkins has endorsed Congressman Floyd Flake in his reelection bid for the House of Representatives representing Rockaway.

Rockaway is mourning the loss of another civic leader, Roy Gwirtzman, who was the president of the Neponsit Homeowners Association and a longtime member of Community Board 14. The word seems to be that there will be no development allowed on the bay side of the Rockaway peninsula because much of it is considered protected wetlands. There are many in Rockaway who have been lobbying for water-related amenities such as piers and boat launches along the bay.

Construction of the new Public School 43 on Beach 29 Street is now scheduled to begin in March of 1993, city officials say. The hope is that it will be completed by July of 1995, in time for the September opening of the new school year.

Dr. Beverly Hall, the new District 27 Superintendent of Schools, has dropped a demand in her contract that she be paid her $102,000 salary even if the Board of Education cuts salaries across the board.

30 Years Ago...

Mardi Gras activities in both Broad Channel and Breezy Point are bringing thousands of people to Rockaway, according to a report from the Chamber of Commerce, an organization that would like to see a Rockaway Mardi Gras as well.

Bernard Blum, the president of the Friends of Rockaway, has asked local politicians to insure that the peninsula’s waterfront property be linked to the regional recreational area planning that is now going on.

James Conway Sullivan and Ann Schockett will serve as the Republican leaders for the new 23 Assembly District recently set up by redistricting. The reunion for the Far Rockaway High School class of 1972 will be held this Saturday night at a restaurant in Flushing.

Congressman Joe Addabbo and Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz have teamed up to open a campaign office at 92-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The Pisces Seafood Restaurant on Beach 112 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard opened this week with kudos for its fine food and service.

Rockaway will host ocean racers from several states at its annual “15 ½ Miles By Ocean” race.

Actual working plans and a timetable for the reconstruction of Beach 116 Street are on view daily at the Chamber of Commerce office in Rockaway Park as well as at the offices of Community Board 14 in Far Rockaway.

40 Years Ago...

Parks Department trucks and crews were called in Wednesday morning to assist the police in picking up hundreds of capsules of some kind of drug that washed up on the beachfront between Beach 135 and Beach 140 Streets.

Consideration for the proposed merger of the South Shore Hospital (formerly St. Joseph Hospital) with Long Island Jewish Hospital will be the topic of discussion at a meeting of the Rockaway Health Council to be held next week. Curran’s Meat Market, long a fixture on Beach 129 Street, is featuring corned beef at $1.69 a pound this week.

A Rosedale man, Arthur Murray, was arrested when he walked into the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park this week and set a number of police records on fire.

50 Years Ago...

Although little is heard of it in public, there is a growing chapter of the John Birch Society in the west end.

Our new Democratic leader, Milton Jacobowitz, has something in common with two other local men who featured prominently in the Democratic Party in Rockaway – the late Judge Bill Weiner and the former Congressman Bill Brunner.

Each of the three worked in Brunner’s father’s bakery early in their lives.

The new drug store on Beach 90 Street and the Boulevard is one of the most attractive businesses in Rockaway.

Many Rockaway residents have been spending a happy summer fishing for snappers off Bill Bulloch’s deck.

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