2012-10-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Protesting the use of the now-deserted Shalom Home as a homeless shelter, more than 100 residents packed the American Legion Hall on Tuesday night. Services for the Underserved, a national agency that builds housing for the homeless, has proposed to take over the building and utilize it to house 70 mentally ill homeless. SUS has promised to hire 30 Rockaway residents to staff the new facility.

A 10-year-old Rockaway resident playing basketball in the JHS 198 gymnasium as part of the Reverend Mason Center program was shot in the groin on Wednesday afternoon, police say. Detectives from the 101 Precinct are searching for the teenage gunman who shot the local youth.

Six Beach Channel High School students surrounded another student and demanded his money while they were travelling home from school on the A Train on Monday afternoon. The train’s motorman, hearing the commotion in the adjoining car, stalled the car between the Beach 90 Street and Broad Channel stations and called transit cops, who quickly captured the six teens.

Many local residents are fleeing the city for Nassau County, points south and upstate. If things keep going in that direction, Mayor David Dinkins will find himself the mayor of a welfare city with no funding to keep any of the city’s agencies going.

After all the shouting died down, and after all the heroes and heroines who tried to save it rode off into the sunset, it seems that Congregation Derech Emunoh will go the way of the rest of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area and be torn down.

30 Years Ago...

Community Board 14 has approved the sale of the old courthouse on Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The city’s Department of Real Property will set up stipulations for the sale. The courthouse is now more than 50 years old and has not been in use for some years.

Three free Circle Line tours of Jamaica Bay and Gateway National Park will be available to Rockaway residents this coming Sunday. The boats will leave from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

Vandals damaged Westrich’s Delicatessen sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. The vandals broke into the Beach 116 Street restaurant through the roof in order to create their havoc. A number of other stores on Beach 116 Street have been similarly hit in the last two weeks, but none of them as badly as the eatery.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways will honor “country lawyer” Julius Granirer at its anniversary dinner next month. Granirer was a major force in the development and growth of Peninsula General Hospital.

A new play entitled, “Rockaway,” will open this week at the off-Broadway Vineyard Theater in Manhattan. The play is set at an Irish bar in Rockaway in the late 1950s. The play stars Orson Bean and was written by John Patrick Shanley.

New to Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway is a ladies sportswear shop. The work going into its appearance makes us believe that this is not going to be another “schlock” store on the shopping strip.

40 Years Ago...

A comeback for local fishing continues. Experts tell us that the blues and weakfish are creating lots of opportunities close in and along the beach with flounders being taken in large numbers in the East Rockaway Inlet.

Peninsula Hospital Center’s new extended care facility is nearing completion.

Herman and Rose Cohen are about to close their children’s clothing shop on the boulevard in Rockaway Park. The shop, known as the “Tailored Tot,” has operated in the Rockaway Park shopping district for more than 20 years.

If the South Shore Hospital in Far Rockaway, formerly the St. Joseph Hospital, closes its doors for good, will it become another nursing home? Nobody seems to be able to answer that simple question.

50 Years Ago...

It looks as though making Fort Tilden part of the New York City parks system is not in the cards. Army officials say that the fort is an important part of the New York City air defense system and it will remain so for many years to come.

Evidently, the suggestion that at least part of the old courthouse be used as a library has a lot of support in the community. More and more people are writing The Wave to support that proposal.

Leon Milhauser says that he had lots of problems with the city and its agencies when he began to build his new drugstore on the boulevard near Beach 90 Street.

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