2012-10-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

A clothing store at 79-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard was closed by police this week after it was learned that the store was selling more than clothing. Employees at the store had sold pot to undercover cops a number of times over the past two weeks, and it is now shut and sealed by the court.

Owners of the Last Stop Gourmet shop and Delicious Endings, both on Beach 116 Street have set new menus for the coming winter season. The brothers, Kenny and Steve Good, promise good food in clean surroundings.

Rockaway resident Jill Eisenstadt, who recently wrote the highly-successful novel, “From Rockaway,” and her husband, Michael Drinkard, will teach a fiction writing workshop at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

The inclusion of a unit on gender orientation into the District 27 Family Living curriculum brought several protestors to the school board meeting this week. Board of Education officials, however, defended the new curriculum, called “Children of the Rainbow.” The units will be taught in the first grade. The official told protestors, “We are not pushing a homosexual or lesbian agenda. In fact, we are not pushing any agenda at all, but it did not seem to come out that way.”

A 52-year-old Far Rockaway woman identified as Margarita Tobar, was found bound, gagged and strangled in her Beach 22 Street apartment on Monday, police say. Police say that it appears that Tobar let her murderer into the apartment because it had four locks and none of them was tampered with.

The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation recently took over a building on Beach 110 Street that was delinquent in taxes. The agency wants to redevelop the building and it is asking businesses from all over the peninsula to move into the new building. Some question that, however, saying that it should be bringing new businesses onto the peninsula, not just moving them from one part of Rockaway to another.

30 Years Ago...

Queens narcotics police, led by Sergeant Ronald Ryan, arrested 12 and confiscated thousands of dollars worth of marijuana in Far Rockaway and Edgemere last weekend. “Ryan’s Raiders” hit many of the “smoke shops” throughout the area.

The tenth anniversary of Gateway National Park was celebrated by the community this week. The Wave editorialized on the anniversary, writing that many were against the park when it was first proposed because they believed it would bring traffic, crowds and crime to the community.

Thirty-two new members were welcomed to Darchay Noam, the congregation at the Bayswater Jewish Center, in a ceremony last week. Dr. David Novack, the congregation’s Rabbi, officiated at the celebration.

The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has issued a statement that every aircraft flying from JFK Airport will have to be retrofitted for the new quiet engines or taken from service by 1985. FAA officials say that this will make it much quieter for Rockaway residents who live nearby the airport.

40 Years Ago...

Monsignor J. Jerome Reddy has come back from Florida for a “working vacation,” but he reads The Wave regularly to keep up with what is happening on the peninsula.

The National Bank of Far Rockaway has recently become part of the National Bank of North America.

Max Merdinger is chairman of a committee arranging a breakfast for Temple Beth-El in honor of its cantor, Jacob Reiner. The affair will be held at the Washington Hotel on November 19.

There is a growing concern throughout the peninsula over rumors that a major portion of the residents in the new Arverne Renewal Area will be on welfare.

The Rockaway Park bowling league lost one of its most ardent bowlers with the death of Dr. Harry Altner of Rockaway Park. Dr. Altner was one of those who organized the league many years ago.

50 Years Ago...

The W. H. Gahagan Company has done more to change the face of Jamaica Bay than any other company. After completing the fill for the new runways at Idlewild Airport, the company is now engaged in the Howard Beach fill project. It first appeared in Rockaway to take on the contract at Edgemere in 1902.

Winter arrived a bit early this year, with the first snowstorm of the year occurring last weekend. It will not officially be winter for another six weeks.

The silver anniversary of the Community Men’s Club of Arverne was celebrated on October 25 at a dinner at the Park Inn Hotel.

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