1999-08-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Whose children are vandalizing the beach block of 137 street? The residents of the block are calling them the worst names they can think up, and are pointing fingers at a family on the next block, but the question is still there. So is the rock throwing, the window breaking, the stripping and using of pools, and the throwing of furniture and other objects into the pools.

Any hopes that business might pick up for the merchants in Beach 20 street this weekend was quickly dashed to bits when Mott avenue was ripped up at Beach 20 street.

"Nobody would do anything about it," This was the cry received by The Wave from a woman in Beach 36 street who found a dog hanging from a tree in her yard Wednesday afternoon. Calls to the 101 Precinct brought her no help, she said.

Police called to the foot of the North Channel bridge, on the Broad Channel side, on Tuesday, July 31, about 4:40 a.m., found the remains of a skull in a tiny 1 by 2 ½ by 1 foot casket.

Burglars tied up a man in the C-Town supermarket at 87-15 Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway Beach, during the night of July 26. The burglars had secreted themselves in the store before it closed the previous night.

Richie Gerty of Beach 125 street, Rockaway Park, and Lifeguard Harry McVeety pulled the body of Ivan Abru, 19, of Williamsburgh,, Brooklyn, from the Atlantic ocean on Monday, August 6, about two days after he drowned.

Next time, build the boardwalk out of concrete. This demand, long stressed in The Wave, was used last Friday, August 3, when City Councilman Walter Ward escorted an official Department of Parks and Recreation party on an inspection of Rockaway’s beaches.

First year results of the so-called pooper scooper edict show that the city can enforce the law which requires owners to clean up their dogs waste from public areas.

Oswaldo Colon, 28, of Richmond Hill was arrested last week in Rockaway Beach, after he allegedly took money from a blanket on the beach and then assaulted the person who was robbed.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

It was one of those Macy’s-tells-Gimbels things when Dick Geist of Rockaways’ Playland received a visit from Irving Rosenthal, boss of Palisades Amusement Park, If there was any significance to the occasion, neither of them has said anything about it.

Peninsula General Hospital may not have its own boat float, such as Long Beach Hospital has. However, its ambulances can drive right up to the float at the Arverne marina under an arrangement with the management. It was invaluable to receive injured passengers brought by boat following the crash of the Italian airliner at Kennedy airport several years ago. Peninsula, with its own heliport, receives patients by land, sea or air.

Happily, there is no water shortage. A burst pipe in the demolition area of the Arverne urban renewal site was spouting water all weekend.

There seems to be a campaign to liberate equipment from the Park Department which really needs all it has and then some. A pick-up truck which mysteriously disappeared from Riis Park is reported to have been located, sans wheels, in Harlem.

The new Cross Bay bridge seems crowded with two lanes of traffic in each direction on the half of the bridge that is opened. When the other half opens, there will be three lanes in each direction. That will permit wider lanes and reduce the strain on drivers.

What The Wave Said 40Years Ago This Week

Complaints about the absence of sufficient benches along the boardwalk in the Hammel Holland area persist. It has been pointed out that not all the buildings in the area have been scheduled for demolition in preparation for the Title I housing projects.

It’s going to take a lot of fast work if Congress is going to act in this session to curb aircraft noise. The session is expected to end by Labor Day. Nevertheless, the noise abatement supporters, and that includes most people in this area are hopeful.

Look for an announcement within the next month concerning the new shopping center on the site of the former Long Island Rail Road station in Far Rockaway.

Forty stone groins are to be built as additional protection against erosion of the beach. With these added to the stone jetties already in place, we’ll soon have our own "rock bound coast" for the first time.

What The Wave Said 50Years Ago This Week

Fire damaged the wall of the Rockaway Hotel at 198 Beach 102 street F5riday morning.

Construction of the new Atlantic Beach bridge is expected to begin this fall.

September 17 is the date set for the annual shore dinner of the Rockaway Fisherman and Boatmen’s club.

William Katz, jr., of 10-46 Gipson street, Far Rockaway, and a companion were injured early Saturday when a car in which they were riding failed to negotiate a turn on Mill road in Hewlett.



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