2001-03-03 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Looking to casino gaming to serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the midsection of the Rockaway Peninsula, and for expanding the economic base of the Rockaway community, the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and the Ad Hoc Committee for Casino Gaming in the Rockaways formally combined respective groups this week to form the Committee for Casino Gaming in the Rockaways, Inc.

Removal of bridge tolls for automobiles leaving the Rockaway Peninsula will be reviewed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Look for those four magnificent structures on the Hartman Y property to soon be demolished. The new campus at Seagirt boulevard will soon take shape.

What is being done to relieve Rockaway residents from noise emanating from aircraft coming into and leaving the John F. Kennedy International Airport, especially during spring and summer, when windows are open? This question will be asked on Monday, March 16, when Murray E. Smith, director of Federal Aviation Administration’s Easter Region, speaks at a luncheon meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Terry Flynn of Belle Harbor was installed as president of the Regular Republican Organization of the Rockaways last Thursday. He succeeds attorney Kenneth Reiver.

Rockaway’s Playland will open for its 43rd season beginning Saturday.

Busloads of people protesting a proposed $69 a month rent increase in their apartments in Surfside park will descend on City Hall next Thursday to voice their opinion on the application of Dayton Management Corporation to increase rents 46 percent retroactive to September, 1970.

Old Glory will be given the place of honor in the beautification program now underway in the triangle formed by the intersection of Beach 116th street, Newport avenue and Beach Channel drive. The program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Rockaways.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

When an oil tanker ran aground off Beach 41 street as it was trying to enter East Rockaway inlet in the fog Saturday night it narrowly missed the jetty. Small craft have had many warnings about giving the jetties a wide berth, but it seems that nobody thought about telling the larger ones to stay away.

At least two local organizations are considering acquiring the abandoned sewer screening plant on Beach Channel drive near Beach 87th street for use as a clubhouse. It has a "cellar" which extends far below the level of the water in Jamaica bay at its back door.

Bus service to the local junior high schools is coming under attack by the parents associations following numerous complaints about the poor service which results in children being left at the bus stops.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Work on the long awaited crossing at Beach 38th street and the Freeway will be started on March 20th, it was made known this week. The project was approved by the Board of Estimates last fall after a ling civic campaign led by the Edgemere Civic Association.

Cheers mingled with applause as more than 1,000 persons gave a standing ovation to the Rockaway Symphony Orchestra for its outstanding performance at the initial concert Saturday night at Far Rockaway High School.

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