2001-08-04 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway mourned the death of Robert Moses, the builder of many of the city’s major roadways, at the age of 92.

Councilman Walter Ward has urged the city planning commission to approve the plan to allow Broad Channel residents to buy the land under their homes. The commission is expected to give its approval in May.

Two off-duty New York City Firemen were killed last week, when the motorcycle they were riding on struck a tree on Cross Bay Boulevard and they were thrown into the roadway.

Mayor Ed Koch was in Rockaway last Sunday, hunting for votes. Everywhere he went, Koch asked his favorite question, "How am I doing?" Many of the Residents at the Dayton Pool told him that he was not doing very well.

With the demise of the plan to put casino gambling in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, local residents wonder what will come next.

Haley Seif, daughter of Allen and Sallijane Seif of Neponsit, is working this summer as an intern for Representative James Scheuer in Washington.

A demonstration by the Communist Party at Riis Park this weekend drew more police than protestors.

Major crime in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway was down more than 10 percent this year, according to statistics released by the city.

Eugene Falik, a Bayswater resident who designated his home as an airport four years ago, seems to be having little luck in getting his neighbors to follow suit. Falik thinks that designating Bayswater’s homes as airports would help the noise abatement cause.

Westrich’s Restaurant on Beach 116 Street promises many specials for the remainder of the summer.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Since a patrolman has been assigned to maintain order at Carleton Manor, the vest pocket housing project on Beach 73rd street, the residents are delighted. One lady said, "Now we know why the police are called the finest. What a difference it makes just to see that blue uniform in the halls."

During the downpours over the weekend, many Bayswater residents had reason to lament the lack of adequate sewer pumping facilities which will be provided when a new pumping station is built at the end of Bayswater avenue.

Just when people were used to fine weekends all season, we had a rainy one as a reminder that there are weekends like that. Let’s hope that the astronauts shut off the valves up there before they left the moon.

Commenting on probes into subway safety by the Transit Authority, Fire department, Mayor’s Panel and the MTA, Borough President Sidney Leviss says "probers are probing other probers" turning a "serious congenital sickness into a political ping-pong game.

Weather permitting, Rockaways’ Playland will play host to 500 under-privileged youngsters tomorrow at the annual outing sponsored by columnist Walter Kaner.

Now it’s "Doctor" Lew Dick. The well known stage personality, civic and fraternal leader, who lives on Beach 66th street in Arverne, received his Ph.D. from London College of Applied Science.

In his drive against alleged blockbusting in the Rockaways, New York Secretary of State John F. Lomenzo has ordered his Division of Licensing Services to hold until further notice all license applications for real estate brokerage offices in Brooklyn and Queens, where he has ordered a halt to further home sale solicitations.

Inwood resident Mildred Carella was the first person to cash a winning ticket at the new off-track betting facility at Beach 20th street, Far Rockaway. Mrs. Carella’s winning ticket totaled $6.60.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Last week, the passing of Mrs. Mary O’Donnell, a Gold Star Mother of World War I, was a reminder that another era in local history is drawing to a close.

The fire department is waiting for the installation of a few more furnishings in the Riis Park firehouse before putting the building in operation, and that may happen any day.

Why hasn’t somebody turned that abandoned scow, out in the middle of the bay, into a night spot? In hot, summer weather, such a place would be in a gold mine.

Borough President Clancy, who promised the completion of the paving job on Beach Channel Drive by the Fourth of July, was lucky. At least the concrete was in place making the highway usable before the trucking strike halted the work which still awaits an asphalt finish.

John Rogers of the 88th Street Garage does not worry about rainy weekends. As an old-time observer, he concludes, "You can’t count on more than four or five good weekends in a summer season."

Where once Rockawayites could go "in style" by the traveling the efficiently run Long Island Rail Road, they’re now subjected to a noisy, dirty, and slow subway line to Manhattan.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Participants in groundbreaking ceremonies marking the start of construction on the Redfern Houses at Far Rockaway last Friday were: Philip J. Cruise, chairman of the New York City Housing Authority; Chief Assistant District Attorney J. Irwin Shapiro, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways; Borough President Maurice A. Fitzgerald and State Housing Commissioner Herman Stitchman.

The synagogue of Congregation Shaaray Tefila will be enlarged late this summer when ground will be broken for a 40-foot extension, increasing the seating capacity from 500 to 850.

Richard Abrahams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Abrahams of Belle Harbor has been admitted to the United States Coast Guard Academy at New London, Ct.

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