2002-01-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward What The Wave Said 20, 30, 40, and 50 Years Ago This Week

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Residents of Rockaway were stunned this week at the news that a trial in Pennsylvania elicited the information that a firm has been dumping toxic waste, including cyanide, into Jamaica Bay on a regular basis.

Development concept plans for Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn will be the focus of a meeting in Manhattan this week. The proposals plan for private sector money to develop the former airfield, but the National Park Service, which owns the land, says that it will not be used for commercial development.

Two male patrons of the Chase Manhattan Bank on Beach 116 Street foiled an attempted holdup this week when they grabbed the alleged hold up man, who has just passed a note to the teller asking for her money, and held him for police.

Moisture seeping into underground cables is being blamed for a blackout that darkened most of Arverne and Rockaway Beach this week. The blackout extended from Beach 59 Street to Beach 116 Street and last about an hour before LILCO could get the power restored.

Rockaway Beach Post 57 of the Jewish War Veterans will install Sheldon Rosenblatt of Bayswater as commander at a breakfast to be held this Saturday.

John Curran, Thomas Hughes, Donald Palmer and John Kimball have been selected to three-year terms as directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

Transportation Commissioner Richard Ravitch has turned down the idea of selling discount tokens on the Cross Bay Bridge to non-residents. Many see that decision as the death-knell for Rockaway businesses on the West End.

Winds of more than 50 miles an hour accompanied a storm that hit Rockaway on January 4, dumping 2.73 inches of rain on the city in one day – easily the record for that date. One local pointed out that we were lucky that it wasn't colder, because that storm could have resulted in 27 inches of snow.

Captain Bernard Webber, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct has noted that crime statistics in most of the major categories were lower in his precinct this year.

Without a trace of salt, potholes are beginning to show up all over the peninsula. Rockaway Beach Boulevard, between Beach 131 Street and Beach 142 Street has a number of car crunchers.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Congregation Anshe Sfard, whose synagogue in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area on Beach 75 Street was condemned, expects to close soon on the Beach 88 Street property that was once an A & P Supermarket.

Forty years ago, Parks Commissioner Albert Beninger planned a concrete boardwalk at Rockaway Park. That never materialized. The present Parks Commissioner, August Hecksher has said that people would be walking on a concrete boardwalk by next summer. We hope that this commissioner is better at predictions than the old one.

The public is invited to attend the induction ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Frederick Hammer, which will be held at the West End Temple tomorrow evening at 8:30.

There is a concern in the Far Rockaway business community because of the reported closing of the F.W. Woolworth Store, which was first leased from Albert Wagner a century ago.

West End residents are concerned that the increase of the parking fee at Riis Park to $1 from twenty-five cents will mean that more people will be using their streets for parking next summer.

Borough President Donald Manes has called an emergency meeting to discuss the "rising incidents of crime in the Rockaways."

It was good news to many local families that the student school bus subsidy, eliminated last year, has been reinstated.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Lighted Christmas trees, behind grated windows of Galsband's Hardware Store in Hammels are a sign of the times.

Memories of local skating ponds such as Decker's at Far Rockaway and the pond nearby Crabbe's Lumber Mill in Rockaway Beach lead old-timers to believe that they had it better than the kids today. Those ponds were filled in and became building sites long ago.

Two-way traffic on the northbound lane of Seagirt Boulevard was started last Friday as excavation for the new sewer began in the southbound lane.

The Wave's "Looking Backward" department is in great favor with merchants along Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. More than half of them moved from Rockaway Beach to Far Rockaway and the column reminds them of the good old days.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Rent increases in the Arverne Housing Project will be opposed by the Arverne Tenant's League at a meeting on Monday.

While Tri Boro Coach Company returned to work this morning after a wildcat strike of several days, Rockaway suffered another cessation of bus service when the Nassau Bus Company drivers went on strike.

The Army wants men, but the American legion wants girls. The Legion made that clear this week when the call went out once again for girls to come to the clubhouse on January 14 and January 21.


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