2002-02-16 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

There is a lot of confusion in Rockaway over the question of whether tolls will be increased on the two bridges that tie our peninsula to the mainland. Some officials have told Rockaway residents that the toll will be increased to $1 on April 1, while others are saying that the toll increase has been rejected. Still others say that the toll increase will be put into effect later in the year in order to fund a new convention center in Manhattan. Should the toll increase go into effect, it is rumored that Rockaway residents will be able to buy reduced fare tokens for the two bridges.

Two men wearing ski masks held up the Citibank branch at 113-03 Beach Channel Drive last Tuesday morning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning was determined to be the cause last Saturday for two people who were found dead in their automobile at the Edgemere Landfill. The man and woman in the car were in the back seat, nude from the waist up, according to police. The engine was running and the windows were up.

The Board Channel Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual dinner-dance on February 27 at the North Channel Yacht Club.

Four deaths, a young mother and her three children, in a devastating fire in Far Rockaway last week have led to a call for better fire safety education. The plea was brought to Rockaway by Chief John Kelley of the 47 Battalion.

Mickey Carton and his band will provide the music for the annual St. Patrick's Parade dinner-dance to be held on March 6.

Burglary Squad detectives and anti-crime officers of the 100 Precinct have stamped "solved" on approximately 31 crimes (some going back to 1981) with the arrest of an unidentified 15-year-old boy from Rockaway Park.

Local politicians are chomping at the bit, waiting to see the new lines being drawn by the legislature for both the city council and the assembly.

The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaways is seeking public support to force the New York City Transit Authority to extend the JFK Express – The Train To The Plane – to Far Rockaway.

Parents of students at Junior High School 180 and principal Robert Spata are thanking City Councilman Walter Ward for obtaining a commitment for better lighting for the school.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Sylvester O'Connor began to despair over his skiing prospects this winter, so he took off for Munich, not only to ski, but to view some of the places he had visited while he was in the service during World War II.

The winter's worst storm arrived on Friday night, but it brought more rain than snow. One motorist with a woman passenger get stuck in the lake at Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 20 Street and had to leap out into icy water up to his knees to push the car to dry land so his passenger could get out of the car.

Our local Democratic leader, Sy Sheldon, thinks that Borough President Donald Manes is the greatest. "He's young and full of energy and he is enthusiastic to get things done," Sheldon says.

The Department of Parks responded to local complaints two years ago and replenished the beach. After the last storm, however, we are back where we started.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

There were a good many days this month when a skating rink at Riis Park, much-demanded by local residents, would have been put to good use.

The medical staff at Peninsula General Hospital gave Doc Langer a testimonial dinner the other night, and it was well deserved. He's been serving local people for a long time and many can remember him in the uniform of an Army Lieutenant during WW I.

Jim Murray, district boy scout representative in this area, is greatly please with the support that scouting gets in this area. The number of troops is increasing and he predicts that there will be even more coming in future months.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The bus line between Rockaway and the subway station at Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn will not become a reality unless the city grants the Green Bus Line relief from the franchise tax and a greater share of the transfer money between the bus and the subway. This was made clear this week by William Cooper, president of the bus line.

Meldon Mitchell, a camouflage expert from Belle Harbor, was in charge of a detail of Marines who hit the beach at Beach 136 Street to demonstrate the proper way of carrying out beach operations.

A group of tenants living in middle class city housing projects will visit the housing chairman at his Manhattan offices this week. They want a change in the method of fixing rents in those city housing projects.

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