2002-03-02 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Tolls on both the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway Bridges were raised this week to a "reasonable" $.90. Residents can continue to buy reduced fare tokens at $.60 each.

Designs for the long-sought community park in Broad Channel will be unveiled to the public at a meeting of Community Board 14 to be held on Tuesday evening.

The Wave is actively seeking any person who was a Rockaway resident in the late 1920’s and who was assessed for the Cross Bay Bridge. Many in Rockaway believe that residents who lived in the area between Beach 90 Street and Beach 98 Street actually paid for the bridge during that time through the assessments that they city sent to them.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways is leading a fight to stop the city-wide parking meter increase that will soon take effect. The local group argues that taking the cost of a meter from ten cents to a quarter will harm Rockaway businesses. They say that if the price is increased, then so should the time limit, from one-half hour to an hour.

City Councilman Walter Ward has urged the planning commission to fund two much-needed projects: additional security for the Far Rockaway Shopping Center and a community park for Broad Channel.

The Long Island Railroad has dropped its popular 6:09 a.m. train from Far Rockaway to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn with connections to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan. The railroad cites a reduced ridership for dropping the train.

Chris Murray, Wendy Poker and Billy Griffin were the winners of the 1982 Science Fair at Junior High School 180, according to Gilbert Seidman, the assistant principal for the Science Department.

Rockaway residents are not too sure that their local political representatives are doing much for them. The Concorde is still flying over Rockaway, the bridge tolls have gone up, the parking meters in the shopping areas cost twice as much and nobody seems to be doing much about it.

It won’t pay to hoard your old bridge tokens. The TBTA has minted 500,000 new tokens that will go on sale as soon as the new toll goes into effect. The old tokens will then be useless.

More than 1,000 people packed into the smoke-filled St. Rose of Lime auditorium last week for golden gloves boxing.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Four local leaders are suing Governor Rockefeller over school funding issues. Those four, Sy Sheldon, Helen Leonescu, Fred Kholreiter and Gerdi Lipschutz, are all Democratic leaders in the community.

Rehabilitation of the courthouse on Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive as a civil court has been recommended by Vincent O’Connor, the regional vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Local residents have reacted to the rumors that the city will soon close the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway by sending petitions to Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy. Ada Zakin, the president of the Far Rockaway Taxpayers and Civic Association led the petition drive.

Dr. Norman Brust, a long-time practitioner in Rockaway, has been named to lead the medical staff at The Peninsula Hospital Center.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

It has been a week since the tragic crash of an American Airlines Boeing 707 at the edge of Pumpkin Patch Channel, just north of Broad Channel and recovery efforts to find the bodies and the all-important flight recorders goes on. First at the scene of the crash was the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. The volunteer department quickly quenched the flames that wracked parts of the aircraft.

A number of years ago, the city changed the name of Central Avenue to Far Rockaway Boulevard, but local residents never took to the change and the city it now officially changing the name back.

The peninsula was hit by high gales and raging water last week in a storm that was dubbed "the worst since Hurricane Donna in 1960." Parts of Arverne and Wavecrest were evacuated.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Borough President James A. Lundy, at the installation of officers of the Peninsula Republican Club at Bader’s Hotel, declared that his office was "working day and night" for the benefit of Rockaway.

The largest shopping center in Rockaway will soon be built by Gustave Berne, at the Wave Crest Gardens project.

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