2002-04-06 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

An admission by an ex-executive for an oil company proves that toxic material has been dumped in the Edgemere Landfill for many years. The toxic waste was dumped at the Rockaway site between 1974 and 1981. The ex-company official pled guilty to charges of dumping toxic wastes in a number of sites, including Edgemere in Federal Court last week.

Proposed changes to the grade of Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to stop flooding in the area will be discussed at this week’s meeting of Community Board 14.

Nine drug suspects were arrested last Wednesday night as part of a city-wide sweep to stop narcotics traffic. The sweep in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway brought in more suspects than in any other precinct in Queens.

Beach Channel High School has formally thanked City Councilman Walter Ward for assisting the school in getting repairs and replacements for its lighting and the heater in its swimming pool.

Donald McCabe, a driver for Shore Cab Service, saved two children and an infant from injury or death on Wednesday, when he leaped from his own car and stopped a vehicle that the children had put into gear. McCabe has been nominated for a police department award for his actions.

Jennifer Zaretsky, a Beach Channel High School senior who plays the flute in the school’s orchestra, has been named a member of the All-City High School Orchestra. She will play with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall next month.

The Rockaway Park chapter of Hadassah will be presenting its annual Heart Luncheon next week. It will be held at noon at the West End Temple. Fay Cohen is the event chairperson.

Speaker after speaker rose last night at a meeting of the Gateway Republican Club to complain about the situation on Beach 116 Street. Discussed in particular was the situation with the residential hotels on the street that many believe are reducing the number of people who shop on the street.

Irish- American Heritage Week was held last week at Junior High School 180 in Rockaway Beach. Assisting the school in its celebration was school board member James Conway Sullivan.

Substantial increases in takeoffs and landings from runways 31L and 31R are being planned by officials of the Port Authority. Those increases will have a major effect on Rockaway and Ozone Park.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Several loads of topsoil appeared on Beach 116 Street last Monday in preparation for carrying out the city’s plan to plant trees on both sides of the street.

Sam Levinson’s widely acclaimed sense of humor into which he mixes some homespun philosophy, was honored Saturday at Brooklyn College for his contributions to the city. The college is no more than a stone’s throw from Levinson’s Neponsit home.

The funeral of Mets manager Gil Hodges last week caused many local residents to recall when a number of the Brooklyn Dodgers used to spend their summers at Rockaway and how Gil was a frequent visitor to Rockaway’s beaches.

McDonald’s Restaurant on Beach 92 Street is all aflutter at the news that it will be visited by Ronald McDonald next week.

This week a trailer construction office arrived at the site of the Rockaway Industrial Park at the end of Beach 80 Street.

The Army Corps of Engineers are once again planning to pump sand from Jamaica Bay to replenish Rockaway beaches.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Seagirt Boulevard was completely reopened to traffic Monday morning following the completion of a sewer project that has taken all winter.

Construction of the apartment complex at Breezy Point has been postponed for a year due to litigation and the failure of homeowners in the area to allow their homes to be moved.

The new owners of the former Rockaway Beach Hospital building are preparing to use it as a nursing home by renovating the entire interior of the building.

All those broken panes of glass at PS 183 at Beach 80 Street should not be a problem for Kolodny’s Glazer Shop, which is right across the street from the school.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

A ten year old Rockaway Beach boy, said to have broken into a number of stores along the boulevard, was apprehended by officers of the 100 Precinct after entering and burglarizing a dry good store owned by Gertrude Edelman. He has been remanded to Youth House for psychiatric evaluation following his arraignment. His name is being withheld because of his age.

Brooklyn baseball fans are ready for the 1952 season, which opens Tuesday at Cincinnati.

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