2002-09-21 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

In the wake of the city’s decision to allow Broad Channel residents to buy the land on which their houses are built, at least 500 Broad Channel residents flocked to the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard this week to find out the mechanism for buying the land. The process was explained to them by Dan Tubridy, a long-time resident who has been a leader in the fight to get the land.

Detectives in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway are tracking the movements of Cantor Reuven Caspe, the Bayswater man who was found dead in his apartment last week. They believe that the tale will unravel if they can find where he had been just prior to his murder.

Kerry Transportation, a Woodhaven company, is seeking the city’s permission to begin an express bus service between Rockaway and the Wall Street area.

Diane Gonzales Wicker, a 13-year-old student at JHS 180, will leave this week for the Mercersburgh Academy, a prep school in Mercersburgh, Pennsylvania, where she will take up her studies as the first A Better Chance (ABC) student from District 27.

Rats the size of cats have recently been spotted under the boardwalk in Rockaway Beach, according to Jack Braunstein, the chairman of the Metropolitan Citizen’s Transit Council.

Traffic reached a standstill at Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17 Street when a car trying to negotiate a turn off the boulevard was hit by another vehicle. It has been impossible to make that turn for a few days because the traffic light at that location had not been working during that time.

Wednesday afternoon’s ambulance accident at the Freeway and Beach 73 Street brought to mind once again how dangerous it is to travel under the elevated structure. We wonder if it will ever be closed down.

The new superintendent of Gateway National Park, Robert W. McIntosh, Jr., has announced that he will work with the city to fix up the areas around the park on Cross Bay Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue.

The 100 Precinct Community Council will meet this week to discuss gun control. A member of the National Rifle Association, which generally opposes gun control, will be on hand for the discussion.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Several members of the Sisterhood of Derech Emunoh Synagogue were dismayed this week when they returned to their cars to find their tires slashed. In all, five cars were involved.

Locals are urging that the proposed merger between South Shore Hospital (the old St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway) and Long Island Jewish Hospital should include a teaching affiliation with a major hospital.

Gateway National Park was approved by the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 350 to 4. At the same time, the Congress killed a plan to place thousands of units of high-rise housing at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, one of the units of the new Gateway National Park.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Now that parking has been eliminated on Nameoke Street between Redfern Avenue and Beach Channel Drive, why can’t the city allow two-way traffic on that block?

Dr. Joseph Weiss, the Rabbi at the West End Temple, has been hearing from many of his old friends who wonder how the can stow away in his luggage when he makes his tour of air bases in the Far East next winter.

The proposed shopping center slated for the former Long Island Railroad site has been tied up in litigation one more time.

Monica D. Ryan is back as the principal of Far Rockaway High School. She realized that retirement was not her cup of tea.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

In the largest civil defense drill ever held locally, all units demonstrated the skills that they had learned last night in the area between Beach 67 and Beach 69 Street, from the Freeway to Story Road.

Borough President James A. Lundy was asked on Tuesday to check the new trunk sewer on Beach Channel Drive and the paving of the drive from Beach 85 Street to Beach 149 Street in conjunction with the criminal investigation concerning the Queens Sewer Bureau.

Businessmen in the Hammel area are looking at a plan put forth by Lenny Samuels of the Whalen Drug Store. Samuels wants to close all the through streets that run through the Hammels Project. That would include all the streets between Beach 82 Street and Beach 85 Street.


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