2002-11-23 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

A federal judge ruled this week that the beach at Breezy Point belongs to the cooperative and not to the National Park Service.

Burglars broke into three Beach 116 Street stores last week, hitting all three between closing hours on Wednesday and opening on Thursday. The three were Duffy’s Tavern, Ciro’s Pizza and a third, unidentified store.

Firefighters in Rockaway were called out to ten false alarms within the space of two hours on Friday night. The false alarms affected firehouses on the west end of the peninsula only.

A memorial was established last week at Beach Channel High School to the memory of Chris Galas, who passed away last month. Galas was the vice president of the school’s Parent’s Association. The memorial entails the awarding of a bond to the graduating student who performs the most community service each year.

The grand opening events for Dan Tubridy’s new Playhouse, which will open this weekend at Beach 90 Street between Rockaway Freeway and Rockaway Beach Boulevard have been announced. The first night will feature a county-western jamboree.

400 residents of Surfside Park in Rockaway Beach rallied this week to avert a rent increased that their landlord is planning for the housing complex.

There are rumors in the community that the city will soon attempt to sell the Arverne Urban Renewal Area to developers for one and two-family market rate homes. This is a change from the rumor that said that the homes built in the area would be heavily subsidized.

There has been talk that the OTB office in Far Rockaway will soon be closing due to financial problems. That would mean one more empty storefront in the shopping area.

Local residents have been urging the city to place a stoplight at Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Now that the McDonald’s at that location has added a children’s playground, it seems that many children will be crossing the street there.

An eyesore that should be removed is the old Phoenix House on Seagirt Boulevard nearby Wavecrest Gardens. There was a massive fire there a few months ago and it is obvious that the old hotel building will never be renovated. It should be demolished as soon as possible because it is both an eyesore and a dangerous incitement to children.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Direct service on the E and A Subway Lines to Manhattan will begin on January 2, according to a report from city officials. Riders heading to and from Rockaway will no longer have to change at Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn to get Rockaway trains.

A good many local residents who fought the closing of Engine Company 267 in Hammels were disappointed at a judge’s ruling this week dismissing a taxpayer suit by Harry O’Connor, the president of the Hammel’s-Seaside Civic Association.

Santa Claus made his first appearance in Rockaway this weekend, landing at the McDonald’s at Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive to give out goodies to good boys and girls.

Senator Jacob Javits cites studies that show that New York State lost 30,000 farms between 1960 and 1971.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

There are more standees on subway trains heading for Manhattan than in any time in the past, according to those who ride the train regularly. This could mean an upturn in the business cycle.

With the beginning of construction on the first building at Dayton Beach Park, it is hoped by local businessmen that the addition tenants will create a better business climate on the peninsula.

Neponsit residents are asking the city to build tennis courts at Jacob Riis Park. That group should add its voice to those who want areas of the park flooded during the winter months to allow for ice skating. The more voices, the more the city will hear them.

Christmas lights are already blazing in the Far Rockaway shopping areas around Central Avenue, but no such lights are yet to be seen in the west end of the peninsula.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The long-awaited Hammel Housing Project will be formally underway on Monday when demolition crews will clear the site for the off-again, on-again project.

One hundred Rockaway residents bought Israel Bonds valued at more than $30 thousand at a breakfast on Sunday in honor of Nat Borskin, the president of Congregation Derech Emunoh in Arverne.

There was dismay in Rockaway at the news that the beginning of transit service to the peninsula may be delayed because of the city’s fiscal problems. There has been an indication that the $17 thousand in the current budget for the plan may be cut.

Auxiliary Police from the 100 Precinct will soon be placed on regular patrol alongside the precinct’s police officers.

A Mayor’s Committee charged with looking for cost-saving measures has announced that it would merge the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway with the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach.

Ceremonies will be held on December 13 opening Seagirt Boulevard. Among those present for the opening will be Governor Thomas E. Dewey, Mayor Vincent Impelitteri and Borough President James A. Lundy.


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