2003-03-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
20

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20
Years Ago...

Community Board 14 will hold a hearing this week on the proposal to turn an unused piece of city-owned land into a health center for the community. The parcel of land in the proposal is at 316 Beach 65 Street.

Subway crime in the 23 Transit District, which includes Rockaway, has gone down 75 percent in the past three years. Officials say that much of the crime drop is due to the actions of two transit detectives - "Haggar and the Hawk," (Richard Farnsworth and Andrew Moschetto).

A baby seal washed up on the beach at Beach 78 Street last weekend, drawing crowds to the beach despite the cold. The seal, which was in stable condition, was taken to the Coney Island Aquarium.

City Councilman Walter Ward has told city planners to place eight lanes (four in each direction) on the plans for the new North Channel Bridge, which will soon go into construction.

The parent's association of JHS 180 will sponsor a movie presentation this coming Saturday as a fundraiser for the school. The two movies on the bill are "Urban Cowboy" and "It Came From Hollywood."

The Hunter Safety Course, which is necessary for anybody who wants to get a New York State hunting license, will be given at the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach beginning on Thursday, March 3.

Local politicians and activists are asking why the Chase Manhattan Bank at Beach 85 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was forced to close so quickly, forcing Arverne residents to travel either to Far Rockaway or to Rockaway Park to do their banking.

There are rumors in the community that police officers will be allowed to collect overtime for the express purpose of writing tickets for moving violations along the Rockaway peninsula. Police officials say that there will be a new push for enforcement of traffic regulations - particularly red light violations - but that there is no quota system being mandated.

What The Wave Said  30 Years Ago...

A sand embankment to protect the oceanfront, topped with a concrete promenade to replace the existing boardwalk was the proposal made by consultants at a recent meeting. The Wave proposed the same thing many years ago.

The recently-elected staff of the Rockaway Regular Democratic Club has resigned, according to Edward Weber, who was elected as president of the group.

Ada Zakin, the president of the Far Rockaway Taxpayers and Civic Association has asked that there be no more high-rise housing in Rockaway. In addition, she says, the peninsula needs more sewers to support recent construction.

Police Captain John Waters, Patrolman Gary Messina, Crime Prevention Officer Frank Favalla, of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, are directing a new Civilian Radio Motor Patrol, in which civilians with two-way radios become the eyes and ears of the police.

Alterations are proceeding on the old Park Theater on Beach 116 Street, which is being transformed into a twin theater. Opening is planned for a few weeks, with an admission charge of $1.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago...

Tom Safonte has returned to the Rockaway Beach Post Office following his usual winter vacation. He told The Wave that he did not realize he had been going to Florida for 30 years until he read it in the Looking Backward column in The Wave.

Students at Junior High School 180 showed their community interest last week by donating $100 to the Peninsula General Hospital.

Dr. Joseph I. Weiss, the rabbi at the West End Temple, has been a skiing enthusiast for many years. His wife says that he is very good at the sport.

Dick Groger will soon take on a new community responsibility when he takes over as the new president of the Rockaway Rotary Club.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago...

Patrolman Sam Gallagher of the 100 Precinct was honored by his fellow police officers at his 50th birthday party last week.

George Wolpert, executive secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, completed his 20th year in that position last week.

Seaman William DiResto of Beach 77 Street, is currently operating in Operation Springboard, the Navy's winter maneuvers in the Caribbean Area.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Donnelly of Beach 130 Street, have returned to their home this week after a cruise of South America.


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