2003-08-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Years Ago...

Maximino Acosta of Brooklyn died when the raft that he and another youth were riding on tipped over in Jamaica Bay, off the shore of Beach 86 Street. An off-duty firefighter who witnessed the event pulled the boy from the water, but could not revive him.

Police in the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach reported that they issued 2,241 tickets for illegal parking over the past weekend. In addition, 70 tickets were issued for moving violations, 55 for peddling, 30 for drinking in public and five for loitering.

Arverne residents are being inundated with mosquitoes, according to a recent report by City Councilman Walter Ward. Ward has asked the city’s chief entomologist to come to Rockaway see for himself what Arverne residents face during the summer months.

Rockaway’s second annual "Family Day" drew thousands of spectators for a day of fun and an evening fireworks display.

Citibank in Rockaway is running a special mortgage program for Broad Channel residents who want to buy the property that sits under their homes. The land became available under a new law that, for the first time, will enable Broad Channel residents who own homes to buy the land under those homes from the city.

A fire in a van behind the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel was quickly extinguished by the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department before it could reach the building itself. The van suffered major damage.

In an attempt to get the city to provide more parkland in Rockaway, Bernie Blum, the president of the Friends of Rockaway, led Frank Papay, director of parkland planning for the city’s Parks Department, on a tour of local sites, including a number of the bayfront.

Governor Mario Cuomo has signed into law a bill that will provide for discounts for Rockaway residents on both the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge and the Crossbay Bridge. The sponsor of the new law is Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz, who represents Rockaway in the Assembly.

Rockaway is on the upswing. Six new two-family homes are scheduled to be built along the Boulevard at Beach 127 Street, where an old hotel was recently ripped down.


Years Ago...

Queens Borough President Donald Manes has been getting quite a bit of criticism in Rockaway because he is listening not to those who will solve Rockaway’s problems, but those who are causing them.

Local residents are wondering why the city is spending money to build additional courtrooms at $600 thousand apiece, when there is a perfectly fine courthouse building right here in Rockaway.

The Rockaway Basketball Championships will be held this weekend at Edgemere Park. There will also be food available and live music.

The former Arverne-Edgemere Tenant’s Association has broadened its base and now accepts membership from all of the city housing projects in Rockaway, in an attempt to develop a safer environment for all housing tenants.

Deputy Borough Pres. Robert T. Groh is managing the campaign of State Senator Nicholas Ferraro for D.A.


Years Ago...

Since the expansion of Rivara’s Marina on Barbadoes Basin, Rockaway residents say that all of those small craft tied up make Rockaway look more like Cape Cod – or, like Rockaway looked fifty years ago.

The highway department used a heavy traffic day to paint a yellow line down the middle of the Boulevard and then did nothing to protect it with traffic cones. The line is all smeared and messy, and nobody seems to want to do anything about it.

Remember when Chief William Lawrence ran the entire fire battalion by himself? Today, it takes four men to run the battalion.


Years Ago...

Peter Di Resto, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Di Resto, Sr., of Beach 85 Street, celebrated his 18birthday last week.

Carl Johnson, of Noel Road in Broad Channel, is a patient at the Rockaway Beach Hospital.

Larry A. Hannon, son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hannon of 248 Beach 79 Street, is home on a 15-day leave from Norfolk, Virginia, where he is stationed with the Navy.

Mrs. Louis Ott, of 718 Crossbay Boulevard, celebrated her birthday on Saturday with family and friends at a little gathering in her home.

Mrs. L.K. Peterson is spending the week as a guest of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Rogers of 304 Beach 98 Street.

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