2003-10-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Six sites, including Rockaway, are being studied for beach erosion. The study could go on for as long as five years, and is expected to help in planning to prevent erosion.

Two accidents occurring at different times on Beach 116 Street bring home the argument for center mall parking as opposed to angle parking at the curbs.

Is the Edgemere landfill being studied? A spokesperson for the city’s Sanitation Department says yes, but a rep for the firm that was awarded the contract says no. At any rate the project is expected to determine if there are problems with toxic materials seeping into the ground, water, and air.

An administrator from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital supports renaming Beach 20 Street in memory of Ada Zakin. She was an officer in the hospital’s auxiliary, president of the Far Rockaway Taxpayer and Civic Association, an officer of Community Board 14, and belonged to the 101 Precinct Community and Youth Council. Zakin was called a "guiding force" in the revitalization of Beach 20 Street.

At J.G. Footwear the average price of the Nike sneakers advertised was about $25. An ad for auto insurance quotes a rate of $238. for the year, with "no charge for speeding ticket or accident." Playing at Surfside Cinema: "National Lampoon’s Vacation," "Twilight Zone: The Movie," and "The Big Chill."

Could Broad Channel be getting a new park? Community Board 14 will discuss the construction of a play area on the southeast corner of 9 Road. Residents are invited to share their thoughts.

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, all-original artwossrks by Fire Lieutenant John Calderone, of Howard Beach, and Fireman John Hacker, of East Atlantic Beach, are on display in the lobby of 2 World Trade Center. Calderone is exhibiting models of fire engines, and Hacker, is showing photographs, including some of the beach.

Thousands of applications for 150 apartments in the new Mary’s Manor at Doughty Boulevard and Bayview Avenue, Inwood, have reportedly overwhelmed the Human Development Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.

30 Years Ago...

Residents of the Surfside housing development are organizing to fight a proposed 74 percent rent increase. They plan to take their battle as far as City Hall.

The large number of vacancies of the Ocean Village, Bay Towers and Seaview housing development in Edgemere must mean something. Could it be that prospective tenants are becoming choosy?

The first regular meeting of the Beach Channel High School PTA will soon take place in the new but unfinished school. William T. Timothy will lead the new organization.

Sewer construction of more than $4.2 million was approved by the Board of Estimate today to ease flooding along Seagirt Boulevard between Beach 27 and Beach 32 Streets.

40 Years Ago...

Who ever dreamed of the Dodgers sweeping a World Series from the Yankees in four games? There are some old Giants fans, like Bill Blum, who still can’t believe it.

It has been rumored that the Kosher Butcher’s Union will have a stake in the new hi-rise development being erected at the beachfront between Beach 17 and Beach 19 Streets.

St. Marks Avenue, now Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is an attractive addition to the community, except for those sharp turns at Beach 102 Street. Motorists will have to be on the brakes as they negotiate the new design.

Joe Fitzgerald has been receiving many compliments on the candidate’s night held recently at the West End Democratic Club, of which he is president.

50 Years Ago...

Santa Claus came early this year, with the police as escorts, when David Teitelbaum distributed pen and pencil sets to the pupils at St. Camillus School.

Mrs. Frederick Ahlert is in Rockaway Beach Hospital, where she is undergoing surgery.

Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Uberti recently visited their son, Seaman First Class Angelo Uberti, stationed at the Bainbridge Naval Air Training Center, in Maryland.

Private John Lally has reported to Camp Kilmer, N.J. after spending a seven-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lally.

Mrs. Dora Mohr of the Balfour Arms Apartments was hostess to friends at a canasta party.

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