2004-01-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Adding Duke Kahanamoku way to the name of Beach 38 Street in Edgemere has been approved unanimously by the New York City Council. Councilman Walter Ward, chairman of the parks committee sponsored at the request of Community Board 14 and Friends of Rockaway President Bernard Blum.

Firemen stationed at Beach 116 Street are putting together their own money to present a plaque to Abe Pope, the super at 106-20 Shore Front Parkway, for life saving action he took during a fire recently. Pope rescued a wheelchair bound woman in her 70s from a fire in her apartment. Firefighters said she would have been very badly burned or killed if not for his actions.

Another winter is upon us and our 50-year-old courthouse stands abandoned with its interior open to the elements. We certainly have a way of destroying everything that was built in the past.

Long Island Lighting Co. is relocating gas mains and electric lines on Beach 116 Street as the first phase in the reconstruction of the street including a new angled center mall with metered parking, new curbs, brick sidewalks and a new roadway. The city’s Bureau of Highway Operations says the block will remain accessible throughout the entire operation.

New York City Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin joined Beach Channel High School Principal Arthur Greenberg for the induction of 60 students into the school’s Arista Society. The society requires an average of 87.5 percent in all scholastic grades.

City Councilman Walter Ward is urging Commissioner Henry Stern of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to begin rehabilitation of the boardwalk from Beach 79 Street to Beach 20 Street as quickly as possible, so that work can be completed before the start of the 1984 bathing season. Ward, in a letter to Stern, said "It is shameful that what was once a magnificent summer resort area has been neglected to the point of deterioration..."

30 Years Ago...

One thing certain about our 80th anniversary edition is that it made a good many people conscious of what has transpired in the community.

Improved lighting is badly needed along Edgemere Avenue, which is used by many cars to avoid congestion on the Freeway. Part of the Freeway is closed for sewer construction near Beach 50 Street.

Following a tour of the Rockaways, Borough President Donald R. Manes has ordered a crash clean-up program of the debris left in the roadways following the December 17 storm.

Author Jeanette Edwards Rattray is the talk of local boaters as her book, "Perils of the Port of N.Y." features the wrecks off of Rockaway’s shores.

40 Years Ago...

Melvin M. Klein, the new president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, is following in the footsteps of his father, Irving N. Klein, who held that title several years ago.

The Rockaway courthouse may no longer be in use, but it does not seem abandoned when lights are burning at its two entrances every night.

It’s surprising how much out-of-town business is being attracted by local businesses. Seems like our neighbors appreciate local business more than our local residents. "If I had to depend on local trade, I’d go broke," is a commonly heard comment.

Quite a few complaints are coming from the west end about the enforcement of parking regulations. Residents feel they should only be enforced during the summer months.

Residents are looking forward to the World’s Fair, which opens in April.

50 Years Ago...

Mrs. Esther Naity and her nephew, Raymond Hahl, visited the beach Sunday to see Mr. and Mrs. Brendel, of Beach 92 Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Allinson and son, Steven, of 143-16 Cronston Avenue, are back from Miami Beach.

Mrs. Susan Grubel, of Beach 85 Street, spent the weekend and New Years visiting relatives in Dover and Rockaway, New Jersey.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Winters, of Beach 67 Street, observed their joint birthdays on Christmas Day.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney March, of Beach 86 Street, observed their 24 wedding anniversary at their home on Christmas Eve.

William J.T. McShane, public relations director for Rockaway Beach Hospital, is preparing to leave for Europe. He plans to spend a few weeks touring.

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