2004-01-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Most Rockawayites who squeezed into the auditorium of Stella Maris High School recently came away with the feeling that the mayor did not answer their questions, did not show any sympathy for the plights of the peninsula’s residents and did not indicate that he knows enough about the Rockaways to talk intelligently.

The fire that caused extensive damage to Buster’s Marine Service, in Broad Channel, looks like arson, according to the notes of Fire Chief Allen Brown of the 47 Battalion.

"A" Trains are running to Rockaway Park-Beach 116 Street rather than Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue on weekdays, and several other service chan ges are in effect until March 9.

Indictments against three teenage murder suspects who were caught last week after a reader of The Wave followed advice from Crime Stoppers were handed up recently after three days of grand jury hearings.

Peninsula Hospital Center has purchased a CAT scanner. The unit, a Somatom DR3, was ordered from Siemens Medical Systems, and will be available for use this spring.

30 Years Ago...

Members of the Hammels Senior Cen ter have petitioned Borough President Donald R. Manes to assist them in securing larger quarters for the center, now located in the Ham mels Com mun ity Center. The seniors have proposed several sites within one-half mile of the present location.

Councilman Walter Ward says How ard Beach residents who live in the older section do not want the bridge across Shellbank Basin reopened to traffic because of the annoyance caused by visitors. Residents of the newer west side of the community want the access it would provide for them to make use of the new Frank M. Charles Park. One suggested solution is to open the bridge to pedestrians only.

The NYC Site Selection Board will hold public hearings soon on the firehouse for Engine 265, Ladder 121. The proposed site is at the southwest corner of Edgemere Avenue at Beach 54 Street.

Congressman Frank Brasco, at a Rotary luncheon recently, predicted that the Arverne Urban Renewal Area would contain "no more hi-rises than there are there now, and the balance of the 300 or so acres would be used as a greenbelt for recreation."

40 Years Ago...

Borough President Mario J. Cariello gave The Wave a plug at the Chamber of Commerce dinner held recently. Thanks, Mr. Borough President. We’ll run those six extra sections you mentioned, if you see to it that we have the advertising to match it!

Before the snow removal job was finished last week, there were 12-foot-high piles of the white stuff all over town, where it had been pushed from the middle of the streets and was waiting to be hauled away.

The Atlantic Improvement Corporat ion’s application for a permit to construct a second beach club at Rock away Point has been turned down by the city. It is believed that Atlantic will now sue the city, which has not yet mapped the park.

Evidently State Senator Irving Mosberg did not take it seriously if he really received the reported warning that if he attended the Rockaway Dems’ installation, someone would run against him in the primary. Mosberg was there.

50 Years Ago...

Rockaway and the entire City of New York will become a "ghost town" unless something is done about limiting welfare assistance to its citizens, the Rockaway Park-Belle Harbor Assoc iat ion warned this week.

Traffic on Cross Bay Boulevard was halted on a recent morning shortly before 9 a.m. when 20 cars crashed in the fog in the northbound lane at the Howard Beach end of the North Channel Bridge.

Rockaway patrolmen supported the appeal to city and state officials this week for an increase in pay as presented recently by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. The men want $720 more a year – which would bring salaries for 1st Grade patrolmen up to $5,500.

A 54-year-old Belle Harbor resident was arrested for disorderly conduct recently by Patrolman R. Booth, of the 100 Precinct. He was held for a hearing at the Rockaway Beach Court where Magistrate McKennee find him $10.

The Edgemere Civic Association installed officers at a dinner-dance at St. Gertrude’s Hall attended by a capacity crowd on Saturday night. Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox, honorary president of the association, was the installing officer.

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