2004-02-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Two males became involved in a verbal altercation at the Seaside Subway Station at about 10:15 p.m. on Jan uary 29. The argument quickly got out of hand and turned into a fight when one of the males pulled out a razor and began slashing the other.

Senator Andrew Jenkins, representing the Rockaways, has written to Anthony L. Watson, executive director of the Health Systems Agency of New York City in regard to Daytop Village. "The community of Far Rockaway opposes the location of a facility for ex-drug abusers85" he said.

A passenger was injured when a shotgun blast blew out one of the windows on a Rockaway "CC" Train recently. The incident occurred at the Broad Channel station.

Many of the new thrill rides or innovative food items that you might enjoy at Rockaways Playland this year were examined last November in New Or leans. Amusement park President Pet er Horowitz and vice president, Robert Demner, were among 7,000 industry representatives who attended an annual convention and trade show.

New York City has thrown up its hands over the Grumman Flexible bus situation. It seems millions of dollars were spent and Flexible has caused nothing but problems for the Transit Authority. The busses seem to spend more time in the repair shop than on the streets. We can sympathize with the city. No one likes to make an investment like that and not be able to use what has been purchased.

Dr. Peter Galvin has passed the American Board of Internal Medicine certifying examination. Galvin has joined Dr. Berge Tutundjian in the practice of general internal medicine.

30 Years Ago...

Alterations to two stories in the Far Rockaway shopping center are underway as the National Bank of North America prepares new quarters for its Far Rockaway office which are expected to open there in about a month.

Battle lines are being drawn again. This time the opposition may be the NYC Off-Track Betting Corporation which will seek the approval of the Community Planning Board to open a branch office this spring on the west side of Beach 116 Street near Newport Avenue.

The rifle range that is scheduled to be built in the PIX Theater building is coming under fire itself. Some residents don’t like the idea of a gun club.

Although they restricted gasoline sales to two dollars worth per customer last week, the majority of local stations closed on Saturday, resuming the restricted sales on Monday.

40 Years Ago...

Three juveniles of tender age were nabbed by the cops last week for purse-snatching, indicating that tender age does not necessarily mean tender-hearted.

Far Rockaway residents are now casting about for ways to provide an arcade from Central Avenue to Beach 21 Street in the vicinity of the municipal parking field. Some say this might be a $10,000 item.

The Triborough Bridge Authority has installed a coin collector at one of the Broad Channel tollgates for those drivers who have the exact change, but it’s not marked plainly enough and drivers still approach the collector without having the exact change available.

Rabbi Arthur Neulander and Mrs. Neulander were tendered a party in honor of his tenth anniversary as rabbi of Congregation Darchay Noam, in Bayswater.

50 Years Ago...

Improvements on property in the area between Beach 75 and Beach 87 Streets, referred to as a "slum" section since welfare recipients began pouring into the Rockaways, are pending decision on the proposed Title 1 Project for the Rockaways. About $100,000 would be spent, according to members of the Rock away Beach Property Owners and Civic Association.

An application for re-zoning of the area from Beach 130 to Beach 141 Streets from the ocean to the bay front from an E-1 to at G-zone restricted to one-family houses in future construction will be considered by the City Plan ning Commission.

Rockaways Playland is now open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays – all year round. Come and ride the famous coaster, which appears in Cinerama now on Broadway.

Before the largest and most enthusiastic crowd to attend a Republican gathering in the Rockaways in several years, officers of the Republican Club were inducted by Republican County Leader Frank Kenna recently at the Park Inn Hotel.

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