2004-04-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

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Years Ago...

Long Island Lighting Company will move all wiring in Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, underground – thus complying with the original plan. LILCO has dropped its adamant refusal to carry out this part of the plan following intense negotiations by New York City’s Department of Transportation requested by Mayor Edward I. Koch himself.

Community Board 14 will conduct a public hearing on May 8, "in the matter of elimination, discontinuance and closing Horton Avenue between Pinson and McBride Streets, realignment of Battery Road between McBride and Pinson Streets, adjusting grates therefore, and extending and establishing permanent sewer easements.

Close the Edgemere Landfill in 1985 as scheduled, and turn the site over to the Gateway National Recreation Area as planned! City Councilman Walter Ward voiced this ultimatum during a Board of Estimate public hearing that dragged on into a series of late-night caucuses.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct are looking for a C-Town supermarket employee, who left the store on an errand for the manager a week ago and has been missing ever since. The Brooklyn man, in his late 40s, was last seen walking toward Beach 89 Street.

Sonny Ochs will perform with the Hudson River Sloop Singers at the First Congregational Church on the evening of Saturday, May 12. Ochs,
a well-known Rockaway musician, teaches at JHS 198 in Arverne.

John Trudden has been reelected and will succeed himself as commander of Prince-Wynn Post 260 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Broad Channel during a joint ceremony with the post’s ladies auxiliary on May 20.

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Years Ago...

Griffen Simmons, director of the Rockaway Community Corporation, is urging the organization of a new political party to emphasize the importance of the votes of minority groups on a national scale.

Many of Criminal Court Judge Max Galfunt’s friends, especially those with Masonic backgrounds, are happy that Mayor Abraham D. Beame appointed him to the bench. Judge Galfunt is a distinguished member of the Masonic fraternity.

Now that Beach Channel High School owns a former Navy whaleboat, it probably won’t be long before the school’s flotilla becomes a familiar sight in Jamaica Bay.

Word on the street is that Gateway National Park may come to possess a high-powered cutter to use in patrol work. The cost of the cutter will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $200,000.

It must be all of a couple of weeks now since Beach 116 Street was last flooded in the vicinity of the firehouse. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that were the rule rather than the exception?

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Years Ago...

Many motorists have become stuck in the sand while trying to turn around near St. Rose of Lima Church because of the construction on Beach 84 Street.

We wonder why it is that the bus companies have not announced direct service between the Rockaways and the World’s Fair as they did back in 1939.

Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox maintained a constant check on the governor’s office to see if Governor Rockefeller had signed the Shore Front Parkway Bill. Fox became a bit nervous when the governor delayed action until time would have run out at midnight.

There was a gathering of new tenants (or are they owners?) of the apartments in the first of the co-ops in the Dayton Park development Tuesday evening to select colors in preparation for moving in sometime in June.

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Years Ago...

Final preparations for their summer fashion show and the reading of a citation for meritorious service were the highlights of the meeting of the Rocketary Anns Monday night at the home of Mrs. Samuel Rogoff.

Oceanographers at Woods Hole sent out 800 bottles adrift south of Cape Hatteras. Each contains a card – return it to the Massachusetts Institute and you’ll be rewarded 50 cents.

Nat Boriskin, of Arverne, will be honored at a testimonial dinner Sunday night in the Park Inn Hotel. Boriskin will be recognized for his outstanding humanitarian deeds and for raising millions of dollars for many of the most worthwhile causes.

If you’re the kind of person who’s always leaving something behind, find some way of riding Pete Malzone’s Green Lines Flatbush Avenue bus. Your property is sure to find its way home. Just ask the latest satisfied customer, Mrs. Milton Brinberg. She lost her wallet on Pete’s bus – and he returned it.


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