2004-05-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

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Years Ago...

Hikers on a Floyd Bennett Field nature trail found the body of a woman wrapped in four plastic garbage bags and a white flowered print quilt tied with a cord and weighted with a cinderblock. She was found floating at the west beach of Floyd Bennett.

Green Bus Lines is promising Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes that the company will improve service in three ways: 1) Schedules will be developed for each route, posted on each bus and made available to riders who request copies. 2) If drivers will follow instructions, they will pull buses to the curbs at bus stops (if there are no obstructions) and kneel the buses. 3) The bus company and the drivers’ union will conduct an internal management and efficiency study, compile specific recommendations and implement the recommendations.

Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272 members of the American Legion will pray and parade on Memorial Day. All units participating in the parade will assemble at Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard for a 10 a.m. step-off. They will proceed east on Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Memorial Circle, on Beach 121 Street, to the Doughboy Monument on Beach 94 Street, where the main memorial service will be held.

"They were shooting right outside my window!" The exclamation was one of the reports that came in this week after police not only investigated a radio call—"shots fired!" –but chased and caught the people who apparently were doing the shooting.

Rockwell Funster Rockaway, or just plain Rocky Rockaway for short, is clowningly symbolizing Rockaway Playland’s "spirit of joy and irrepressible fun," this year.

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Years Ago...

Following the opening week celebration of the new Citibank office in the Waldbaum’s shopping center it is business as usual this week at the new office where Edgar Woods of Arverne is officer in charge.

Assemblyman Herbert Posner has heard from the Mental Hygiene Commissioner that released juvenile mental patients will be sent to the Bronx Psychiatric Center instead of letting them shift for themselves in residential communities like the Rockaways.

Councilman Walter Ward is jubilant over the passing of the beach erosion contract, which he believes will make possible the start this summer of the $20 million project.

A cleaner Beach 116 Street is the main objective of the Rockaway Park Businessmen’s Association. A start in that direction will be alternate side of the street parking from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to allow Sanitation Department crews better access to the street.

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Years Ago...

Police cracked down on quite a few offenders last weekend when there was a rash of broken store windows along the boulevard.

The firemen made their first run to the area near Beach 73 Street, being demolished for the vest pocket housing project, where dense black smoke was billowing from a fire that had started in the wreckage.

Nobody has ever come out with figures to show how much money is lost by Far Rockaway merchants because of inadequate parking facilities. Even New York City loses out-of-pocket fees on sales tax and parking meter fees.

Construction work has started on the new parochial school, which will be built for St. Rose of Lima Church on Beach 84 Street, oldest of the Catholic Churches on Rockaway Beach.

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Years Ago...

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways objects to City Construction Coordinator Robert Moses’ latest plans for public housing in the Rockaways. Irving N. Klein, president of the chamber, said the organization would oppose any type of housing in the Mott Basin area where fine homes might be affected by the proposed low-cost project.

Several hundred Edgemere residents, visiting dignitaries and civic workers stood in the rain to witness the dedication of the bronze plaque erected by the Edgemere Civic Association at Beach 33 Street and Seagirt Boulevard in tribute to residents of the area who have served in the armed forces. Mrs. Elsie Fleischner, vice president of the association, was master of ceremonies.

A 24-hour patrol has been started in the Rockaway Park area by the 100 Precinct as a result of the recent request for more protection in the area.

More than 100,000 persons was reported to have visited the Naval Air Station at Floyd Bennett Field in celebration of Armed Forces Day where spectators thrilled to some aerial high jinks and observed various aircrafts on display.


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