2004-05-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said


Years Ago...

Walter Ward, chairman of the New York City Council’s Parks and Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee checked Rockaway’s beaches, boardwalk, lifeguard equipment, first aid stations and comfort stations during his annual pre-summer tour.

Broad Channel’s long effort to obtain state approval for New York City to improve streets to which the city does not have title took a big step forward when the Senate unanimously approved a bill sponsored by State Senator Jeremy Weinstein.

Rockaway will have 61 more police personnel on patrol this summer. The 100 Precinct is getting 35 officers and four sergeants and the 101 Precinct will get 20 officers and two sergeants, according to City Councilman Walter Ward.

Rockaways’ Playland enjoyed a banner Memorial Day weekend before rains took over on Monday. After nearly two weeks of city inspections the park was given a clean bill of health and the all of the attractions opened. Thousands visited on Sunday and 1984 is predicted to be a "banner year."

You can help restore the beautiful Statue of Liberty! The Wave has enthusiastically agreed to work with George Schneck to raise funds for the remodeling of the Statue of Liberty. A special account – The Wave Statue Fund – is being set up for deposits of donations.

Two men in a cabin cruiser anchored about a half-mile from the Rockaway Jetty were arrested by the NYPD Harbor Unit for allegedly firing the AR15 rifles they had onboard – prompting increased patrolling along the shore.

For the ninth year in a row, St. Gertrude’s Roman Catholic Church is asking for public support. This year St. Gertrude’s is holding an "Operation Survival" dinner-dance at Stella Maris.


Years Ago...

Although he retired from the business years ago and has been succeeded by his son, Howard at the 97 Street Garage, Silas (Buster) Klotz is a regular visitor at the garage, coming almost every day from his home in East Rockaway.

Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272, American Legion, has come along way since it was organized more than 50 years ago, and is now one of the leading posts in Queens. Four of its past commanders who are World War I veterans are still living: Hubert D. Murray, William J. Loughran, Philip W. Cohen and J. Harold Sandifer.

The renaming of the Cross Bay Bridge, now the Crossbay Veterans Memorial Bridge, drew a long list of elected officials: Congressman Frank J. Brasco, Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo, Deputy Secretary of State Sheldon Rosenblatt, State Senator John J. Santucci, Assemblyman Herbert A. Posner and Councilman Walter Ward were at the ceremony.

Hoodlums vandalized and burned eight wooden benches along the boardwalk at Rockaway Park.


Years Ago...

The greatest array of fire fighting apparatus seen in these parts in many a moon assembled on Cross Bay Boulevard north of Broad Channel, to fight a grass fire that spread along the highway for about a mile.

Local fishermen are intrigued with the possibility of a levee around Rockaway and across Jamaica Bay, where fishing platforms are included in the proposal.

What is funny about youngsters carrying cartons of empty bottles to the beach and smashing them? It happened at Beach 44 Street, according to the beach block residents.

After riding all night on a bus returning from their trip to Washington some of the members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians got off the bus in New York and went right to work. They’re a hardy lot.


Years Ago...

The Edgemere Civic Association paid tribute to the nation’s war dead at a memorial service at the recently erected plaque at Beach 33 Street and Seagirt Boulevard.

State Senator Milton Koerner recommended to the Department of Traffic that there should be dead end signs at the intersection of Ocean Drive and Beach 109 Street and 25 mph signs along the drive to cut down on the speeding.

The Arverne-Hammels Democratic Association made clear at an executive board meeting that it favors better housing, but opposes any housing plans designed solely to rid the area of Negro residents.

The St. Camillus Senior Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps is champion of New York City in the band competition sponsored by the NYC Parks Department.

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