2004-06-04 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

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Years Ago...

Owners of property near Beach 112 Street between Beach Channel Drive and Jamaica Bay are arguing with New York City about who owns the deteriorating shoreline and who should be responsible to fix it.

With warm weather arriving suddenly, Rockaway’s Playland is welcoming numerous groups. Nearly 5,000 children and adults, from 17 different groups, have visited in the last week, according to Phil Epstein, Playland’s marketing vice president.

For 33 years, 61-year-old detective Bert Alvins, who retired from the 100 Precinct Squad in May, never took a sick day. New York City Police Department Commissioner Benjamin Ward publicly commended Alvins for his perfect attendance record.

Playing at Surfside Twin Cinema: Splash, starring Tom Hanks, John Candy and mermaid Darryl Hannah; Firestarter, with Drew Barrymore; and Revenge of the Ninja.

Funds to build a mini-school adjacent to Public School 47, at 9 Power Road in Broad Channel, were placed into the capital budget adopted by the City Council and the Board of Estimate as a result of pressure from City Councilman Walter Ward and Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes. The project will share $3.5 million in funds with another public school in Woodhaven. PS 47 will get $1.5 million for the addition of eight new rooms.

Police are pleading for information about the murder of a Far Rockaway man, who was a 20-year employee of the Waldbaum’s on Mott Avenue.

Waldbaum’s reportedly was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to fix prices through the elimination of double or triple-discount coupons in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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Years Ago...

Former Congressman James J. Scheuer, who recently became a resident of Neponsit, held a reception for friends and neighbors recently. It was his first step in his campaign for the democratic nomination for congressman in the district.

The Department of Parks announced that greenheart lumber would be used in re-planking the boardwalk where repairs are to be made. It was stated that it was chosen because of its long-wearing qualities. Overlooked was the fact that the same planking was used for the facing along the shore side of the boardwalk when it was built. Its wearing qualities are well known there.

While many of the politicos are predicting a lively democratic campaign this month, one veteran of many such campaigns here will sit this one out. He is James J. Corrigan, who recently left Florida and is making his home in Belle Harbor.

Police of the 100 Precinct were out in force ticketing cars that were in violation of the parking regulations that are in effect on weekends from May 15 – September 30.

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Years Ago...

One hears with increasing frequency these days, people advocating the return of police "get tough" policy in dealing with hoodlums who terrorize law-abiding citizens.

John Dannaher emerged from political retirement to work for the Jacobowitz forces during the democratic primary campaign. He found the smoke of battle irresistible, he said.

The brand new Hope Baptist Church had the struttingest majorettes in the Decoration Day parade at Rockaway Beach and the snappiest drummers too.

Bob Weitz was on vacation from his new job as attorney for the Human Rights Commission during the heat of the primary campaign as he sought the democratic nomination for the assembly. "What vacation?" Weitz wanted to know.

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Years Ago...

Col. Sidney Bingham, general manager of the New York City Transit Authority, notes that the connecting link at Liberty Avenue and to Manhattan via the 8th Avenue subway will be in use by mid-1956.

Fire Commissioner Edward F. Cavanaugh Jr. aided by fire inspectors from Rockaway fire companies, began a block-by-block tour of the resort areas seeking fire hazards before the summer season begins. The search started in the wake of a five-alarm fire, which destroyed the Edgemere baths at Beach 34 Street and the boardwalk.

The patients of the Neponsit Beach Hospital are grateful to Mrs. E. Richard for developing a shopping service that enables the patients to order merchandise not available at the hospital.

Jay C. Karp, of Beach 133 Street and Charles Mailman, of Beach 136 Street, received degrees at commencement exercises at Marietta College, in Marietta, Ohio.


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