2004-07-30 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20

Years Ago...

United States Park Police at Gateway National Recreation Area have made 17 arrests for public nudity at Jacob Riis Park since Memorial Day. This compares to 14 arrests during the period of July 3, 1983 – August 1, 1983, points out a Gateway spokesman.

New York City is refusing to put up any kind of traffic light at Neponsit’s “death corner” – Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 142 Street. In a letter to Councilman Walter Ward this month, Joel J. Stahl, assistant commissioner, Department of Transportation, says “police department accident files reveal one accident from January 1983 through June 1984 and there have been no accidents following our installation of warning signs and paint markings at this intersection in October 1983.”

Community Board 14 District Manager Elaine Castas has requested a site inspection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 126 and Beach 142 Streets. The streets have not seen resurfacing or repair in the last 15 years.

“Rockaway will have a sensational family day on Wednesday August 8,” predicts Diana Chapin, Parks and Recreation Commissioner for Queens. The day will include fireworks preceded by a George Seuffert Band concert, a mini circus, a street theater caravan, a mobile playground and a sports-mobile.

Special burglary-robbery police have arrested two more suspects in the Dayton shopping center in Rockaway Beach. Officers from the 100 Precinct saw the two men as they allegedly broke through the roof of the Dayton Plaza Vision Center, at 85-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The steps to start construction of a mini-school at Public School 47 in Broad Channel will begin shortly, according to a letter from the Board of Education to City Councilman Walter Ward.

30

Years Ago...

Quite a few local tennis enthusiasts have been putting the tennis courts at Beach Channel High School to good use recently and its too bad that some arrangement had not been made to open the courts to the public as a recreational attraction during the summer.

Transportation Administrator Michael J. Lazar announced that a 22-month program clearly delineated the 15-foot “no parking” areas on either side of the city’s 103,000 hydrants is being completed. He called upon New Yorkers to report the locations of hydrants that may have been missed. The project was suggested many years ago by City Magistrate Corning J. McKennee, of Rockaway Beach.

Among some unusual sights along Beach Channel Drive last weekend was the launching of a catamaran at Bulloch’s dock, on Beach 116 Street, a man carrying a pair of 10-pound tuna, evidently caught while he was fishing off-shore, and the Stars and Stripes flying from the mast of the old steamer Catskill, which was recently floated at the bulkhead near Beach 109 Street.

40

Years Ago...

Contractors got on the job last Friday and made quick work of paving Beach 84 Street from Shore Front Parkway almost to the Boulevard. St. Rose of Lima church bazaar is underway at the parkway corner.

Postmaster Sidney Schorr and his assistant, George P. Vreeland, made an inspection, of the new building which is soon to be the home of the Rockaway Beach post office station. It is situated on the site of the old Arion Hall, which became the Rivoli theater.

John Fitzgerald, the Seaside Hotel man, has a collection of color movies of Seaside, before and after demolition, which will someday be of historic importance.

50

Years Ago...

A Brooklyn life insurance salesman, whose speeding 1938 model car took one man’s life and sent two others to the hospital Sunday when it cracked up on the North Channel Bridge at 1:30 a.m., was arrested this week and charged with homicide.

The test case by Paul T. Love to stop collection of tolls on the Southern State Parkway was dismissed by Justice Phtilip Huntington in Supreme Court, Mineola, on Tuesday.

Edgemere property owners residing in the vicinity of the boardwalk applauded the efforts of the Rev. William J. Burke, assistant pastor of St. Camillus R.C. Church who has demanded an investigation of teen-age drinking in the Seaside area.

The prospective boundaries of the proposed Title 1 Project for the Arverne-Hammel area were discussed at length by the Rockaway Beach Property Owners Association at a well-attended meeting. The association decided to seek definite information regarding the Arverne-Hammel project and the date when the city plans to initiate work in this area.

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