2004-08-20 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20

Years Ago...

We may never know why a sudden undertow last week almost claimed the lives of three swimmers and a lifeguard in waters off of Rockaway Beach – A three-man United States government commission formed to look into it found no definitive answer by the time The Wave went to press, reported Everett Chasen, a spokesperson for the New York District of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Savings of America, a division of Home Savings of America, F.A. has acquired Century Federal Savings & Loan Association, including its branch at Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

An Auxiliary Police Officer was arrested on August 21 after he allegedly burglarized the 101 Precinct. The bust follows an intensive investigation by detectives at the precinct, where the aux allegedly stole shirts, pants, handcuffs and other items.

This summer, Dori Margolin, a Beach Channel High School honor student entering her senior year, picked pears and potatoes – and she won’t forget that. Dori went for a 40-day adventure in Israel, which she won in a regional competition, and which included the pear and potato picking.

Air monitoring at the Edgemere landfill reportedly is being stepped up in the Fountain Avenue landfill just west of the Howard Beach-Brooklyn border on the other side of Jamaica Bay.

Councilman Walter Ward is asking for an immediate investigation of a five-way intersection in Far Rockaway that he says is in dire need of a traffic signal. Ward hopes to see a light go up where Redfern Avenue, Nameoke Street and Hassock Streets meet.

30

Years Ago...

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arnold L. Fein has given builders of the controversial nursing home on Cornaga Avenue and Beach Channel Drive permission to proceed with the work. He ruled that the work proceeded to the point where it no longer fell under the Board of Estimate’s ban.

The barnacle-encrusted hull of the old steamer Catskill, which recently was raised from the bottom of Jamaica Bay, has moved its berth slightly west of where it was tied up to the bulkhead near Beach 109 Street. It has also been turned around, its first movement in several years, but it still lays there alongside the bulkhead.

Two local Conservative Party candidates are having their own private election contest. Leon S. Locke, the publisher of The Wave, who seeks election to the State Senate and Kenneth Huhn, City Council aspirant, are wagering a dinner that will each would pull more votes than the other in the November election.

The search in Rockaway is being continued for clues in the apparent murder of a newborn infant found floating in the bay at Beach 89 Street, among the rocks on the shoreline. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy will be conducted.

40

Years Ago...

During the tension that was stirred up last week over the Southeast Asia unrest, more than one local man of draft age looked at his draft status.

The former Wave building finally became a heap of rubble but not before the wreckers had used up a few cables in the process which went on for several days.

If the proposed new City Sales Tax ever gets before the City Council its reduction will be favored by our City Councilman, John Stantucci. Actually, Santucci would like to see the City’s sales tax abolished entirely, and has made that one of his major campaign promises.

Joe Fitzgerald has disposed of his interest in the Last Stop Inn, which is soon to open under new management.

If the Meter Maids are given the authority to tag double-parked cars there will be a clamor for a municipal parking field on Beach 129 Street, the only business block in Belle Harbor.

50

Years Ago...

Higher income limits for the new Hammel Houses residents have been approved by the City Housing Authority, due to the increase in the cost of living index. Under the revised code some families with an income of more than $3700 will be ligible.

Former Magistrate J. Irwin Shapiro, of Far Rockaway, became Domestic Relations Court Judge when Mayor Robert F. Wanger swore him in at City Hall.

One hundred people attended the installation and dinner of the Frank Avenue Civic Association in St. Gertrude’s Hall, Edgemere, at which Louis Gompers was installed as president for the third consecutive year.

Joseph Michelson of Jay & Jay Furs, 113-07 Boulevard, awarded a ranch mink stole to Mrs. Murray Kastenbaum of 529 Beach 139 Street. It was the third annual award conducted by the furriers.

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