2004-09-03 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

Years Ago...

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Community Board 14 Chairman Joel Gerstel dashed off a letter to Donald R. Manes, in which he accused the Queens Borough President of playing dirty pool concerning the future of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

At least four lives were saved over the Labor Day weekend as alert people near Rockaway’s waters acted without hesitation. At least two of the rescues involved units of New York City’s Emergency Medical Service. In one, a resident of Beach 129 Street ran from his home to where he saw a four-year-old boy go under. In Jamaica Bay, volunteers from Broad Channel fished out a boy who was spotted from a boat.

Without waiting for requests for proposals or other political machinations, private people and firms are rebuilding Rockaway – east, west and in the middle. The most dramatic change this week was that as The Wave went to press Borough Hall and the City Planning Commission were promising an announcement about approval for demapping at Breezy Point. Residents have pointed out again and again that they can’t build because every plan is blocked by mapped streets that in fact do not exist.

It’s that time of year when all forms of media are extolling the virtues of “get out and vote.” We’re in agreement with the idea. The voters will, or should, pick the best candidate for the job. But is this really the case? Will the voters actually be picking the best candidate or will they in fact be picking a candidate on the basis of his or her racial or ethnic background?

Within the past two weeks this newspaper and every other news outlet in the city have carried stories about a proposal to eliminate service on the ‘A’ and the ‘CC’ Trains from midnight to 6 a.m. There has been no major upheaval by residents or community groups that will suffer. At this point all we can say is “enjoy your bus ride.”

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Remember a Belle Harbor resident named Abe Beame? Well, he’s coming all the way from his home, Gracie Mansion, this evening to join Postmaster Sid Schorr, who also is the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, leading the “walk and talk” program on Central Avenue.

Jack Fitzgerald is chairman of the Rockaway Rotary Club committee attempting to arrange for the local appearance of the Unite States Marine Band the next time the famous band is scheduling appearances in this part of the country.

After more than a century, the Sunday morning service at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Mott Avenue will be the final service in the old church whose congregation will be joined by that of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hewlett for the occasion.

Beach 115 Street residents report a decrease in annoyance from youths who used to make the street a hangout. “Since the burned-out house near the beach was demolished, the hoodlums no longer have a place to hide,” was the way one resident put it.

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After civic workers had tried numerous government and city bureaus, and failed to have them remove the hulk of the old barge at the foot of Beach 88 Street, new owners of the property arrived on the scene with workmen last week and the hulk is no more. There is something to be said for the free enterprise system after all.

While national political figures were getting the Presidential campaign going last week, Sheldon Rosenblatt, Republican candidate for Assembly and George Plant, secretary of the Rockaway Peninsula Democratic Association were at Rockaway Point, helping to select “Miss Teenage New York City,” which must have been much more fun.

“You don’t see courtesy on the road no more,” — Who says? Watch traffic on Central Avenue, when stopped by the Mott Avenue traffic light, leave room for the cars to get through exiting from the National Bank parking lot. Now that’s courtesy!

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The 1954 summer season closed with a bang in Broad Channel as record crowds enjoyed the three-day Mardi Gras sponsored by the Broad Channel Post 1404, American Legion.

Sidney S. Hein, Republican leader of the Rockaways returned on Monday from France where he has been spending the summer.

Ground has been broken on the corner of Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, for a residence and offices for Dr. John Stathis.

Dorsey Short, associate editor of The Wave, has returned to his duties after a two week vacation spent in the Catskills.

The Mohawks won the Rockaway Little League championship, led by Joe Hand, Bobby Shea, Billy Brown, Jimmy Shannahon, Steve Horowitz, Mike Novelo and Jerry Gottleib.

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