2004-10-01 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Lights in Rockaway went out twice between Sunday night and Monday morning but the Long Island Lighting Company refused for hours on Monday to admit it. An underground cable break between Beach 148 Street and Beach 169 Street was to blame.

Three Torah Scrolls that were stolen on the eve of Rosh Hashanah from congregation Shaare Zedek, at 315 Beach 30 Street, were found in the synagogue on the Sabbath of Repentance. “We all shared tears of joy,” Bernard Newmark, president of the congregation’s board told police.

Just as it looked as if the O’Connell American Legion hall workmen had finally cleaned up the mess from the Robbins Plan hearing, a large crowd is again expected for the Rockaway Point Boulevard improvement. Community groups from Breezy Point and from the rest of the peninsula will be there to voice their views on the proposed $6 million widening and improvement of the existing road.

The ideal location for a new domed stadium would be the Rockaways. We still have 149 acres of land that are now empty almost 21 years. With a little improvement in the subway system and the already existing roads, Rockaway, with the addition of the Nassau Expressway and the proximity to New Jersey, would be the ideal place for a new domed stadium.

30 Years Ago...

Councilman Walter Ward gave telling testimony before the City Planning Commission leading up to the Commission’s decision to turn down the application for a high-rise apartment house in close proximity to the Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway, a neighborhood of one and two-family houses.

Nails that protrude from the decking of the boardwalk have long been the subject of complaint. People trip over them, sometimes causing injury and more often damaging shoes. There’s

a constructive job for draft-dodgers seeking amnesty – a good sized crew could be kept busy for weeks resetting nails.

Most of Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden should be phased out and added to Gateway National Park by the end of this year.

Jerry Klein, junior past commander of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post, No. 272, American Legion, will be guest of honor at the post’s annual Past Commander’s Dinner, which will be held at the legion clubhouse on Beach 92 Street on Columbus Day.

40 Years Ago...

Since becoming a resident of Neponsit, comedian Sam Levenson is involving himself more and more in social affairs. Seems he really wants to “belong.” That’s good – very good.

Members of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club look with pride at a new campaign sign beside the clubhouse on Beach 88 Street. It bears the name of all the Democratic candidates for office in the coming election.

This year the boat renting business has been off because of the World’s Fair. Bill Bicknese, proprietor of a

fishing station at the foot of Almeda Avenue says, “After a working man has taken the family to the fair, he doesn’t have enough money left to go fishing.”

More and more residents seem to be getting the impression that the aviation people, at least those operating out of Kennedy Airport, care more about planes than they do about the people who suffer from the noise the aircrafts make.

50 Years Ago...

Transit Authority architects say the outbound tracks of the new subway trestle, which is being built heavier than the Long Island Rail Road trestle, will pass over the inbound tracks between the Beach Channel Bridge and the Hammel Wye. The new bridge will allow more clearance for boats and reduce delays to trains caused when the drawbridge is opened.

Determined to secure needed bulkheading for the Jamaica Bay area to prevent a recurrence of floods, which have caused thousands of dollars in their community, the Somerville-Arverne Civic Association announced this week it will follow up letters to nators and congressmen.

The long awaited report on the Title 1 Project for Seaside will be sent to the City Planning Commission this weekend and will be made public soon, the Mayor’s Office on Slum Clearance told The Wave this week.

Workmen of the Oakhill Construction Company of Queens yesterday began digging up the area around Beach 84 Street and Beach Channel Drive to start construction work for new sanitary and storm sewers.

A barefoot 6-year-old burned both of his feet when he stepped on a floor ventilator barefooted in his home. Dr. Roosna of Rockaway Beach Hospital treated him at home.

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