2004-10-08 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Residents of Breezy Point, Rockaway Point and Roxbury, and organizations in those areas, packed a recent Community Board 14 meeting to object to a proposal that would provide four-lane highway access to their part of the Rockaway Peninsula.

City officials are promising Rockaway a new request for proposal for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area within 30 days. However, Joe Gerstel, Chairman of Community Board 14, says he told the city that unless the RFP addresses transportation to Manhattan, nobody ever would be able to market any plan for the AURA.

More than 1,000 people came to Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park on September 30 to enjoy a return performance by the West Point Cadet Jewish Choir.

Burglars stole cash, checks and possibly other property from the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA early Tuesday morning. One or two suspects burned holes in Plexiglas windows in a rear door at 257 Beach 17 Street and broke into the adjoining offices, police said.

30 Years Ago...

Navy Fireman Apprentice Raymond M. Donohue, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Donohue of 252 Beach 129 Street, has left Almeda, California aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on a deployment to the western Pacific.

City Councilman Walter Ward has called to the personal attention of the highways commissioner the condition of Seagirt Avenue between Beach 6 Street and Beach 9 streets where there has been construction work and that work has caused problems.

The gala 67th anniversary dinner dance of the Peninsula Hospital Center – honoring Director of Development George Wolpert – promises to be a complete sellout, according to Julius Granirer, Peninsula’s president.

Two fishermen were drowned and a third was pulled to safety on October 4 when the small boat they were using was swamped by a passing barge in Jamaica Bay off Beach 54 Street in Arverne.

Beverly and Herbert Eisenberg are to be honored by the Parents Association of the Robert Gordis Day School of Temple Beth-El at the annual dinner-dance to be held this year at the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Center.

40 Years Ago...

The Rockaway Park Merchants said, at a recent meeting, that the idea of a skating rink in the Beach 116 Street parking lot was a good one. They are all for it.

Perhaps the bulkhead repair job at Belle Harbor would go faster if contractors used more men on the job, say residents who have been watching the work progress.

Now they’re talking about condemning 375 acres of local property, that’s 90 city blocks, for the renewal of the Arverne area. Bill Brunner thought we’d reached bottom back in 1943 when the Home Owners Loan Corporation repossessed 100 homes that his real estate firm managed. But 90 city blocks!?

Tom Safonte, superintendent of the Rockaway Beach Post Office says that some patrons are so impressed with the station’s new building that they think the staff should wear colorful uniforms with lots of gold braid.

50 Years Ago...

The long awaited report on the Seaside Title 1 Project will be awaited a few days more, the Mayor’s Committee on Slum Clearance informed The Wave. The report will not be ready until tomorrow and will probably not be made public until Monday.

The Department of Hospitals is opposed to the transferring of narcotics patients to the Neponsit Hospital and “may find it wise to abandon it as a city institution entirely” Dr. Basil C. Maclean, Commissioner of Hospitals, informed local civic organizations this week.

Tapestries and part of the ceiling of the St. Gertrude’s R.C. Church, 332 Beach 38 Street, were damaged Tuesday night in a fire believed to have started from candles burning on the altar. The candles apparently ignited the tapestries and flames climbed to the chilling in the church. The fire was discovered by the church sexton, Vincent Joycox of Far Rockaway, about 6 p.m.

Members of the Allied Parents Association of the Rockaways will appear before the City Planning Commission Friday morning to present the urgent needs of all the schools in the Rockaways and Broad Channel in view of the growth of the community. The association points out that a number of housing units are planned for the Rockaways and once rapid transit becomes a reality the Rockaways will no longer be considered a resort area, but a year round residential section.

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