2004-10-29 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Ronald R. Speicher has come to Rockaway to serve as postmaster of the Far Rockaway Postal District – including the entire Rockaway Peninsula. He succeeds Rubin Soffer, who retired earlier this year, and Steve Woods, who served as interim officer.

“DOA (dead on arrival) scuba diver!” stated a Coast Guardmen calling the 100 Precinct on Tuesday, October 30. “He may have hit his head jetty rocks while diving off the Rockaway Point Jetty,” guessed several other Coast Guardmen when Police Officers Rudolph Sanacore and Roger Hanlon of the precinct’s conditions unit responded.

Green Bus Lines is taking students picked up at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Beach directly to Beach 219 Street in Breezy Point. Prior to October 22 of this year, the students were forced to transfer to a shuttle bus at Beach 169 Street in Roxbury.

30 Years Ago...

Congressman Frank J. Brasco has charged that the “disgraceful behavior of the jury” that convicted him made them “profoundly unqualified to render any judgment,” and for that reason he was denied his right to a fair trial. Brasco made the response as part of an angry response to a story that appeared in a Brooklyn weekly. The Congressman mentioned that the report was “a one-sided story with misstatements of facts.”

An appeal for funds to buy new instruments and uniforms for the American-Irish Society’s drum and bugle corps of Rockaway Beach was issued today by the band’s founder/director Patrick O. Kelly. A fire, termed suspicious by city fire marshals, destroyed thousands of dollars worth of uniforms and instruments at the band’s practice hall at One Shamrock Drive, Rockaway Beach.

A three-count election fraud indictment against mayoral assistant Sidney Baumgarten was dismissed by Justice Thomas S. Agresta in Queens Supreme Court and he is expected to return to his job in Mayor Beame’s office shortly.

While all signs point to the eventual developments of Sprayview Gardens in Edgemere, Nat Gold of Far Rockaway is refusing to accept the project as a fait accompli. Originally slated for more than 700 dwelling units, Sprayview Gardens a low and middle income housing development bounded by Beach 38 to Beach 36 Streets between Edgemere and Sprayview Avenues now appears likely for construction with 350 units.

40 Years Ago...

Mark Harwood of Bell Boy cleaners says the firm’s new building on Central Avenue will be very similar to its building on Beach Channel Drive which will continue in operation.

There’s a bit of green on Beach Channel Drive. It’s the concrete around Harry Zeitlin’s “Big Z” drive-in refreshment stand opposite The Wave’s new building and next to Dom DiResta’s service station.

Only one lane of the Cross Bay Boulevard is open to traffic in some stretches of the viaduct leading to the North Channel Bridge. New construction, the result of a campaign by The Wave, is making the road safe.

There is such demand for tickets to the farewell dinner, which the faculty of Far Rockaway High School is arranging for November 11 in honor of Miss Monica Ryan, who is retiring as principal, that is sure to be a sell-out.

50 Years Ago...

Split ticket voting in the Democratic ranks in Rockaway Beach was evidenced in Tuesday’s election when Democratic Leader James J. Crisona was elected to the State Senate from the Sixth Senatorial District and Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox was re-elected Assemblyman in the 12 Assembly District.

Forty members of the 100 Precinct Auxiliary Police attended the reorganization meeting in the stationhouse. New officers were appointed and many were advanced in rank.

Led by their attorney, John J. Kelly, of Kelly, Finn and Brisach, Manhattan lawyers, Seaside Property Owners are preparing to go to the hearing before the City Planning Commission en masse next week to oppose insertion of the proposed Title 1 Project in Seaside on the Master Plan.

The danger of children riding bicycles after dark without adequate lights was the main topic of discussion at the meeting of the 101 Precinct Coordination Council meeting in the Chamber of Commerce building, Far Rockaway.

In recognition of her work as librarian of the Hammel Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, Mrs. Decima LaForge, who retired on Friday, was presented a farewell gift.

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