2004-11-05 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes will be honored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways for this commitment to public service during the Chamber’s 59th anniversary dinner-dance.

Staveros Fortinos of Freeport, Long Island, who drives a refreshments truck with coffee, cake, sandwiches and more, is lying in Peninsula Hospital this week with a bullet lodged deep in his insides. The 44 year old was seriously injured when he was shot during a robbery.

National Park Police found the body of a black man, approximately 30 years old, after it washed up on Beach 159 Street on November 7.

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo led again in the voting Rockawayites did during the election on Tuesday. Rockaway gave the congressman 22,176 of his 118,389 votes. His opponent – Philip J. Veltre – got 4,282 votes here and a total of 21,661. By precinct, Addabbo got 10,818 in the 100th and 11,358 in the 101st to 2,839 and 1,448 respectively for Veltre.

30 Years Ago...

Rockaway residents followed the star, its usual voting pattern, and turned out for the Democratic candidates, with two exceptions. Not very surprising in an area where the Democrats outnumber Republicans five-to-one. Old-timers can remember the days BP (before projects) when a local Republican could get elected. This year, hundreds of nursing home patients were registered, and voted by absentee ballot.

At Red Cross plaza in Brooklyn, Sierra Club members interested in the preservation of Jamaica Bay met with friends of Rockaway represented by Bernard Blum and Alexander Newton, attorney for the Sierra Club who presented a proposal to form a Peninsula-Bay committee within the Sierra Club.

The surprise announcement that Lillian and Ira Lechtman of Lawrence are donating $250,000 to Peninsula Hospital Center in tribute to the guest of honor, highlighted the hospital’s testimony to George Wolpert at its 67th anniversary dinner-dance.

Dave Fried, chairman of the health and physical education department at Beach Channel High School, which is starting its second year, will be the 11th Queens school to field a football team next year.

40 Years Ago...

The Queensboro Public Library’s new branch at Arverne has been getting a great reception from local patrons and the library folks are delighted.

It is going to be strange to see an 11-story building at Beach Channel Drive, but that’s what is now under construction for the new Arverne “vest pocket” project. Seems like a rather tall pocket.

Sheldon Rosenblatt, who was Republican candidate for Member of Assembly, endured insults and even was spat upon right here in his own community as he was distributing campaign literature. That’s a new low in local politics.

The striped bass season is drawing to a close in local waters. Soon, we’ll be hearing about the first catch of frost fish.

It turns out that the Bay Lounge is the former Last Stop Inn on Beach Channel Drive, which had been conducted for a number of years by Joe Fitzgerald.

50 Years Ago...

In a speech marked by a heated exchange with a member of the City Planning Commission at yesterday’s hearing on the proposed designation of acres for housing projects in the Rockaways, Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox charged that the city’s overall plan for the Rockaways would in effect deprive thousands of visitors of the use of the beaches and create exclusive “beach clubs” for residents of the projects.

Veteran’s Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was celebrated this morning at ceremonies conducted by the Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272, American Legion, in front of the Doughboy Monument, Cross Bay Plaza.

A mass meeting to protest against sewer assessments against private property in areas where sewers are required for housing projects will be held by the Rockaway Beach Property Owners and Civic Association.

An appeal not to permit the spread of slum areas in the Rockaways was made to Mayor Wagner by Irving N. Klein, president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, who placed responsibility for the creation of some of Rockaway’s worst slum areas squarely on the City’s Welfare Department.

Neponsit Beach Hospital will close February 1, Dr. Basil C. MacLean, Commissioner of the Department of Hospitals, announced. The move is necessary due to the decline in TB cases, he said.

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