2004-11-12 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Identifying a body that was found on the beach at Beach 159 Street, in the Breezy Point section of Gateway National Recreation Area was made possible through a picture that appeared in The Wave. A real estate salesman saw the picture, recognized the man and called detectives.

Myron Levite will conduct the Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra in its 35th Annual winter concert.

Rockaway Community Park, between Almeda Avenue and Jamaica Bay from Somerville Basin to Beach 51 Street, and the Public School 197 playground, at Beach 8 Street and Lanette Avenue in Far Rockaway, will be improved and upgraded this winter “as part of the largest in-house parks restoration program since the 1930s, according to Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes.

Sewers will bring New York City’s Mayor, Edward Koch, to Broad Channel. His Honor is expected to appear for the groundbreaking ceremony at 2 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard.

Years Ago...

30 The newly formed Far Rockaway Board of Trade held a very successful meeting recently at Valentino’s restaurant in the shopping center.

Two measures were approved on October 24 by the Board of Estimate, which Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes said “are part of the continuing record of progress on the new southeast Queens subway line.”

The Rockaway Park Merchants Association held its annual fall meeting where it was decided by unanimous vote that a Holiday Promotion Campaign be waged from December 5 through until the Sunday after Christmas. Participating merchants will stay open until 8:30 p.m. to make it easier for more people to shop on Beach 116 Street, taking advantage of local values. In addition, a raffle will be held on December 28, at the Century Federal Savings Bank.

The joint college and career night, hosted by the Parents Association of Far Rockaway High School in conjunction with the P.T.A. of Beach Channel High School, was very successful, according to event chairman Mrs. Jean Fox.

40 Years Ago...

Another Veterans Day has passed and still nothing has been done about the bayonet that has been missing for some time from the Doughboy monument in the Cross Bay Plaza.

Now, a large advertising sign at the foot of Beach 116 Street blocks the view out over the bay, which people have enjoyed for the last few years. It may also cut off some of the cold north winds that are expected to arrive any day now.

Tuesday morning saw the last of the former Rockaway Beach post office when it fell before the bulldozer’s onslaught as more of the Dayton site was cleared.

According to reports, all of the religious organizations in the vicinity of the Dayton Beach apartments have been attracting new residents of the big housing project.

Before the city fathers staged an assault on Albany to legalize off-track betting, it might be well for them to confer with Senator-elect Bobby Kennedy. He is reported to have found serious objections to the idea, while he was United States Attorney General declaring that no governor in good conscience could sign such a bill.

50 Years Ago...

Arverne-Hammel property owners in the Rockaway Beach Property Owners and Civic Association have put in their bid to construct the proposed Title 1 Project in the area between Beach 72 Street and Beach 90 Street, The Wave learned this week.

Fire regulations are being straightened out with the exception of the $10 permit fee for the gas tanks in Broad Channel, it was reported at the meeting of the community’s Civic Association Tuesday night in the Democratic Club, Shad Creek Road. Some 75 members attended the meeting conducted by Matthew Baird.

The Somerville-Arverne Civic Association is in favor of slum clearance but wants the Arverne-Hammel Project moved ahead of the proposed Title 1 plans for Seaside, Thomas A. Caligiuri, president of the association said this week.

Among the young men taking examinations for the New York City Police Department last Saturday was Edward Gallagher, son of patrolman Sam Gallagher, of 163 Beach 95 Street.

The peninsula’s Yuletide sock is going to be overflowing with goodies this year. Approximately 20,000 checks are being mailed or have already been sent to Rockaway area Christmas Club members, which will give residents a whopping $2.5 million to spend.

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