2004-11-19 / Community

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

The day was clear, the sun was yellow, and the truck went rolling down. That’s what happened as this vehicle returning from the day’s run and a trip to the market tried to negotiate the turn off the Cross Bay Bridge into Beach Channel Drive. “The truck flipped,” the driver quipped, “but the load stayed intact within the confines of the truck. The driver was uninjured and the truck was righted and towed away.

Five men arrested November 15 during a Street Narcotics Abatement Program (SNAP) and Queens Narcotic Unit raid of 11-05 Beach Channel Drive, were arraigned the next day in Queens Criminal Court.

St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church has arranged to honor Maryknoll Sisters and a lay missionary who were martyred in El Salvador with a fourth anniversary Sunday memorial service.

Green Bus Lines drivers will “write a letter to a boss explaining why the bus was late… if people ask us.” This information reportedly was revealed this week by Green Bus Lines, Inc. Vice President Martin Gottlieb.

30 Years Ago...

Thrust forward into prominence in New York City administration affairs is Belle Harbor resident Judah Gribetz, Deputy Mayor of the City of New York. He recently was tagged by Mayor Beame to handle the city’s investigation into corruption charges leveled against the Building Department in the city’s five boroughs.

The 49 th annual dinner of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways at the Washington Hotel, Belle Harbor, was the usual scintillating affair. It honored Francis “Doc” Abrams, senior advisor of the National Bank of North America’s Far Rockaway office who is also Deputy Mayor of Cedarhurst; Bernard Feuer, a partner in six nursing homes and a professional health administrator; also Robert M. Mayer of Belle Harbor, who heads the wholesale meat, poultry and provision firm of Loeb and Mayer.

Governor-elect Hugh M. Carey has let it be known that when the House of Representatives votes on President Ford’s nomination of former Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller for Vice President of the United States, he will vote to confirm the nomination. The only qualification was “unless evidence is presented that has not come to light during the senate’s hearings on the nomination.”

Along with the transition of the state government from Republican to Democratic-controlled on January 1, Rockaway will lose the highest state official ever to come from this community – Deputy Secretary of State. That post has been held during the brief Wilson administration by Sheldon Rosenblatt, widely known veterans leader, who is prominent in Republican politics.

40 Years Ago...

Nine persons were hurt when two Long Island Rail Road trains “bumped” at the Far Rockaway terminal last Thursday morning. It’s been a long time since the Long Island Rail Road made news in Rockaway.

Since it opened informally last Wednesday, there has been a steady stream of trade at Harry Zeitlin’s new drive-in refreshment stand, known as Big Z, on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 75 Street.

Beach 90 Street has been paved from Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Shore Front Parkway and residents of the area are awaiting the construction of the new shopping center, eager to learn what effect it is going to have on the area.

The marble Rockaway courthouse building is one of the finest structures in this area. It is disturbing to many people see the handsome building standing idle when it could be put to good use—like a courthouse, for instance.

There’s to be a new branch of the Peninsula National Bank at Beach 20 Street and Seagirt Boulevard.

50 Years Ago...

Another “Hammel” is in the making in Edgemere according to Alfred Bianco of the Frank Avenue Civic Association.

Because Green Bus Lines cannot provide buses to transport students in JHS 198 to and from school in time for the customary 9 a.m. start the school day will now begin a half-hour later.

Two new residents of Hammel Houses offered to pitch in this week and help to improve Rockaway as their new home community. They are Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Oboler of 84-14 Boulevard. In a letter to The Wave they are “here to do our part.”

Plans for the transit terminal stations at Rockaway Park and Far Rockaway are being advanced rapidly and are expected to be advertised early next year. The new stations will be modernistic, featuring plenty of glass for the bright interiors and metal work for decoration.

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