2004-12-10 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo is urging residents of this area to apply now for work next summer in the Gateway National Recreation Area. The jobs that will be filled include paid aides, park technicians, various types of maintenance and lifeguards.

Two teenage boys from Brooklyn have been indicted for robbery and assault in the Gaston Avenue-Beach 67 Street subway station in Arverne – a robbery that was cut short when civilians came to the aid of the victims.

Somebody got into the post office at 91-14 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, last Saturday night, through a hole in a rear door. A 31-year-old Rockaway Beach resident was discovered by Police Officer Azucena Camelo and was placed under arrest.

Ribbon cutting for the newly reconstructed Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park will take place on December 21 on the boulevard there.

Additional lighting fixtures will be affixed to existing light poles at the boardwalk and Beach 24, 25, 26, and 27 streets within a week, according to City Councilman Walter Ward.

30 Years Ago...

The West End Auxiliary of Peninsula Hospital Center is currently involved in a membership drive. Membership is open to all in the community.

The Rockaway Park Merchants Association decided that the main prize in their holiday promotion campaign will be a weekend for two at the Nevele. Coupons are being distributed at the various participating stores, which are now open until 8:30 p.m. for holiday shopping convenience.

Courses in social dancing, pottery, auto mechanics, bridge, and conversational Hebrew are being offered by the Adult Education Institute of the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA.

The Queens Borough Public Library has published “Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving,” an annotated booklet to help shoppers make book selections at local book stores, just in time for the holiday gift giving seaon.

40 Years Ago...

That heavy rain last weekend reminded us that there are a lot of low spots around town where there will always be lakes after severe storms – until something is done about our sewers.

Walter Patterson was the “shamus” who lighted a candle each evening on the community menorah on Beach 116 Street during Chanukah. Then, last Sunday, he engineered setting up the Rotary Club’s community Christmas tree in front of the subway terminal.

Builders say that the Chase Manhattan Bank building at Beach 84 Street is delaying work on the Dayton Beach shopping center. The bank is waiting to move into the shopping center. Who is going to solve this problem?

Residents of the Holland section, who had been complaining for several years about the unsightly abandoned barge alongside the bulkhead and Beach 88 Street, didn’t realize they would be going from bad to worse when the hulk was demolished.

50 Years Ago...

Opposition to two housing projects of the three proposed for Rockaway will be registered by local property owners and civic workers at the public hearing on the Master Plan to be held December 22 in City Hall.

Yesterday’s Safe Driving Day almost turned out to be just that in the Rockaway Peninsula with only two auto accidents spoiling a near perfect record. Both mishaps occurred in the 100 Precinct. Although, the Far Rockaway community came through with a clean slate, it was a Far Rockaway resident who suffered injury.

A bill to provide for a one time charge of $10 for permits to use bottled gas in homes was introduced in the City Council Tuesday by Councilman Eric J. Treulich. A committee will study the law and report to the council. Treulich said the bill was prompted by the difficulties of Broad Channel residents with Fire Department regulations necessitating each resident to pay an annual fee for use of bottled gas.

A quick-acting 100 Precinct policeman, on switchboard duty at the Stationhouse, arrested a Woodside youth when a signal at the station indicated someone was tampering with the coin box at the beach 98 Street Long Island Rail Road station.

The dog that was gone is back and Mr. and Mrs. John Hartley and family of 119-06 Newport Avenue and their children are happy again. It was a classified ad in last week’s issue of The Wave that did the trick. Mr. and Mrs. Hartley received 11 calls before they located “Peppy” who was being cared for on Beach 33 Street.

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