2004-12-24 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

Years Ago...

20 What appeared to be a man carrying a double-barreled sawed-off shotgun in the vicinity of Beach Channel Derive and Rockaway Beach Boulevard on the Edgemere/Far Rockaway border so upset police officers going off duty that they would not leave until the man was arrested.

Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes granted the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA’s battered women’s program $2,000 for its shelter for battered wives in Far Rockaway.

Monday morning, four days before the ribbon cutting for the spanking new revitalized Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park, jackhammers growled their unpleasant sounds throughout the area, as the street was torn open. Some people said the rip up was rushed at us because there was a leak, but if this were so it was not confirmed.

New York State’s Department of Environmental Protection wants the Edgemere landfill closed by the end of 1985. As this area won guarantees last week that the Fountain Avenue landfill in East New York will be closed at the end of 1985 and that a resource recovery plant at Spring Creek, also in East New York, will not be built, the State DEC let it be known that it wants the Edgemere landfill closed next year.

30 Years Ago...

Jack G. Braunstein, chairman of the Metropolitan Citizens Transit Council and its affiliate, the Rockaway Citizens Committee for a Single Fair said that the committee was looking forward with renewed hope to a meeting with Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman David L. Yunich and his staff to discuss improved subway service and a single fare for Rockaway subway riders.

Morrell Ira Berkowitz has passed the New York State Bar Examination and is associated with the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Berkowitz of 22-11 Brookhaven Avenue, Far Rockaway.

Isadore Kupfer of Dayton was elected president of the Sidney S. Hein Republican Club at a meeting at the American Legion Hall, with Terry Flynn presiding.

Stephen R. Gormley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gormley, Sr., has enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He leaves for Orlando, Florida for basic training January 2, 1975 with hopes of becoming a hospital corpsman. He is a graduate of St. Francis de Sales school and Far Rockaway High School, class of 1972. He has worked for Klinger Surgical and has been an active member of the Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Years Ago...

40 When the wreckers knocked off work last Friday, part of the east wall of old Public School 44 was torn down, revealing the school auditorium and that brought back memories to many people who passed by.

After ignoring local pleas for too many years, the Parks Department is getting around to setting up an outdoor ice skating rink in Jacob Riis Park.

“People really do forget,” said Jimmy Safonte. When he displayed the American Flag on Pearl Harbor Day at his Quality meat market, most people asked him what the occasion was.

During the current pre-Christmas season, Bill O’Neill and Sheldon Zack had the pleasure of playing the jolly old elf at more Christmas parties than anyone else in town, but they’re not in competition.

50 Years Ago...

A wave of car thefts during the past several months in the west end area was considered solved by the 100 Precinct police this week with the arrest of five teenage youths from Neponsit and Belle Harbor during Christmas weekend.

Oil burners throughout the Rockaways got an unscheduled inspection when many homeowners smelled oil fumes. The odor was traced to the wreckage of an airliner, which crashed at Idlewild.

James Doherty of 84-14 Boulevard, who became an octogenarian says he “ascended into heaven” when he moved into his apartment in the Hammel Housing project. He might add that he’s still living in heaven and enjoying it immensely regardless of other people’s opinions of the project.

The Christmas display in the Hammel Post Office sub station shows the postmen haven’t lost the holiday spirit despite those extra heavy loads they are carrying this week. The clerks and carriers chipped in to buy the ornaments and their reward is those big smiles the kids wear.

Rockaway bankers and businessmen agreed this week that the outlook for 1955, particularly as it affects the Rockaways, is generally good and a year of prosperity is in store for the community and the nation.

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