2004-12-31 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Police are intensifying efforts to find the driver who struck a pedestrian about 1,500 feet south of the North Channel Bridge. Witnesses generally agree that the driver, who was heading south on Cross Bay Boulevard, purposely struck this pedestrian.

New York City’s Department of City Planning is considering doing an infrastructure study in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Peter Magnani, director of the Queens Planning Office, told the Rockaway Rotary Club this week that the department feels study is needed relative to issuing a new RFP (request for proposal). Furthermore, preliminary consultation has been done and is being reviewed.

Don’t give any money to New York Veteran police! Don’t even promise that you are going to give money to New York Veteran police! This advice comes from police in the 100 Precinct. Sergeant Gary Messina said someone is calling homes in the area and asking for donations.

Malfunctioning street crossing signals at Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway and Beach 102 Street and Rockaway Freeway will be “corrected as soon as possible… In addition, the bent signal pole at Beach 102 Street at Rockaway Freeway will be repaired,” Joel E. Stahl, Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation told Councilman Walter Ward.

Rockawayites are breathing sighs of relief that a New York Telephone serviceman who was shot in the head on December 28 is recovering, but worried because a motorist who was struck by a plank that came off a truck on December 26 is still in a coma.

30 Years Ago...

On January 1, 1975 a brand new transportation system will become available to all Rockaway residents. The “Yellow Taxi” industry, responsible for servicing more than 800,000 people daily throughout New York City will arrive en masse via the Rockaway Two Way Radio Association, Inc., in order to provide peninsula residents with a service deemed necessary for many years by community leaders.

Governor elect Hugh L. Carey’s assistance was requested in helping more than 100,000 Rockaway residents cope with double and triple transportation fares and substandard service on subway lines serving the Rockaways.

A 12-inch water main break at Beach 130 Street and Newport Avenue last week flooded the area and caused much discomfort to hundreds of families in the area when water was shut off for many hours until repairs were made and service restored.

At two meetings arranged by City Councilman Walter Ward, political and community leaders from the Rockaways met with City Council President Paul O’Dwyer and then with City Controller Harrison J. Goldin to urge rejection by the Board of Estimate of plans to build another housing project in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

40 Years Ago...

Donald Palmer is literally having his new house on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 87 Street built around a swimming pool so his family and guests can enjoy the sport the year round. It’s the first home in the Rockaways to be so equipped.

The Maggio brothers met for lunch last Saturday and the heads of the refuse collection firm discussed trucks. What else? Dom DiResto was the official observer.

The Landers brothers have postponed their trip to Florida until next month. They were about to toss a coin to decide which of the three would remain in Rockaway to look after some business.

Rats in vacant lots in Arverne are a topic, which is receiving much attention among civic workers and politicians.

The new “vest pocket” housing development is to be known officially as 71-15 Beach Channel Drive.

50 Years Ago...

Among those celebrating the New Year at the Baccara restaurant on New Year’s Eve was Cadet Midshipman Michael Clarity, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clarity of 55 West 15 Road, escorting Delores Dawson.

Mr. and Mrs. George Goldmacher of 224 Beach 117 Street have purchased Sylvia’s Style Center at Beach 115 Street and the boulevard and will carry a full line of nationally advertised garments styled by leading designers.

A family dinner party was held on Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Korn, 175 Beach 68 Street, at which two sons of Mr. Korn and their families attended.

Mr. and Mrs. G. William Kupper of Beach 101 Street celebrated their second wedding anniversary at home on Sunday with friends and family.

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