2005-02-25 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

In a letter to Councilman Walter Ward from Assistant Commissioner Joel J. Stahl of the Department of Transportation, it was learned that a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Beach Channel Drive, Arverne Boulevard and Beach 62 Street.

“Community Board 14 should place the question of the Nassau Expressway on its March agenda,” says Vincent O’Connor, executive of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

Robert W. McIntosh Jr., superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area, has announced completion of an environmental assessment for operation of a gas treatment plant at the Fountain Avenue Landfill in Brooklyn. The site is within the boundaries of Gateway and will cease operations as a New York City landfill on December 31, 1985.

Citizens Coalition was invited by Mr. Heller of the External Affairs Department of the Transit Authority to attend a ceremony at the 207 Street maintenance yard to celebrate the dispatching of the first rehabbed, graffiti free, CC cars going to the Rockaways.

Citing what they called “continued harassment by members of the Environmental Control Board,” Rockaway merchants have taken their case to The Wave. “The fact that we sweep up in the morning, 18 inches out from the sidewalk, and later during the day, seems to have no bearing,” one merchant told us. Last year one merchant claimed to have paid more than $750 in court costs to have three tickets dismissed.

30 Years Ago...

Ms. Jacqueline Irvin was elected by unanimous vote as chairman of the Rockaway Community Board Corporation Board of Directors.

John J. Fetscher, president of the Hammel Holland Seaside Association, Inc. has written Governor Hugh Carey regarding the double fare in the Rockaways – a thorn in the side of Rockaway citizens.

The Metro Suburban Aircraft Noise Association is demanding that the latest proposed “maneuver” of British Airways and Air France to get the Concorde Supersonic Transport into J.F. Kennedy International Airport be refused.

Spring and summer events ranging from boardwalk beauty pageants to an essay and art poster contest for school children are planned by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a gala dinner.

Rabbi Hillel Wiener will succeed Rabbi Jacob I. Nislick as executive director of the Hebrew Institute of Long Island, Far Rockaway on July 1.

40 Years Ago...

Sewer construction in Neponsit and the one-way streets make for some puzzling situations and uncertain detours for people who are not familiar with the day-to-day changes.

Principal David Gordon has announced some changes in the way students interact with the school, which he expects Far Rockaway High School students to honor. While they are not exactly pleasing to some students, there are parents who believe the changes are a good idea.

Many people of other faiths in the community joined with the St. Francis de Sales parishioners throughout the weekend in Belle Harbor in paying their respects for the late Reverend Joseph A. Grogan who had been assistant priest at St. Francis for many years.

Balmy weather over the weekend brought many flounder fishermen to the Cross Bay Bridge. No great catches have been reported, but the flatfish certainly are coming out of the mud.

The executive board of the Rockaway High School Parents Association favors a four-year school and urges the acquisition of a site for the new South Queens School.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Drechsler, 84-14 Boulevard will be hosting one of the meetings being held by the Congregational Church.

Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox and Senator James J. Crisona have received assurances from State Superintendent of Public Works, John W. Johnson, that they will soon start on the project of restoring the Rockaway beaches.

The St. Camillus Drum and Bugle Corps received signal honors this week when a certificate of top award for 1955 was sent to the Reverend. William Burke, acting pastor of St. Camillus Church, from the Orange Bowl Committee.

“Another junior high school the most urgent need in Rockaway at the present time,” Mrs. Mordech Zakin, active leader of the parents association in the Rockaways for several years, told The Wave this week.

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