2005-03-11 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Driving past Beach 25 Street on Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway has become so hazardous that Green Bus drivers are pleading not to make them do it. Pieces of concrete are coming through the bus windows regularly, reported one driver this week.

Rockaway is girding to fight passage of a citywide moratorium on conversion, alteration, and demolition of single room occupancy multiple dwellings unless the Rockaways can be excluded.

Six teenagers who surrounded and robbed a woman in her 60s and her elderly husband in Edgemere were rounded up by 12 police officers who came fast from the subway system and from the 101 Precinct.

David Reed, 40, of Far Rockaway, was convicted of sodomizing young boys in the neighborhood. The jury deliberated just four hours before giving its verdict to Judge Herbert Posner, also a Far Rockawayite. Reed faces a possible sentence of 8 to 25 years in prison, Assistant District Attorney Alan Fischler told The Wave.

Irwin M. Langer has been appointed administrator of Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere. PHC President Julius Granirer announced the appointment this week. Langer, a lifelong Rockaway resident who has been a member of the staff for 11 years, was serving as acting administrator when the appointment was announced. He was born in the old Rockaway Beach Hospital, which is now PHC.

30 Years Ago...

Promises were made last week that the baseball fields at Beach 149 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard used by the Rockaway Beach Little League will be completely rehabilitated by spring.

Fencing of empty lots in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area is being undertaken to prevent dumping of garbage and refuse.

The Jewish Community Council and the Far Rockaway Homeowners Association reported to a crowd of 275 people on the successful community efforts in the areas of the building of a new hospital on Beach 19 Street and the successful continuation of the fight against the construction of a multiple dwelling on Beach 6 Street.

As part of the worldwide observance of the American Legion’s 56th anniversary, Far Rockaway Post No. 423 is having a special birthday celebration at post headquarters, 1521 Central Avenue, Commander Lenden L. McGuire announced.

Councilman Walter Ward was advised by a tenant at 750 Empire Avenue, Far Rockaway, that the 48 families in the building had been without heat for four days. The original landlord had abandoned the building and it had been taken over by a large New York bank. The councilman’s call that same evening to the Mayor’s Action Center resulted in the owner bank having fuel oil delivered the next day.

40 Years Ago...

That house on Healy Avenue with the brilliantly lighted exterior belongs to Dick Groger. Of course he’s an electrician, a tradesman who lives up to his calling.

It has been a long time since Bayswater has seen as many cops as were on hand two weeks ago keeping watch over parked cars near Far Rockaway High School where David Gordon was installed principal.

Bill McShane, former Rockawayite and member of The Wave’s staff, now with the Queens Borough Chamber of Commerce, was here looking over the changes and he thinks they are good.

Instead of complaining about the taste of our doctored-up water here in Rockaway, perhaps we should look in to the possibility of sinking wells for our water supply. Such wells furnished excellent drinking water before city water replaced that which was supplied by the Long Island Water Corporation.

50 Years Ago...

There just aren’t enough policemen in the Rockaways to do the job of protecting the citizens properly, the Rockaway Beach Property Owners and Civic Association concluded at a meeting of the planning committee.

Mrs. Mary Gallagher and daughter, Brenda Sue, of 165 Beach 95 Street, have arrived in South Pasadena, California, where they joined her husband, Jack Gallagher, son of Patrolman Sam Gallagher.

There will be no assessments levied in connection with the correction of beach erosion in Rockaway, Jack G. Braunstein, chairman of the board of directors informed a special committee of assessments meeting.

Jane Zakin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mac Zakin, of 816 Roosevelt Street, Far Rockaway, is enrolled for the current semester at Marietta College, Ohio.

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