2005-04-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago... New York City is negotiating to sell the Rockaway Beach Courthouse to the Delaney Management Company. The Wave has learned from reliable sources that a detailed presentation of where these negotiations now stand will be brought to a meeting of Community Board 14 by Vincent O’Connor.

Discrepancies in surveys, topographics and boundaries have resulted in extensive design delays for proposed Broad Channel athletic fields. This fact was emphasized by Henry Stern, commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks during a packed meeting of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways last month.

As eruv proponents and opponents in Rockaway’s west end were told this week that they will have to wait until May 2 for a court decision in their controversy, eight Christian clergymen added their names to a Rockaway Catholic-Jewish Council plea for everyone concerned to openly listen to everyone else’s point of view.

Sewer construction in Broad Channel will be discontinued at the end of May and resumed in September – after Labor Day. This includes side streets. Work will not begin during the summer, while construction on Cross Bay Boulevard is stopped, Charles Fay, chairman of the Broad Channel Civic Association, told members. In fact, he continued, Cross Bay Boulevard will be blacktopped, so summer traffic will not be obstructed.

30 Years Ago...

The preliminary assembly of pipe, derricks and other heavy equipment on the bayfront at Beach 108 and 109 Streets look like real business and sand will soon be pumped through them to rebuild ravaged sections of the public beach.

Councilman Walter Ward is confident that the necessary funds will be forthcoming from the city to proceed with the alteration and renovation of the former Knights of Columbus clubhouse in the near future as a community center.

Congressman Jim Scheuer says he is outraged by the talk of the Concorde supersonic jetliner flying into Kennedy Airport early in 1976.

Now that spring is here, speculation is starting in earnest as to the effect Gateway National Park will have on the Rockaways during the summer.

Prospective tenants in the new apartment buildings in the Arverne urban renewal project are expecting to receive move-in notices sometime within the next two weeks. Years Ago...

40 Connie Safonte at the Rockaway Beach post office has a group baseball picture that was taken about 50 years ago on the Arverne field about where P.S. 42 now stands. Dick Smyth, Jimmy Bryan, Bill Loughran, Steve Smith and Bill Brunner are shown among others.

Borough President Mario J. Cariello, who summers in Neponsit, thinks that the borough presidents should each have a vote in the Board of Estimate for every 500,000 people they represent. That would give Queens four votes. Not a bad idea.

The Rev. Thomas V. Ford, pastor of St. Virgilius Church in Broad Channel, is the same Father Ford who was an assistant at St. Francis de Sales almost 30 years ago.

According to Police Captain Harry Berkowitz of the 100 Precinct, a cop’s job is to give people protection not to grant them special privileges. Nobody can argue against that.

There’s growing talk that State Labor Commissioner Frederic C. Hammer is in line for political advancement. A judgeship for him would please many people, particularly his Republican friends who are most familiar with his hard work for the party.50 Years Ago...

Riche’s baths are about ready for the coming season under the management of Edward C. Teperman of Belle Harbor, who has added some cabanas to the establishment.

A dramatic portrayal of the part Fort Tilden might be called upon to play in defending the City of New York against an enemy attack was given at a meeting of the Rockaway Rotary.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H.W. Colberg, proprietors of Colberg’s hardware store of 812 Cross Bay Boulevard, and Mr. and Mrs. William Hawthorne of 39 West 10 Road recently returned from a three-week vacation.

Rockaway’s summer police force this year will be the largest ever assigned to duty in this community, according to Inspector Daniel J. Daly of the 21st Division, which includes the two Rockaway precincts.

Jimmy Corrigan Jr. will open the Mermaid restaurant at 104-17 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

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