2005-04-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago... Daytop Village, Inc. will not be permitted to increase its residential capacity at 316 Beach 65 Street, Arverne, before there is a substance abuse plan for New York City as a whole.

Manhattan Borough President Andrew Stein, Assemblyman Angelo Del Toro and Kenneth Lipper – who are vying for the Democratic nomination for New York City Council president – will speak during a Peninsula Democratic club meeting on April 25.

Rockaway Park Manager Harvey Wind is preparing to add at least 49 parking spaces to what’s available at Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park. In a letter sent to Joel Gerstel, chairman of Community Board 14, he said he has purchased vacant property next door to the hotel, has been granted approval to pave the site and put in parking spaces and expects to make at least 49 spaces available to the public when a parking license for which he has applied is approved by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

Eddie Colon, a guard with Falcon Security System Inc., rescued a mother and two tiny tots trapped by fire, and joined with his lieutenant, Chuck Pererra, in rescuing an elderly man at 14-10 New Haven Avenue, the oldest building in the Oceanview 1 complex in Far Rockaway.

30 Years Ago... It seems unlikely that anyone will object to the Army Engineer’s plan to restore the channel in East Rockaway Inlet. Especially since the dredged sand eventually will build up the public beach.

Wire mesh now encloses several tracts in the Arverne urban renewal project to make the area more presentable. Now we find that the wire is seen covered with paper blown against it by the wind. Another good idea that just doesn’t seem to work.

Signs are displayed outside the new apartments in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area next to the Arverne firehouse, announcing apartments for rent.

These are the weekends that boat owners and their friends spend their time at the boatyards readying their craft for launching before the Decoration Day Holiday.

The crack of hickory against horsehide is abroad in the community and soon the Little Leaguers and others will be at it in earnest on the local baseball diamonds.

You can now help yourself and your neighborhood, too. Join the NYPD Police Auxiliary. Several auxiliary members received awards last week at the 100 Precinct.40 Years Ago...

Saturday on Beach 116 Street looked like the busiest day so far this year, if traffic was any indication. Most of it was due to last minute rush in preparation for the holidays.

One day last week a piece of heavy furniture was moved into a high-up Dayton Beach apartment via block and tackle. We haven’t see much moving of that type in the Rockaways.

Police Captain Harry Berkowitz of the 100 Pct. thinks there are too many letter writers in the Rockaways. He has eight men replying to correspondence instead of being out on patrol.

Wonder if the Atlantic Improvement people will ever get paid by the city for all the construction work they had under way when the city decided it wanted Rockaway Point for a park.

Councilman John Santucci is to get a request from local tavern owners to sponsor a city law setting up a means of registering 18-year-olds so they can be identified as such before they are served drinks.

Police halted the sewer construction job in Neponsit last week when the contractors who were doing the jobfailed to renew their street opening permit.

50 Years Ago...

Joseph J. Schommel, 1250 Redfern Avenue, is one of more than 1200 licensed radio amateurs named to receive a certificate of merit for emergency service during the 1954 hurricane.

Captain and Mrs. William V. Judge and Patrolman Sam Gallagher attended the wedding of the captain’s nephew, William Rock, to Jacqueline Marie Lennon, at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Brooklyn, and also the reception held at the Naval Officers Club at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Fire Chief and Mrs. Louis Warner of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, and the auxiliary, celebrated their wedding anniversary, April 9, with friends.

Robert Stein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Stein of 441 Beach 141 Street, is currently touring the Midwest with a well-know band.

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