2005-05-13 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Crashes on the roads of Rockaway this week have left at least two people dead, uncounted injuries and even a full-size bus (driven by an 8-year-old thief) among the vehicles destroyed. Crashes of this magnitude are very unusual for the Rockaways prior to the summer season. In most instances the road conditions were clear. Police reports gave the following information.

While the community awaits a court decision about the eruv in Rockaway’s west end, the corporation counsel has stated the city’s position in this matter in a brief forwarded to Community Board 14. That position includes the belief that the eruv would not be a physical boundary, nor an object of worship or a religious symbol. Therefore, the city says, there is no reason to stop an eruv from being constructed on the west end.

Drivers who felt they had missed death by inches were shaking after an 8-year-old boy stole a bus from outside the Green Lines garage at Beach 50 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Edgemere and speedily smashed other vehicles, utility poles and at least one tree, as well as the bus he was driving.

St. Rose of Lima Church on Beach 84 Street has begun a fund drive for a planned restoration. Parishioners are aiming at raising the $250,000 necessary for restoring the church building and repairing the church’s school building. “Father Devine,” the pastor of the church, said that the beginning of the drive and the number of volunteers has been “very encouraging.”

Rabbi Allan Blaine will install Ruth Rubin as president of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park during a meeting in the ballroom of the temple at Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Third Coast Guard District proposes to dredge approximately 8,500 cubic yards of material from Rockaway Inlet of Jamaica Bay and dispose of it in the ocean. According to a public notice published May 10, the Army Corps of Engineers’ New York District is issuing a permit to the Commander, Third Coast Guard District, Chief Engineering Division, to maintain dredging with ocean disposal.

An off-duty police officer was decapitated when the motorcycle he was riding struck a bubble in the pavement on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 144 Street. The officer was thrown from his bike and hit the metal guardrail between the bay wall and the roadway.

Parks Commissioner Henry Stern addressed the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways at its meeting at Pier 92 restaurant last week and predicted that this summer would be a bright one for Rockaway businesses. Stern said that 269 lifeguards had been assigned to the beaches.30 Years Ago...

Editor’s Note: The Internal Revenue Service seized The Wave’s property just as the May 8, 1975 issue was about to go to press, which caused a four-week suspension in publication. The Wave’s publisher and editor at that time was Hubert. D. Murray. See this space in our June 3, 2005 issue for the June 5, 1975 editorial that addressed this turbulent time in the paper’s history.

40 Years Ago...

Walter Patterson suggests a Paul Revere approach to the meter maid problem. “Have the firehouse sound a siren when the meter maids appear,” he says. “Then people will come running to drop a dime in the meter.” One if by land and two if by sea?

Milton Jacobowitz has learned one lesson from the late Bill Brunner. When you’re involved with public life, the only time to get your work done is early in the morning before most people get up. Early morning hours mean nothing to Milton, because like Bill, he was brought up working in his parent’s bakery.

So many times improvements present new problems. That guard along the curb on the North Channel Bridge is a good idea. But to see kids walk along on top of it gives the jitters to motorists passing just two feet away.

50 Years Ago...

Proof beyond a reasonable doubt that spring is really here is the home in Neponsit where azaleas match the tulips and are causing considerable comment among the passerby. Which goes to prove that the garden enthusiasts are right – a little time and effort is all it takes to beautify a community.

The Sanitation Department is cooperating with the local civic groups in clean-up efforts in the Rockaways. We hope the department is also planning to cooperate by cleaning up the city-owned properties, which have been eyesores in the community for years.

The Dodgers may be leading the National League by a wide margin but interest in the campaign is not half as hot as the increasing interest in the Rockaway Little League, which is having a hot contest of its own in Riis Park every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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