2005-06-03 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

Years Ago...

20 Traveling by road to from the rest of Queens through Broad Channel became impossible June 2, about five o’clock when a water main under Cross Bay Boulevard ruptured and the resulting flow divided the island into two islands. Water stopped all vehicles – from the Rockaway end about 14th Road – and on succeeding days the situation got better very slowly.

Now, Dennis McCabe is a sexy detective. For years, people all over Rockaway have thought that McCabe was a detective. He is a crack investigator with an envious record as an anti-crime cop who shifted this year from the 101 Precinct to the 100 Precinct where he immediately dove into the toughest cases. But last Friday, surprise of surprises, the community was informed that McCabe was not in Rockaway, but at police headquarters getting a gold badge (promotion to detective.)

New York City’s Bureau of Sewers has applied for a permit to dig wells in Far Rockaway as a “temporary dewatering system to lower groundwater during construction of storm and sanitary sewers in Bayswater Avenue from Trist Place to Bay 24 Street.

30 Years Ago... Editors Note: The following was the lead editorial in The Wave’s June 5, 1975 issue. The paper’s publisher at that time was Hubert D. Murray.

“Business As Usual” At The Wave

After a lapse of four weeks, The Wave resumes regular publication with this issue. Agents of the Internal Revenue Service seized our property, “lock, stock and barrel,” as the saying goes. The action was abrupt, just when our issue of May 8 was about to go to press.

What hurt most of all was their refusal to grant us access to mailing list of subscribers without which the edition could not have been mailed. We appealed on every ground we could think of: interference with the dissemination of news and “the public’s right to know;” freedom of the press; depriving our employees of their jobs, etc., etc., but to no avail. Of course we could have distributed The Wave to some 50 newsstands, which regularly sell The Wave, but after consideration, we decided that would not have been fair to our subscribers who comprise about a third of The Wave’s regular circulation.

So, we suspended publication.

Besides our regular advertising, we sacrificed some specifically scheduled advertisements, in addition to special Mother’s Day ads. It also meant the loss of traditional Memorial Day advertising, altogether representing the loss of considerable revenues, greatly needed at present.

This is our first opportunity to tell the story to interested subscribers, newsstand patrons and advertisers. We regret whatever inconvenience that may have been caused and hope to make up for it through an improved newspaper to serve their needs as “Rockaway’s Newspaper Since 1893.”

Subscribers and regular advertisers will be compensated by the extension of their subscription four weeks. Advertisers’ bills will be credited by the amount of the four insertions missed during May.

We are grateful to our employees who returned to help with this issue. All of them will be given the opportunity to continue on The Wave’s staff, which now will have to be reorganized.

The Wave’s publishers are appreciative of the numerous messages telling us how much readers have missed The Wave and thank them very much indeed for their good wishes.

Orders for job printing, produced by letterpress, thermography or offset process left at The Wave office, 90-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard or mailed to The Wave, Post Office Box 97, Rockaway Beach, N.Y. 11693, will receive prompt attention.40 Years Ago... What happens when somebody leaves their lunch on a Rockaway subway train? The birds get it. Subway crews toss perishable left-behinds over the fence as they pass the bird sanctuary north of Broad Channel.

Pat Kelly of the American-Irish society bemoans the fact that there is no adequate athletic field for young people in the Hammel-Holland-Seaside section. His society would like to obtain the use of some city property for that purpose.50 Years Ago... Nearly 70 of the original 110 members of Boy Scout Troop No. 1 which was organized at Riis Park 30 years ago, enjoyed a grand reunion at Major’s Cabin Grill, Manhattan. The troop was formed by Richie Sierer, Far Rockaway High School coach and Dr. Edward Bocker of Beach 146 Street at whose home the first meeting was held.

A committee has been appointed by the Rev. John W. Scott priest-in-charge of the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew-by-the-Sea, IN Belle Harbor, often called the “little church on the corner.” The Reverend Scott, will soon organize a concentrated campaign for the restoration of the old church’s building and grounds.It is hoped that all of the church’s parishioners will take part.

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