2005-07-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Orthodox Jews will be able now to establish an eruv in the Rockaway Park-Belle Harbor-Neponsit area. This view was voiced this week after Supreme Court Justice Aaron Goldstein, sitting in Jamaica, ruled that stringing wires from utility poles to mark a religious zone does not violate the First Amendment rights of Christians, non-Jews and others. This decision is believed to be the first from a court in regard to eruvs-districts in which Jewish homes are figuratively extended to streets, making it possible for Orthodox Jewish people living within them to carry prayer books and/or wheel baby carriages to synagogues on the Sabbath.

Detectives in the 100th Precinct (Rockaway Beach) will not forget the Fourth of July this year. That’s when they faced:

• A drowning (the swimmer was lost even though four people with her were rescued).

• A stabbing (the detectives are sure they know who they are looking for).

• Two cars of a train passing over a man and mangling the body horribly (he turned out to be a doctor of internal medicine).

Why are the residents of Belle Harbor getting summonses for watering lawns or washing cars with well water? They thought if you have a well and are not using city water, you can water your lawn or wash your car while the city is restricting water usage because of the drought. It’s not so. You can’t! And inspectors riding through the area this week are handing out summonses, carrying $100 fines, on block after block.

Real Gaelic games-that’s what many people are looking forward to on Sunday, July 14, when the Western Care Association presents “Ireland’s Salute to the U.S.A.,” the third annual Joint Irish-American Festival at Floyd Bennett Field, headquarters of the Gateway National Recreation Area.30 Years Ago...

They say “it’s an ill wind that blows nobody good.” The idea was borne out last Sunday when frequent downpours of rain kept most people indoors. Astute political workers took advantage of the situation and made house-to-house canvasses for signatures in the interest of their candidates. Some met with success that was above average.

Again the weekend brought no beach weather. It’s a shame to see that fine, new beach, almost unused when so many people had been looking forward to soaking up some sun and relaxing in the sand.

Seventy years ago the Long Island Rail Road ran its first electric powered trains. Until then, fires on the wooden trestle across the bay were infrequent. But it was during the electrification era that the serious ones occurred, finally making it necessary to reconstruct the trestle with concrete. And electric trains do not drop sparks as steam engines did.

Applicants to join the race for “Miss Rockaway,” which will be held at Playland, are still being accepted by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.40 Years Ago...

Better regulation of traffic is needed along Beach Channel drive where it narrows after leaving the Arverne houses. Parked cars along the drive add to the confusion.

Yes, times are changing indeed. The Fourth of July has hardly passed and already the summer sales that used to herald the end of the season are being held in some local stores.

We have sections of the beach set aside for fishermen. What about providing some space for the surf board enthusiast? Or aren’t we supposed to look as kindly as the latter sport as they do over at Atlantic Beach?

In spite of all the new wells about town, the first heavy rain to fall in recent memory was most welcome. But why did it have to spoil what would have been a perfectly beautiful Sunday?50 Years Ago...

Mrs. John F. McCambridge, president of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 1404, Broad Channel, accompanied by Mrs. William J. Kase, jr., past president and American chairman of the auxiliary, attended the recent Queens County Auxiliary convention.

William Brandenburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Brandenburg of 218 Beach 81 street is currently on a three week vacation from The Wave Publishing company. He is making a trip to the west by car and will be visiting the Grand Canyon.

One hundred and eighty-six extra police have been assigned to the Rockaways for the summer months.

In honor of his first birthday, Robert Gary Bringe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Bringe of 242 Beach 117 street, was given a party at the home of his parents.

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