2005-07-15 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Deadly summer is continuing to plague Rockaway. Since the last edition of The Wave, there was:

The victim of a jump from the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge struck mid-channel pilings rather than water.

The body of a man who had been shot in the back was found sprawled on the beach at Beach 43 Street, Edgemere.

Most dramatic so far in the deadly Rockaway is having a case where a man was pushed in front of a train in Rockaway Beach and was sliced up horribly.

Hit-and-run victim Vincent S. Lach, 36, of Arverne was flown by helicopter to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday morning, July 18, after he was brought into Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere with his right leg severely severed. Lach was struck by a “taxi” about 6 a.m. as he was riding a motorcycle and carrying a pouch.

No acute cases of AIDS, nor acute cases of any other diseases will be treated in the Neponsit Home for the Aged! This statement came again and again to this newspaper this week after a daily newspaper screamed that the Neponsit Home for the Aged at 149-25 Rockaway Beach boulevard (adjoining Jacob Riis Park, a unit in the Gateway National Recreation Area) is slated to be an AIDS treatment center. “AIDS patients are entitled to the same range of medical services as other patients,” retorted John J. McLaughlin, president of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, which took over the Neponsit Home for the Aged on July 3, from the city’s Human Resources Administration. “The city’s plan for the treatment of persons with AIDS has been discussed on many occasions with many health officials and in many different forms. The planned transfer of AIDS patients from hospitals to facilities should come as no surprise to anyone,” concluded McLaughlin.

Non-readers are straining the ability of Queens Borough Public Library’s Peninsula Branch (at 92-25 Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway Beach) to provide tutors. “We need help! We need volunteer tutors!” says Ethel Levine, manager of the Adult Learning Center at the branch. As soon as enough volunteers apply, a 16-hour workshop will be scheduled to train them, she continues. These volunteers will learn techniques for teaching adults.30 Years Ago...

The beach-widening job proceeds eastward toward its completion, which will be at about Beach 40 street, a total of 76 blocks.

Last weekend a lot of people who had been prevented by the weather from attending St. Mary’s church bazaar made up for it. Their generous patronage made up for their absence a week earlier, to the gratification of the Rev. James McKenna and his loyal parishioners.

Steelwork has reached the second floor of the new building at Beach 38 street and Edgemere Avenue, which is to be occupied by I.S. 44.

The Chamber of Commerce has had youngster searching specified areas of the beach where coins had been “planted.” The committee forgot to tell the kids that the most successful beachcombers in the old days brought sieves to help screen the sand.40 Years Ago...

When Rep. John J. Lindsay first visited Queens as a mayoral candidate, he said he would like to come to Rockaway. He has been here already and so has Mrs. Lindsay. That looks like he believes in keeping his promises.

It was appropriate that Building Commissioner Judah Gribetz should make his maiden speech at the meeting of the Rockaway and Far Rockaway Rotary Clubs at Peninsula General Hospital next week. He’s a resident of Belle Harbor.

Councilman John Santucci’s beer bill has been signed into law and gives police another weapon in their war against hooligans who make things miserable for others who want to spend a peaceful time on the beach.

Rockaway Council No, 2672, Knights of Columbus has an expansion program underway at its clubhouse on Beach 90 Street where construction is now going on.50 Years Ago...

Mrs. Clara Thomas returned Sunday with 30 young people from Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea who enjoyed a vacation in Pinebrook Camp, Pennsylvania.

The federal government took the first step toward construction of the proposed Arverne-Hammel Title I housing project yesterday by approving the application of the Housing and Home Finance Agency for $270,000 to conduct a survey of the area from Beach 74 Street to Beach 90 Street.

Andrew Doherty of Cross Bay Boulevard and 9 Road will go into the Army today.

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