2005-08-05 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Cynthia and Anthony Rivera picked the wrong location when they allegedly tried to complete their day in Rockaway Beach on Tuesday, August 6, by trying to at least snatch a pocketbook. The victim, a resident of the Beach 92 street area, if not 92 street itself, screamed; and the whole block it looked like, came running out to help her.

One set of wheels of a train leaving Far Rockaway for Flatbush avenue in Brooklyn Tuesday morning, August 6, left the track, leading to cancellations and delays for some Long Island Rail Road trains. Two people were injured. A passenger complaining about left-side pain was removed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s South Shore Division in Far Rockaway. A worker complaining about pain in the neck and right arm was removed to Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere. Both refused medical attention. The derailment is under investigation.

At press time, with Starrett Housing Corp. reportedly eyeing the vacant, 300-acre Arverne Urban Renewal Area for a $1 billion housing and shopping complex, Joel Gerstel, chairman of Community Board 14, called for the heads of all committees to meet with him that night. Reports claimed that Robert Rosenberg, executive vice president, revealed earlier in the week that Starrett Housing Corp. engineers and architects are studying the feasibility of building a development in Rockaway similar to Starrett City, across Jamaica Bay in the Canarsie-East New York area of Brooklyn. Gerstel reportedly commented immediately that Community Board 14 would be happy to review any proposed plan for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area by the Starrett Corp.

Vandalism and threat-plagued Erin Bus Tours will resume Rockaway-Manhattan express service on Mon-day, August 12! The service may be limited, but we will have service, John Gibbons, president of the company, promised The Wave at press time.

Casino gambling came to the peninusla in the form of a paddlewheel gambling boat, “The Queens of Hearts,” which is visiting the Rockaway Family Week festivities. The paddlewheeler will tied up recently at Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive and will be open to the public for a limited time only. Gambiling will take place on August 6 from 2 p.m. to midnight.30 Years Ago...

Between his swimming pool at home and spending so much time being photographed out on the beach with the girls entered in the Miss Rockaway beauty pageant sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, of which he is first vice-president, Vincent O’Connor is working up quite a tan.

In the Rockaways are a good many people who feel very sad to see our fine courthouse ravaged by vandals. It should be put to use as a courthouse, of course, but there is little action in that direction. Why?

That 50-foot whale that beached itself here last week finally fought its way back into deep water and swam away. It was a rare incident and a happy one because it did not leave us with a disposal problem.

Jerry Hipscher is trying to mount a campaign to revive the Queensboro Community College’s Rockaway extension. Construction was about to be started when funds were withdrawn.

Years Ago...

40 Some of the business people on Neponsit avenue think that Allen Sylvane should ask Neponsit Property Owners Association members to do more of their shopping in Neponsit. More trade, better stores, they say.

The Peninsula National Bank’s new branch in the Wavecrest shopping center is almost ready to open.

Morris Rochelle, manager in the Rockaways for R.K.O., says consideration is being given to presenting a series of great movies of all times at one of the local theatres, possibly the Columbia.

The carriage trade has come back to Far Rockaway. This time, however, it is baby carriages, not the horse-drawn ones, that caused the traffic congestion on Central avenue sidewalks.

50 Years Ago...

The party held last Saturday for June and Jimmy Claire, candidate for King and Queen from Jack’s fishing station, 66 West 10 road, drew a record crowd.

“It’s the best and biggest catch of the season,” was heard emanating from Eckle and Mundy’s fishing station at the foot of Beach 72 street, as three fisherman brought in a haul of 200 snappers. Joseph and Bob Caruso and Joseph, jr., of 364 Beach 47 street were fishing in Jamaica Bay for only three hours.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Goldberg of 133-20 Rockaway Beach boulevard will leave on Saturday for their usual visit of several weeks to Battle Creek, Michigan.

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