2005-08-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Who is the boy who was locked in the Seaside Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library last Saturday, August 17, when the library was closed at 1 p.m.? The embarrassed Queens Borough Public Library would like to know-to find out what happened, to apologize and to make certain it never happens again. Furthermore, who the boy is and why he was locked in are only part of the mystery.

This September, the Rockaway Music and Arts Council will have an art gallery at its festival at Fort Tilden. Fine artists will be able to show and sell their work on Sunday, September 22, from noon to 5 p.m., in the fort’s chapel-“a distinctive setting for viewing the work of artists, many of whom are Rockaway residents.” (In case of rain, all this will take place a week later, or September 29.)

Lifeguards will go to court to testify in regard to a slashing (that could have continued to a murder) on the boardwalk in the Beach 116 street (Rockaway Park) area late the afternoon of August 13. For the lifeguards it started with somebody telling them there was a fight going on behind their shack at Beach 117 street.

Starrett Housing Corp. may have a proposal by October for a $1 billion housing and shopping complex in the massive Arverne Urban Renewal area, but only if there is input from the community as to what would serve Rockaway best and commitment from the city that it will sell the developer the land needed for the complex. Before Starrett Housing Corp., which developed and built 6,000 apartment, 23,000-person Starrett City across Jamaica Bay in the Canarsie-East New York area of Brooklyn, will work on a proposal. Robert Rosenberg, executive vice president, will come to Rockaway to confer with The Wave and community leaders, this newspaper was told this week.

Rockaways’ Playland is holding a “Know Your Community” painting-photography-watercolor-sketch contest for children five through 14 years.

30 Years Ago...

Some of the neighbors of Seagirt Towers were out with their cameras Sunday morning taking pictures of flooded streets, worst they have seen in several years they say.

Peninsula Hospital was the first to express interest in becoming successor to Long Island Jewish Hospital’s South Shore Division (formerly St. Joseph’s Hospital). Now several other hospitals are reported to be expressing interest.

Local election inspectors will not have to go to Vleigh place, Flushing, to register. Gerdi Lipschutz and Joe Evans interceded with the Board of Elections to have inspectors register at Beach Channel High School.

Brick panels have replaced plate glass in front of the Jacobowitz building opposite the firehouse on Central avenue. The building was erected in the early 20s as the home of the Rockaway News.

40 Years Ago...

Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish have been continuing their attack along this part of the coast and several local beaches were closed down for a few hours again last Thursday.

Although the Army has turned down a request to relinquish Fort Tilden to the city so that it can be included in Breezy Point park, efforts are still being made in that direction. Maybe some people feel it would be easier to fight the U.S. Army than to fight City Hall.

By the time the O’Connell Post finishes with its renovation to the American Legion clubhouse, there will be little left to remind people that it once was the home of the Dalcassian Boat Club’s Holland dock.

Irving Klein of Beach 69 street, who was Commissioner of Highways when George U. Harvey was President of the Borough of Queens, and got more streets paved than anybody before or since, is renewing his interest in local civics.

50 Years Ago...

Among many suggestions which have been advanced relative to the use of the Neponsit Beach Hospital is that the site would be a good location for the new Dodgers baseball park.

Demanding to know why the flood gates were not opened during the recent storm which causes thousands of dollars worth of damage in Rockaway, the Somerville-Arverne Civic Association directed letters to Mayor Wagner, Commissioner Frederick H. Zurmuhlen of the Department of Public Works, and other officials this week.

George M. Weber of 11 West 9 road was elected chief of the Broad Channel Fire Department, Robert Russell was elected deputy chief, Edward Kragel, sr. and William Kase captains, Henry Waichaitis, Gerard Burke, Harold Doyle, Howard Paul, Edward Neuer and William Martin lieutenants.

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