2005-09-02 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Reports in The Wave that AIDS patients were not coming to Rockaway in spite of what certain rabble rousers claimed were proved correct this week when a behind-the-scenes settlement was reached to house AIDS patients in other facilities.

At least two members of Community School Board 27 vowed to “stand in the schoolhouse door” to stop AIDS students from entering, as the board met Thursday night to pass a resolution that no such carriers (nor contacts nor suspected contacts or carriers) will be admitted to any public school in the district.

Neponsit Property Owners Association, Belle Harbor Property Owners Association and Rockaway Park-Belle Harbor Property Owners Association are withdrawing a suit enjoining the city from placing AIDS patients in the Neponsit Home for the Aged.

Reconstruction of 56 streets in Far Rockaway is approved in the city’s FY 85-86 budget, according to a preliminary listing released by City Councilman Walter Ward last week. The councilman said he fought hard to have these streets reconstructed, and is glad he was able to get them budgeted.

Metro Car Wash, 115-05 Beach Channel Drive, is facing suspension of business because the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation will not even consider allowing continuation of hookup to city water for replenishing small amounts that are lost during recycling.

30 Years Ago...

Last Saturday night a good many people in the audience of 1,000 at the beauty pageant finale got their first look at the inside of the new Beach Channel High School and were duly impressed.

Knowledgeable beach watchers say that the visit of half a dozen large whales along the beach last Friday were attracted by the turbulence of the water where the hydraulic filling in going on in the Hammel section.

In view of the city’s financial situation it seems useless to press for that much needed indoor skating rink at present. Why not instead try once again to have outdoor rinks flooded in Riis Park and perhaps Michaelis-Bayswater and O’Donahue parks too?

Vandals just about did in the repertory theatre in the former Rockaway courthouse and there is an unconfirmed report that the culprits have been apprehended.

Swifty’s Garden Rest has opened at 163 Beach 116 Street featuring jumbo waffles with fruit and cream toppings. No connection with the Garden Best across the street.

Negotiators representing the Board of Education and the teachers union remained in session over the weekend seeking unsuccessfully, to avert a teacher’s strike.

It seems that just about everybody, Girl Scouts, hospitals and police, among many other organizations, are looking for volunteer assistance to augment their hard-pressed staffs.

40 Years Ago...

Chief worry of two 13-year-olds caught in the narcotics raid last week was that it would be found out that they had falsified their ages. They had said they were 16.

Growing interest is being taken in the movement to revive the West End Democratic Club or start a new club to serve democrats in that area.

Although no definite date has been set, spokesmen for the DeMatteis company have not modified the statement that work on the remaining Dayton Beach Park buildings will start this fall and the shopping center will be built along with them.

Edward Whitty the long-time proprieter of Whitty’s Men’s Shop, located on Beach 116 Street, returned from a short vacation in time to receive the first shipments of the store’s new fall merchandise.

50 Years Ago...

Members of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will participate in the Volunteer Firemen’s Parade.

The Reverend Henry M. Childs Jr. pastor of the First Congregational Church, has returned from his vacation and will conduct the services Sunday.

Saluting Rudolf J. Schaefer, president of the F&M Schafer Brewing Company in the final fireworks display

of the season, the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, cosponsors of the display, estimated more than 3,000,000 people had witnessed the Wednesday night shows during the summer.

With crowds thronging the streets and local businesses for the Labor Day weekend, Broad Channel Post No. 1404, American Legion, scored one of its most successful celebrations.

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