2005-09-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Community School Board 27 is recommending setting up its own safety precautions and guidelines in connection with students exposed to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and other communicable diseases.

Notices were being distributed in Belle Harbor as The Wave went to press indicating that water would be shut off Friday, October 11, for eight hours to allow crews to work on a broken main.

Community Board 14 voted to support an application to the Board of Standards and Appeal for a variance to permit the Delaney Management Co. to set up insurance company business offices in the Rockaway Beach courthouse at 90-01 Beach Channel Drive, which Delaney proposes to buy from the city.

Starrett City will not be duplicated in Arverne! This statement was part of an explanation that was brought to Rockaway, hopefully to squelch rumors that arrangements are all made for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Closed-circuit television surveillance of the Rockaway Park Beach 116 Street subway station is continuing, and Transit Police in District 23 say they know of no plans to either dismantle or shift the electronic surveillance.

Prior to the reconstruction of Beach 116 Street people found it easy to zip across the double yellow to make a U-turn to leave the block.

30 Years Ago...

Rockaway retains its representation at the helm of the Queens Supreme Court. Former Administrative Judge Charles Margett had Sid Baumgarten of Far Rockaway, now assistant to Mayor Beame, as his law secretary. The new Administrative Judge Moses M. Weinstein, has Ronnie Harnish of Dayton West as his law secretary.

Congressman Jim Scheuer of Neponsit says Congressman Tip O’Neill, present Majority Leader of the House, is considered a hundred-to-one shot to be the successor to Congressman Carl Albert as Speaker of the House.

Vincent O’Connor impressed the crowd at the installation of officers of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways as in indication, that under his leadership as president, the chamber can expect an active, interesting year.

Steel work appears to be complete at the new IS 44 school in Edgemere. At any rate, the big crane has been removed. Is the building to be completed or will it become just another rusty skeleton like those that stood for all those years in Rockaway Point?40 Years Ago...

People living in the vicinity of vacant lots in Somerville and Edgemere are disappointed that the opening of the Edgemere dumps to the public has not been more successful. Much debris and junked cars are still being left in the lots.

The luncheonette in the Beach 116 Street subway station is about to change hands. Lou and Clara, who have operated the establishment for the last four years, plan to take a long vacation as soon as the new owners take over.

Frank J. Donnelly, head of the Rockaway Park plumbing firm, says hundreds of people have remarked to him about his picture, which was featured in the Long Island Lighting Company’s recent advertisement that appeared in The Wave.

Many “I remember when” stories are being inspired by the razing of the Belle Harbor garage on Beach 129 Street, soon to be replaced by a California-type gasoline station for Jim Bulloch.

What at first seemed to be a wedding celebration on Beach 116 Street turned out to be a motorcade of the Rockaway branch of the League of Women Voters, reminding everyone to register so they may vote in next month’s election.50 Years Ago...

Mrs. Ann Miller of Broad Channel who has been ill for the past week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Thomas, 601, Cross Bay Boulevard, has shown great improvement.

The Department of Welfare has promised to relocate families in Edgemere said to be living in “inadequate quarters” if the Frank Avenue Civic Association can forward the names and addresses of the relief clients. Louis Gompers, president of the association, Harry T. Kirp, chairman of the board of directors and David T. Strutt, welfare chairman, conferred recently with department officials.

The Aces Club of Broad Channel, which meets monthly at the homes of members will celebrate the 20th year of its existence October 18 at the Copacabana in New York. Mrs. Albert Stenson, Mrs. August Doril, Mrs. Robert Stemmann, Mrs. Adelaide Braghirol and Mrs. Walter Thomas will attend.

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