2005-10-07 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Starrett Housing Corp., which built the massive Starrett City housing development in Brooklyn, and manages the complex, is striving to be designated sole developer of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Robert C. Rosenberg, president of Grenadier Realty Corp. and general manager of Starrett City, the massive privately owned housing development across Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, will speak at the inaugural luncheon of the fall season for the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

“Help! Help! Help! Bethel AME Church, 216 Beach 77 Street, Arverne was burned out again – for the fifth time – on October 1. It needs a roof. The roof has caved in. It needs floors. The floors have fallen in. Bibles are burned up. The piano, the organ, the pews… Everything it seems is useless.

Residents of Beach 84 Street were under water this week, as high tide sent water from Jamaica Bay to Beach Channel Drive. Residents have complained about this situation to the New York Department of Environmental Protection and other city agencies.

Geraldine Chapey will make a presentation, “Teaming Up: College and Public School Collaborate for Improved Reading Instruction,” at the 1985 New York State Reading Association Conference.30 Years Ago...

News that the police station of the 101 Precinct is among eight police stations being considered for closing to help meet the financial crisis in which the City of New York finds itself, has rocked the community from one end to the other.

Councilman Walter Ward is backing efforts to put crossing guards back on corners where large groups of children cross busy streets on the way to and from school.

Early this week the pipe that connected the ocean and the bay at Beach 109 Street, which was used to transport sand from barges in the end of the hydraulic fill which had been planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore the beach to its former glory.

Community support of Peninsula Hospital Center, 51-15 Beach Channel Drive, is evident in the demand for reservations for the hospital’s annual dinner dance set for November 1, according to the hospital’s president, Julius Granirer.

Police are investigating the death of a woman at 1 Beach 105 Street. The body reportedly was found in a double-locked bathroom at about 5:30 p.m. on October 7. The body was removed to the Queens General Morgue, where attendants found what appeared to be four gunshot wounds in the chest.40 Years Ago...

Politicians who are against the sales tax find that they have taken a popular position. Everybody seems to be against the tax. Governor Rockefeller points out that most people feel the same way about castor oil, but sometimes, that’s necessary, too.

Maggio Brothers has made a fine improvement to its new garage which is a parking area and water frontage at the foot of Beach 80 Street.

St. Mary’s is still buzzing with excitement over the personal appearance of Buddy Hackett and his troupe for the benefit of the parish’s youth fund. It was great entertainment providing great enjoyment for a lot of great people and a great cause.

The Beachcomber has been told that the Belle Harbor garage on Beach 129 Street originally was built as a brewery. Is anybody still around who can set the record straight?

Nobody has any business driving a car through the construction barricades along Beach Channel Drive at Riis Park if he’s made that one for the road anything stronger than coffee.50 Years Ago...

Parking meters for the boulevard and Beach Channel Drive are still being awaited by the Rockaway Park Businessmen’s Association, it was reported at a meeting Tuesday evening. Joseph Bornstein conducted the session.

A Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday in St. Camillus Church concluded the building fund drive of Rockaway Council Knights of Columbus.

The expected report on the Title 1 project for the Arverne-Hammel area will not be ready before December, the Mayor’s Committee on Slum Clearance made known this week. Many property owners have held back projected improvements in their buildings pending the report of the committee.

Sparked by thoughts of the new hospital building, the campaign for $2,000,000 was launched at the 48th annual dinner of Rockaway Beach Hospital Sunday night in the Capri Beach Club. More than 500 persons attended.

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