2005-10-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago... New York City’s Board of Education took unwarranted action when it voted Tuesday night to seek the removal of Samuel B. Granirer, president of Community School Board 27, and the “city will have to answer to charges.” This reaction came from Granirer at press time when he learned from The Wave about action by the Board of Education.

Rockawayites will plead Monday in the New York City Police Department’s Queens headquarters – in the police station of the 112 Precinct, 68-40 Austin Street, Forest Hills – for more police presence in the 100 and 101 Precincts (Rockaway Beach and Far Rockaway respectively).

Talk petered out this week at Kennedy’s Restaurant at Rockaway Point when almost everyone’s thoughts turned to worrying about, and praying for a popular regular at the eatery, who was pushed in front of a subway train. Reports agree that the 22-year-old woman was pushed in front of a southbound D train that had been rerouted to run along the BMT tracks through the Times Square station.

Realty firms appear to be following up revelation in The Wave of Starrett Housing Corp. efforts to be designated sole developer of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area by investigating and in some cases buying property near the target.

“Hey! Hey! Hey! Caddy in the bay!” (This one didn’t sail away!”) That was the cry racing through the Bayswater section of Far Rockaway last Saturday morning. People who went to Westbourne between Dunbar and Waterview streets saw a white Cadillac in perfect shape with Jamaica Bay water lapping at its numbering plates.

30 Years Ago...

Many people can recall the havoc that was wrought on the Long Island Rail Road trestle across Jamaica Bay by fires believed to be started from carelessly tossed cigar or cigarette butts. Some want to know how come there were so many fires in comparatively recent years, since the railroad was electrified. Why were there not more fires in the days of steam trains when live coals could have been dropped by the engines? The answer is because in those days there were track walkers who constantly inspected the rails. They also carried a pail which they could drop into the bay for water to quench small fires before they became large.

The exciting appearance of whales on the beach this fall has people wondering. Is it an indication whether or not frost fish will be plentiful this year.

Police Commissioner Codd announced Monday that the 101 Precinct will not be among those to be closed in the city’s drive for economy. We do need those cops, you know. Councilman Walter Ward was one of the first on the scene to save the 101 Precinct. He also was first to spread the news in the Rockaways that the police station had been saved again.

40 Years Ago...

Closing of the Columbus Theatre, sale of Meyer’s Men’s Shop and Berger’s restaurant are important changes in the Far Rockaway business district reported this week.

A spokesman for the Buckley family informs The Wave that the Belle Harbor garage never was intended for use as a brewery. It was built by Edward Buckley, brother of James J. Buckley, who conducted the garage for many years. After his death, the B elle Harbor landmark was sold to the late John L. Cirolli.

Chet Maskin has taken to typewriter pounding again as he turns out a weekly report on the progress of the Rockaway Park Bowling League.

Walter Patterson did a great job of song leading last week when the Rockaway Rotary Club was host at the last formal Rotary meeting at the World’s Fair. His wife, a brother and a nephew were in the cheering section.50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frain recently returned from Miami Beach where they spent their honeymoon and will now live at 350 Beach 87 Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Olfert Hansen of 306 Bayside Place have returned from two weeks vacation which they spent motoring south, stopping a numerous points of interest.

Patrick J. O’Donohue enrolled Sister Thomas Joseph, Sister Rose Damien and Sister Mary Matthias, hoping they will be the first of many to sign up for the blood bank to be conducted October 22 by Rockaway Council 2672 Knights of Columbus.

Speaking on behalf of a large delegation of parents from the Rockaways, State Senator James J. Crisona supported by Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox and Milton Koerner pleaded for the restoration of the proposed Far Rockaway High School addition to the Capital Outlay Budget of 1956 at a hearing before the City Planning Commission.

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