2005-10-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Happy birthday, Rockaway! This Sunday, November3, you will be 300 years old! New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch is issuing a proclamation. The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaway’s is arranging for a whole year of unusual happenings, including more summer fireworks, a fuller Rockaway Family Day and excitement month after month. This anniversary is being celebrated because The Wave found a copy of the patent (land grant and sale) issued to Captain John Palmer, and Englishman and judge with a seat on the Queens County bench, on November 3, 1685.

Police Captain Raymond Sullivan, a Belle Harbor resident, and son of the former owners of Sullivan’s bar and restaurant in Rockaway Park, has been appointed executive officer of the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway).

More than 100 Rockawayites flocked to each of two meetings this week to listen to pleas for area support for Starrett Housing Corp. bid to be designated sole developer of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. The Arverne proposal developed by the corporation’s engineers would cost approximately $750 million to $1 billion. It would require new sewers, streets, raising the grade and a total energy plant that would provide gas and electricity. The number of housing units would range from 5,000 to 7,000 and probably would be a mix of rental apartments and co-ops.

New York City will not give Starrett Housing Corp. exclusive license to develop the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, or even part of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Starrett Housing Corp. must follow lawful procedure and work through an RFP (request for proposals. This condition is being circulated by Assemblywoman Gerdi. E. Lipschutz since she attended top-level meetings (including Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes) last month.30 Years Ago...

Two plans for the development of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area appear to be on a collision course. City Housing and Development Administrator Roger Starr envisions 70 acres for private development as a park similar

to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Community Planning Board 14 has scheduled next week for the release of maps showing its concept of a seashore park development which the board approved some time ago.

Veterans Day, the successor to Armistice Day, was “observed” on Monday. The observance was confined mostly to the date on the calendar, “the last Friday in October.” New York is one of 45 states who prefer the original November 11 date. President Ford has signed into law a Congressional measure against proclaiming “Armistice Day, November 11” as Veterans Day. To overcome objections of calendar manufacturers who gear their production two years ahead, the November 11 date will not become effective until 1978. Rockaway veterans will observe the November 11 date anyway as they have always done.

If you can shake the lethargy all voters are said do have for the “crucial” election next Tuesday, shuffle over to your polling place and do your duty. The Civil Court race between Assemblyman Herb Posner and local Republican leader Terry Flynn is the only contest on the local ballot.

Pickets have been on the job at the Arverne branch of the Queens Borough Public Library. It is one of 10 library branches scheduled to close in Queens despite the efforts of pickets and others gathering signatures on petitions asking that the Arverne branch be kept open.40 Years Ago...

Jim Dolan, former city marshal and a lifelong Democrat, has issued a statement for publication. He predicts the election of Abe Beame as New York’s next mayor by 4 to 1.

Joe Fitzgerald, manager of the Democratic campaign in the Rockaways, has been concentrating on diverting votes from Conservative Bill Buckley as a means of improving Abe Beame’s chances here in the mayoral race.

The beautiful warm weather of last weekend was not Indian summer. That, we have been informed, is warm weather occurring after the first frost.

50 Years Ago...

Nearly 300 persons paid tribute to Thomas A. Caligiuri, president of the Somerville-Arverne Civic Association at a testimonial dinner in the Harbor Rest. Borough President James A. Lundy was the principal speaker.

Five jetties are to be started this week from Beach 38 Street to Beach 49 Street in Edgemere to prevent erosion and promote extension of the present beachfront. Slattery Construction Company will do the work at a cost of $742,180.

Nancy Pynch of Roxbury will represent Hunter College at a Physical Education Convention.

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