2005-11-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Starrett Housing Corp. intends to respond to an RFP (request for proposals) for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Starrett Housing Corp. anticipates that new residents of Rockaway, people brought here by development of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, will spend $60 million a year, and this will become an anchor for the redevelopment of Arverne and Far Rockaway areas.

Expect an RFP (request for proposals) for a study of the infrastructure of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area within 10 days, an overflow crowd at a meeting of Community Board 14 in the American Legion hall in Rockaway Beach was told. And within 30 days, expect to see the city find somebody to do this study, the speaker continued.

Fear about driving through Edgemere has spread to Edgemere Avenue, the quietest thoroughfare connecting Arverne and Far Rockaway. This time it’s rocks and stones. Nobody has been able to tell police where they’re coming from, never mind identify in any way who is throwing them, but they have been reporting damage, injury and fear that next time they will lose control of their vehicles.

Community Board 14 unanimously approved schematic plans for rehabilitation of a comfort station at Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk during a meeting in the American Legion hall in Rockaway Beach.

Sidney Baumgarten of Far Rockaway, who is one of Mayor Beame’s assistants, has been assigned to head a special taskforce whose objective is to clean up Times Square.

30 Years Ago...

There will be an emergency mass meeting Sunday, November 16, at Lawrence High School, Cedarhurst, by the Emergency Coalition to Stop the SST.

Tom Hetzel of Belle Harbor, our famous English Channel swimmer, has not surfaced on the local scene for some time. Can he be planning to take on another swimming challenge?

Remember to have your car winterized. It snowed Tuesday in Wisconsin and that is where our weather comes from – eventually.

The Rockaway colony in Florida is having its usual influx as the people who wait until after Election Day to head south begin to arrive in Florida.

National Council of Jewish Women, Rockaway section, presented a check for $250 to the Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps to purchase a resuscitator for the corps. The check was presented by Karen Funtleyder and Marilyn Schneider and accepted for the corps by Anne O’Malley, Judith Rose and Linda Rose.40 Years Ago...

Assistant District Attorney Max Galfunt was working for the Beame team outside a polling place on Election Day when a lady, after greeting him warmly asked, “It’s Lindsay isn’t it Maxie?”“No, no, it’s Beame,” he corrected her quickly, “How do you like that,” he muttered as he walked off talking to himself.

Sam Levenson says sometimes it seems to him that there are 200 organizations in Rockaway. “It’s like a little League of Nations,” declares the comedian, now a resident of Neponsit and a real Rockaway booster.

Beame failed to carry the Rockaways by the four to one margin predicted by Jim Dolan. It must have reminded Jim of the time he pushed the late Manny Berge along the boulevard in a wheelbarrow to pay off a bet when George U. Harvey won the Queensborough presidency over Edward Cox.

“The election was pretty good as it went,” said Judge Corning G. McKennee, former Republican leader of the Rockaways. The election of former Senator Kenneth B. Keating to the Court of Appeals bench was as gratifying to him as the election of John V. Lindsay as mayor.

50 Years Ago...

Mrs. Patrick McMahon entertained her former neighbors of Tenth Road at an afternoon tea and housewarming at her new home, 12-10 Cross Bay Boulevard.

The first wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Waldstreicher was celebrated Monday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. Glass in Far Rockaway.

Rockaway Beach Hospital history was made last night when five directors each pledged $25,000 to launch the $1,500,000 building fund campaign for the new hospital to serve the peninsula and the Five Towns. The five were Cassel Ronkin, Nathan Boriskin, Benjamin Wolovnick, William F. Brunner and Simon Cohen.

The Rev. B.L. Armstrong, formerly of the Presbyterian Church at Elmont, Long Island, has been appointed pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church by-the-sea in Broad Channel.

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