2005-11-18 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Fireman Flip Mullen, who was injured in the process of rescuing people trapped in the beach block of Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, is out of Peninsula Hospital Center, but still in traction. Flip tried to break through a door from a blazing, smoky hallway, injured his back, suffered burns on his left hand and was slowed by smoke inhalation. Injured in the same fire was Captain Bob Broderick of Ladder 137, based at Rockaway Park.

Maybe it’s the link with the past, maybe it’s the clean, freshly painted look or maybe it’s just the novelty of it, but many Rockaway residents are impressed with the new (old) look of part of Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Beach 115 and 114 Streets. The “Woody Allen Fall Project” as the move-to-be is affectionately called is well underway in filming.

Buckeye Pipeline Co. of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, has applied for a permit to drill two oil pipelines under the head of Jamaica Bay — from John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Inwood Oil General Terminal off Rockaway Turnpike – and former State Senator Carol Berman has petitioned the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a public hearing, so people from Five Towns can speak out against the project.

Students in Beach Channel High School’s new advanced placement biology class are losing no time in discovering how science is being used in the world outside of school. Obvious highlights in trips the class has taken this fall are Peninsula Hospital Center, where the students were especially interested in new technology such as the CT Scanner, nuclear medicine, thermography and ultrasonography, and the 15th annual Greater New York March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation’s Nelson Rosenthal Convocation for High School Students, where they heard Lee Salk, Ph.D., and others speak.

Concern about possible toll increases on bridges connecting Rockaway to the rest of Queens and Brooklyn was decidedly evident during a meeting of the 101 Precinct Community and Youth Council. It appeared to be the consensus that the tolls will go up.

30 Years Ago...

There is a strong rumor going around that the I.S. 43 and P.S. 44 complex is to be scrapped. The steel structural work already completed is to be dismantled and sold to the highest bidder. When further details are available, The Wave will have first reports on the situation.

Assemblyman Herbert Posner is attending the Legislature’s special session but he won’t mind the extra stint. He will be sworn into office as a Civil Court Judge on the first of the year.

Maybe public officials should not live in Neponsit. A letter in The Wave’s Bag of Mail column last week complained about summonses given to people who were calling on Congressman James Scheuer. Cops were watching for parking violations last year when he was holding an open house soon after he moved to Neponsit. Jim rose to that occasion by hiring some car jockeys to take visitor’s cars to the parking field in nearby Riis Park where there was plenty of free parking.

40 Years Ago...

At low tide there’s something of a beach in the Grassy Point section of Broad Channel near the toll gate and it is being used with some success as a vantage point for fishing in the bay.

Beach Channel Post V.F.W. has been growing since purchasing its clubhouse on Beach 116 Street which some of the members feel is becoming too small.

Since his recent re-election as Judge of the Civil Court, congratulatory messages have been pouring in upon Judge Abraham R. Margulies, whose dedication to his calling is well known.

When Peninsula Hospital’s new heliport pad is dedicated on December 5 it will be a victory for Dr. Irving G. Frohman. He first came up with the idea several years ago and has been campaigning for it ever since.

50 Years Ago...

It’s a boy for Broad Channel Fire Chief and Mrs. George Weber of 11 West 20 Road, born recently at Williamsburgh Hospital and weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

Park Commissioner Robert Moses was rebuffed again in his attempt to add the Neponsit Hospital grounds to Riis Park when Budget Director Abraham D. Beame recommended dropping a request for funding for improving the property preparatory to adding it to the park grounds.

Two off-the-street parking fields have been promised by officials of the Department of Traffic for the Rockaways, one at Rockaway Park and one at Far Rockaway, the Chamber of Commerce reported this week. Both projects are expected to be advanced next year.

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