2005-12-02 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

If tolls on Jamaica Bay bridges are going up, along with fares on the dreaded subway train rides to Rockaway, the residents of this peninsula can start by blaming themselves. Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority spokesmen told The Wave this week that they were stunned on December 4 when their parent agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, conducted a hearing. Except for Gerdi Lipschutz, there was nobody from Rockaway there, said one spokesman.

Noting that this is the tri-centennial year for Rockaway, Halley’s Comet will make a fairly close pass over the peninsula in early January.

Police leaders are finding they can get no rest from Rockawayites’ pleas for more police. Together with the community, Councilman Walter Ward is contacting Inspector Francis Wallace and Deputy Inspector Joseph Hillery every few days (Wallace and Hillery head the division which encompasses the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway and three other South Queens precincts).

Amidst yells of “throw the rascals out,” “let him speak” and other remarks inappropriate for an election, the Better Belle Harbor Committee headed by Bill Wells wrestled control of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association in a hotly contested election.

30 Years Ago...

A plan to construct a road through Beach 100 Street is on the drawing board. There are no further details at this time.

A 40-foot Christmas tree was erected Wednesday in front of the subway station on Beach 116 Street. This will brighten the area during the holiday season.

Bill Dean of the Department of Interior’s Gateway National Recreation Area, accompanied the staff of The Wave in their hunt for a missing plaque. This plaque commemorates the very first trans-Atlantic flight. The flight originated from Rockaway Beach Naval Air Station, now the site of Jacob Riis Park.

According to a spokesperson for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, owners of lime green colored cars should avoid the exact change lanes when crossing the bridges. It seems that the electric eye cannot discern certain shades of green. Hence the gate rises, but crashes down suddenly causing damage to the windshield and roof of these autos.

The Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps has conducted a fund drive recently at the churches of St. Camillus and St. Rose of Lima. The members were exuberant over the generosity of the parishioners.

Five fires raged through the Rockaways last Thursday evening. Two were two-alarm fires. Six fire companies were called in from as far away as East New York to cover the fire houses on the peninsula.

40 Years Ago...

Borough President Mario J. Cariello would like to hear from local residents concerning the future of the Rockaway courthouse. He was able to persuade the Planning Commission to defer for three months its possible sale.

When the lights go on in the Dayton and Surfside apartments these early evenings they make an impressive site.

Many local residents who toured the New York Telephone Company’s Far Rockaway office last Wednesday night were amazed at all the effort and equipment that is called into play when they make just an ordinary phone call.

Sheldon Rosenblatt, who has been the moving spirit behind the very successful Legislative breakfasts that have been held here in recent years, is preparing for another one.

50 Years Ago...

An enthusiastic meeting of the Bayswater Civic Association held Monday in P.S. 104 heard Warren H. Goodman representing the New York Port Authority hold out some hope of specific relief from the noise and nuisance of low-flying planes in and out of Idewild International Airport.

The supposed murder of Clarence Sopman of Far Rockaway in Mexico last September in reality was a mob killing to prevent recovery of $6,000,000 said to have been stolen from the Chinese Nationalist government, John J. Broady, private detective, said during the testimony in General Sessions Court on Tuesday.

The executive board meeting of the Parent’s Association of Public School 47 was held Tuesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Gasman, 15-18 Cross Bay Boulevard.

Mrs. Anna Miller of 601 Cross Bay Boulevard is receiving congratulations on the birth of a grandson November 27 in Rockaway Beach Hospital.

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