2005-12-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

New York City’s Department of Sanitation will not close the Edgemere landfill by the end of this year, as many people in this area had been hoping. It is negotiating with the State Department of Environmental Conservation for a permit to operate this landfill.

“New York State will ‘lower the boom’ on New York City in the struggle to close the landfill!” This determination comes from Stephen A. Cooper, president, Frank Avenue Civic Association of Edgemere, together with New York City Department of Sanitation adamance that it has no intention of closing the dump in question.

The State Department of Transportation plans to take one foot of land from backyards of seven Far Rockaway-Lawrence border homes, for construction of a portion of the Nassau Expressway, has the owners of the homes “outraged,” and joined in their “outrage” by the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula Inc.30 Years Ago...

The Rockaway Senior Citizens Center at St. Gertrude’s, Beach 37 Street and Beach Channel Drive, will close on December 31. The directive came this week from the city’s Human Resources Administration. It was the only closing of a senior center ordered in Queens. There were two others in the city.

Conversion of a one-family frame dwelling on Beach 137 Street to a public assembly hall was approved on Tuesday, when the Board of Standards and Appeals ended a zoning variance. The only stipulation was that a sprinkler system be installed on the pre- mises.

Construction of prefabricated modular housing may start in the spring in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, according to the city’s Housing and Development Administration.

Rescind the toll on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge! This suggestion is a key plank in a blueprint for “early economic recovery” by the city, offered by the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

40 Years Ago...

At least three major meetings have been scheduled consider a recommendation by the Board of Education that the block on which the old Public School 44 was located be taken over as the site of the proposed New South Queens High School. The site was recommended to the Board of Education by the Superintendent of Schools, Bernard E. Donovan.

Delores Orr was elected chairman of the Daniel M. O’Connell Unit Juniors, at a meeting November 27 held under the supervision of the senior advisor, Mrs. Albert Grossenbacher. She will succeed Jane Paladino.

The Board of Estimate hearing to consider permission to sell the Rockaway Courthouse for a minimum of $100,000 scheduled for the past Tuesday was postponed by Queens Borough President Mario J. Cariello. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for the citizens of Rockaway and county and city leaders to formulate concrete plans for future use for the building for the benefit of the people in Queens.

Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox of Far Rockaway, chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on New York State’s Commerce, Economic Development and Tourism, has announced that a public hearing on the power failure will be held today by the committee. Assemblyman Fox stated that the committee will receive suggestions as to ways of overcoming the paralysis that affected the state as the result of the power failure.

50 Years Ago...

The city this week appealed the Supreme Court decision that the site of the Neponsit Beach Hospital cannot be used for purposes other than a hospital or a park site.

An enthusiastic meeting of the Bayswater Civic Association held out some hope of specific relief from the noise and nuisance of low-flying planes flying in and out of the Idlewild International Airport.

Opposition to the Green Bus Lines for a higher fare developed this week as civic organizations warned that it will be a hardship to many residents who ride through more than one zone. The Rockaway Civic Club has announced it will oppose the fare increase, particularly for school children.

Unless residents make a strong protest against removal of the Courthouse from this area, it may be moved to Jamaica, warned Milton E. Jacobowitz, local attorney.

Protesting that Rockaway residents are not only paying higher transit fares than most city residents but are also underwriting the cost of a five cent ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island, Patrick J. Morrissey Jr., of Seaside, directed a letter to Mayor Walker this week.

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