2006-01-06 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said


Years Ago...

As previously reported Sanitation Department officials were busy increasing the number of trucks using the Edgemere landfill. Sanitation Department vehicles using the Fountain Avenue landfill were being diverted to College Point or Rockaway. The proximity of the vehicles to the dump when they are full may be the deciding factor in determining who gets the garbage.

Joel Gerstel, chairman of Community Board 14, has asked Mario Russo, chairman of the Sanitation Committee of the board, to assist in finding a solution to the problems with the Edgemere dump.

Brooklyn Fireman Donald Howard, who recently moved from the Marine Park section to Rockaway Park, is not about to forget you or neglect you. He courageously rescued a man and a woman from their burning apartment in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Both victims were removed to Brookdale Hospital in serious condition, but were expected to survive.

Small business owners in Arverne and Edgemere are nervous about the possibility of arson in their area. According to one merchant, who chooses to remain anonymous, “there is someone who is hiring people to burn out the competition.” He claims that in addition to attempts at arson there have also been numerous cases of window breakage threats to employees and other acts of vandalism to force employers to close down their businesses.


Years Ago...

Ninety-three million dollars allocated for development of the Gateway National Recreation Area is intact – nothing has been spent – and it could take until 1990 for the project to be completed.

St. Camillus band left Friday morning for the Orange Bowl in Miami. The musicians also will perform at Disney World and at the Orange Bowl parade at Coral Gables.

Dr. Ernest Horowitz, son of Dr. and Mrs. Irving Horowitz of Beach 148 Street, has been graduated from medical school. Ernie was a chief life-

guard for many years in Rockaway B each. His wife, Maureen, an RN, was a coronary unit nurse at Peninsula General Hospital for a number of years.

Mayor Abraham Beame has promised that should the city’s fiscal climate change, his staff will review the possibility of staffing the vacant courthouse in Rockaway Beach as a court.

Councilman Walter Ward this month urged Secretary of Transportation William T. Coleman Jr. to continue the ban on supersonic transports.

Councilman Walter Ward is urging Police Commissioner Michael Codd to consider setting up a mini-police station on Beach 62 Street, as recommended by the Arverne Community Relations Committee.


Years Ago...

Sam Levenson is among the first to arrange a party to see Lawrence Olivier in “Othello” which will come to the Rockaway Strand Theatre in Far Rockaway next month.

After a day’s work, Donald Palmer takes a steam bath and a swim and “suns” himself on the radiant-heated tile besides the pool in his new home on Beach 87 Street and Beach Channel Drive. No other local resident can make that claim.

There was no inauguration ceremony for Mayor John V. Lindsay on New Year’s Day in Queens, nor for that matter any other borough other than Manhattan. Mike Quill’s transit strike took care of that.

School children were among the prime beneficiaries of the transit strike. For them the new year began with an extra day off.

Milton Jacobowitz has ended the suspense – if ever there was about his running for Democratic leader – by announcing emphatically and unequivocally – that he will seek reelection to the position in the spring primaries.


Years Ago...

Besides keeping a watchful eye on the plans for the proposed Title I Project in the Arverne-Hammel area, the Rockaway Beach Property Owners and Civic Association plans to continue in the new year its fight against assessments for sewers and street paving. It is the association’s contention that abutting property owners should not be forced to pay the costs of improvements necessitated by housing projects. Such costs, say the association, should be borne by the City of New York.

The Frank Avenue Civic Association looks forward to an active year under the leadership of Louis Gompers, its president. Members will rally January 18 at the new meeting place in the Shaare Zedek Center, Edgemere Avenue and Beach 36 Street, to celebrate a year of accomplishment and to plan future activities. Archie Bloch is in charge of information about the rally, which also will celebrate the association’s new meeting place.

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