2006-01-13 / Editorial/Opinion

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20

Years Ago...

One slip of the hands and suddenly a Long Island Rail Road employee was unconscious. That was the story in Far Rockaway on January 7, when a 22-year-old LIRR employee was rushed by police helicopter to Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan after an apparent electrocution.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways is asking for continued use of the Edgemere landfill (the garbage dump in Rockaway). Businessmen in this area are facing a steep increase in the cost of garbage removal if private carters are forced to haul this refuse to distant drop-offs, Walter Roberts, president of the Chamber, informed New York City’s Sanitation Commissioner, Norman Steisel, this week.

Excited tips this week that City planners are issuing a request for a consultant to study the Arverne Urban Renewal Area and suggest the best way to develop it petered out by press time to “maybe next week.” But it still could be this week, a spokesman for the Department of City Planning told The Wave.

Ancient Order of Hibernians is sponsoring an essay contest for grades five through eight, Citibank is sponsoring a poster contest for grades kindergarten through four and there is a slogan contest for all grades as part of Substance Abuse Awareness Week.

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Years Ago...

Traffic at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge was disrupted Sunday, January 4, as carloads of Rockaway and Broad Channel residents and their supporters, protested the 50 cents toll by handing $20 bills to the collectors – necessitating calls for more change and delays on top of delays.

A coalition is being formed of Rockaway and Inwood people. This group is attempting to find a suitable site in the Inwood area for South Shore Hospital to relocate.

Community leaders leaped into action this week as Rockaway was stunned by a City Hall decision to use the Arverne Urban Renewal Area office at 80-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and lump operations of this office with services at an office in Elmhurst, about 15 miles from the area.

The ban on the French supersonic transport Concorde continues at Kennedy and Dulles airports here and in Washington, D.C.

Demolition of two buildings at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 125 Street is complete. Keep an eye out and make sure another nursing home is not erected.

The mayor, other city officials and officials of the Board of Higher Education were inundated with calls this week when Rockaway residents were made aware that the city is closing down all adult education programs at Beach Channel High School.

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Years Ago...

Foundation work is well along on the “vest pocket” low rent housing project at Beach 73 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

The Park Theatre will remain closed for the present. Lack of patronage has been given as the reason. Jack Rochelle, who operated the theatre for many years, has accepted a position with a chain of theaters.

The ranks of the Last Man Club, formed years ago by World War I members of the 24th (Rockaway’s Own) Company of the old Ninth Regiment, were further thinned last week by the death of former patrolman Edward Gallagher.

City-owned land adjacent to Riis Park and Neponsit is one of the newer proposal as an alternative to the P.S. 44 site for the new South Queens High School.

Pickets outside the Beach 116 Street subway station during the strike delayed the removal of the Rockaway Rotary Club Christmas three and menorah for several days last week.

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Years Ago...

The Board of Education has allocated funds for the new Broad Channel school.

Rockaway gave a royal welcome to 1956 hopeful that the year will bring rapid transit to the peninsula and that it will also bring prosperity and progress to the entire area.

Rockaway’s new junior high school, JHS 198, the Benjamin N. Cardozo Junior High School, will be formally dedicated January 11. Although the building has been occupied almost a year, it was not considered completed until work was finished on the playground a few weeks ago.

Hailed in newspaper accounts as having given “the outstanding performance of the year” in the Junior Orange Bowl Parade in Coral Gables, Florida, the St. Camillus Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps returned to Rockaway elated over their success for the second successive year.

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