2006-01-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

• Development of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area

• Inclusion of Rockaway in a proposed state takeover of the Long Island Lighting Co.

• Working out the problem of the Edgemere Landfill, including closing it from midnight to 8 a.m. and allowing 300 businesses in our community to dump there as long as the landfill is open to anybody, especially New York City Department of Sanitation Trucks.

These issues are the most important ones facing this community at the beginning of 1986, Joel Gertsel, chairman of Community Board 14, told the assembled board on January 14, in what can be called “a state of the Rockaways address.”

Robert P. Shaughnessy and John J. Walsh have entered a petition in Supreme Court on the Sate of New York, County of Queens, to have a December 11 election of officers and directors of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association Inc. set aside and 17 respondents enjoined from acting as officers and directors.

It was a seal sunbathing at Bay 5, Jacob Riis Park, last Saturday morning, January 11. When a Gateway National Recreation Area park ranger saw the nude body about 9:30 a.m., he didn’t know what to do. He called the United States Park Police, and the Coast Guard, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the New York Aquarium (in Coney Island, Brooklyn.)

We miss the expertise of Borough President Donald R. Manes in government functions, and we fervently hope he will recover soon. This view of community feeling for our borough president was expressed at press time by Joel Gertsel of Community Board 14.30 Years Ago...

In case some of our readers had not noticed, last week’s Wave carried no cartoon on the editorial page. We tried this in order that we may bring you more news. The Wave welcomes comments from its readers suggesting what they would like to see in their newspaper.

Rockaway commuters are grumbling about the lack of heat and open windows on the Rockaway Park E Train, especially in view of the recent sub-freezing temperatures. They were told that the lack of heat is due to fuses in the trains. This is part of the city’s cutbacks. Take heart, sufferers, windows will be closed and heat will be on by the summer months.

The editor of The Wave was seen the other night leaving the Breakers Restaurant with a small group of friends. They all spoke very highly of the food and new style menu.

Keep your eyes on the structure for I.S. 43 and P.S. 44. They will more than likely be demolished. Steel that is left out in this climate for a lengthy times becomes pitted and corroded and is entirely useless.

40 Years Ago...

The Magoolaghan twins, Richard and Robert, celebrated their 16th birthday at home on the evening of January15, with a dinner party given by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Magoolaghan of 44 West 14 Road, Broad Channel. Present were the twins’ older brother, Denis, younger sister, Janet, godparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur White of Pearl River, N.Y. and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fritz Jr. of Yonkers, N.Y. and their grand-aunt, Mrs. Victor Nelson of Astoria, and others. Richard is a sophomore at Aviation High School, Long Island City, and Robert a sophomore at Thomas A. Edison High School in Jamaica.

Borough President Mario J. Cariello is being asked to help restore the courts to the Rockaway Courthouse. He used to enjoy sitting there when he was a Municipal Court Justice.

The recent transit strike may have dealt a severe blow to the campaign for a 15 cent fare instead of a 30 cent fare in the Rockaways. Thirty cents seems cheap compared to what it cost local commuters to get to work during the strike.

50 Years Ago...

Julius Gerstel is hoping that building of the Westrich restaurant on Beach 116 Street will be completed in time for reopening in the spring.

The Westinghouse Electric Company strike which is holding up equipment for power plants needed for the Rockaway division of the city’s transit lines may delay the start of service in Rockaway beyond the original June 28 date set by the Transit Authority. Chairman Charles A. Patterson of the Transit Authority admitted this week that if the strike continues it will interfere with installation of electrical equipment by Westinghouse which holds a $3,785,000 contract to build and equip five power stations in Rockaway.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schorr are vacationing at the Helen Mar Apartments in Miami Beach, Florida following a busy holiday season at their Hotel Commodore in Belle Harbor.

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