2006-02-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

When a car they recognized as stolen got stuck in traffic, 101 Precinct Anti-Crime Police Sergeant Martin Finkelstein and Officer Frank Bovino approached from both sides. That’s how they arrested two Hammels men on January 21.

Parking at Jacob Riis Park will cost $2 per automobile from Monday, May 19, through Sunday, September 14. This announcement was released this week by officials of Gateway National Recreation Area which includes Riis Park.

Rockaway’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is already larger than last year’s. This development was revealed this week by Rockaway’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. “Last year we had 10 bands... This year we have already received commitments from five more,” said Anne O’Malley, executive director and parade coordinator.

One judge is giving both sides in a Belle Harbor Property Owners Association election controversy until Friday, February 14, to file additional papers. One judge was given the case after both sides appeared before separate judges on January 24.

Far Rockaway High School seniors Janet Closs and Tracey Strachan have been named Competitive Scholarship winners for 1986 at. St. John’s University, and awarded renewable scholarships of $1,000 per year.

30 Years Ago...

Construction work is nearly completed on the sewage treatment plant at Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive. However, the drive still looks and feels as if you were driving on a washboard.

The recent cold snap had Jamaica Bay looking like the Arctic Ocean. The only thing missing was an ocean going icebreaker.

The Chamber of Commerce is preparing fantastic bicentennial events for the Rockaways this year. Watch The Wave for more information.

Congressman James Scheuer reportedly was livid when United States Transportation Secretary William Coleman announced his decision to allow the Concorde supersonic transport a 16-month trial period in which there are to be four flights a day into John F. Kennedy airport and two flights a day into Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Last week, a car overturned on Shore Front Parkway at Beach 105 Street. The city ambulance managed to arrive before our volunteers. However, in lifting the patient onto the scoop stretcher (a two-piece stretcher), they neglected to lock it together, and the victim fell to the pavement.

Monday morning’s big snowfall saw foot-high drifts in Rockaway. There wasn’t a salt spreader in sight all morning.

Century Federal Savings and Loan is about to start building on the corner of Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

40 Years Ago...

Workmen looking for the cause of the clogged sewer on Beach 116 Street excavated a large area near the boulevard, and among other things, uncovered a section of the trolley tracks which pavements macadam, Belgian block and asphalt have kept hidden for years.

Max Bornstein, who some years ago retired from the tailoring business after many years in the Holland section, says he misses the Long Island Rail Road and the trip to New York when everybody aboard the train knew everybody else.

Chase Manhattan employees in the Beach 84 Street office are learning what it means to work in a building soon to be demolished. They’ve suffered sewer stench, heatless days and even some days without running water. The office is scheduled to move into new quarters across the street on August 1.

It is felt by many persons that the outdoor skating rink along the boardwalk at Beach 80 Street is such a good idea that there should be several of them at various locations along Shore Front Parkway next year. Always supposing, of course, that there will be enough water to flood them.

50 Years Ago...

Sy Brick of the House of Brick, with his daughters, Mary Ann and Betty, has just returned from visiting Hershey and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

William A. Colton, one of the older pioneers of the Rockaways, died suddenly at the home of a realtor, Mrs. Katherine McDonald, 224 Beach 140 Street, Belle Harbor. He and his brother, John, were in the building business, and together they erected more than 200 homes in the Belle Harbor area.

Patrolman Joseph Bleutrich of the 100 Precinct, who has made such a substantial contribution to the welfare of the youngsters in Rockaway, has announced his retirement from the Police Department effective March 9.

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