2006-02-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

“Close the Edgemere landfill now! It doesn’t make any difference where the garbage comes from, the dump in Rockaway must be closed!”

“My people are against it. I must go along with my people. I will continue to fight to have the Edgemere landfill closed.”

These comments came from Acting Queens Borough President Claire Schulman and City Councilman Walter Ward, respectively, after New York City’s lame duck Commissioner of Sanitation Norm Steisel suggested this week that the Rockaway dump be kept open possibly another 21 years just to take Rockaway’s garbage, and no other refuse.

Peter T. King, comptroller of Nassau County, has accepted the “honor” this week of being grand marshal of the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of the Rockaways. “I look forward to being with you on March 15,” he wrote Anne E. O’Malley, executive director, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of the Rockaways.

Noting the contribution Rockaway has played in the history of flight, The Wave called on the Chamber of Commerce officials to designate an appropriate site and monument in memory of the seven Challenger astronauts.

Queens Borough Public Library is preparing to obtain property on the east side of Cross Bay Boulevard at 17 Road for a Broad Channel branch.

30 Years Ago...

Maureen O’Connell of Park Real Estate assures us that she is still doing a brisk business at her Rockaway Beach Boulevard location. The neon window sign that was reported missing in last week’s edition of The wave was only out for repairs.

Harassment of toll collectors on the Cross Bay Bridge reached the stage at which the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, which operates the bridge, is extending credit to motorists using the bridge. Demonstrations on Saturday when about 45 cars went through and each driver handed the toll collector a $20 bill. The same cars went through a second time and then a third time. On the fourth trip the motorists said they had no money and filled out cards in effect extending credit to them.

The Belle Harbor twin cinema has changed its format. Temporarily, the theater will show only X-rated or adult films. The theater recently had a change of ownership, and the new owners hope to eventually change back to a family format.

Bids are being solicited for the operation of a contract postal station at Fort Tilden.

40 Years Ago...

Why is so much attention being paid to senior citizens in the Rockaways? Because there are so many of them. At last count more than 8,000 local residents are now receiving Social Security benefits.

His successful campaign to regulate drinking on the public beach and his war on narcotics are among the accomplishments cited by Councilman John J. Santucci in his quest for District Attorney of Queens.

Some civic workers, who opposed the plan to turn the Rockaway Courthouse over to the Parks Department when it was first proposed two years ago, have changed their minds. They would rather see the Parks Department there than to have the building sold to private interests. And they are right.

The Rev. James F. McDonald, pastor of St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, Beach 84 Street, attended last week’s meeting of the Rockaway Rotary Club. Father McDonald said he is not against the proposed new high school, but opposes condemnation of many of his parishioners’ homes to make room for it.

Last Saturday’s record high temperature of 58 degrees brought out many people who just enjoyed the sunshine.

50 Years Ago...

The fare from Rockaway to Brooklyn and Manhattan will be 30 cents one way, the Transit Authority announced this morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meyers of Beach 133 Street were in Amsterdam, New York, over the weekend to attend the bar mitzvah of their nephew.

A 15-cent token will be charged from Brooklyn and Manhattan station of the IND subway to the Howard Beach station. Passengers to Broad Channel and to points in the Rockaways will pay an additional 15 cents when leaving the station.

Congregation Darchay Noam, 1065 Dickens Avenue, is launching a campaign to raise $250,000 for the construction of a new synagogue and community center. Ruby Goldenberg, president, announced that David Bornstein has been named chairman of the drive, with William Heilberger, Jack Kemp, Oscar Stecher, Moe Backman and Sol Reiver as vice chairmen.

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