2006-03-31 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Numerous calls to The Wave from local residents asking if Rockaways' Playland is opening this season are met with some answers. "As of now the park remains closed." The 84-year-old amusement park, recently purchased from the Geist family by Peter Horowitz, is having a tough time getting liability insurance.

Rockaway's first four bus stop shelters were put up Wednesday, March 27, in accordance with directives issued by Warde Electric, subcontractor for Miller Sign.

Three teenagers were arrested on Monday afternoon, March 24, in Far Rockaway after another teenager was shot in the stomach. As police put the case together, there was an argument in the street (Beach 25 Street near Rockaway Freeway) at about 2:30 when a youth pulled out a handgun and fired.

In a decision by Justice Joan Marie Durante, the Supreme Court, Queens County has set aside the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association election of December 11 and directed that a new election be held. The decision was based on a suit brought by Robert P. Shaughnessy and John J. Walsh.

30 Years Ago...

Troop 30 of Dayton embarked on a cleanup campaign in the Rockaway Beach area. The boys are also collecting aluminum cans. Anyone wishing to bring cans may do so on Tuesday evenings between 7:30 and 10.

With all the fuss over the cleanup of empty lots by New York City, it seems to us that better use would be served

if the Sanitation Department and

the Parks Department got together and did a super cleanup job on the beaches.

Rockaway is losing 25 police call boxes in the city's effort to reduce outlay. Seventeen boxes are in the 100 Precinct and eight are in the 101 Precinct.

Surfside Cinema and Belle Harbor Cinema are both under new management. Both are showing family-style pictures. Those people who complain when theatres revert to X-rated flicks will have no one to blame but themselves if they don't patronize them now.

Rockaway Beach residents have petitioned Councilman Walter Ward and Borough President Donald Manes for indestructible benches for the Boardwalk.

Stunned by the announcement that the City of New York wants to put the Rockaway courthouse on the auction block, the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, led by Vincent O'Connor, is moving a major campaign to block the move. The courthouse has been closed for judicial business since 1962.

Assemblyman Brain Sharoff of Brooklyn is urging that the 70-acre Arverne urban renewal area from Beach 61 Street to Beach 73 Street be grassed over - at least for the short term. A Tivoli Gardens concept, for which the city offered the land to private builders on October 26, 1975, "was a bomb," he said.

40 Years Ago...

Mourners at the funeral services for Wave Associate Editor Lenny Miller Sunday morning were a veritable "who's who" of the Rockaways and Five Towns, which he had covered as a newspaperman for more than 35 years.

Work is progressing nicely on the addition to the Peninsula National Bank in Arverne.

Manor, the soon-to-be completed public housing project at 71-15 Beach Channel Drive is quite a tower amid the smaller dwellings in the neighborhood.

The Sears-Roebuck store at 32-31 Beach Channel drive, Edgemere, is celebrating its second anniversary.

Latest to leave the Far Rockaway business district is attorney Marvin Schacler, who is moving his law office to Cedarhurst, joining a growing number of former Rockawayites.

50 Years Ago...

Miss Ann Smith of East 9 Road, Broad Channel, Mrs. Lillian Barrow of Church Road and "Pop" Quick of Cross Bay Boulevard spent Easter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Everett A. Smith in East Meadow, Long Island.

Lieutenant (JG) Stanley J. Effross, 24, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Effross of 2501 Bayswater Avenue, Far Rockaway, was one of nine men killed last Thursday in Culebra, Puerto Rico when a flyer bombed an observation balloon by accident.

Mrs. Regina Brandenberg has been appointed captain of the Red Cross nurses' aides at Rockaway Beach Hospital.

New York City Police Department Captain Chris Anderson has succeeded Captain Michael Hagan as Commander of the 100 Precinct.

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