2006-04-14 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Forty years is enough! Residents of Rockaway and the Five Towns who have been waiting since 1946 for the Nassau Expressway to serve them were stunned this spring by the news that federal funds they were depending on to start construction now are not in the federal budget, and they will have to wait until October 1 - for the fiscal year 1987 budget - before they can see any kind of construction - especially for Section E - which runs right through their yards. "We were disappointed," began the president of Inwood Civic, Teri Pearsall.

Fitzgerald's second annual Jack Murphy Run will take place on Sunday, April 13, at noon, rain or shine. Jack Murphy, who was a co-owner of Fitzgerald's, a tavern at 150 Beach 108 Street, Rockaway Park, died at 34 of a heart attack.

Seymour Sheldon, Democratic leader of Part B in the 23rd Assembly District, has arranged to have Borough President Claire Shulman speak at a monthly town hall meeting to be held at the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways. Bernard Greenbaum, president of RDCR, is inviting all Rockaway residents to hear Claire's plans for Queens, and Rockaway in particular, and to ask questions. "Show her that we care!" pleads Sheldon.

Concerned Rockaway residents will meet with Peter Magani, director of the Queens Borough Planning Office to discuss zoning and what changes zoning can mean. The meeting was arranged by Councilman Walter Ward, who invited Michael Tubridy and Joel Gerstel among others.

$5,000,000 is the asking price for Rockaways' Playland. The hope is that it can be marketed, ripped down and housing units placed there.

30 Years Ago...

Vandals smashed stained glass windows and painted vulgar graffiti on property of Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park, reportedly causing $2,500 in damage. It was the third time in a month that the temple has suffered from vandalism, police were told.

Ocean Village residents, tired of doing without stores that were promised them more than a year ago, will demonstrate by parading around with placards calling for action.

In response to urgent requests from members of the Seagirt Civic Association, Sidney Baumgarten, assistant to Mayor Beame, has led a team of inspectors around summer bungalows in the Beach 24 to Beach 30 Street area. Association members claim an attempt is being made by owners of bungalows to convert them into year-round homes.

For an interesting time, peek in at the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaway's during any weekend. You may see Mario Russo giving dancing lessons to Pearle Appleman and Sid Baumgarten, as well as other notables.

Mark Almas and Vita Kryalskas of the Arverne Fishing and Hunting Club caught 100 flounders averaging three-quarters of a pound to a pound. They used worms and mussels for bait.

40 Years Ago...

The Long Island Lighting Company is planning an atomic energy generating plant at Shoreham to supply its system. Soon nobody will remember what it was like during a hard winter to worry about a shortage of fuel at the electric plant when coal used to be shipped by water.

Friends are complimenting Ed and Marian Brower on the handsome appearance of their new health food store in the boulevard near Beach 115 Street, the former location of Estelle's shoe store.

Many old friends called at the O'Connor funeral home over the weekend to view the remains of the late John P. Corrigan, former leader of the Democratic Party in the Rockaways.

Slothful youth should be taken first to the barber, then to the woodshed, in the opinion of columnist North Callahan. It's a great idea, but - has anyone seen a woodshed lately?

50 Years Ago...

Responding to Mayor Wagner's request for a downward revision of fares on the Rockaway transit line "as low as possible" the New York City Transit Authority decided at a meeting this morning to set the one-way fares to and from Manhattan at .30 cents each way, and the local fares each way at the same price.

A brick sale drive to raise $150,000 in the all-out drive for the new Rockaway Beach Hospital in Edgemere will be launched immediately as the first step in the 1956 building fund campaign, it was announced this week by William F. Brunner, president of the hospital.

During the past week, the St. Camillus band was notified by the Orange Bowl Committee that it had been selected as the outstanding drum corps in the Orange Bowl parade held in Miami last New Year's Eve. For this honor, the band was awarded a certificate of "distinguished superiority."

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