2006-05-05 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

"There are absolutely no proposals from the Transit Authority or the MTA to cut subway service or close portions of the subway system!" This statement came at press time from Greg Johnson, director of planning for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, parent agency of the New York City Transit Authority, which operates the rapid transit system in New York City.

Termination of subway service to Rockaway actually is under consideration, it was learned this week, after a "leak" that apparently was encouraged officially. Basically, it was revealed, the Rockaway lines have the lowest ridership of any in New York City. However, the subway that serves the Rockaway Peninsula gets more use than entire rapid transit systems get in some other cities.

Parents who request it can have their children fingerprinted free on May 9 at the Daniel M. O'Connell American Legion Post 272 clubhouse at 301 Beach 92 Street, Rockaway Beach.

Motion pictures star Cliff Robertson will be master of ceremonies at "the Great Flight" re-enactment ceremonies on May 6 in Rockaway - from which the NC-4, the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean, took off in May 1919. Robertson, who is also an AT&T spokesman and an active pilot, will join with Chuck Scarborough, anchorman for NBC-TV Nightly News in New York, in welcoming ceremonies.

30 Years Ago...

Madelaine Chocolates is expanding its operation by erecting a new building on the site at Beach 97 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

The design contract for Primary School 43 and Intermediate School 44, awarded by the Board of Education on October 6, 1971, has been cancelled.

Four men were apprehended Monday night-Tuesday morning after removing radiators from the courthouse at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 91 Street. At the rate the building is being vandalized, there will be nothing left to auction off.

Crew season is underway. The Beach Channel High School rowing team can be seen practicing on the bay, usually at the marina at Beach 59 Street. The crew looks good but the team needs contributions to get to competitions.

Work is underway at Beach 125 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, where new homes will be erected.

Bids are awaited for the second phase of the Rockaway beach restoration, and work is expected to begin within three to four weeks after the contract is awarded.

40 Years Ago...

Mayor Lindsay is noise conscious and has ordered night helicopter flights discontinued from Manhattan. Now, if he'll do the same at Kennedy Airport a lot more people will be happy.

Councilman John Santucci has two more distinctions. He was the only councilman to vote against the proposed city income tax and one of three councilman who opposed a city personal income tax.

The Wave was asking when the toll would be lifted from the Atlantic Beach Bridge, then privately owned. Nassau County acquired the bridge, enlarged it, and continued the toll, just like the city did on the Cross Bay Bridge.

Get down to Fort Tilden on May 21, which will be Armed Forces Day. A big program, including a parade, has been arranged, starting at 11 a.m. and the public is invited.

It's getting to be the time of year when local residents have to interrupt telephone conversations to open a window so a snarling jet plane can pass through the room.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Romas of Beach 90 Street attended the birthday party held at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Olsen, in Astoria, on the birth of the Romas' fourth grandchild.

Nazareth Tutundjian will return in a few days to his home in Beirut, Lebanon, following a visit of several weeks with his son, Dr. Berge Tutundjian and family of 442 Beach 124 Street.

Mrs. Frieda Schecter, an active worker in the Broad Channel Auxiliary of Rockaway Beach Hospital and the Broad Channel Red Cross unit, moved to Flatbush with her family this week.

The Board of Estimate approved a map submitted by Borough President James A. Burke so that sewers and street facilities can be installed in Broad Channel.

Miss Ella Morris, sister of Justice William J. Morris Jr., has accepted the chairmanship and is also helping to organize a committee of workers in the Far Rockaway area for the annual fund drive of the Queens County Cancer Committee.

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