2006-05-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

By an act of Congress, Memorial Day is being celebrated this year on Monday, May 26.

"Everybody talks about it but no one does anything," said Wave publisher Leon S. Locke. With that he contacted Eddie Rizzo of E. Rizzo and Sons Iron Works in Inwood. Working together with Wave historian and Daniel M. O'Connell Post P.C. Fenton O'Malley, the group did some research and came up with the dimensions for a new bayonet for the Doughboy.

Rockawayites won six of the nine seats on Community School Board 27 in the election this month. At least one observer said the winners were chosen in this order: Samuel Granirer of Belle Harbor, who is serving at this time as president; incumbent George Russo of Ozone Park had the required number of votes on the first ballot; incumbent James Sullivan of Rockaway Park was third; incumbent Goldie Maple of Far Rockaway was fourth; incumbent Irving Schwartz of Far Rockaway was fifth; incumbent Margaret Frary of Richmond Hill was sixth; seventh was Colleen Edmonson of Woodhaven; Patricia Tubridy of Broad Channel was eighth; and Carolyn Moore of Arverne was ninth.

A spokesman from the City Department of Environmental Protection has told The Wave that there will be no spraying for mosquitoes this summer in the Rockaways. No reason was given for that decision.

Sergeant Gary Messina was instrumental in grabbing two car thieves at Beach 115 Street and the boulevard.

30 Years Ago... It seems as if every Democrat in the 22nd Assembly District is ready to throw his hat into the ring. If that is the case, there must be plenty of discord, and dissatisfaction with our present assemblyman.

All that letter writing and big talk was just a bunch of hot air. It seems as if the old Rockaway courthouse will be auctioned off today, another faux pas by the Fun City crowd.

The big fire on the boardwalk last week showed another lack of foresight on the part of the city administrators. A recommendation was made some time ago to reconstruct that section of the boardwalk out of concrete. But instead we are out $5,000 worth of Brazilian hardwood.

Recent reports have Rockaway's Playland closing down at the end of this season - permanently. The handwriting is on the wall. Our esteemed politicians have approximately four months to correct the situation.

Jesse Plaxen, vice president of fundraising at the Bayswater Jewish Center has been named "Man of the Year" for 1976. Presentation of the award will be made at the Pines Hotel.

40 Years Ago... Residents of Riverdale are complaining about a housing project that has just been approved in what they consider a poor location. Their objections carried no weight when the matter came before the Board of Estimate. That has a familiar sound to people in the Rockaways.

Borough President Cariello believes night operations at the airports should be curtailed. The noise from the jets must disturb his sleep at his summer home in Neponsit.

Now there's talk about linking the Jamaica Avenue elevated line with the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Richmond Hill. That will be watched with interest here, where there has long been thinking about linking the subway with the Long Island Rail Road in Far Rockaway.

Daniel A Maher, who was proprietor of Maher's Hotel on the boulevard at Beach 116 Street several years ago, has returned to Rockaway Park as the proprietor of a bar and grill on Beach 116 Street near the boardwalk.

50 Years Ago... Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox has announced his support of the plan to construct a fishing pier in the Rockaways. In explaining his support, Fox stated, "The construction of a fishing pier, extending into the ocean, would enable thousands of people to take advantage of some of the best fishing to be found anywhere." Senator James J. Crisona and Councilman Eric J. Treulich have also endorsed the plan.

Condemnation proceedings on the Seaside Hammel Title 1 redevelopment projects will definitely not get underway before the end of the year or the first of 1957, according to the Slum Clearance Committee spokesman. The statement disclaims rumors regarding a fall 1956 start on proceedings to move Seaside and Hammel occupants and condemn their property.

Mrs. Jennie Wallace of Church Road, was the oldest mother honored recently at Christ Church by the Sea, and Mrs. Mary Rosetta of Howard Beach, the newest mother, each receiving a chained medal from the pastor, the Rev. B.L. Armstrong.

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