2006-06-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Rockaway District Boy Scouts of America will honor Daniel Tubridy "in recognition of his many contributions to the community and to Scouting in the Rockaways and Broad Channel" during the district's annual Recognition Dinner.

Bea and Nat Brilliant of Rockaway Park celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 5. Their children and grand children will honor them with a family gathering. The Brilliants came to Rockaway from Brooklyn about nine years ago.

United States Park Police Marine Unit operations were eliminated on June 2 pursuant to a request by Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Robert McIntosh. Assessments of park law enforcement priorities have determined that Jacob Riis Park, Fort Tilden and Canarsie Pier have higher priorities than marine patrol, he said. Park Police were stunned.

New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch is going to remember a visit by a 4th grade class from PS 114 in Belle Harbor on May 30. The mayor was reluctant to meet with the class at all, but a parent, Mrs. Samuel Granirer, sent in a message that he apparently could not ignore: "You will disappoint these children and these people," she said.

One weekend after another in this two-weekends-old summer, the peninsula has been disrupted by disaster. Last Saturday, it was a six-car crash that closed the Marine Parkway Bridge. The weekend before, rescuers pulled a teen from the ocean, who is now hospitalized in critical condition.

30 Years Ago... Borough President Donald R. Manes is urging Governor Carey to sign a bill which would establish discount toll tickets for the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, which links Rockaway to Broad Channel.

One of the oldest continuous groups in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Prince-Wynn Post No. 260, has moved to Broad Channel from Brooklyn, where it was organized in 1919.

The incomplete library at Beach 117 Street and the boulevard has been turned into a playground. The neighborhood kids have removed the cinder blocks from the front wall and opened the interior for playing and/or vandalism.

Mike Long, Conservative Party county leader from Brooklyn is residing in Breezy Point for the summer.

New York City workers were at their best recently. The new roofing job on the Rockaway Park subway station was completed in near record time.

40 Years Ago... Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox of Far Rockaway joined his Democratic colleagues to defeat a bill to increase the real estate tax, and thereby fulfilled a promise made months ago to his constituents.

In the Democratic primary race, Henry Waichaitis of Broad Channel was knocked off the ballot by Supreme Court Judge Charles Margett as candidate for state committeeman. The complaint was brought to the court by Democratic Leader Milton Jacobowitz.

Charles E. Kinzie, 57, who 30 years ago served as Democratic Leader for the district, and also was Queens deputy sheriff and city marshal, died Sunday at his home on Beach 131 Street in Belle Harbor.

Marathon bargaining in Albany, in efforts to compromise the impasse which exists between Democrats and Republicans over New York City's budget, is producing great uncertainty about the 15-cent fare. Rockaway is perhaps more interested in the outcome of the matter than any other section of the city. If the subway fare goes up, Rockaway riders will be hit twice as hard as other sections of the city.

50 Years Ago... Ned Payne, New York representative of Wilson Lines, said that passenger will travel to the Rockaways was adequate to maintain service, but that the Wilson company wanted to "try something new and different." He also stated that the possibility of the line resuming its service to the Rockaways is slight, "at least in the near future."

We had some gratifying result," was the way Jules Michaelis, president of the Wavecrest Civic Association, summed up the results of a visit to Washington, D.C. last week by a delegation from Queens and Nassau counties to protest low-flying airplanes in their neighborhoods.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Whelan of Brooklyn announced the engagement of their daughter, Graceann, to Walter J. Blum of Belle Harbor.

Cub Scoutsof Pack 389 received some inside facts on the history and rules of governing Old Glory from their scoutmaster Howard Santamore. Instructions were in preparation for the observance of Flag Day.

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