2006-06-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Rockaway voters elected Republican-Conservative candidate Richard "Bo" Dietl as their choice for the Sixth Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives. They also gave the Rev. Floyd Flake the least votes.

Emergency service personnel burned out all stops June 9 to take a burn victim from Rockaway to the Cornell burn center in Manhattan in less than 20 minutes. To a great extent, thanks for both the treatment the victim got and the way he was transported without delay can go to Emergency Medical Service Specialists First Class Andy Cruz and Thomas Rail, who rushed to the scene in ambulance 4-1 Adam.

With nearly 200 onlookers from the West End, Community Board 14 held a lively, controversial meeting Tuesday. Board 14 dealt with matters from changes in legal grades of the new Rockaway Point Boulevard to downzoning the west end. The board also heard a report from Ed Remsen - who is involved in the Far Rockaway revitalization - summarizing the work of the Far Rockaway Revitalization Corporation over the last year. The overflow audience, who were primarily in attendance to lend support to the efforts of the upstart Beach N' Bay Association, waited patiently through preliminary matters.

Some merchants on Beach 116 Street have been grumbling about the new design of the street. They claim there is no place to park. Others claim that there is plenty of parking space if one goes to the municipal parking lot just north of the subway station. We checked it out. There's good news and bad news. If one goes to the municipal park ing lot on a winter's day or a rainy summer day, there is parking aplenty. If one goes on a hot day, June through September, not one spot.

30 Years Ago... Rivalry between the two top Far Rockaway car services was carried to the ball field this month - as Peninsula Car pounded Surf Car 17-15.

Anyone who wishes to have the beach cleaned on his or her block must supply the manpower. The Parks Department will supply a truck, a supervisor and equipment.

Community Planning Board 14 has unanimously approved a private housing development to be known as New Haven Plaza. According to a spokesman for Peter Perpignano Associates, which will build the housing and then serve as landlord, the 309 unit development lies between two other housing developments built by the same owner. The other developments are know as Ocean View One and Two.

Bruce Colleran and Henry Geffken of Roxbury caught a number of sharks 30 miles out. When they brought them back to Rockaway to clean them, the did it without explanation, and a story made rounds that the sharks were caught in the bay.

40 Years Ago... The grey stone in front of the new King George restaurant at the corner of Mott and Central Avenues is an impressive addition to the Far Rockaway business section.

When that terrific new beach cleaning machine goes to work, wonder how long it will take to pay for itself with the lost coins and other treasures it retrieves from the sand. Sure beats working with a shovel and a sieve.

One of our newer businessmen was overheard complaining about the heat a few days ago. He'll learn that in Rockaway, businessmen are supposed to rejoice when it gets hot because heat brings visitors who bring business which brings in the "gelt." At least it's supposed to work that way.

Major John Babbitt, Fort Tilden's commanding officer, says he shudders whenever there are heavy casualties in Vietnam because of the possibility that he may have the assignment of bringing further unwelcome news to local families.

50 Years Ago... The coming of the Rockaway transit line has decreased the number of local commuters by at least one. Eugene Reynolds of Beach 87 Street has been a subway maintenance worker for many years and has commuted from Rockaway Park to Manhattan. On Monday he was transferred to Rockaway Park where he will have charge of maintenance in this area. No more commuting for Gene, who will now have more time to ride his favorite hobby - fishing.

Employees at the Chase Manhattan Bank's office on Beach 116 Street are expecting their boss to report to work Monday morning wearing academic cap and gown. Bill O'Neill, manager of the office, will graduate tomorrow from the Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

Those subway motormen have been ordered not to strike before June 28. Wow! Just suppose they decide to strike on that date, which is next Thursday, the day the first train is expected to run on the Rockaway transit line. A lot of local plans would go right up in smoke.

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