2006-06-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Dayton Shopping Center has hired a full time security guard; and his presence is helping restore confidence and a feeling of safety among merchants and patrons. This report comes from Jay Steingold, executive director of the Rockaway Local Development Corporation, with the merchants in improving and publicizing the shopping center.

Transit Police chased, caught and arrested teenagers who assaulted and robbed a visitor from Haiti at the Gatson Avenue-Beach 67 Street subway station on June 11. At press time, the teenagers were being held pending grand jury action.

Neponsit Health Care Center (formerly Neponsit Home for the Aged) at 149-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard is saluting Rockaway's "300th birthday" with a health fair.

Precinct and Park Enforcement Patrol police are adding patrols to keep the Rockaway public beach as safe as possible. This action is being taken within days after Sy Sheldon, Democratic Leader of Part B in the 23rd Assembly District, together with Councilman Walter Ward, chairman of the New York City Council's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee, and other community leaders met with police to express concern and hope for a peaceful summer along the Rockaway beachfront.

More than $110,000 in donations was presented to Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere, at the hospital's 79th annual meeting on June 9, announced Hospital President Julius Granirer. The meeting, in the hospital's Perberg Auditorium, was attended by 225 people. Among other presentations were $25,000 from Fay Springer, president of the Rockaway Park Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association, to support work of the hospital's Parkinson's clinic, and $2,000 from the Rockaway Rotary Club.

30 Years Ago...

The huge Bicentennial parade set for July 4 kicks off from Beach 116 Street and Newport Avenue at 6 p.m.

Beach Channel High School, which has the only crew team in the City of New York, represented New York City in the President's Cup race held in Washington, D.C.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz was stunned early Wednesday by word that Governor Carey had vetoed the Santucci-Lipschutz bill regarding the Cross Bay Bridge toll. The bill, as presented, would have limited the cost of crossing the bridge to 25 cents instead of the proposed 50 cents.

Richard L. Geist, president of Rockaway's Playland has been appointed as chairman of the membership committee of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the Legislative Citizens Committee for the Preservation of the Rockaway Courthouse will meet at the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways, 1920 Mott Avenue, to explore alternative uses for the building and how to raise money to maintain it.

40 Years Ago...

Summer arrived last Tuesday. Lou David of David's shoe store observed the occasion by dusting off his "gone fishing" sign which he always hangs in the window of his store on Tuesdays during the summer - when he really does go fishing.

The Columbia Theater is getting ready to open under a new policy and the management of Morris Rochelle. Live entertainment is forecast. Could that mean off-Broadway stage productions with which the Rockaways are surrounded.

The Rev. Richard S. Bauder has become a new minister of the First Presbyterian (Russell Sage Memorial) Church of Far Rockaway. He had been serving the church on an interim basis since the Rev. Richard V. Colen left the church to assume the pastorate of a church in Huntington.

William Leonard Griffith, Indiana, father of 10 and holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree after nine years of night school, recently won a "live like a millionaire" award in a shopping center contest. He is a grandson of August Bellon, founder of the Bellon Iron Works here.

50 Years Ago...

City, state and local officials will join with local civic workers and business leaders in the crowd of some 500 persons who are to make the trip on the first train on the Rockaway line this afternoon. The crowd will assemble at the Howard Beach station for the trip across the new trestle and inaugurate the long-dreamed-of rapid transit service to the Rocakways. The train will leave Howard Beach at 4:30. No fare will be paid by the riders who are the invited guests of the Transit Authority.

According to official word from Slum Clearance Committee spokesmen, "the brochure for the Hammel Title 1 redevelopment project is not ready and will not be until the latter part of the July." The brochure is the study of the entire project, which will be submitted to the Board of Estimate for approval.

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