2006-06-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

On the very day the initial phase of a sewer project was completed on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, the Bureau of Highway Operations began mapping a capital project for the same street, which caused over a year's worth of work to become obsolete. The major installation work of the 92 Street sewers ended on Friday, June 20. As the sewer crew was leaving, two surveyors from Highway Ops. showed up just across the street, and began studying the design layout for a capital project to adjust the sidewalk and curbs along Rockaway Beach Boulevard, which would include Beach 92 Street.

Prince-Wynn Post 260 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Broad Channel is asking all residents of Broad Channel, the Rockaways and Howard Beach to fly their flags next weekend - July 4, 5 and 6. "This year we have a double reason for celebrating," said past Post Commander George Riekers, who serves as a public relations officer. "In addition to Independence Day, it is the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty."

"Rockaway Legal Clinic" was neither legal nor a clinic. It was phony! This disclosure came from Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci late last week, after Robert Ferrette, 39, of Dayton Towers West, a former Queens Civil Court officer, was convicted of "unauthorized practice of law," or as Santucci's office put it, "fake lawyering and larceny."

Kitty Reese, a mother of six, author and child care technician from Rockaway Park, earned a degree last week - cum laude - from Kings Borough Community College. She will continue her education at Brooklyn College this fall.

30 Years Ago... Last reminder that the big July Fourth Bicentennial parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Beach 116 Street and Newport Avenue, head east on Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Beach 108 Street, south to Shore Front Parkway, east to Beach 102 Street, north to Rockaway Beach Boulevard and east to the Doughboy monument on Beach 95 Street.

For $10 you can ride the Nostalgia Special subway train from 57 Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan to Rockaway, on July 4, with a big stop at the Court Street station in downtown Brooklyn. The station has been boarded up and not in use for regular train service for about 30 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Sullivan (Dennis is the brother of actor Barry Sullivan) celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 27.

Beginning July 7, the traditional Wednesday night fireworks will illuminate the sky over Rockaway Beach. The show will take place every Wednesday during July and August as the fireworks are shot off from a barge anchored off Rockaways' Playland.

Beach replenishment is moving ahead toward the Far Rockaway area. Crews are out there working seven days a week.

40 Years Ago... Queens Borough President Mario J. Cariello pressured the Lindsay administration this week to move ahead on the proposed lengthening of Shore Front Parkway to Far Rockaway.

Businessmen noted that this Fourth of July weekend was the busiest in terms of dollars and patrons than any they have experienced.

Rockaway civic leaders are thanking civic and national leaders for efforts which last week resulted in federal government approval of an $800,000 grant for an Arverne Urban Renewal Area study preliminary to condemnation. Plans include clearance, redevelopment and final rehabilitation of the area.

Corporal William Morris, USMC, 23, of Beach 76 Street, was killed in action near Da Nang in Vietnam. Morris had just one month left to serve, his mother said.

50 Years Ago... Crowds were somewhat smaller this holiday weekend as compared to past years but there were very few parking spots available. Some summer residents gave up their car and traveled to Rockaway via the new subway.

Passengers riding the new IND Rockaway line are disappointed. Although the fare is substantially less expensive than the Long Island Rail Road, the trains move slower, are dirtier and make more frequent stops. Riders were attacked by mosquitoes while traveling through the new Jamaica Bay sanctuary. Overall, the ride is smooth and comfortable and when the Far Rockaway station is completed in 1958, riders will not have to cope with the traffic that now surrounds the Wavecrest terminus.

Mr. and Mrs. William Murray returned Saturday from their Pocono Mountain honeymoon and have taken up residence on West 14 Road in Broad Channel.

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