2006-07-07 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Susan Sebade Hallock, a Rockaway resident for 25 years, and her husband, Captain Dan, brought their tall ship, "Yankee," up from Florida to participate in the Parade of Sail - Op Sail 1986 -- on July 4. Susan is proud of the fact that she and her husband built their 80-foot, steel-hulled schooner in Atlantic City. It's available for charter.

Seymour Sheldon, Democratic leader of Part B in the 23rd Assembly District, is hailing a decision by Supreme Court Justice Burton Sherman to allow Assemblyman Alton Waldon Jr. to take the Sixth Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives that has been empty since the death of this spring of Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo.

Thirty detectives are looking for Robert Roulston, 32, for allegedly slaying Police Officer Scott Gadell, 22, of the 101 Precinct with a gunshot to the head last Saturday, June 28, behind a rooming house at 30-15 Seagirt Boulevard.

The Committee to Promote Irish Culture has chosen the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas Brady as grand marshal of this year's Rockaway Irish Festival. Brady is the pastor of St. Camillus R. C. Church, Rockaway Beach; a chaplain for the New York City Fire Department, and an active leader in the community that for years and years was known as "Irish Town." The 1986 Rockaway Irish Festival, the fifth time the annual event has been staged, is set for the weekend of July 26 and 27.

30 Years Ago... Lifeguard shacks and first aid stations have no telephones this year. This means guards have to run up and down the beach during an emergency. However, the Parks Department garbage trucks have radio communications.

Some of the beaches which were recently cleaned are already starting to look like pig pens. Residents who had a hand in the cleanup should not be afraid to tell their neighbors where to get off when they catch them littering.

The merchants association in Rockaway Park is upset over the fact that the lot behind the municipal parking lot on Beach 116 Street has been sold. This site was to become an off-street bus terminal and will now be part of the Waldbaum's shopping center.

Two of four persons who jumped off the Marine Parkway Bridge at about 8:45 p.m. on July 4 were arrested by United States Park Police, after Coast Guard personnel who picked the two out of the water were pelted with stones and bottles thrown by people on the bridge.

Congressmen James Scheuer, Joseph Addabbo and John Wydler, all representatives for districts bordering JFK International Airport, voted "yes" last week on an amendment to prohibit supersonic transport flights at Kennedy - unless noise standards of the Federal Aviation Administration are met.

40 Years Ago... Robert Moses, who through the years often has shown himself to be a friend to the Rockaways has proposed that the interchange at the Marine Parkway Bridge and a new multi-level Cross Bay Bridge be built within the next few years.

City lifeguards assigned to Rockaway's beaches staged a two-hour work stoppage Saturday protesting a snag in negotiations for a pay raise. The lifeguards currently get $15 per day.

As part of the increase in bus and train fares, Green Bus Lines is seeking a five-cent raise in their fares. The trip from Far Rockaways to Roxbury would now cost 30 cents more.

The Board of Education, which this week postponed an open meeting at which it was to consider a Seaside site for the proposed South Queens high school, indicated yesterday that it is prepared to give equal consideration to any site proposed, including the one suggested this week by the Bureau of the Budget - filling in 40 acres of Jamaica Bay.

50 Years Ago... Jamaica Bay will be buzzing Saturday as the third annual Long Island Boat Racing Association race gets underway at Mott Basin in Far Rockaway.

Motion picture and Broadway star Jayne Mansfield was a big hit as an attraction at the opening of that big Waldbaum's market that opened in Rockaway Park.

Members of the Rockaway Park Merchants Association are redoubling their efforts to end the bus terminal on Beach 116 Street. They want the city to use its property adjacent to the subway station for that purpose in conjunction with a municipal parking field which the association has had as one of its objectives for a long time.

Jules Michaelis, the Edgmere civic worker, was a passenger on the first train of the new Rockaway line, but was late getting off a Rockaway Park and missed a souvenir copy of The Wave's transit issue which was handed to passengers leaving the train.

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