2006-07-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Negotiations are underway to sell the Rockaways' Playland to investors who will level the property and, if plans work out, construct middle and high-income housing without subsidies or governmental aid. This development was reported this week by Peter Horowitz, Playland's president.

Next weekend, the fifth annual Rockaway Irish Festival will prove there's a bit of Irish Spirit in everyone; and the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas Brady, pastor of St. Camillus Church in Rockaway Beach is Grand Marshal. Bronx Congressmen Mario Biaggi Councilman Walter Ward will help as Honorary Grand Marshals.

Four men who spotted an overturned boat some 50 feet north of Beach Channel Drive at Beach 108 Street on July 10 not only provided three persons in the water with life preservers but removed a fourth, who wasn't breathing, from Jamaica Bay and administered CPR.

The Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association is sponsoring the Beachside Art and Cultural Fair on July 20 between Seagirt Avenue and the boardwalk in Far Rockaway.

Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways Inc. and Norstar Bank Long Island extended the deadline for a Rockaway's Tri-centennial Year photo contest. The winning photographs will be placed in a time capsule at the Doughboy Plaza in Rockaway Beach, to be opened in 2086.

30 Years Ago... Mayor Beame was in Far Rockaway yesterday for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the revitalization commencement. There was a large turnout and everyone wished the merchants well. Meanwhile, there is much talk of a revitalization program for Beach 116 Street. There is talk of having 116 Street one way from the boulevard to the boardwalk, with a turnaround in to Beach 115 and 117 Streets.

Now that the sewage treatment plant is almost completed, how about the new road that was promised to us? Or, are the Rockaways going to get the short straw once again?

Terrence Flynn of Rockaway Park, a delegate to the Republican National Convention, ate dinner July 21 with President Ford, in the White House. The president invited the local leader to meet with him, and Flynn flew down to honor his request.

Miss Mindy Trepel, a Rockaway resident and a senior at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has been appointed chairman of the Rockaway Planning Council's Community Planning Committee, in an effort to find a suitable use for the Rockaway Courthouse.

40 Years Ago... "Arverne Urban Renewal Area condemnation can be expected within one year," said Mayor John Lindsay's coordinator of urban renewal, Eugenia Flatow. This progress was brought out at a joint meeting of the Arverne Civic Council-Wavecrest Civic Association at the Far Rockaway American Legion hall.

Approval to proceed with an addition to Peninsula General Hospital, Edgemere, was received Saturday by Julius Granirer, the hospital's president, from the New York State Department of Health.

There will be no firefighters' parade in Rockaway this year. The annual event, which drew companies from the Point, Broad Channel, and other nearby points was called off when a questionnaire revealed participation would drop off drastically. A major reason for the drop, it is assumed, is the fear of Negro civil rights activists disrupting the parade as they did in Merrick, Long Island last week. The firefighters were accused of not allowing Negroes to join their fire companies.

Engineers of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority are working on plans for rebuilding the Cross Bay Bridge. The engineers have stated that no additional properties will have to be cleared for the project.

Final plans are being drawn up for the Dayton Beach shopping center, said Al DeMatteis of the DeMatteis construction firm.

50 Years Ago... Sunday's thundershowers kept much of the beach traffic away. Many residents were delighted to see the empty roads, accessibility to Beach 116 Street and to the boardwalk. Many residents lamented that the rains should come more often.

Department of Education day camps are in operation in virtually every public school in Rockaway this summer.

Three local students passed the June bar exams. They are: Theodore Pollack of Neponsit; Donald H. Shaw of Rockaway Park and Murray H. Pollack of Far Rockaway.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bradley recently returned from their honeymoon, and are now residing at 79-22 Boulevard. Mrs. Bradley is the former Isabel Menzies of Beach 86 Street.

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