2006-08-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Rockaway Park friends, neighbors and others who see her in day-to-day life are expressing amazement as well as congratulating a housewife who so thoroughly overcame a severe back problem that she swam the 28.5 miles around Manhattan in ten hours five seconds on July 20. Irene Woody, who began swimming laps eight years [ago] to help correct her back problem, was attracted to the fifth annual "Drury J. Gallagher Jr. Memorial" swim arranged by the Manhattan Island Swimming Association as much by the wonder if she could do something like that as by the urge to show others her condition was not hopeless.

United States Senator Alfonse D'Amato is striving to forestall an attempt to pull all the United States Park Police out of the Gateway National Recreation Area and replace them with less highly paid park rangers.

The Mount Carmel Baptist Church Senior Choir is marking its 64th anniversary this week with a sing on August 24, at 4:30 p.m. that will bring 15-20 other local choirs to the church , which is located at 348 Beach 71 Street, Arverne.

The city has hired a local engineering firm to take a look at the the street grids in Far Rockaway and to do some prelimianry planning on ways to make those streets easier to trnasverse. The streets under study include Central Avenue (Beach 20 Street) south to Seagirt Boulevard, which runs along the ocean front from the Atlantic Beach Bridge to Beach 35 Street.

The lawyer for the man who brutally shot Police Officer Scott Gadell is claiming that the police beat a confession out of him and that he is not guilty of the henious crime. That lawyer says that the beating started in the police car bringing the suspect back to Rockaway and continued in the precinct house.

An editorial that was published in The Wave this week speaks about the new development in the Mott Creek section of Far Rockaway and the steep rise in home prices in Broad Channel. It decried the fact that transportation improvements are not keeping up with the building.

30 Years Ago... Subway trains must go someplace we don't know about. All the bulletin board in the subway station at Beach 116 Street has on it are advertisements for musicals and plays in Port Chester, New York and in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Sanitation Department is to be commended for the great job of cleaning up Beach 116 Street. However, should not our Police Department be more concerned with handing out tickets for littering than for overtime parking at the meters?

After many years of serving the Rockaways, Sylvia Machlis is closing her Belle-n-Beau children's shop on Beach 116 Street. With the closing, there is renewed interest by the OTB for use of the store.

Burglars broke into the Edge Vern Jewish Center, Beach 17 Street, Monday afternoon, August 23 and removed more than $1,000 worth of equipment, such as the mimeograph machine and the electric typewriter.

40 Years Ago... Borough President Cariello has called a breakfast meeting of some 30 local civic workers on September 12 at the Park Inn Hotel to discuss urban renewal plans for the Rockaways.

No one was injured when a pleasure boat exploded in the surf off Beach 149 Street, Neponsit.

Service will be suspended one week to allow the transfer of books from the public library at 16-37 Far Rockaway Boulevard to temporary headquarters at 18-45 Mott Avenue. The Carnegie Library building will be demolished and replaced with a new, modern facility. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 1967.

Springman Hall was filled to capacity last night as west enders displayed their displeasure at the continuance of the double fare on the IND Rockaway line.

50 Years Ago... Edward Ryan, 42, of Hammels, who was beaten, and dragged by a car on Beach 88 Street, Sunday morning, was listed in fair condition at Rockaway Beach Hospital.

Undaunted by the negative response by Park Department Commissioner Robert Moses, in the matter of a proposed canal in the Edgemere area, local civic groups are putting pressure on Queens Borough President Lundy to press on with the proposal.

Six of Rockaway's bands will play at the "Bands On Parade" benefit tonight at the St. Camillus field, Seaside Avenue and the Freeway.

Rockaway's Municipal Court on Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive is scheduled to reopen on September 10.

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