2006-09-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Rezoning the block in Arverne bounded by Beach Channel Drive, Beach 53 Street, Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 54 Street "to encourage development of new retail facilities" will be the subject of a public hearing that will lead the agenda of a Community Board 14 meeting on Monday, September 8, at 8 p.m., in the American Legion Hall at 301 Beach 92 Street, Rockaway Beach.

Queens Borough President Claire Shulman is urging New York State's attorney general, Robert Abrams, to immediately start legal procedures to close the Edgemere landfill. "Commence legal action immediately to terminate the illegal dumping of solid waste by the City of New York at the Edgemere landfill in the Rockaways... The protection of the public health and safety of our citizens must be given the highest priority," she says in a letter dated August 29.

State Labor Commissioner Lillian Roberts came to Far Rockaway Thursday morning, September 4, to open a job service office in the Queens Borough area with the highest percentage of out-of-work residents, 8.7 percent of the population. This office-at 526 Beach 20 Street-the first state-operated job service office on the Rockaway Peninsula-will provide vocational counseling, job placement assistance, skills and aptitude testing and personal services to area residents and employees.

The only democratic primary debate for borough president took place this week, sponsored by a coalition of Korean-American groups. Questions were addressed to incumbent Claire Shulman and challenger Lois Marbach by a panel made up of various factions of the Korean community.

30 Years Ago... Lifeguard Harry McVeety of 127-128 Street is crooning every Friday and Saturday evening at the Breakers restaurant on Beach 116 Street. He's there for an unlimited engagement.

If you think we alone do it-the Delaware River and Bay Authority plans to spend $15,000 on a study to determine if a study should be made of possible uses for the bay and river.

Assemblyman Gerdi Lipschutz met with New York State Commissioner of Commerce John Dyson to discuss plans to attract development and interest in the Rockaways.

Messages from President Ford, Jimmy Carter, Governor Carey and local political leaders will be among the contents enshrined in a tricentennial Rotary time capsule that will be buried Sunday, September 12 on property of the Rock Hall Revolutionary Museum, Broadway near Lawrence Avenue, Lawrence.

40 Years Ago... Dr. Joseph Fox, dentist, of Far Rockaway, was fined $2 last Friday in Long Island City court for parasailing ventures that at one time had people in Far Rockaway huddling in stores fearful of their lives.

Arverne's urban renewal project is very much "for real" it was reasserted Monday morning at a civic breakfast, which was sponsored at the Park Inn Hotel by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. The extension of Shore Front Parkway will require some further discussion as to its planning. Nevertheless, representatives of city, state and federal agencies confirmed previous reports that this improvement has a high priority.

Irving Leonescu of Wavecrest Gardens has been named Rockaway coordinator of the Thomas J. Mackell for District Attorney committee.

All four speakers at a City Planning Commission hearing September 7 opposed a map change based on widening Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 94 through 99 Streets in Rockaway Beach. City officials want the thoroughfare to a new route connecting Beach 98 to Beach 92 Streets, the Atlantic Ocean and Beach 102 Street.

50 Years Ago... A canal for small crafts is being proposed by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways to help eliminate the trip around Rockaway Point. It would cut through the narrowest part of the peninsula in the vicinity of Beach 40 Street, Edgemere. Proponents visualize development of the shorefront with private homes for boating enthusiasts.

Mrs. John Quadrozzi of Hessler Avenue, Arverne, was matron on honor at the wedding of her sister, Miss Dorothy Florette Greco, which took place Sunday afternoon at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Far Rockaway.

Rockaway Postmaster Abe Finkle announced yesterday that ballpoint pens are now in use in all the post offices in the Rockaways.

Plans for the new Long Island Rail Road station at Far Rockaway between Mott Avenue and Nameoke Street have been approved by the Interstate Commerce Commission.

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