2006-09-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

When a baby found Sunday, September 7, about 11:30 a.m. in an abandoned car in what used to be a parking lot at Beach 64 Street and the boardwalk, Arverne, quickly was transported to two hospitals, nurses named her Penny Schneider-getting in the names of both hospitals. Police records show that Penny Schneider was found by Tiny Quaranto of Baldwin, L.I., who was in a car with Klaus Schmitz of Hempstead, L.I., when she heard what she thought was a baby crying.

"Let's shut off the coffee!" When Sy Sheldon, Democratic leader of part B in the 23rd Assembly District, said that Tuesday night, September 9, everybody knew the campaign for Democratic nomination for Congressman Alton Waldon, Jr. was over. The Rev. Floyd Flake was the winner among the Democrats in the Sixth Congressional District.

Almost an hour and a half passed as members of Community board 14 bantered back and forth the merits and problems of a proposed new shopping area for the Edgemere area. The small "mom and pop" stores are planned for Beach 53 Street between Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Construction of these stores would allow residents of the Edgemere Houses and Nordeck Co-Op to have a small shopping center of their own rather than depend on purchasing their food and other items from trucks and converted buses that park along the streets.

Rockaway Local Development has produced and is distributing without charge an up-to-date street map of the Rockaways. Jay Steingold, Executive director, says the RLDC board decided to publish this map "in response to community desire." "Ten thousand copies were produced by the Hagstrom Map Co. There was extensive community input, and updating of streets, buildings, etc. to comply with the current Rockaway situation," says Steingold.

30 Years Ago... Broad Channel residents, who were out in a boat Tuesday afternoon, September 14, saved the life of an unidentified man who jumped or fell from the Cross Bay Bridge. According to observers, the man drove a car across the toll bridge, stopped and went to the rail. Stephen O'Reilly pulled him into the boat and worked on him. Kevin Brennan brought the boat to the Broad Channel side of the bridge and helped revive the man. Also in the boat was Donna Mundy.

J. Karen Singer, 25, daughter of Cantor and Mrs. Jacob Singer, was "a casualty of the war of the streets" on Saturday, September 11, when she died after being stabbed by a mugger.

With schools open again, Councilman Walter Ward has stepped up his demands that playgrounds jointly operated by the Board of Education and the Department of Parks be cleaned up, and rubbish there removed.

The eyesore known as the Commodore Hotel has been completely leveled. It is hoped that the community will keep close tabs on what is to be erected there. It would be an ideal spot for a vest pocket park. The many senior citizens in the area would be overjoyed with a place to sit among trees and flowers.

40 Years Ago... Belle Harbor resident Jay Black, leader of the hit band, Jay and the Americans, spent the weekend at home prior to a long out-of-town engagement.

One of the outstanding reactions to the first day of school was that of a kindergartener who told his parents, "Alright, I'll try it for a week and see how I like going to school."

The rain we had early in the week did not amount to much, but it was enough to flush the Beach 84 Street sewer and leave the stench that was emitted through the manhole covers during the dry, humid weather.

Parents of handicapped children are complaining loudly about the failure of school buses to pick up their children. Some youngsters have waited as long as two hours for a bus that never came.

50 Years Ago... State Senator James J. Crisona, a Democrat, and his opposition for the forthcoming election, Sidney Palmer, will meet face to face during a panel discussion at the October 1 meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women, Rockaway section.

Proceedings to acquire the area under construction for Title I housing projects here are expected to get underway by next spring, according to Robert Moses, chairman of the City's Slum Clearance Committee. The Hammel area is proposed for Beach 73 to Beach 90 Street's Shore Front Parkway to Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The area under consideration at Seaside extends from Beach 102 Street to Beach 108 Street from Shore Front Parkway to the Freeway.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerard A. Grubel of 322 Beach 88 Street, Hammels, recently moved into their new residence at 69-25 Hessler Avenue, Arverne.

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