2006-09-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Eliminate the A subway line in Far Rockaway!" This suggestion came from the office of Governor Mario Cuomo. His transportation commissioner, Franklin White, wrote the Metropolitan Transportation Authority: "Stop spending money repairing subway lines like the J in Queens, the A in Far Rockaway, Queens, and the No. 4 in the Bronx until their futures are decided." About the A line, the first comment Metropolitan Transportation Authority brass gave this newspaper was: "We love to see a comment such as this coming from them, not us."

Who knows this man? He was pulled from the surf at Beach 109 Street, Rockaway Park, on September 6 and died before he could be identified. Lifeguards told Detective Robert DeLeon of the squad of the 100th Precinct there was a current which struck a number of swimmers from both directions, and all who were taken out by lifeguards survived, except for this man, who appears to be of Middle Eastern extraction, 25-35 years old, 5 feet 9, 170 pounds. He was wearing white shorts with blue trim.

All money raised in a benefit this Saturday, September 20, at the Bridge Café will go to the Feeney family, which lost everything in a fire on July 31. Everything required for the benefit-including food and beverages-is being donated. "The amazing this is that all costs, which include the location and everything that will be available to eat and drink, have been donated. There will be no expense incurred whatsoever," says Ed McEvoy, chairman of the fundraiser.

"Students and Teachers Against Crack," led by Robert Spata, principal of Rockaway Beach Junior High School 180, will rally this Saturday, September 20, with Rockaway's NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), headed by Lovette Glasgow, PULL (People United for Local Leadership) and congregants of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Arverne, where the Rev. Joseph May is pastor.

30 Years Ago... Here we go again. OTB has been ripped off again. This time to the tune of $128,000. The bridges are also being ripped off by some of the toll takers. Will it ever end? The taxpayers are constantly saddled with the increase. Is it fair? Next time let's clean house before the tolls are raised again.

State Senator John J. Santucci's name is being used liberally and openly as a likely successor to District Attorney Nicholas Ferraro, who ended almost a year of speculation last week and announced that he would seek a Supreme Court judgeship nomination when the Democrats' judicial convention meets on Thursday at Antun's restaurant in Queens Village.

This November's election in the 22nd Assembly District may be a first as both major parties-the Republicans and Democrats-have only women as candidates for the Assembly post. In case you didn't know, Republican Rose Manfredi is vying with incumbent Democratic Assemblyman Gerdi E. Lipschutz.

Although the temperature went down with the arrival of fall last Friday, some Democratic temperatures must have risen with the news that former Far Rockawayite Albert Pacetta, long-time Democratic and former fire commissioner, had joined the Rockefeller camp for the November election.

40 Years Ago... Frameworks of the final buildings in the Dayton Park and Surfside Park apartment house developments have now attained their full height and the finishing work is about to commence.

At the rate Kennedy International Airport is expanding, it may not be many more years before Jamaica Bay will be all filled in. What then, Rockaway?!

Sheldon Rosenblatt, Republican candidate for the Assembly in this district has undertaken the herculean task of re-writing some 1,000 policies for flood insurance for families of veterans belonging to the Daniel M. O'Connell Post, American Legion.

Tom McCafferty of Rohr's confectionary, Beach 116 Street, is the man behind the scene. He runs the kitchens where the store's tempting treats are made.

50 Years Ago... From what the Beachcomber has been able to dig up, only the Temple of Israel and St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, both on 84 Street, will be exempted from the demolition in preparation for the area, for the Hammel-Holland Title I housing project. Everything else in the area will be razed.

The fight for a city hospital in the Rockaways could very well become an election year issue as supporters push for a meeting with Borough President James Lundy on the proposal.

Sam Gallagher, of Beach 95 Street, who retired several weeks ago after 30 years of service in the New York City Police Department, was given a testimonial dinner by local friends on Sunday evening at the Blarney Castle, Beach 90 Street.

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