2006-09-29 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

More than likely many of us will be dead and buried before we see any signs of cable television in the Rockaways. Unity Inner City Cable T.V., the firm owned in part by Percy Sutton, owes the City of New York about $400,000. The city has never collected and has allowed the company to keep the franchise for part of Queens. The way we see it, Sutton and associates will probably hold the franchise, do the minimum amount of work and then possibly try to dump the entire operation for a huge profit. We can't find any fault with that. It's the American way, free enterprise. We are fearful that if this is the case, it may be many years before Rockaway sees cable t.v. And by that time, cable t.v. will be a thing of the past. It's just part of the Rockaway syndrome. We're the last to get anything good and the first to get anything bad.

"Reports that the New York State Department of Transportation is 'pressuring' the New York City Transit Authority to make transit service cuts (including according to at least one report elimination of the A subway line in Far Rockaway) are inaccurate!" With these words, New York State Transportation Commissioner Franklin E. White, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Capital Program Review Board, began a statement sent directly to this newspaper this week.

Repeated complaints about rats running rampant through Rockaway seem to be falling on deaf ears. Monday afternoon the rats were running through the park at Beach 102 Street. Boys playing basketball in the park were seen throwing the balls at the rats in order to kill them. While they met with some success, many of the rats scattered toward the boardwalk. Parks Department personnel are in the process of baiting the area to eliminate or at least reduce the rat population.

More than 2,500 people turned out on sunny Sunday, September 14, to enjoy a free open-house gala sponsored by the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA on its 8.5-acre campus at 1800 Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway.

Cracking down on crack is difficult because it often takes a long time to get cases on the court calendar and then witnesses are reluctant to travel great distances to appear in court. With these facts in mind, Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci this week suggested to the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways that neighborhood courthouses such as the one at Beach 90 th and 91 st Streets in Rockaway Beach should be reopened and/or reestablished.

30 Years Ago... Money to be spent on the Far Rockaway business center reportedly was included in more than $150 million in federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funds disbursed for low income and moderate income housing, recreation facilities and other community improvements.

State Senator John J. Santucci's name is being used liberally and openly as a 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 Anton's restaurant in Queens Village.

All the talk about posters being removed seems to have been for naught. At this writing the streets were still flooded with them. It seems the only candidates ever to remove posters were Conservatives and they aren't running this year.

Two youths were arrested on Friday, September 17, after they allegedly entered the fenced-in area of Loeb & Meyer, Inc. at Beach 84 64 Street and RBB and took a citizen's band radio from a Cadillac, damaging the Cadillac.

40 Years Ago... 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?

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.

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.

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.

50 Years Ago... 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 Sunday evening at the Blarney Castle, Beach 90 Street.

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.

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 Beach 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.

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