2006-10-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Murray Richardson was badly burned October 12 in a fire at 2211 Loretta Road, Far Rockaway, and removed by helicopter to the Cornell Burn Center in Manhattan. The burns covered his face, chest, back and both arms for a total of about 35 percent of his body.

Five-year-old Cynthia Pride died in a fire October 16 that engulfed the apartment at 1309 Augustina Avenue, Far Rockaway, in which her family was living. Her mother, father and six-month-old sibling jumped out of a window and were caught by Maurice Andrews, a teenager who lives next door. Her mother broke a leg.

Despite word from Sanitation Department officials that Rockaway's Edgemere landfill will not accept refuse from elsewhere, The Wave has learned that the opposite is true. Sanitation trucks from elsewhere have been spotted going into Edgemere in the dark of night.

Police Officer Matthew Fanning of the 100th Precinct required nine stitches October 14 to close a gash made through his head by his shield as the radio motor patrol car in which he was riding plowed into a skidding vehicle.

Pier 92 restaurant will be the site where Congressional hopefuls Richard "Bo" Dietl and the Rev. Floyd Flake discuss the future of the Arverne Urban Renewal area.

Joel Gerstel, the chair for Community Board 14, resigned his post at the organization's monthly meeting last week. Borough President Claire Shulman reportedly forced Gerstel's resignaton because he neither lives in Rockaway nor has a business here any longer. Denis O'Connor, who owns a buisness on the peninsula but no logner lives here was forced to resign as well. Shulman said that she petitioned Mayor Ed Koch to allow the two to stay until the end of their term on the board, but was rebuffed.

30 Years Ago... Friendly drivers parked on the Cross Bay Bridge reportedly flashed their lights back one night this month when Mike Farmer of Richmond Hill flashed them his lights from his new 17-foot boat. What they didn't know was that Mike and the friends he took out to show off his boat were stalled and had dropped anchor to stop drifting. A Coast Guard boat and helicopter reportedly found them at 5 the next morning and towed them back to shore.

Carlo Biondo is looking for a place for his Sea Scouts to meet. There are more than 400 kids involved and they now pay $150 per month rent which the organization cannot afford.

Revitalization does not mean anything in the rain. Saturday's rain saw puddles form on the corner of Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive. They appeared when the roadbed had just been repaved. What are we to expect in the future?

Repaving of six Rockaway streets will begin this month. "That's definite," said Pearle Appelman, Director of the Office of Neighborhood Services, in Rockaway, this week. There are also six other streets that may be repaved, she added. These are not definite.

40 Years Ago... The first completed building at Seagirt Village, a $15 million community development for the elderly under construction at Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 19 Street, Far Rockaway, will have its cornerstone dedicated October 30.

Seventeen additional beds for medical and surgical patients will become available at Peninsula General Hospital in Edgemere on November 1.

Despite desires of residents in the neighborhood, voting at P.S. 42, Arverne, is out of the question, according to the Board of Elections. The new machines are too heavy for all those stairs, the board's spokesman declared.

Notices in English and Spanish were distributed this week in the Arverne Urban Renewal area, informing residents that a Department of Relocation survey will start Monday.

50 Years Ago... Test borings have been completed and construction is slated to begin on the new wing of Far Rockaway High School. The addition will house the math and science departments.

While the high school building itself is undergoing renovations, it will be a long time before the Harry Luft Memorial Athletic Field, adjacent to the high school, will get some aid. The grandstand and the field are in poor shape.

A.I. Nathan, of Nathan's stationery store in Far Rockaway, observed his 70th birthday.

As the first signs of cool weather hit the peninsula, straphangers on the newly opened IND Rockaway line are beginning to complain about the lack of heat in trains - especially when traveling the 3.5-mile stretch between the Broad Channel and Howard Beach stations.

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