2006-10-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Police investigating a suspicious fire last Friday at Nina's Pizza, 148 Beach 116 Street, unexpectedly found a blasting cap with wires underneath a rear door. The area was secured. The bomb squad was called in. The device was removed and found to be active.

Representatives from the Parks Department, State Senator Weinstein's office, the business community and Councilman Walter Ward met last week to finalize plans to bury a time capsule at the rear of the Doughboy Monument in Rockaway Beach November 3.

Wallace George Atkins, who was born to Margaret and Walter Atkins of Heyson Street, Far Rockaway, on November 25, 1985, has reached the growth level of a six-month-old child, weighs about 20 pounds and is making his family happy again.

Parties interested in proposed replacement of the North Channel (Cross Bay Boulevard) Bridge across Jamaica Bay from Howard Beach to Broad Channel are being asked by the Coast Guard (commander, Third Coast Guard District) to express their views in writing, giving sufficient detail to establish a clear understanding of their reasons for support or opposition to the proposed work.

Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz has been granted immunity from prosecution for alleged mail fraud and tax evasion committed by a former legal secretary, 46-year-old Attorney Richard L. Rubin, who was on her payroll, because she apparently was not aware of the scheme, received no benefits from it and is cooperating with the prosecution.

Reverend Floyd Flake, candidate for the House of Representatives has come out publicly against utilizing the Nehemiah Housing Plan in Rockaway. He also said that he was opposed to the government using racial quotas in either housing or jobs.

30 Years Ago... Wife-beating is not a crime in New York State, said lawyers at a public hearing by the Public Safety Committee of the New York City Council, on the problems of battered women. "Do we break up a marriage merely because a man beats his wife?" asked Councilman Leon A. Katz. Reportedly, at this point, disapproval rippled through the audience, composed mainly of women.

The resurfacing of Rockaway Beach Boulevard has commenced. The initial stage is on the boulevard at Beach 116 Street and goes westward on the boulevard.

Anyone that was around Beach 105 Street and the freeway Monday afternoon was not imagining things. Those were suds they saw. They were being emitted from the new sewage treatment plant.

Thank you to the two gentlemen on Beach 133 Street. While everyone else complains about the mess of sand on their blocks, these men do something about it. Saturday they were out with two shovels putting the sand back on the beach.

40 Years Ago... Public school registration in Rockaway and Broad Channel is at its highest level ever. Total registration including Far Rockaway High School is at 14,853.

The partially destroyed Carnegie Library at Mott and Central Avenues in Far Rockaway has been razed to make way for the new library building scheduled to be ready in 12 months.

Captain Ralph Wugman has succeeded Captain William A. Pick as commanding officer of the Far Rockaway (101) Precinct.

Max Gulfunt of Neponsit, who was an assistant district attorney under Frank O'Connor when the latter was District Attorney of Queens, is working hard to get his former boss elected governor of New York.

50 Years Ago... Jacob J. Javits, the state's Republican attorney general, was principal speaker at a local rally held last night at the Peninsula Republican Club in Arverne.

A shovel was presented to William F. Brunner, president of the Rockaway Beach Hospital, by Dr. Irving Frohman, chairman of the hospital's medical board, as a token reminder that work will soon get underway on the new Rockaway Beach Hospital.

The Reverend Thomas F. Mason, acting as a joint spokesman for the Joint Council For a City Hospital in the Rockaways, strongly urged the City Planning Commission to include a city hospital in the Capital Budget for 1957.

After a battle was waged for months and dragged through the courts on two occasions, the fate of the now deserted Neponsit Beach Hospital has been decided and the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways is all for the proposal to make it a home for the aged.

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