2006-11-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

While New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation expects bids to be submitted in a few weeks to plant new trees and replace street trees throughout Queens borough, crews sent out by the city's Department of Transportation are tearing out beautiful, stately trees in the center mall of Flatbush Avenue (nearby Brooklyn) that for uncountable years have made entering and leaving Rockaway via the Marine Parkway Bridge more pleasant.

Preparations are just about complete for the interment of Rockaway's tricentennial time capsule on November 3, at the Veterans Memorial Plaza, Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Robert Tarduno, director of operations for Green Line Buses has informed Community Board 14 District Manager Elaine Castas that there will be two changes in the schedule of the express routes. "Due to a large number of complaints," notes Tarduno, "the QM-16 Rockaway Park Express is being changed from a 7:12 a.m. departure out of Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, to a new time of 7:05 a.m. The QM-17 Far Rockaway Express is being changed from a departure time of 6:55 a.m. to 6:45 a.m."

Prince-Wynn Post #260, Veterans of Foreign Wars, has again been selected as an emergency feeding station by the City of New York. On Tuesday, November 4, the post will distribute to the needy of the area 5,012 pounds of processed cheese and 960 pounds of rice. This is government surplus food.

Joseph Gathers, 51, who told police he lives at Beach 54 Street, Arverne, was arrested October 28 and charged with driving while intoxicated, following an accident in which a Richmond Hill man died. He failed a sobriety test given to him at Mary Immaculate Hospital, Jamaica, police said.

30 Years Ago... Richard L. Geist, president of Rockaway's Playland, has announced that the free fireworks that have become a tradition for Wednesday night in the summertime, will have to be eliminated in 1977.

Many people look forward to the first snow of the season. Here we look for the first blackout. Monday night we had one. All the lights were out from Beach 95 Street to Beach 57 Street. The blackout began about 9:30 and we had nothing to do but go to sleep so we don't know what time it ended.

Work is progressing very rapidly on the resurfacing of Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The crews expect to have almost all the work completed before Thanksgiving.

As far as we know, Beach Channel Drive is scheduled to be repaved as part of the capital budget. The repaving will be from Beach 149 Street to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The only drawback is that the repaving will probably begin next spring when beach traffic is at its heaviest.

40 Years Ago... District Attorney Nat H. Hentel made a scheduled inspection tour of the Arverne urban renewal area last Friday and found some conditions which he considered shocking enough to warrant a Grand Jury investigation, which he is asking.

Among the boys from Rockaway who left for induction into the Army on Tuesday were: Donald Palmer Jr., Fred J. Vasselman Jr., George Vasselman Jr., Danny Haviland, John J. Allen Jr., Raymond Carreau, Pat Cooke and Peter Diaz.

The Arverne-Edgemere Tenants League is picketing the Waldbaum's supermarket at 49-09 Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere, in a protest against recent inflation of food prices.

Opposition in the Arverne-Edgemere area is mounting against a plan to divert Shore Front Parkway away from the ocean and have it run close to the freeway.

50 Years Ago... The wife of the governor, Mrs. Averill Harriman, dropped into the Rockaways for tea last week at the home of State Senator and Mrs. James J. Crisona. The purpose of the visit was to introduce Mrs. Harriman to leaders of local women's groups.

Delighted over official approval by The Civil Aeronautics Administration of a proposal to establish a helicopter strip for emergency landings on property adjacent to the site of the proposed new $3.5 million Rockaway Beach Hospital building, William Brunner, former congressman and hospital president, acted to win necessary additional city and state endorsement.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Joseph Geist have been spending the past month holidaying in Tucson, Arizona, and will be returning to their home in Belle Harbor on November 15.

Despite the severe beating inflicted by President Eisenhower on Adlai Stevenson for the second time, the Rockaway Democrats had something to howl about this week.

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