2006-11-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Five of fifteen subway stations that the Regional Plan Association says register the fewest paying customers on a typical weekday are in Rockaway. The designation is based on 1985 turnstile counts, adds a report published Wednesday, November 5. The five stations are: Broad Channel (224 riders), Seaside-Beach 105 Street (262 riders), Edgemere-Beach 36 Street (408 riders), Frank Avenue-Beach 44 Street (413 riders) and Playland-Beach 98 Street (526 riders).

Housing Police have asked The Wave to withhold the name of a 21-year-old man who was shot in the neck, the stomach and the buttocks last Friday, October 31, at 38-08 Beach Channel Drive, part of a housing project in Edgemere. The victim was found about 9:45 a.m. in wounded condition and removed to a local hospital, which again the Housing Police have asked this paper not to name.

Richard "Bo" Dietl, the alleged 'law and order' candidate of the Republican and Conservative parties ranks with the best of them when it comes to chicanery. Dietl, who finished second to Rev. Floyd Flake in the November 4 election had called Wave Publisher Leon Locke, at home on at least two occasions, to "thank you for the endorsement." Locke informed Dietl and one of his campaign workers, Randy Guttman, that "we have not endorsed anyone yet, nor will we until the issue just prior to the election.

Reports this week about studies underway with an eye toward setting up a hydrofoil route between Rockaway and Manhattan included opinions that at best can be called only a dream. As reports say, Gerald Rennerts, President of the TNT Hydrolines of Wayne, N.J., talked to members of Community Board 14. But, despite the reporter's interpretation, he did not offer a proposal. He related what hydrofoils his firm is prepared to put into service will and will not do; and he himself added, board members told The Wave, that hydrofoils his firm is providing elsewhere will not work here (they are neither big enough nor built properly for open ocean travel).

Bo Deitel, who is running against Floyd Flake for Congress, says that he is the "law and order" candidate, but you couldn't prove that by us. This week, when he found that he was not endorsed by The Wave, he stopped payment on the check for his ads.

30 Years Ago... Bay Towers' tenants reportedly are shaping up for a rent strike, to stave off a 58 percent hike scheduled to take effect on January 1.

Cheryl Shelbourne, 18, was arrested Thursday, October 28, about 9:30 p.m. for allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old girl. The arrest was made by Police Officer Richard Sica of the 100 Precinct, at Beach 86 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Congressman James H. Scheuer reported last week that the federal government has awarded a $417,000 matching fund grant for refurbishing of the Rockaway boardwalk.

Aside from the beer drinking, shaving cream smearing, egg throwing kids, this was a fairy quiet Halloween. Now all we have to do on Halloween is eliminate the above problems and it will be entirely quiet.

Two officials of Air France clashed vigorously with local points of view at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon held October 28 in which the discussion centered on the feasibility of introducing the Concorde supersonic transport into John F. Kennedy International airport.

40 Years Ago... A package containing fruit juices, canned foods, toilet gear and more will be sent to all Rockaway's fighting men in Vietnam, courtesy of the Lt. Bernard H. Weiner Post, No. 258, Jewish War Veterans.

Ray Heatherton, television's "Merry Mailman" is the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Inwood Businessmen's Association.

Sam Shapiro, owner of the hardware store at Beach 88 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard has sold his store and will be spending his winters in Florida and his summers in Dayton Beach.

Members of the Hammels Tenants League will be demonstrating for a traffic light to be installed at Hammels Boulevard and Beach 81 Street.

50Years Ago... Subway schedule changes for the winter months have been posted in all stations of the new IND Rockaway Line. Headways of 15 minutes will be maintained during rush hours and 22 minutes during non-rush hours. Trains will terminate at Euclid Avenue during non-rush hours.

Paving of the new playground adjacent to the new Arverne junior high school will be in place very soon.

Observances of Armistice Day are being planned for Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Arverne, Far Rockaway Broad Channel and Inwood.

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