2006-11-17 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Rockaway Music and Arts Council will open its 1986-87 Sam Levenson Memorial Concert series Saturday, November 22, at 8:30 p.m. with the Elisa Monte Dance Co. The program for the evening includes four of the most talked about, exciting examples of Ms. Monte's choreographic ingenuity and dynamism.

Doing their best to rid the streets of pushers and buyers, members of the 101st Precinct and officers of the Queens Narcotics Division swooped down on locations known as narcotics trafficking areas and arrested numerous alleged drug dealers.

Reports of muggings in and around the Dayton complex consisting of the buildings 8100, 8200, 8400, 8600 and 8800 Shore Front Parkway have spurred both tenants and private security to action. According to reports received at The Wave, there have been four muggings in and around the buildings in the last week. Three were inside the grounds and one person was mugged on Beach 84 Street between Shore Front Parkway and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Fay Springer, president of the Rockaway Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association, presented a check for $25,000 to Julius Granirer, president of Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere, for use in a Parkinson's Information and Referral Center in the hospital.

Shock was registered at Community Board 14 Wednesday, November 12 when Sanitation Department officials announced to the assemblage that the City of New York has no intention to close the Edgemere landfill. In fact, Walter Czwartacky, spokesman for the Sanitation Department, announced that the landfill will probably continue to operate for the next 20 years, or until the landfill reaches its design capacity.

30 Years Ago... Councilman Walter Ward is urging the city's Housing and Development Administration to deny a request for an "exorbitant increase in rent" at the Bay Towers development in Rockaway Beach.

Monday evening saw a packed house in the auditorium at Beach Channel High School as the next meeting in the Gateway schedule of public hearings was held. This marked the first time that there was such a crowd.

Musicians of the American-Irish Drum Corps of the Rockaways helped St. Mary Star of the Sea parish, Far Rockaway, honor the Italian-Americans at a Sunday 12:30 p.m. Mass.

Plans for redevelopment of the Rockaway Park area were presented to Borough President Donald R. Manes to Friday, November 12, by a representative of the newly formed Rockaway Park Development Committee.

Information about the newly organized Rescue and Civilian Patrol Association of the 101 Precinct will be revealed by the executive board on Thursday, November 18, at 8 o'clock.

40 Years Ago... Temple of Israel in Rockaway Beach is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a dinner-dance Sunday evening at the Park Inn Hotel. The first religious services at the temple were held in 1896 in the old Hammels Hotel.

Army specialist Gerald J. Breen, of 11th Road in Broad Channel, was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge last week while on duty in Vietnam.

Lloyd C. Craft, builder of the Central Theatre in Cedarhurst and many beach clubs in Atlantic Beach, died in his home, 13-22 Eggert Place, Far Rockaway at the age of 81.

First decisions are expected this week on the cancellation of charges against property owners in Rockaway Park for repairs to meters and other equipment which the owners say were damaged when new water mains were installed

50 Years Ago...

New York Yankee pitcher and World Series hero Don Larsen was seen on Beach 129 Street Monday afternoon talking to some old and new friends. He is staying at a friend's house in Neponsit prior to accepting his World Series gift.

The Beach Channel drawbridge was stuck in the open position early this week canceling several rush hour trains to Rockaway. Instead of busing to Howard Beach and catching the A-train there, many riders walked a few blocks into town and caught the LIRR to Brooklyn and Penn Station.

Rumors have it that 1956 will be the last of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Many west enders find it convenient to hop in a car and drive to Ebbets Field, about a 20 minute drive.

Rockaway airport doesn't have much longer to live. The pile drivers can be seen moving into position to start building the new public housing in Edgemere.

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