2006-11-24 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Local beauty, Verna Parker, of Far Rockaway, is one of ten finalists selected from the metropolitan area hoping to be crowned New York City's "Miss Ronrico" in January 1987. Parker, a long-time resident of Rockaway, works locally as a professional translator/interpreter serving the needs of the deaf and hearing impaired. Verna states, "I'm proud to represent Rockaway."

"No tolls on North Channel Bridge!" promises State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein. Despite numerous rumors to the contrary, he explains, "there will be no tolls placed on the North Channel Bridge" between Broad Channel and Howard Beach. There are plans to rebuild the bridge starting in 1988.

Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra-metropolitan New York's oldest community symphony orchestra-will present its 37th annual winter concert on December 20, at Lawrence High School, Reilly Road, Cedarhurst. This concert, beginning at 8:30, will feature the music of Tschaikovsky. Admission is by donation.

"Over my dead body!" That was how Queens Borough President Claire Shulman exploded when Sy Sheldon, Democratic leader of Part B in the 23rd Assembly District, rushed to borough hall to discuss a proposal by Mayor Edward I. Koch to build a shelter for the homeless in Edgemere.

Stephen F. Hartley, son of Rita and Donald Hartley, of 437 Beach 121 Street, has been promoted in the U.S. Army to the rank of specialist four. Hartley is a single channel radio operator with the 333rd Field Artillery in West Germany. He is a 1984 graduate of Beach Channel High School.

30 Years Ago... Those of you who drive through Rockaway regularly and wonder about those half demolished buildings, cease your worry. The contractor has 30 days to clean up the area he is working in. The contractor will probably partially demolish all buildings and then clean up the entire mess at one time.

Gateway had plans to put a roller-skating and ice skating rink at the park. However, no one showed any interest. All people have to do is write letters to Gateway at Floyd Bennett Field. If enough interest is shown, they will build.

Jockey Jose A. Rodriguez, of 160 Beach 117 Street, dashed back from Japan this week after he became the first foreigner in history to win a horse race in Japan.

One boy, 14, was caught and one boy, 15, escaped on Sunday, November 14, when they were discovered allegedly taking a radio and a microphone out of an automobile in the parking lot at 8400 Shore Front Parkway. Police Officer Richard Sica of the 100th Precinct made the arrest.

40 Years Ago... From the standpoint of noise elimination, the talk about moving overseas flights away from Kennedy International Airport sounds encouraging. Unfortunately, nothing has been said about when it may take place.

Chilly weather last Saturday may have numbed a few fingers, but the youngsters taking part in the Rotary window painting contest in Rockaway Park turned out some very creditable pieces of work.

The election of Mrs. Mae C. Fetscher as president of the Rockaway Peninsula Democratic Association is being hailed as a victory for Milton E. Jacobowitz, Rockaway leader of the party, who backed her for the office.

Greetings bearing several hundred signatures of worshippers at the First Congregational Church are being dispatched to the Reverend John C. Green, pastor emeritus of the church, who, next Tuesday, will celebrate his 94th birthday at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

50 Years Ago...

"The Peanuts" of St. John's Home have brought fame to the Rockaways and the home, with $25,000 which they won on "Name That tune."

In what may appear to be a cover-up for a Transit Authority blunder, TA Chairman Robert Patterson last week said that the city's booming subway business could carry the floundering Rockaway line which now faces a deficit of $2,000,000.

The Rockaway Beach Property Owners and Civic Association, Inc., requested today that Commissioner Robert Moses take the necessary steps to re-open the ice skating rink at Riis Park.

The City Planning Commission has approved the revised plans of the City Housing Authority for the $20 million low rent Edgemere Houses, construction on which will begin next spring. Instead of being bounded on the west by Beach 59 Street, the site will terminate at Beach 58 Street. The other boundaries at Almeda Avenue, Beach 51 Street and Beach Channel Drive will remain the same.

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