2006-12-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Vigorous protests can be expected in Rockaway's west end if New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch succeeds in getting the federal Justice and Interior Department to listen to a proposal calling for renting space at Floyd Bennett Field (part of Gateway National Recreation Area) for a new prison. The city has tried doing things like this before, and it has to be convinced that it cannot infringe on federal property, May Fetscher, President of the Rockaway Park-Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, told The Wave.

Shuttle bus service from Dayton Towers, the Dayton Beach Park Cooperative and Surfside Park to the Dayton shopping plaza and Columbia Federal Savings Bank will begin Monday, December 1.

Responsibility for housing the homeless in Queens should be shared equally by every community board in the borough, except Board 14 in Rockaway, which has "borne the brunt of the city's problems for far too long." This view was emphasized in releases issued by borough hall this week.

Two Rockaway Park residents were arrested early Monday morning, November 24, when police on patrol on Beach 116 Street spotted a burglary in progress. It was completely a repeat performance, so they knew just what to look for, police said. Matthew Parker, 21, who was seen in a store at 206 Beach 116 Street, was arrested for burglary and criminal mischief in addition to misdemeanor charges. Joseph Dennis, 23, who allegedly was the lookout, was charged with burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief in addition to misdemeanor charges.

The Wave editorialized this week about the city's "obvious attempt" to get residents to leave Rockaway for other parts of the city. The editorial pointed to such city activities as raising the tolls on both of the bridges accessing the peninsula to $1.00, refusing to close the Edgemere Landfill, placing a homeless shelter for 200 men on Beach 43 Street, planning a new prison to be sited in Floyd Bennett Field, and generally treating the peninsula as a third world nation. Wave publisher Leon Locke has a better idea for Mayor Koch. Place all those facilities at Gracie Mansion.

30 Years Ago... With concern for the difficulties evident in having a bus stop at the corner of Beach 86 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in front of the Columbia Savings & Loan Association branch, the borough president is having the stop moved to the northeast corner of the intersection at the Hammel houses.

Borough President Donald R. Manes is pressing for the Long Island Lighting Company to help a businessman in Rockaway by "reopening" a store's gas service rather than "opening" it. The gist of the matter is that the businessman has renovated the store at 88-18 Rockaway Beahc Boulevard and now finds that LILCO will not open the gas because there is a moratorium on new customers.

Freda Turpin, of 1322 Caffrey Avenue, who was stabbed on November 22, and Police Officer Thomas J. Kennedy, who arrested a suspect in the stabbing, are sharing the facilites at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, where both are listen in "stabilized" condition.

The first major change in Beach 116 Street's revitalization is the new store being readied by Mike Kaufman. The former Weiskopf's will move southerly on the block, to the location that was Swifty's ice cream parlor.

40 Years Ago... Local political scuttlebutt has it that Fred Kohlreiter of Arverne is to get a job in the Borough President's office.

Members of the Rockaway Rotary Club are preparing for their annual Christmas party, not for themselves, but for about 200 needy local children.

Residents of the surrounding area seem to be making good use of the parking lot at O'Donohue Park since the parking fee has been removed for the winter months.

After serving as an aide to three admirals, Michael Clarity, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Clarity of Broad Channel, is being assigned to the Naval Officers Training School in California.

50 Years Ago... Local dignitaries and prominent figures from all parts of New York gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Institute of Special Education at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 62 Street.

Olfert Hansen, of 306 Beach 84 Street, was elected President of the Young Adult Group of the First Congregational Church on Sunday evening, succeeding Edward Wolfe of Beach 80 Street.

A watercolor painting, "Green Mansions," by Rubi Roth, of 211 Beach 134 Street, has been selected for exhibition in the Kunst Museum in Berne, Switzerland.

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