2007-01-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Community Board 14 will discuss the coming Request For Proposals (RFP) for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area at its regular monthly meeting next week. Members of the community board will discuss and then vote on what they would like to see in the long-vacated area and then the city's Department of City Planning will issued the RFP that matches those wishes.

Twenty-five more police officers were added to the Rockaway police force this week. Sixteen of those officers went to the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach and nine went to the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, according to Walter Ward, the City Councilman who represents all of Rockaway.

Members of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee will meet on Monday at the Lighthouse Restaurant at 8 p.m. The aim of this year's parade is to greatly expand the event to take in more groups and businesses.

The late Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo will be honored twice this coming week. The Addabbo Family Health Center, formerly the PRYME Community Health Center, will reopen its doors this week. In addition, a bill has been proposed in the city council that would rename the North Channel Bridge, which connects Howard Beach and Rockaway, in his name.

Last Friday, Rockaway saw its highest tides in more than 18 years. Not since Hurricane Donna, in 1960, has the ocean met the bay on various points on the peninsula.

The Prince-Wynn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Broad Channel and its ladies auxiliary are joining up to host an open drugs and drug abuse program especially designed for concerned parents and teachers in the community. "The drug problem among our youth has become so serious that we believe that we have to bring the full strength of this organization to bear," said one VFW official.

Borough President Claire Shulman has added seven new members to Community Board 14. They are: Pedro Figueroa of Far Rockaway; Harold Moorer of Far Rockaway; Harry Warshofsky of Bayswater; Kevin Callaghan of Rockaway Park; Sarah Gliboff of Rockaway Park; Louis Keltz of Rockaway Beach and Irwin Langer of Belle Harbor.

30 Years Ago... Monday morning has everybody looking for a Coast Guard icebreaker as ice flows were making their way west to east along boulevard. With a predicted drop in temperatures, whatever water did not go down the sewers quickly became a skating rink.

Rockaway Park's only public library will be closed on Tuesday afternoon because of "continuing conditions hazardous to the health of both the patrons and the staff." There have been numerous complaints of floods and rodent infestation in the rented quarters that also houses a hotel.

The Central Deli on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway has reopened under new management. The Central is now the only kosher deli on the entire peninsula.

Latest entry to the Senatorial race is Joan Carey, who was endorsed by a unanimous vote to run for District Attorney John Santucci's senate seat by the South Queens Democratic Club in Howard Beach.

40 Years Ago... Opposition to locating the Shore Front Parkway extension adjacent to the Freeway is being voiced by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

Briefs from Kenneth Reiver, who is suing to force the Transit Authority to equalize subway fares throughout the system, were accepted on Tuesday by a judge at Queens Supreme 'Court.

The Rockaway Park-Belle Harbor Property Owners Association is in favor of having the old Public School 43 site on the Boulevard at Beach 110

Street turned into a vest pocket park.

Five hundred friends and political associates of John J. Howley attended ceremonies at the Rockaway Council of Knights of Columbus hall on Sunday, at which time Howley was installed as president of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club.

50 Years Ago... In order to enlarge the playground at the St. Francis de Sales School in Belle Harbor, the old Belle Harbor House, a summer hotel built in 1911, was demolished this week.

Last week's decision by the Public Service Commission not to immediately allow the moving of the Long Island Railroad depot in Far Rockaway, has caused Central Avenue merchants to take new heart. Perhaps there won't be a new shopping center in Far Rockaway after all, they hope.

Municipal Court Justice Abraham Margulies was installed this week as the president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways as a Park Inn Hotel affair.

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