2007-01-19 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Queens City Council members and chairmen of the community boards voted 17-1 last month, to support Borough President Claire Shulman's proposal to shelter the homeless in housing clusters throughout the borough, with the exception of the Rockaways. Shulman said, "I would not put clusters in the Rockaways because the peninsula has borne the brunt of the city's problems for far too long."

Councilman Walter Ward is asking Mayor Ed Koch and Peter F. Vallone, vice chairman of the City Council, to support funding which will assure opening of public schools from 7 to 10 p.m., as well as 3 to 6 p.m. Ward wrote on January 9, "As I drive through my district during the evening, I have seen teenagers hanging out on the street corners, shopping centers, etc, with nothing to do." Ward pleaded that "this can and often does lead to serious problems. These youths should have the opportunity to... channel their energies in a constructive manner."

In letters to the editor, Mabel Winkelmann took the time to thank the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire department for coming to her house and removing more than three feet of water that was in her cellar. The water came as a result of a very big tide that caused major flooding throughout the community on January 1.

Police Officer Scott Gadell, who was slain while on duty on June 28, 1986, was honored in two ways this week: First, with a plaque from his co-workers and secondly, with the naming of a street next to the 101 Precinct in his honor. City Councilman Walter Ward, who authored the bill to rename the street, was the master of ceremonies for the renaming. The family of the slain officer stood by during the unveiling of the plaque and the street sign.

What had been anticipated never panned out at the Community Board meeting this week. Advertised as the consultant's report to the community, turned out to be a simplistic and problem-avoiding stop to HPD's desire for a high-density residential development in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Two people are in the hospital as the result of an accident between a truck and a car that resulted in a shooting incident. The unnamed truck driver is under arrest and police are looking into the gunshots that were fired by a witness to prevent the driver, Raymond Bannister of Brooklyn, from escaping. Bannister ran into the bushes after the accident, and then later turned himself in to police.

30 Years Ago... With a reading of zero degrees and a wind chill factor of 40 below, it would take the skin only a minute to freeze; locals were warned this week as a result of a severe frost all over the peninsula.

So you think you have problems here in Rockaway? Florida had 28-degree temperatures and two inches of snow in the northern part of the state and flurries as far south as Miami. "This cold weather is a blessing," said an old hand at the 100th Police Precinct, where, according to the records, crime dropped to "nothing." On the other hand, arrests are still being made. There have been at least six arrests this month for stolen cars.

The cold snap has affected our train service. Monday morning there were no A or CC trains from Rockaway to Howard Beach.

40 Years Ago... The unused site of Public School 39 in Far Rockaway is expected to be the main topic of discussion at a public meeting this week. The site is slated for a new middle school to be called Intermediate School 53. There are some who live in the area who are opposed to building a new school on the site, preferring instead a city park.

The citywide strike of New York welfare workers did not affect operations in the Rockaways. The welfare office at Beach 74 Street and the Boulevard and Callagy Hall annex at 6200 Beach Channel Drive experienced some shifting in the workload but otherwise the offices were not greatly compromised.

New York City Housing Authority named Harvey Rosen of 85-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard the Outstanding Tenant of 1966. Rosen is a tenant of the Hammel Houses.

50 Years Ago... Earlier this week Governor Averill Harriman appointed New York State's Commissioner of Investigations, J. Irwin Shapiro of Far Rockaway to fill the city court vacancy left by the death of judge William P. Weiner of Belle Harbor.

A local humorist, Edward Arnow, is busy constructing a modern apartment, which will be an extension of his home on Beach 94 Street.

Drury J. Gallagher, of Beach 134 Street in Belle Harbor received the Michael J. Cashman, S.J. trophy, awarded annually by the Fathers Guild to the outstanding athlete of Brooklyn Prep. Gallagher was the honored guest at Brooklyn Prep's all sports dinner.

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