2007-01-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Chase Manhattan Bank is closing the second of its three branches that has always been an integral part of the Rockaway community. The bank has been sending customers notice that the branch at Cornaga Avenue and Beach 20 Street will close on April 22.

More than 350 local residents, merchants, politicians and political hacks rallied on Beach 116 Street last Saturday to voice their disapproval at plans for housing the homeless in Rockaway. Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipshutz, taking time from her busy court schedule, was shouted down by chants of "resign," "tell the truth," and "get out now" that emanated from the crowd.

Answering more than 2,200 calls for help and saving 89 lives between Coney Island and Fire Island in 1986, the United States Coast Guard Group Rockaway celebrated lives saved, mourned those lost, searched for smugglers and cursed when given a false cry for help. The group expanded its mission during the past years, changing to better service the boating community and country; 170 men and women assigned here are committed to upholding traditions set by sea faring rescuers of the 1800s.

A resident of Belle Harbor for the last 15 years, Patrick Antonelle has paintings in an art show at Citi Bank, 40 West 57 Street in Manhattan, and will open in another show at Morin Miller Galleries, 119 West 57 Street next Saturday, January 31.

Tenants of the Surfside Park apartments in Rockaway Beach were fearful this week about public revelations that suggest that the owners of the buildings will have to start paying property taxes, which will force a rent increase. It's possible that tenants will be protected by rent stabilization.

30 Years Ago... Everyone wants to get into the act. If anyone claims to be a reporter from The Wave make sure you see his or her I.D. card. The Wave logo will appear on the card next to the picture of the person.

President Carter has stirred up much controversy in the week he has held office. Local Veterans groups are fighting mad over his call for Amnesty.

It's official. Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz will try for the New York State Senate seat vacated by John Santucci. What a waste of taxpayers' money. There will have to be another special election to fill the assembly seat if she wins the senate seat.

The stench from the sewage treatment plant is overpowering. When the wind is right you can die. It seems if civil disobedience is the only answer. The Rockaways are the garbage dump of the city. Maybe if everyone blocked a bridge on a hot summer afternoon we would get some recognition.

Newly retired Father Dunne has decided not to go to cold Florida. Instead, he will remain here in Rockaway.

Anyone who looked at the Bay during the last few days got an inkling of what the Artic Ocean must look like. The only thing missing were the polar bears.

40 Years Ago... Beach 116 Street is jammed with parked cars, as people do their shopping on Sunday mornings. Could it be because the parking meters are not in operation on Sunday this time of year?

When repairs are needed on the public beach the Civic groups do a good job of calling the needs to official attentions. Of course it helps if a Borough President lives in the vicinity.

It was reported at the Chamber of Commerce Dinner that space in the new Dayton shopping center is about 80 percent rented and that construction will soon begin.

Some people fought to keep their homes in the Holland section from being condemned for a school site, and have been trying to interest the Holland Seaside Civic Association in sponsoring an apartment development in the same area.

50 Years Ago... Arthur F. Blum, a local insurance agent, has been appointed as a member of the Resolutions Committee of the New York State Association of Insurance agents.

Mrs. John A. McCoy, 6 Dashby Court, leaves today for a two-month stay in England.

Arnold Cianella son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cianella of 22-58 Nameoke Street will receive his M.D. with honors when he graduates from the Georgetown University Medical School next Tuesday.

Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox attended the annual dinner dance at the Washington Hotel Saturday night. Lewis installed Mrs. Elsie Fleisher as President of the Edgemere Civic Association.

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