2007-02-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

"Rockaway residents can ill afford to be singled out for ticketing!" Elaine Castas, district manager of Community Board 14, exclaimed this week, when she learned that New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch proposed increasing parking enforcement in shopping districts in the Rockaways, Howard Beach, South Jamaica and Middle Village, all Queens, and is getting action to carry out this enforcement.

Rockaway's St. Patrick's Day parade will be the largest yet to be held here. Fourteen bands have already confirmed they will be participating. In addition a number of marching units will also be attending the parade.

There were no "bow wows" no "meows" and no other offbeat references when Glen Walter, the first child of Dr. Ira Grossman of the Rockaway Animal Hospital and his wife, the former Marta Fishman, was born Sunday, February 8, in South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital's South Shore Division in Far Rockaway has received from New York State Department of Social Services a $51,000 grant to establish a teen internship program for its adolescent pregnancy prevention program.

Fast action by Transit Police and EMS workers is credited with saving the life of a man who walked into the side of a moving subway train on February 17 at the Frank Avenue-Beach 44th Street subway station in Edgemere.

30 Years Ago... Leaders of the Far Rockaway Sea Cadets are appealing to the community to provide a rent-free place for more than 250 boys and girls in the organization to meet.

Richard J. Ford of Rockaway Beach and Neil J. Kenny of Breezy Point have begun basic training at the New York State Police Academy.

Congressional salaries rose on Saturday, February 19- -from $44,600 a year to $57,500. The salaries of the Vice President, Chief Justice and House Speaker rose from $65,000 to $75,000; salaries of Cabinet members from $63,000 to $66,000; salaries of federal court appellate judges from $44,600 to $57,500; and all federal district court judges from $42,000 to $ 54,500.

Arrests per police officer in the 100 Precinct compare favorably with the arrest per man record of any other precinct in the city, proud officers in the precinct told The Wave this week.

Crime went down drastically during the cold spell, especially in auto thefts, robberies and muggings. "It must be frustrating to our crooks when the get-away car is stuck on the ice" says one commentator.

The popular Las Vegas Nights, that bring gambling to the peninsula, may reverse the trend of people leaving the city to gamble, it is said, especially if those who gambled lost the fare they would have used to go somewhere else.

40 Years Ago... Five survivors of a fire that wiped out the Wavecrest Hotel, a nursing home at 117 Beach 72 Street, Arverne, have been housed at the Hili Manor in Far Rockaway.

A gas main break at Beach 80 Street and the Boulevard proved to be basically an inconvenience rather than a problem as LILCO crews were immediately sent to the site and repaired the leak within minutes.

Rev. Henry M. Childs, jr., pastor of the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach will moderate a forum on state aid to church schools at the Gustave Hartman YMYWHAm Far Rockaway, on Thursday evening.

Reassurance that the entire Arverne urban renewal housing project is being carried forward with high priority was given Tuesday night to local residents at the Daniel M. O'Connell American Legion Hall. A crowd of about 500 turned out to hear Stanley C. Spiers of the federal Housing and Redevelopment Agency who remained and answered questions until the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Sanitation workers are still attempting to clear Beach 116 Street from the 13-inch snowstorm of 10 days ago.

50 Years Ago...

Miss Rosemary Werner, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E.F. Werner of 222 Beach 121 Street, is listed on the honor roll of Niagara University College of Nursing.

Michael Cullen, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cullen of 20 Road, Broad Channel, made several appearances on the Star Time television show in New York recently.

Since Fred Fieldler resumed command of his boatyard at the foot of Beach 80 Street last fall, he has been kept busy by local boating enthusiasts, getting their craft ready for spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Brick of 147-22 Newport avenue, returned from a vacation in New Orleans.

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