2007-04-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Mayor Edward I. Koch signed into law a bill sponsored by City Councilman Walter Ward that names the span on Cross Bay Boulevard between Broad Channel and Howard Beach the Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge. Ward pointed out that Addabbo, who died April 10, 1986 after a long battle with cancer, served in the House of Representatives for more than 25 years, and as chairman of the House of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and played a key role in the shaping of national defense policy. "This bridge connects two of the communities the congressman so diligently represented," said Ward. "The designation of this bridge as the Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge serves as tribute to a great man, our good friend and neighbor, who is greatly missed."

Community Board 14 will hold a public hearing on May 12 in regard to an application from New York City's Human Resources Administration to construct a building in Edgemere to house 200 homeless, single males.

Opposition to placing a shelter for homeless men in Edgemere at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 43 and 44 Streets is getting more intense. Councilman Ward has arranged to meet with New York City Council President Andrew Stein and Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin and has invited Queens Borough President Claire Schulman and other officials and members of Community Board 14 to be present.

After talking to the leadership of the Hammel Tenants Association and the Hammel Patrol Association, Jay Steingold, executive director of the Rockaway Local Development Corporation, is convinced there is a new beginning at the Hammel Houses. Quality of life can be improved, he says.

Margaret Hogan is celebrating her 104th birthday anniversary on Monday, April 27. Margaret Hogan is "quite sharp for her age" says her son Raymond. "She's here in the Park Nursing home in Rockaway," and "she's still with us, thank God." Last year, she received letter from President Ronald Reagan and Senator Alfonse D' Amato; and it is expected that this year will be the same. The celebration this year will be in the Lightship Restaurant in Rockaway Beach.

30 Years Ago...

Reports from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week warned that it will be "extremely difficult" to continue banning the Concorde supersonic transport from John F. Kennedy International Airport. Rockaway residents should notice the sudden increase in air traffic over the peninsula, as work is being done on the runways at JFK to accommodate the SST.

The new community planning board has to come to an interesting conclusion. They are looking for an office, but refuse to rent any office space if Richard Geist is the landlord of the property.

On Friday, May 13, there will be a public hearing, with guest speakers being 10 state senators and assemblymen. The forum will be conducted on legalized gambling.

A public hearing regarding Gateway will take place on May 6. State Senators John Marchi and Sheldon Faber will address the audience.

Stores on the southwest side of Beach 92 Street are due for a complete facelift. This will lend a beautiful appearance to the street. Motorists will have a nice view coming off the Cross Bay Bridge.

40 Years Ago...

At last Thursday's hearing in the Board of Estimate Chamber in City Hall, a number of local people who favored Arverne I urban renewal caucused and agreed to let Borough President Cariello speak for them collectively, thereby saving a lot of time and repetition.

Mario Russo's wife, Diane, is helping to make a Mr. and Mrs. Team to lead the cleanup, paint-up, plant-up campaign. "President Johnson has his Lady Bird to help in his campaign," says Mario. "So, Russo has his Diane at his side."

Many tears were shed at the hearing, but they were tears of joy on the part of most local people who were present. Disappointment was evident on some faces, however, because the entire renewal project was not approved at the same time.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Auer, who have been spending the winter months in West Palm Beach, Florida, have recently returned to their home at 148 Beach 97 Street.

Mrs. Regina Brandenburg and son, William, of 218 Beach 81 Street were dinner guests Easter Sunday of Mrs. Brandenburg's other son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Brandenburg of 87-21 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Mr. and Mrs. William Sudgen, 502 Cross Bay Boulevard, have been vacationing in the New England states.

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