2007-05-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

With charges of election fraud ringing from various parts of Far Rockaway and Edgemere, Audrey Pheffer will be sworn in on Monday, May 4, as the state legislator for the 23rd Assembly District. She was elected on Tuesday, April 28, with about 55 per cent of the vote.

It was a miracle, but a young man who occupies a ground-level apartment in a house at 197 Beach 112 Street (at Rockaway Beach Boulevard), Rockaway Park, was out on a date when a car out of control plowed into the house and into the apartment Sunday morning, April 26, at about 3:40. Police say Tina M. Finn of 170 Beach 90 Street, Rockaway Beach, was driving her car west on Rockaway Beach boulevard when she lost control and plowed into the building at 197 Beach 112 Street. Damage to both the car and the building was extensive. (The owner of the building, John Dalton, told Police Officer Robert Molter of the 100th Precinct of Rockaway Beach he was not allowing anyone to remove the car because the building might collapse until such time as experts tell him it is safe to do so.)

Shots are being fired in the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway, but so far nobody will admit to this newspaper that a gun was seen. Monday, April 27, about 3:35 p.m., five shots were heard; but Housing Police could find nobody with a gun, nobody wounded, nobody in a hospital who could be connected with shots fired and no witnesses.

Keturah Lee celebrated her 112th birthday anniversary last month at the Lawrence Nursing Home Inc., at Beach 54 Street, Arverne. With assistance from Barbara K. Young, assistant administrator and coordinator, the staff of the home gave their patient Keturah Lee a real party on April 1. They presented her with a bouquet for her room, a corsage and a birthday cake. They recalled that Keturah Lee, a widow, was born in the West Indies in 1875, migrated to the United States when she was 21 and worked as a domestic, raising three children.

Marriott Corp. has assumed responsibility for the management of food services at Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere. Marriott Corp has been managing food services at the hospital since February 1, and has brought many innovations, relates Julius Granirer, president of the institution.

30 Years Ago...

Two thousand four hundred eighty three churches in New York City have been asked to join in a demonstration against a cross burning ceremony allegedly planned by the Ku Klux Klan in Rockaway on Mothers day, (Sunday, May 8). If anybody has been left out let's add the statement by Rev. Robert Kinlock, chairman of the Commission for the Elimination of Racism, a unit of the New York Council of Churches. When we find out the time and the place…. we will be there.

If accidents keep reoccurring at Beach Channel drive and Beach 91 Street, we will not have to worry about demolition of the old courthouse. Cars and trucks will demolish the building for us.

New storm sewers are being constructed on the west end. Now all Rockaway needs is a drainage system for Lake Seagirt (that's Seagirt boulevard centering around Beach 20 Street, which looks like an ocean after any decent-sized rain.

Consideration reportedly is being given to a proposal by Community Planning Board 14 for a master television antenna system that would operate in conjunction with cable television.

Crime is down nine percent in the 101 Precinct - - comparing the first three months of this year to the first three months of last year.

40 Years Ago...

Maps for the widening of Rockaway Beach Boulevard on the north side from Beach 95 to Beach 102 Streets are being prepared and are expected to be completed next month.

The supermarket on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at the corner of Beach 69 Street was closed last week, succumbing to the blight that has infested the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

The sight of freight cars being shunted onto a siding in Richmond Hill, which would have gone unnoticed a few years ago, proved fascinating to some Rockaway Park businessmen who happened to be passing by.

Fine weather last week attracted many people to the beach. The parking lot at O'Donohue Park, where tolls are not yet being collected, was well filled all day.

50 Years Ago...

New York State Housing Commissioner Joseph P. McMurray says that city will collect about $90,000 a year in taxes from a new 400 unit, limited profit housing project, soon to be erected at Edgemere, where rents will be just under $20 a room.

Sy Brick was beaming yesterday because of the fine reception his friends in the community gave the preview of the new House of Brick on Beach Channel drive near 115 Street, which will be the newest hardware store in the community.

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