2007-05-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Broad Channel residents pleaded this week for sewer work that has disrupted normal activity on their main street (Cross Bay Boulevard) for years, to continue this year right through the summer, despite an embargo that legally calls for suspending such work during June, July and August.

Roxbury is waiting too long for a sewage system because the Breezy Point Cooperative is seeking a trade off, charges Tom Young, as part of a warning this week that time is running out. Roxbury, the oldest part of the Rockaway Point area and the one most in need of sewage improvement, is suffering because Breezy Point leaders are trying to work a deal with city officials to have the city install a main line into Breezy, Young says.

Mary Vaughn of Rockaway Park is the Number 1 medical assistant graduate this spring from the six-month medical assistant course at the New York School Medical and Dental Assistants, 116-16 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills.

Attorney Daniel H. Schneider, who was arrested during a special election on April 28 while insisting there were irregularities in progress which needed correction, has filed charges with the New York City Board of Elections and is asking for rules and regulations to be issued in advance of future elections explaining proper procedure and providing guidance.

Effective next Saturday, May 16, vehicular access to the Breezy Point tip will be by permit only. This reminder comes from Robert W. McIntosh Jr., general superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes Breezy Point. From May 16 through September 13, he said this week, all persons who wish to drive to the jetty will have to have permits applied for prior to May 15; and from among these permit holders 15 per day with off-road vehicles will be permitted to pass.

Members and auxilians of Prince-Wynn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 260 will sell " buddy poppies" on the streets from Monday, May 18, through Monday, May 25. All proceeds will go to the relief and welfare of needy veterans, and veterans' widows and orphans.

Eleven more Rockaway residents completed an 18-hour workshop this month to qualify as reading tutors in the Queens Borough Public Library Adult Literacy Program, and began to teach reading and writing skills to local adult non-readers.

30 Years Ago...

State Senators Sheldon Farber and Norman J. Levy, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Labor, will conduct the first extensive hearing in New York City on casino gambling, on Friday, May 13, at 11 a.m. in the public hall of the Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90 Street.

New office for the district manager of Planning Board 14 is at 1600 Central Avenue. Very interesting that it is right next-door to the new office of the Harry S. Truman Democratic Club. The new district manager was a vice-president of the same club. Oh well, nuff said.

At long last the Marine Parkway Bridge (gateway to the Rockaways) is receiving a complete repaving job. Now all we have to do is find a way to get the rest of our streets repaved.

Restoration of Rockaway's beach should be completed this summer with a contract awarded this week for the stretch from Beach 108 to Beach 149 Street. The awarding of the contract was revealed by Congressman James H. Scheur.

40 Years Ago...

Police closed off several blocks of

the boardwalk near Beach 91 Street when high tides washed out some of the beach and it was feared that

surf pounding under the boardwalk might have created a dangerous condition.

Dom DiResto is whole-hearted in favor of the community clean-up campaign, but doesn't think it should include cleaning out the safe of his auto service station opposite The Wave office. That happened last Friday night.

Walter Patterson is being welcomed back at the Dalsimer Florist Shop on Beach 116 Street where he is gradually resuming his duties as manager following several months of illness.

50 Years Ago...

Harry Wasserman, son of Mr. and Mrs., I.A. Korn of Arverne, is now employed at the Miami Beach post office.

For the fifth consecutive year, Leonard Blackman, Belle Harbor artist, who is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of England, was a member of the Jury of Selection for the Washington Outdoor Art Show in Greenwich Village.

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Former State Senator and Mrs. Milton Koerner of Neponsit, and their sons, Carl and Roger, have recently returned from a trip to Niagara Falls and Canada.

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