2007-07-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

When he heard the siren, it was too late. Police Radio Motor Patrol Car 1730 of the 100th Precinct (Rockaway Beach) was crashing into the door on the passengers' side. That's what Albert Peterson of 114-25 197 Street, St Albans, told The Wave at the scene of the crash- -Beach Channel Drive and Beach 73 street, Arverne.

Jamaica Bay's best fishermen will be rewarded for all to see next Saturday, July 11, at the North Channel Yacht Club, 1622 Church road, Broad Channel. (You can't miss it if you look to the right to behind where Weiss's used to be, just after you come off the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge from Rockaway Beach.) The naming of the winners, and the presentations (primarily of cash) will begin about 4 p.m. There will be prizes for biggest fish, biggest fluke, biggest blue and biggest flounder. In fact, there will be prizes for the five biggest fluke and flounder.

Seymour Sheldon, Democratic leader of Part B in the 23rd Assembly District, was presented with the Silver Beaver Award from the Queens Council of the Boy Scouts of America at a reception held June 24 at the Astoria Manor. The Silver Beaver is the highest award presented to civilians in recognition of outstanding community service and support of scouting.

Private First Class Dale S. Wheatle, son of Noel and Anna Wheatle of 468 Beach 63 Street, Arverne participated this spring in "Solid Shield 87," a bi-annual joint service exercise involving more than 40,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and Coast Guardsmen. Wheatle, a 1984 graduate of Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Beach, is an infantryman with the 504th Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

More than 500 players and spectators turned out on Sunday, June 28, for a four-on-four all day Basketball tournament, memorializing Sid Tannenbaumm a one-time basketball great who was fatally stabbed in his metal fabrication business in Far Rockaway last September. The tournament was held in North Woodmere Park on courts on weekends, renamed in his honor.

Stricter enforcement of alcohol and substance abuse offenses is on the way! State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein warned constituents last week. Two bills designed to strengthen the law enforcement of drug related activities have been passed by the New York State Senate, he said. One aims to clarify confusion relating to the administering of breathalyzer tests by arresting officers, confusion triggered by a recent Court of Appeals decision. The new legislation would allow arresting officers to administer this test in the presence of witnesses, thereby conforming to the court decision. The other would prohibit the operation of trucks with gross weights in excess of 18,000 pounds while the operator has .05 of one percent or more of alcohol in the blood. The legislation provides for mandatory revocation of license and permissive revocation of registration in such cases.

30 Years Ago...

The firehouse is getting a long overdue paint job. Now if the rest of the houses are redone everything will sparkle.

Why is the city in competition with private enterprise? The parking lot at Beach 95 Street should be metered.

Mario Cuomo strolled along the boardwalk Saturday. He was not alone as Maurice Nadjari did the same thing. Wonder if these people will know where Rockaway is after the election?

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways is really taking off. At their regular June monthly meeting there were three new people applying for membership.

Garbage is still being dumped in a city parking lot at Beach 65 Street and Larkin Avenue. Evidently the city has money to burn.

40 Years Ago...

Direct non-rush hour subway service from Far Rockaway to Brooklyn and Manhattan will begin this Sunday. The Transit Authority has developed a subway service improvement plan that permits this through service in non-rush hours on weekdays and during most of Saturday and Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Authority is currently conducting studies of noise pollution and height limitation of buildings to be built in the Arverne I renewal area.

Crews began laying pipe this week from the bay to the beach at Beach 95 Street and sand is expected to be carried through the pipe, resulting from the dredging of Jamaica Bay to replenish the beachfront in Rockaway Beach. The beach re-nourishment program is expected last about six weeks.

The Edgemere landfill began accepting household refuse weekdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homeowners were complaining about the Thursdays only date for dumping refuse at the landfill.

50 Years Ago...

Rockawayites were treated to a special fireworks display July 4 courtesy of the F&M Schaefer brewing company.

Preparations are being made to host a volunteer fireman's parade and convention in Rockaway Beach.

Wilson Line tourist excursion boats from Manhattan will be making their usual departures from the dock at the bayfront at Beach 98 Street on weekends and holidays throughout the summer.

Due to overcrowding at Benjamin N. Cardozo Junior High School 19 in Arverne, plans are being rushed for the erection of a second junior high school to be located near Seaside avenue in Rockaway Park.

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