2007-07-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 Proposed shelters for the homeless will be discussed on Thursday, August 13, at a Board of Estimate public hearing at city hall. Rockawayites are expected to flock to this hearing to object to a shelter for 200 homeless men proposed for the Edgmere area bounded by Beach 43 and 44 streets, and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The City Planning Commissions approved this shelter on July. Councilman Walter Ward and others preparing strong arguments about why any shelter for the homeless should not be built in Rockaway say they must have a show of strength in city hall on August 13.

Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy will headline an Irish concert on Sunday, October 4, at Beach Channel High School, 100-00 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Beach to benefit the Rockaway Saint Patrick's Day Parade. This concert is being set up by the Rockaway Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee to pay for marching bands.

Kevin McRae 22, of 425 Howard Street, Westwood, NJ, is charged with driving while alcohol impaired after a three-car crash last Friday, July 17, about 4:50 p.m., in which there was one fatality. Accident 537 (in the 100th Precinct this year) occurred in Cross Bay Boulevard about 2,500 feet south of the North Channel Bridge.

20 Bennington Puppets will appear in a playground at Beach 109 Street and Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Park, on Thursday, July 30, in place of a performance at the Seuffert Bandshell in the Forest Park Music Grove on July 16 that was cancelled.

Georgia Anderson co-president of Allied Parents Association of the Rockaways, charged PTA-Community Parnership with " forcing an issue of racism in the minds of our children" during an open meeting of Community School Board 27 last week. The Partnership, which was created early this year as a watchdog group monitoring the staff hiring practices of School Board 27, has charged that the board is responsible for segregated staffing with in the district.

Despite "sabotage" reminiscent of that practiced in dictatorships, some 50 people attended a meeting at the Breezy Point Clubhouse on Monday, July 20, and listened with obvious interest as engineers spoke in favor of a Tri-System sewerage set that Tom Young, a Breezy Point resident, is asking the Breezy Point Cooperative to consider. Years Ago... 30 Even though someone in the community pooh-poohed the article that was written in The Wave, it has come to pass. The Beach 116 street subway station is being repainted.

Congratulations to Julie Rapport and her Rockaway Health Council. They kept asking for and finally received permission to have a city ambulance stationed at the 101 Precinct.

30 A full moon and a storm combined to dirty the beaches. Parks Department crews are doing their best to get the beaches back in shape.

No Social Security till age 68. Good old Jimmy Carter, he is going to let us live forever.

Whatever happened to those utility poles that were to be installed along Beach Channel drive? They were to be placed to keep cars from jumping the curb and parking on the grass. Was this just pre-campaign rhetoric? 40 Years Ago...

40 Wreckers have razed the house on Beach 129 Street near Rockaway Beach Boulevard to clear ground for additional classrooms and other facilities at St. Francis deSales parochial school. The new building is expected to be ready for occupancy next year.

The Federal Aviation Agency has limited the construction of new buildings to a height of 350 feet.

Thomas J. Hetzel of 121-16 Ocean promenade swam from Beach 19 Street to Beach 149 Street in four hours 41 minutes last weekend.

Long Beach California's bid of $3.4 million topped New York's bid by almost a $1 million for the liner Queen Mary. Now instead of a high school in Jamaica Bay, the ship will become a west coast museum. Years Ago... 50 Hurricane Jackson's Rockaway fans were disappointed when he lost the heavyweight championship fight in the tenth round Monday night.

In the near future, Far Rockaway will have a new $3 million shopping center, which will include a large parking field. The center will occupy the area from the Far Rockaway subway station on Mott Avenue to the new Long

50 Island Rail Road station, which will be built west of Nameoke Avenue.

Intense summer heat brought 300,000 beachgoers to Rockaway last weekend.

The Board of Standards and Appeals has deferred action for six weeks on a proposal to turn the old Heinsheimer estate at 3401 Mott Avenue, Bayswater into a day camp/nursery school.

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