2007-08-24 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago... After weeks of organizing and petitioning, determined Rockawayites got their wish. Plans for the homeless shelter in Edgemere were cast to the wayside before the Board of Estimate voted on building a horde of New York City shelters Wednesday night.

More than just waste is washing-up on Rockaway's beaches. Five hundred to 1,000-pound turtle carcasses were discovered on our shores at least three days this week. Parks Department personnel removed the carcasses, which could turn into health hazards, and brought them to the Edgemere landfill.

Thanks to Dr. George Hellinger of Lawrence and his new "Eagle's Eye" lenses, 33-year-old former Rockaway resident Ron Fiorelli gained 90 percent of his vision back, overcoming legal blindness.

"Wild Man Adam" of Adam's Bagels and Coffee on Beach 116 Street is offering a complete luncheon or dinner special for 99 cents when you buy a first.

Lifeguard Kevin Brady accepted an award from Councilman Ward and Assemblywoman Pheffer for a rescue conducted with colleague Michael Brown. The guards were off-duty when they saved three people from drowning.

Arverne residents met last week with New York City Department of Health assistant commissioner Elwood Dupree in an attempt to "swat" the mosquito problem. Although the bloodthirsty swarms have not caused any serious illness, residents feel as if they are "prisoners in [their] own homes."

Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps is the first volunteer ambulance corps in New York City to help the Emergency Medical Service lower response time to 911 calls.

Details of Appellate Division support for the constitutionality of an eruv boundary on public property in Rockaway's west end as revealed weeks ago by The Wave surfaced this week. The new ruling declares that the eruv is valid accommodation of religious needs. Years Ago... 30 Look for a new, improved Transit Police facility at Beach 116 Street. It will be the same as having three police precincts on the peninsula.

Permits have been approved to begin demolishing buildings at 590 Beach 40 Street, 502 Beach 45 Street, 364 Beach 39 Street and at locations on Beach 99, 101 and 103 Streets.

30 Has anyone noticed all the houses for sale in Broad Channel? Could this have something to do with the proposed coming of the Concorde?

Another new store is opening on Beach 129 Street featuring children's clothing. This will be the first clothing store on Beach 129 Street.

Now a group wants a special panel to be appointed by the mayor. Their job: find out why there was looting during the blackout. 40 40 Federal housing investigators have been inquiring into relocation costs in conjunction with the Title I housing projects at Seaside and Hammels.

If State Senator Irving Mosberg goes to the Civil Court bench, there is talk that Milton Jacobowitz could become the next senator.

Whether or not the city decides to develop the islands and marshes in Jamaica Bay for recreational purposes doesn't matter for Rockawayites. They make good use of the Bay as a quick means of getting away from it all for a few hours.

It looks strange to see Nameoke Street up to grade again after all the years it was depressed under the Long Island Rail Road tracks. Wouldn't the Far Rockaway shopping center make a great railroad terminal? Strange, no one has thought of that.

50 Years Ago... 50

50 This time the Board of Education is ahead of local developments with new schools underway at Edgemere and Seaside before construction has been started on the housing projects, which will supply the largest percentage of the pupils.

Candidates in keen competition for the king and queen of the Broad Channel Mardi Gras include Lil Kass and John Hartel, sponsored by the Grassy Point Bar and Grill; Vivian Paziano and Joe Halleck, by Tom Christian's Bar and Grill; and Vivian Martin and Tom Patalano by the Channel Inn.

The Station Café on Lenark and 8 Roads will hold its final social and gettogether on Sunday afternoon for the candidate the café is sponsoring.

Ginger Lewis and Bob Smith won the first prize in the Lindy Hop contest held Thursday evening by the Young Adults Group of the First Congregational Church in the John C. Green Chapel.

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