2007-09-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Police Captain Harold Leibowitz moved east this week. After four years of service as Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park, Leibowitz officially took over as the CO of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. Deputy Inspector Bernard Weber, the former CO of the 100 Precinct, took over the Patrol Borough Queens command and Captain Philip Erickson, whose previous command experience was in the Bronx, took over as CO of the 100 Precinct.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways will press its case for market rate housing in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area when the head of the city's Housing Preservation and Development Agency comes to its next meeting later this week. The meeting will be held at the Pier 92 restaurant on Beach 92 Street.

Plans for a theme style amusement park in Riis Park were rejected by community leaders last week. Other plans for the park, such as renovating the bath house and relocating the golf course, were better received.

Arnie Mig and his "Serenades In Blue" have been added to the all-star lineup of music acts at the annual Rockaway Music and Arts Festival, which will be held at Fort Tilden this weekend.

When the USS Hepburn, a Knox-Class Frigate, returns to its homeport at San Diego, California next week, it will find that port thanks to its navigator, Lieutenant Harry Dorman, a 1979 graduate of Beach Channel High School.

Rubble from what was once the Seagirt Inn sits on Beach 5 Street and Seagirt Avenue after it was demolished this week. Rumors are that condominiums will soon replace the Inn at that location.

Just what Rockaway needs! Another new Democratic Club, called the Good Government Democratic Club, has opened its doors. If we're not mistaken, that makes six Democratic organizations on our peninsula. Talk about divide and conquer.

Congressman Floyd Flake told the members of Community Board 14 that he is in favor of "affordable housing" for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, but that he was opposed to heavilysubsidized housing such as the planned Nehemiah housing.

There were reports early on Thursday morning that both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York City Police raided the Hammel Housing complex looking for a fugitive. At press time, it still wasn't clear whether or not they found their man.

30 Years Ago... 

Rockaway was listed this week by Deputy Borough President Lawrence Gresser as one of the areas in which illegal occupancy in multiple family dwelling is a growing problem.

Another step in the revitalization of Beach 116 street has arrived. The Century Federal savings bank will open its doors at Beach 116 street and the Boulevard on Tuesday, the 13th.

Crime plunged in the 100 Precinct, based in Rockaway Beach, during the first eight months of this year, and is down again this month.

Well the beach replenishment program is all completed. Now we'll just sit back and watch for the first winter storm to wash it all away.

40 Years Ago...

The lease on the beach club in Breezy Point Park near Fort Tilden may not be renewed by the city next year. The Department of Parks has the site under consideration for the exclusive use of the surfers.

The new curb in the section of Rockaway Beach boulevard that is being widened in connection with the Dayton Beach shopping center now under construction, runs right across the middle of the lot were The Wave building used to stand at Beach 88 street.

So many people are on welfare that it may not be idle questioning to inquire, "How long does a person have to be on the relief rolls to qualify for a pension?"

50 Years Ago... 

The first of the new buildings to be completed in the multimillion dollar expansion of Idlewild Airport is scheduled to be open next month. Already the new lighting and landscaping leads one to expect the completed complex to be something like another world's fair and of course, an added attraction for nearby Rockaway.

Quite a few Rockaway baseball fans attended the final meeting of the Giants and the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds last Sunday. When next the two teams meet it will not be at Polo Grounds and the Giants will represent San Francisco. There is talk that the Dodgers will move to Los Angeles.

Nick McKenna, who had the contract for wrecking the old Harbor Inn, said that every timber in the 45-year-old building was as sound as the day it was put into the structure.

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