2007-09-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Public School 106 (180 Beach 35 Street, Edgemere) and Public School 183 (2-45 Beach 79 Street, Rockaway Beach) are serving this school year as Rockaway's sites for the Astre program ("an educational environment for intellectually gifted children").

All Rockaway Planning Council has invited eight of the 38 groups who have expressed an interest in developing the Arverne Urban Renewal Area to an open forum, "the future of the Rockaways," on Sunday, September 27.

JASA (Jewish Association for Services of the Aged) will dedicate a new independent living facility on Sunday, September 20, that is being added to its Brookdale Village community on Seagirt Boulevard in the Far Rockaway section of the peninsula.

Willing Workers Club will share "12th anniversary worship services" on Sunday, September 20, at 3:30 p.m., at St. John Baptist Church, 74-05 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

With a standing room only crowd waiting with bated breath, New York City Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner was a no show at the monthly Rockaway Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Rumor has it that Commissioner Crotty's cancellation was at the orders of Mayor Edward Koch, who is not happy with Rockaway's insistance on middle class housing for the Arverne Urban Renewal area, the topic of Crotty's presentation to the chamber. Crotty's office, however, says that the commissioner was meeting with Charles Rangel and the meeting ran very long. Some in the chamber see the incident as a direct snub of Rockaway by city officials.

Monday morning the traffic light at Beach 59 Street and Edgemere Avenue was completed. People rushing from Ocean Village to the subway now do not have to fear for their lives when crossing Edgemere Avenue, one local resident told us.

New York City's Department of Transportation has asked for authorization to install three storm sewer outfalls in Beach Channel, Jamaica Bay, and at Rockaway Beach.

Rockaway Local Development Corporation and Far Rockaway Revitalization Corporation are merging. Experts say that the merger of the eastern end of the peninsula with the western end will help the entire peninsula in the revitalization that it seeks.

State Senator Jeremy Weinstein will speak to the Rotary Club of Rockaway Inc. on Thursday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m., at Belle Harbor Yacht Club, 533 Beach 126 Street, Rockaway Beach.

30 Years Ago...

Now that Mayor Beame has lost the primary, do those promises fall by the wayside? Do we still get Beach Channel Drive repaved, the library at Beach 117 Street, and the new center for seniors who meet at Hammels?

How come department? How come right after Primary Day all work was stopped on the sewer at Beach 92 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard? The sewer cover swings dangerously from side to side and anyone can fall in.

Look for those parking spots where the meters are missing. You can legally park there for one hour. After that the charge is ten dollars.

The Rockaway Little League will hold its annual dinner at the Breakers Restaurant, Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.

40 Years Ago...

Columbia Savings and Loan Association will open its Rockaway Beach office Saturday at 86-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Theatergoers are mourning the closing of the RKO Strand Theatre on Central Avenue. Its last feature, "Hotel," starred Rod Taylor and Karl Malden. The theatre went dark on September 11.

Parks Department personnel have determined that a permanent ice skating facility at Riis Park is not feasible.

50 Years Ago...

The Federal Housing Administration has turned down the application for a Title I housing project at Hammels.

Alarge crowd of persons formed on the boardwalk last Monday afternoon and watched as wind and high waves forced a 30-foot boat, the Sea Wolf, ashore at Beach 96 Street.

Last Saturday, the band of the Irish-American Society traveled to Woodmere, and after a spirited battle against 17 of the metropolitan area's outstanding units, emerged with another first place trophy.

Rabbi David M. Feldman will deliver his first sermon since his discharge from the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain, at tomorrow evening's service at Temple Beth-El.

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