2008-03-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Members of Community Board 14 met for the second time this month, on Tuesday, March 15. The purpose of the special meeting was for informal presentations by four developers regarding the Arverne urban renewal area.

Rockawayites, long clamoring for some individuality, have come up with the idea of their own flag. Research by Wave historian Emil R. Lucev has uncovered the fact that Rockaway as a whole never did have its own flag or identity. However, the area surrounding The Wave offices, once known as "Oceanus," did have its own symbols. "Oceanus," in fact, even had its own post office. Now located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 90 Street and Beach 91 Street, it is the Rockaway Beach Branch.

Peninsula Foundation of the Arts will present its production of 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum' at Public School 225, Beach 110 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Gregory W. Meeks has been named supervising law judge for the New York State Workers' Compensation Board. In this capacity, Meeks will oversee the adjudicatory process at the board's six district offices statewide. Prior to his new appointment, he had served as a Workers' Compensation law judge.

Mitchell-Lama regulations (including "buy out") will be discussed by Robert J. Klehammer, assistant commissioner of New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development, on Thursday, March 24, at 2 p.m., at the Peninsula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Beach Channel Post 6191 Veterans of Foreign Wars has received a 100 percent membership banner and a certificate of commendation from VFW State Commander Jack U. Simon, for having attained 100 percent membership for 1988.

A new plan, for alternate side parking expansion, has been proposed by the Department of Sanitation for an area running from Bayswater on the east, to the north side of the Arverne area. The additional alternate side parking is intended to make possible the use of mechanical brooms. The plan was presented to Community Board 14 and unanimously approved.

30 Years Ago...

Two 14-year-old boys, who were arrested on March 7 for allegedly selling marijuana at Beach 22 Street and Cornaga Avenue, have been released to their mother, for an appearance in family court.


The Reverend Kenneth E. Kieran, copastor of St. Gertrude's R.C. Church of Edgemere, saddened many community members with the announcement that he will be transferred from St. Gertrude's parish in June of this year. Cats, which were being cared for by Rockaway Animal Rescue League of Far Rockaway, are now being held by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The ASPCA took the cats in cages from the abandoned bungalow in which they were kept by Louis Motchan, a student at Far Rockaway High School, and Hub- ert MacGuire of Far Rockaway.

40 Years Ago...

Tax Commissioner Joseph Murphy says the Lottery sales were slightly higher in February. Prizes totaling $1,259,550 were shared by 1182 prize winners. Education's share was $2,709,086.


The last four buildings in the Dayton Towers complex are moving rapidly toward completion and should be ready for occupants in time for the summer.

There should be an observation deck on Beach 95 Street and the bay, so people

could stop and watch the construction work on the new Cross Bay Bridge. Borough President Cariello has succeeded in having $5,600,000 for the construction of I.S. 53 included in the city's capital budget. Now, if that item does not get knocked out of the budget at the hearing next month, the school can be built.

50 Years Ago...

The De Sales Club of Belle Harbor has completed plans for its annual communion breakfast to be held Sunday morning at the Newport Inn at 11 a.m., Peter McCann, president, announced.


Another budding Rockaway scientist - not necessarily interested in the launching of satellites or rockets - is Stephen Manheimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Manheimer of Beach 136 Street, who plans to specialize in organic chemistry.

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Feuerstein of 182 Beach 125 Street, Rockaway Park, have announced the betrothal of their daughter, Diane, to Malcom M. Zeller.

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