2008-04-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Aghast engineers, inspectors, politicians, television and print media were all gathered Monday morning to inspect the deterioration of the North Channel Bridge. This deterioration was discovered just last week by the New York City Department of Transportation.

More than 1100 people packed the auditorium at Beach Channel High School Wednesday night for an "informational hearing" concerning a proposal of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Despite the fact that the meeting attracted a vast majority of concerned citizens some public officials chose not to be present or even send a representative.

Reacting to an overflow crowd and an unfavorable committee report, Community Board 14 voted unanimously this week to oppose redevelopment of Jacob Riis Park as proposed this month by the National Park Service. (Recent issues of The Wave carried extensive reports about the National Park Service proposal, including its focus on upgrading buildings at Riis Park and permitting private development of a theme park and amphitheater.)

New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking art work in any medium by New York artists 55 and over for its fourth annual juried art exhibition, "Discoveries IV: an Exhibition of the City's Emerging Older Artists."

Cursing the prosecutor and making an obscene gesture toward a photographer, Peter Rosado, 21, and Joseph Durant, 25, were sentenced on Tuesday, April 12, to 25 years to life in prison, for murdering a vagrant known only as "Bum" in an abandoned bungalow in Far Rockaway on April 9, 1984.

Residents of the bay block of Beach 122 Street in Rockaway Park were stunned this week when they found sink holes in their newly paved street.

Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation has produced a nineminute audio-video presentation about the Far Rockaway community, highlighting many improvements that have taken place and/or are in progress at this time.

Queens College is transforming a library (a 140,000-square-foot building) in the center of its campus into new quarters for the art department, the English department and what it calls the Godwin-Ternbach Museum of Art (which will be roofed with skylights).

30 Years Ago...

Four students received grand prize plaques at the ninth annual Brotherhood in Action program of the Dayton Rockaway Brotherhood Council. The four are Bridget Goldschmidt, Anthony Moorer, Noreen McLeod and Mark Hamilton.

Police officer Seymour Jones of the anti-crime unit at the 101 Precinct. in Far Rockaway, has been reassigned to the Queens Area, Neighborhood Stabilization Team, a borough wide task force.

Community Board 27 is most concerned that the traffic light at the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 81 Street has not been installed.

Students at St. Rose of Lima School in Rockaway Beach have read more than 2000 books and raised more than $1060 in the six-week period as a result of a read-a-thon to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

40 Years Ago...

The new access road to the beach clubs in Breezy Point we hear is to be only 20 feet wide, yet it runs through vacant land. How different is the thoroughly needless proposal to widen Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Holland section which would necessitate doing extensive damage to private property.

Funny thing how our legislators at Albany could not get together and approve a state budget. But the bill to increase their pension seemed to have clear sailing - with no demonstrators to pressure the legislature into action. People in the Jamaica area have proposed the opening of a Civil Court in the former Hillside Theatre. A better idea would be to open the court in Rockaway where a beautiful courthouse stands idle in an area readily accessible by car, bus, and subway, and there are no parking problems.

50 Years Ago... 

The Arverne Mens Club will honor Anthony Chiarello, who retired last week as a detective on the New York City Police Force, at a testimonial dinner at the Park Inn Hotel, on May 27.

John Paprocki and Edward Ulinski have been hit with broken windows twice since they took over Hogan's liquor store at 90-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The owners are considering installing a folding protective steel shield across the front of the establishment.

The Sea Scout Explorers No. 282 leave Saturday for Camp Alpine under the supervision of their skipper, Francis J. Burke and assistant skipper, Frank Burke.

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