2008-08-29 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 Twenty years ago last week the Cornell Burial Grounds in Far Rockaway were declared a New York City landmark. Since then the site has fallen on hard times. Vandalism, pilferage, debris and time have taken their toll.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has lashed out at Emergency Medical Service (city ambulance) and police personnel for allegedly leaving medical waste (eight pairs of bloody gloves, gauze, spilled blood and other material) in the middle of a frequented street in Far Rockaway.

Two young mothers from Rockaway Park, Eileen Rose and Debbie Ruez, who regularly take their children to the Beach 109 Street playground (next door to Public School 225 in Rockaway Park) were pleading last week for the

The Wave has strange powers. After Jerome Levenberg's campaign poster was pulled from the wall in Waldbaum's supermarket, he remarked about it in his column. The poster mysteriously reappeared.

Travel time between Washington, D.C. and New York will be reduced to two hours and 40 minutes upon the completion of the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project around 1981, according to the United States Department of Transportation's Federal

40 Years Ago... Julius Singer, former head of the Evergood meat provisions company, is a patient in St. John's Hospital. When Milton Jacobowitz called to visit him last Saturday, he found it was Singer's birthday. Adolf Mayer of Loeb & Mayer wholesale butchers also had a birthday that day. Jacobowitz offered to convey Singer's congratulations to Mayer. Then Jacobowitz learned that Mayer also was in the hospital- Peninsula Hospital. But it was a good birthday for both men. Their conditions, are improving.

A surveying crew, working with the Army Corps of Engineers, came through the surf at Beach 72 Street the other day and people on the boardwalk thought they were seeing things.

Unless the traffic light is installed at Beach 104 Street and the freeway by next Monday, look for a traffic jam at the new junior high school as parents transport their youngsters to and from school rather than have them exposed to the hazards of having them cross the freeway at an unprotected crossing in order to catch a bus on the boulevard.

Saturday might be another one to go down in the history of the Rockaways. It is very likely that this will be the final September parade here of the Long Island Volunteer Firemen's

20 playground's sprinklers to be turned on seven days a week rather than the Mondays, Fridays and weekend schedule.

Ensign Robert C. Sparrock, a Beach Channel High School graduate at the United States Naval Academy, is spending part of his summer break at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Efforts are underway to reactivate a long-unused and forgotten skating rink in Rockaway Beach between Beach 79 and Beach 80 Streets, between Shore Front Parkway and the boardwalk. Years Ago... 30 Railroad Administration. That's two hours and 40 minutes by train to Washington, D.C. and three hours to England by Concorde. Doesn't say much for our transportation system.

Susan Polye, Miss Rockaway 1978, placed second in the Miss New York State contest. The contest was held Thursday evening, August 10 at the Lido Beach Hotel in Lido Beach, Long Island.

A survey was conducted in regard to the feasibility of installing a traffic light at Beach 113 Street and Beach Channel Drive. We are still waiting for the results. The surveyors were riding in an amphibious truck and proceeded to roll across the beach.

Instead of being phased out as some people had expected, Fort Tilden is going to be continued as a missile base for the U.S. Army. Several other bases in the metropolitan area will be closed.

The first radio coverage of a Democratic convention was in 1928, when Alfred E. Smith was nominated. Alabama's oft-repeated "24 for Underwood" vote became a byword. How times have changed.

Years Ago... 50 Association. Appropriately enough, it is expected to be twice as large as last year's impressive spectacle.

There were enough vacant stores along Central Avenue without the ravages of fire which closed several at the beginning of the summer season; and several more near the end of the season.

The summer season is over and the boulevard remains closed between Beach 92 and Beach 94 Streets while fire apparatus continues to pump to rid the area of the gasoline seepage.

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