2008-11-07 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Reports came in to The Wave office throughout the entire week complaining of problems throughout the peninsula caused by teens and adults alike during Halloween (Monday, October 31).

Martin Schaeffer, who began his career as a critic with this newspaper, more than nine years ago, is the co-creator of a new cabaret revue.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has joined in bipartisan support for legislation that develops a battery deposit recycling program. The proposal, which was put forward by the chairman of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, would require deposits on flashlight, watch, camera, automobile and other types of batteries.

Residents and merchants in the area of Plainview Avenue and Beach 20 Street are calling for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Beach 20 Street and Plainview Avenue.

Albert A. Frankel of 43-01 Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere, is taking New York City to court for charging him with permitting "a serious rat problem" in an empty lot "where garbage, refuse and debris are strewn about" - referring to property he owns which is not a lot, but is developed, in use and fenced, making it illegal for alleged inspectors to enter without his permission.

Gateway National Recreation Area personnel are participating in the "Drug-Free America" program, a national campaign to prevent illegal drug use.

In a statement made at a City Hall press conference, City Councilman Walter Ward said he's both optimistic and cautious regarding the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Robert E. McIntosh, Jr., general superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area, has announced the promotion of Pauline Schwartz and Mary Deegan Price. Schwartz has been named contract specialist; Price has been promoted to property management specialist.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian K. Johnson, son of Bettye M. Johnson of 20-21 Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway and Allan M. Johnson of Freeport, Long Island, has arrived for duty in England.

30 Years Ago...

Transit Police lost no time on Thursday, October 26, in arresting a Beach Channel High School student who allegedly tried to rob, and then assaulted, a woman employed by the Century Federal Savings & Loan Association in Rockaway Park.

Power was out up to 91 minutes on Saturday night, October 28, in parts of Far Rockaway, Inwood and Lawrence.

According to a spokesman for the Long Island Lightening Company, the outage started when a truck hit a utility pole about 7 p.m. on Neilson Street, south of Central Avenue, knocking down power lines and thus removing power for 4,041 LILCO customers.

Police stationed in Rockaway looked back at the weekend ended with but one comment: "We're 'A' active without the men to be 'A' active." What these police were referring to Rockaway had three homicides, possibly a fourth homicide and a reported shooting.

40 Years Ago...

For the second time in recent years a Queens borough president has left the post to become a Justice of the Supreme Court. First it was James J. Crisona, and now Mario J Cariello, both residents of Neponsit. Crisona lived here year-round and Cariello was a summer visitor for many years.

Although Daniel M. O'Connell Post, American Legion, has been the unofficial custodian of the Doughboy monument in Cross Bay plaza for many years, the Legionnaires have not yet obtained clearance from the Parks Department to replace the bayonet which was removed from the statue by vandals a long time ago.

Two new shorefronts are blossoming on the boulevard at Beach 91 Street as improvements continue in the Holland business section where older stores are making a bid for increased patronage.

50 Years Ago...

Developers of the new Far Rockaway shopping center which will fill the former Long Island Rail Road depot property are saying that half of the new space has been spoken for by businessmen of Far Rockaway. Sounds as though some changes will be made.

When the daily newspapers got their slum areas mixed up last week, it certainly started a furor in the Rockaways and it was especially hot in the west end which had been mention as being in the depressed area.

Steel that is being put in place in the construction of the new Rockaway Beach Hospital is becoming an impressive sight for people who drive past on Beach Channel Drive or look from the windows of the subway train.

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