2009-04-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago... As part of the overall budget cuts, many locals say that the New York City's fire department has quietly cut back the ability of our firefighters to get to blazes in Rockaway as quickly as they did in the past.

By the end of the year, residents in a sliver of Belle Harbor will have an opportunity to sign up for cable programming.

Detective Philip Giardina of the Queens Sex Crimes unit is investigating an alleged rape Sunday morning, April 2, in a house on Beach 69 Street, Arverne.

Folks living on DeCosta Avenue in Arverne and some living on adjoining Beach 72 Street were outside on their street from 10 o'clock last Saturday morning, April 1, as they tried to get their street cleaned for a change.

Capital assistance grants totaling $10,400 have been issued by the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation to three downtown Far Rockaway firms, as the RDRC continues efforts to help commercial property owners and retailers through its commercial revitalization program sponsored by the New York City Office of Business Development.

With more than 60 men and women actively participating, the all volunteer Bayswater Security Civilian Patrol is giving the Bayswater section of Far Rockaway daytime as well as evening coverage.

Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is inviting sealed bids to furnish and deliver 85 Oasis (Model OCT 1) cold water coolers to eight bridge and tunnel sites (including the Cross Bay Veteran Memorial and Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial bridges).

Joe Tinker, director of the New York City Housing Authority's Edgemere Community Center and Beach 41 Street Community Center has rearranged weekend activities for preteens (six through 12 years old) and teens (13 through 21 years old). 30 Years Ago...

Youths cooperating with the Rockaway Community Corporation are going door to door in Rockaway Park, distributing flyers offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonists.

Rocks smashed the windows of at least 10 cars Saturday night, March 31, while the owners of the cars were in Beach Channel High School enjoying the Far Rockaway Hadassah version of "Jewish American Vaudeville."

Apparent moves to close not only the Far Rockaway Water Main Repair Shop but also the Queens office of the Borough Engineer for Sewer Construction are being fought by Community Board 14, City Councilman Walter Ward and Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes.

Far Rockaway merchants signed a contract last Wednesday, March 28, for pri- vate security for their business district. 40 Years Ago...

Flags on public buildings and many places of business and private homes have been playing at half staff in respect for General Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, since his death at Walter Reed Hospital last Friday afternoon.

People who have seen the beach protection wall at Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey are something less than enthusiastic about its appearance, and hope that nothing that looks like that is in Rockaway's future. Any local residents who know the whereabouts of surviving veterans who served aboard the Rockaway Naval Air Station in 1919 should make it known to The Wave or to the Public Relations Officer, Naval Air Station New York, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, where ceremonies are being planned in connection with the first trans- Atlantic flight which started from the station in May, 1919. 50 Years Ago...

David Bornstein is credited with originating the earth-shaking April Fool's joke which he helped to perpetuate on the members of the Rockaway Rotary Club last week. Bornstein told the shocked Rotarians and their wives that the national organization had cancelled the local club's charter, effectively closing down the local club. After a few moments, he let them in on the joke.

Whatever happened to the suggestion about painting the curbs each side of

50 fire hydrants as suggested by Magistrate Corning J. McKinnee, to let people know when their cars is clear of a hydrant zone? It is one of the best traffic ideas yet.

It is going to be strange along the Rockaway Park bayfront without the Long Island Lighting Company's Rockaway Park gas works. The big plant, which has been there for more than half a century, is now being demolished and soon will be just a memory.

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