2009-07-31 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey may prohibit the addition of "Stage 2" low-bypass-ratio engined aircraft operations during nighttime hours (midnight to 6 a.m.) effective January 1, 1990.

With an "every veterans; birthday party" at the St. Albans Extended Care Center of the Veterans Administration just two weeks away, Daniel M. O'Connell American Legion Post 272 is appealing to the community for help with providing gifts (as shirts, socks, sundries and birthday cards).

Training for nurse's aides has been approved by the New York State Department of Health for Peninsula Hospital Center's nursing home at 50-15 Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere

Patrick Jerome Brackley of 465 Beach 137 Street, Belle Harbor, will attend Brooklyn Law School in September.

Brookhaven Beach Health Related Facility in Far Rockaway and Promenade Nursing Home at the boardwalk in Rockaway Park were fined this spring, and Far Rockaway Nursing Home, virtually on the Lawrence border, was issued a warning, the State of New York's Department of Health informed The Wave last week.

Two women extricated from their vehicle early one Sunday morning last month were treated and transported to Peninsula Hospital Center exclusively by Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel. Emergency Medical Service (city ambulance) corpsmen were 30-40 minutes away.

Peninsula Hospital Center has given full scholarships to two Far Rockaway High School graduates who say they want to become nurses.

Twenty 1989 graduates of Rockaway high, junior high, intermediate and elementary schools have be presented with educational incentive awards granted by Queens Borough President Claire Shulman

30 Years Ago...

Pipes to pump sand back onto beaches are supposed to be put in place next week. If we have a hot, humid August this will effectively keep people off the beaches.


Although the streets are quieter without the rumbling of the buses, many residents are grumbling. However, it looks like the Green Lines bus strike may last until September thus killing the entire summer for local merchants. One begins to wonder about the repaving job done on Beach Channel Drive. You would think that the least that could have been done was to even out the corners at the intersections. Now, when heading eastbound in the eight lane you almost go through the roof at each corner.

Forty years ago, the four millionth driver had already crossed the Marine Parkway Bridge and we're still paying for it. What nerve! Three more bridges could have been constructed with the tolls taken in.

40 Years Ago...


Commodore Tony Pandolfo of the Sommerville Basin Yacht Club says members of the club are planning a dance and smorgasbord to be held at the North Channel Yacht Club's boathouse, Broad Channel, in October.

Herman Cohen of Belle Harbor is among those who decry the plan to fill in a site for the new high school in Jamaica Bay.

There have been several recent shark scares at nearby Atlantic Beach where both police and the Coast Guard patrol. Bathers were ordered out of the water Sunday afternoon as a precaution after they reported sighting of one of the big fish, near shore.

Some local residents were made understandably angry last week when they were handed Department of Sanitation summonses for having garbage at the curb where it had been waiting several days to be collected.

50 Years Ago...

Some of his neighbors who listened while Magistrate Corning G. McKennee, sitting in the local court last week, tried a case involving some litigants who were shouting excitedly, commented on the judge's outward calm during the outburst.


Donna DiResta took first place in the beauty contest held at Rockaway's Playland.

It is often observed that there will be fewer stores along the boulevard when the Title I housing projects are completed. There will be fewer businesses, too. Proprietors of a number of local stores have announced their intention to locate elsewhere. "Elsewhere" ranges from California to Italy.

Has anyone missed the Sanitation Department sprinklers that used to clean the boulevard? It could be an intentional cut in the city's expenses. Anyway, the rain has been taking pretty good care of cleaning the streets this summer.

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