2009-08-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

\Plans to rehabilitate Jacob Riis Park by using a proposed public-private partnership are being withdrawn.

Hostage situations traumatized Rockaway one day after another (Tuesday and Wednesday) this week.

Geoff Wohl, 18, of 149 Beach 137 Street, Belle Harbor, was indicted at the end of July in connection with the smashing of more than 50 automobile windows the night of April 7-8 between Beach 127 Street and Beach 142 Street.

Lt. Arthur A. Amron, Chapter 36 Disabled American Veterans, has won a life membership award and banner.

Five members of the Rockaway Park Chapter of Hadassah met at least two old friends last month (July 16-19) at Hadassah's national convention in Atlanta.

Donna and Rick Diffendale proudly announce the birth of a son, Alexander Christian, who was born June 28 and baptized in St. Genevieve's Church by Rev. Gregory Stankus on August 12. The delighted grandparents are Louise and Bill Diffendale and Rosemarie and Lou Ferro. The christening party was held in the Roxbury Catholic Club for family and friends to enjoy.

Helene Eisenman, a Beach Channel High School student from Beach 133 Street, Belle Harbor, has won the Rensselaer Medal from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

James Manning Jr., of 153-07 132 Avenue, Jamaica, is charging that while he was on Mott Avenue and Beach 21 Street in Far Rockaway on June 8 a van ran over one of his feet, injuring him.

Still eating cream cheese and fatty meat exclusively, Lena Feintuch of 441 Beach 127 Street, Rockaway Park, celebrated her 100th birthday anniversary on Sunday, August 13, at a 12:30 p.m. sit-down dinner party with 108 friends and relatives at the Belle Harbor Jewish Center.

30

Years Ago... 30

Burglars tied up a man in the C-Town supermarket at 87-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, during the night of July 26. The burglars had secreted themselves in the store before it closed the previous night.

Next time, build the boardwalk out of concrete. This demand, long stressed in The Wave, was used last Friday, August 3, when City Councilman

30 Walter Ward escorted an official Department of Parks and Recreation party on an inspection of Rockaway's beaches.

Any hopes that business might pick up for the merchants in Beach 20 Street this weekend was quickly dashed to bits when Mott Avenue was ripped up at Beach 20 Street.

First year results of the so-called pooper scooper edict show that the city can enforce the law which required owners to clean up their dogs' waste from pub- lic areas.

40 Years Ago...

40 The new Cross Bay Bridge seems crowded with two lanes of traffic in each direction on the half of the bridge that is opened. When the other half opens, there will be three lanes in each direction. That will permit wider lanes and reduce the strain on drivers.

Peninsula General Hospital may not have its own boat float, such as Long Beach Hospital has. However, its ambulances can drive right up to the float at the Arverne marina under an arrangement with the management. It was invaluable to receive injured passengers brought by boat following the crash of the Italian airliner at Kennedy Airport several years ago. Peninsula, with its own heliport, receives patients by land, sea or air.

Happily, there is no water shortage. A burst pipe in the demolition area of the Arverne urban renewal site was spouting

50 water all weekend.

Years Ago... 50

Forty stone groins are to be built as additional protection against erosion of the beach. With these added to the stone jetties already in place, we'll soon have our own "rockbound coast" for the first time.

Complaints about the absence of sufficient benches along the boardwalk in the Hammels-Holland area persist. It had been pointed out that not all the buildings in the area have been scheduled for demolition in preparation for the Title I housing projects.

50 Look for an announcement within the next month concerning the new shopping center on the site of the former Long Island Rail Road station in Far Rockaway.

It's going to take a lot of fast work if Congress is going to act in this session to curb aircraft noise. The session is expected to end by Labor Day. Nevertheless, the noise abatement supporters, and that includes most people in this area, are hopeful.

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