2009-10-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 PCB-laden oil leaked from a Con soli - dated Edison transformer that was on a pole on fire early Monday morning, October 30, after the pole was struck by an automobile that split in two and exploded into a blaze, has been classified as "non-hazardous."

Mayoral candidate Rudolph Giuliani, campaigning in Rockaway Sunday, Oct ober 29, brought a chance for an exclusive interview with him concerning our special problems. Beginning with the Bayswater Jewish Center and continuing up the peninsula to Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park, Giuliani then paused for dinner at the Harbor Light restaurant. It was there that he granted an exclusive interview to The Wave's Kasey Connors.

Captain Ronald Weisbrod, the newlyappointed commanding officer of the 100 Precinct started off last month's community council meeting by saying that he was "not accustomed to seeing so many smiling faces at a community meeting," but he soon found that Rock - away has its problems as residents of Dayton Towers and other west end areas told him what they needed from his police officers.

Several of the District 27 school board members suspended last week by sch - ools chancellor Bernard Mecklowitz in the wake of tape recorded evidence that hiring in the district was done on

20 the basis of race and cronyism rather than on merit have expressed shock and disappointment over their ouster.

Gateway National Recreation Area is marking its 17th Anniversary (enab - ling legislation was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct - ober 27, 1972) with a pledge by Gen - eral Superintendent Robert W. McIn - tosh Jr. that the park will continue to strive to improve the visitor experience and natural resources.

Margert Community Corporation of Far Rockaway completed a year of participation in the New York State weatherization assistance program on October 25 during which it provided weatherization services free to 161 in - come-eligible households, 101 of them low-income elderly.

Norman Schwartz is slated to be elected commander for 1990 of Lt. Bernard H. Weiner Jewish War Veterans Post 258.

Mary Ellen Boyd, former executive director of Non-Traditional Employ - ment for Women in New York City, called for the reactivation of the Gate - way Job Corps Center, an inoperative program at Gateway.

Years Ago... 30

We saw some weird costumes Wednes - day, Halloween, but the wild est one had to be on the guy who walk ed down Rockaway Beach Boulevard in a bathing suit.

One of the local merchants who wishes to remain anonymous at this time,

30 is expanding the capacity of his store to double what it is now. Look for the change in Beach 116 Street shopping.

Firemen stationed in Rockaway are so burned up about the abrupt termination of the reduced-toll program on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge that they are leading an effort to bombard the governor and state legislators with letters, telegrams and cards.

40 Years Ago...

40 Peninsula General Hospital's dinner was a record breaker. More than 900 people showed up at the annual affair, which is far and away the biggest affair of its kind in the Rockaways.

An early morning fire in bungalows on Beach 41 Street and the Freeway Saturday morning goes to prove that vacant bungalows can be a fire hazard even when they're not in an urban renewal area.

Very shortly a building program is expected to be launched by the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church which is planning a community building next to the church on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 73 Street. The Rev. Joseph May is the pastor.

It seemed unbelievable to see a Highway Department repair crew at work on Sunday smoothing out the pavement along the curb on Central Avenue.

Years Ago... 50

Many local people are wondering if the failure of the School Bond Amendment on Election Day will spell delay for the rebuilding of PS 39 and the new elementary school at Rockaway Park.

Agreement of the Traffic Department to proceed with the Far Rockaway parking lot inspired a membership drive among the Far Rockaway businessmen

50 by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

Rockaway businessmen who have been investigating the possibility of moving to one of the Rockaway Branch villages to escape city taxes, say that the prices that are being asked for vacant land up that way are not exactly inviting.

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