2009-12-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Streets all around the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach and as far away as Beach 80 Street and Shore Front Parkway were blocked off ("frozen," police said) on Wednesday night, December 13, between eight and ten o'clock, after reports of a man or men carrying machine guns came in on 911, precinct and housing police lines.

New low-income housing is being proposed for two Rockaway locations; Beach 30 Street and Brookhaven Ave - nue in Far Rockaway and Beach 102 Street between Rockaway Beach Boule vard and Rockaway Freeway in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach.

Striking a utility pole and then a light pole "obliterated" an '87 Chrysler that Darren Johnson, 22, of 40-20 Beach Channel Drive (the Beach 41 Street Houses) was driving east on Seagirt Boulevard about 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12.

Queens Borough President Claire Shulman came to Rockaway this fall to join in congratulating Peninsula Hos - pital Center volunteers Evelyn Nus - baum and Fay Gross, who were chose to receive the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer) Outstanding Service Award this year.

Key civic, religious, business and local agency leaders joined this month in the formation of the Rockaway Jobs Coalition, an umbrella group set up to serve as a job bank and resource group of employment and training opportunities for local residents.

Cheers from 33 Public School 105 (Edgemere) children were so enthusiastic at the finals of the New York City Police Department bodybuilding cham - pionships this month that the show's promoter, Richie Ornstein, promised them the contest winner will visit their school in a few weeks to flex his muscles and present a seminar to the youngsters on nutrition and drugs.

New York City's Department of Hous - ing Preservation and Development is banning advertising apartment waiting lists for Mitchell-Lama cooperatives in The Wave because "it is a segregated paper."

30 Years Ago...

Rockaway is the recipient of eight brand new fire trucks. This should make the winter pass a little easier on the peninsula.

That off center, center line on Rock - away Beach Boulevard is meeting with a lot of resentment. Not only do the residents feel it is a dangerous thing, so does the Automobile Club of New York. Dr. Irving Frohman reports that there are many times when he sees cars pull out around a stopped vehicle. They cross the double yellow line and narrowly miss having a headon accident.

Rewards of up to $200 are being of - fered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the vandals responsible for the fire which damaged the visitor center at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Although there are six less seats per bus in the new sleek models, we still would like to see at least one on the roads in Rockaway.

40 Years Ago...

The Phoenix House for prevention of drug addiction remains a controversial issue. All agree it may be a good idea, but, opponents say, "not in Edgemere."

The Arverne firehouse is about the busiest in town. Engine 265 and Lad der 121 are quartered there. The house not only has the urban renewal area to contend with, but it also responds to calls from Far Rockaway.

Beach 116 Street again has no community lights this year, but the individual efforts in this direction by Maskin's, Buster Brown, Whitty's, Park Cigar, and the Camelot shops certainly cast a warm glow at night.

Walter Patterson was delayed in Poughkeepsie and could not get back in time to light a candle on the menorah on Beach 116 Street, so he phoned Curran's Bar and got Paddy Curran to substitute for him as shamus.

50 Years Ago...

The snow delayed trains on the subway. People told weird tales of the time they had getting to their destinations. Even the Beach Channel Bridge on the trestle was out of commission for a time, adding to the discomfort of travelers.

Youngsters at St. Rose of Lima parish are organizing a bagpipe band, the first of its kind ever in the Rockaways. They hope to be ready for to march in the annual Decoration Day parade and that means regular attendance at the rehearsals in the American Irish Hall in Seaside.

Winter arrived early on Tuesday and found the ground covered with seven inches of snow. It was the first time that happened in some years. By midday the bright sun had turned most of it into slush. Just the thing to keep the late Christmas shoppers at home.

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