2009-12-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Relentless police on patrol caught a burglar who came back to a place of business close to midnight Tuesday night, December 26, and cut his way in with an acetylene torch.

New York State’s Department of State is in the process of establishing a nonsolicitation area (to prevent blockbusting by real estate brokers and salespersons) in the Community Board 14 area bounded by Jamaica Bay, the Queens-Nassau border line the Atlantic Ocean and Beach 35 Street for five years.

“Channelization” will reduce the width of the street “and minimize the possibility of pedestrian/vehicle conflicts” be fore a traffic signal is installed at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 90 Street, Rockaway Beach.

“For the first time, housing court judges are realizing the dangers of allow ing lessees to return to their apartments after a major drug bust has taken place on their premises,” says a spokesman for the Citizen’s Coalition, a local group that meets regularly with Housing Authority personnel.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has applied for a permit “to maintenance dredge with barge overflow approximately 50,000 cubic yards of material from the Bergen Basin, Jamaica Bay, at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, to a maximum depth of 13 feet below the plane of mean low water with 2 feet of allowable overdredge” and “ocean disposal of 50,000 cubic yards of dredged material.”

Rockawayites are facing growing disagreement this week about what the fare should be on express buses to Manhattan.

One New York City fire engine got stuck in a soft bog in the South Garden of Gateway National Recreation Area’s Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day) about 1:20 p.m. while the refuge was closed.

Councilman Walter Ward presented a New York City Council proclamation this December which pays tribute to Public School 225, 190 Beach 110 Street, Rockaway Park, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

Ollie Hogan, 51, who was airlifted from Peninsula Hospital Center on Tuesday, December 26, with bleeding aneurism in the brain, is in good condition in Mount Sinai Hospital in Man hattan.

Six students in area schools were lauded for brotherhood essays this month during a Hanukkah-Christmas breakfast held by the Rockaway Council at the Ram’s Horn Diner in Rockaway Park.

30 Years Ago...  

Fast food seems to be on the increase in the Rockaways. The addition of Church’s Chicken in Far Rockaway brings to three the number of fast food chicken stores on the peninsula.

Huge, is the word residents are using to describe the pothole/cave-in at Beach 117 Street between Newport Avenue and Beach Channel Drive.

Many homes went without Christmas lights this season. The high cost of electricity coupled with inflation put a stop to many of the decorations.

Now that Rockaway Beach Boulevard (Edgemere Avenue further east), has been resurfaced, how about the rest of the boulevard on the west end.

40 Years Ago...

Meyer Weiss, proprietor of Weiss’ Restaurant in Broad Channel, has just celebrated his 80th Birthday and re ceived many good wishes from people in Broad Channel and the Rockaways.

Business had been brisk at the local travel agencies where people booked flights so they could visit relatives over the holiday, or start their winter vacation in warmer climates.

Sally’s coffee shop on Beach 116 Street has been closed for the winter while the proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barilli, are spending the winter in their new home in Miami.

Private Thomas A. Brown, who flew home to spend the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown of Beach 67 Street, said it was his first flight and admitted he was “scared to death” all the way from Fort Gordon, Georgia.

50 Years Ago...  

The first Christmas lights in Rockaway Park this year were on the showroom of the MJ Donnelly Plumb ing and appliance company.

Not everyone is happy with the compensation being offered by the city for their property which was taken for the Title I projects. Although only part of the offers have been made known, some rather loud screams of “injustice” are being heard.

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