2010-01-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 Community Board 14’s committee on education, libraries and cultural services will reveal a proposal for an alternative high school at 6200 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, during a regular monthly community board meeting.

Personnel at Gateway National Recreation Area’s Jamaica Bay Wild life Refuge will guide a walk to observe wildlife that “overwinters” at the refuge, learn how animals adapt to the cold and identify tracks in snow.

Ark Drugs is selling Sundown Vitamin C for $0.99, Centrum for $7.99 and Ultra Slim-Fast for $4.99.

New York City’s Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Traffic is conducting studies of Beach Channel drive from Beach 116 Street to Beach 149 Street to determine whether additional traffic controls are warranted.

Russian immigrants, newly arrived in the United States, participated in a menorah lighting in Far Rockaway. Rabbi Yitzchak Klein, executive director of the Jewish Community Council

20 of the Rockaway Peninsula Inc., commented that for the émigrés it was miraculous to conduct a religious ceremony publicly in an open square with even the police captain (Captain Thomas Savoldy, commanding officer of the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway) participating.

Cable television should arrive in the Rockaways within the next three months, Queens Inner City Cable has announced. The cable lines are expected to be installed from the Cross Bay Bridge and then both east and west from the bridge, especially to the highrise buildings on the beachfront.

Books and other print materials as well as compact discs and videocassettes relevant to African-American culture and heritage will be purchased and placed in Queens Borough Public Library’s Arverne Branch with funds from a Library Services and Construction Act Title 1 grant of $50,000.

Years Ago... 30

What a shame. No one has come forth with any information about the vandals who struck at the bird sanctuary in November. Let’s hope that this type of act does not occur again.

Holiday death tolls were much higher during the four day Christmas weekend than predicted by the safety experts. Evidently the three and four day weekends do more harm than good.

Whatever happened to the seaplane service from Beach 116 Street to lower Manhattan? That was the original idea for “take the plane to the train.”

Isn’t it time for a left turn light to be installed at Beach Channel Drive near Beach 114 Street? Traffic entering the shopping center must wait for a break in traffic and then shoot across the drive.

40 Years Ago...

Heavy damage resulted from a twoalarm fire Sunday morning in two stores from 65-14 to 65-24 Rockaway Beach Boulevard—in the Arverne urban renewal area. Some of the stores were ongoing businesses.

Four Belle Harbor homes and one in Neponsit, reportedly were burglarized Sunday between 4 and 10 p.m. while the residents were out. Some of the homes, police reported, had burglar alarms, but the thieves got past them.

Eight male and four female local teenagers were arrested last Wednesday night at 8 o’clock near the Department of Parks building at Beach 84 Street and the Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach. According to the arresting officers, Patrolmen Jack Winograd and John Lavin, the teenagers were observed smoking a pipe and allegedly had hash.

Loss is put at $2,150 in a robbery at gunpoint on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Jiffy Jug, 81-02 Beach Channel drive. There were no injuries.

Years Ago... 50

Some of the people who complain loudest about the toll on Cross Bay and Marine Parkway bridges have had their bitterness softened again this year by the appearance of the traditional Christmas trees at the toll plazas of each of the bridges.

Tuesday morning’s high tide following the downpour during Monday evening and early Tuesday morning brought some of the local “lakes” into being again. Worst was at Beach 35 Street and Edgemere Avenue.

It’s a great season for clothiers and haberdashers. Not only does New Year’s Eve bring the usual rush, there are also more formal occasions.

This year there were more homes with Christmas lights in the Holland section than there were in any other section of the Rockaways.

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