2010-01-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

New low-income housing proposed for Beach 102 Street is under review. At the request of Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein and Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, Richard L. Higgins, commissioner of the State Department of Housing and Com munity Renewal, met this week with Rockaway elected and community officials to listen to arguments against this low-income housing.

Queens Borough Public Library’s Peninsula Branch at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard will host its third slide/lecture program from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Marvin D. Schwartz, a lecturer from the museum, will concentrate on “Italian Masterpieces (1400-1700).”

Gara Edelstein, R.N. at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital-South Shore in Far Rockaway is advising all members of our community to take precautions against frigid weather.

Robert W. McIntosh Jr., general superintendent of the Gateway National Recreation Area, has been appointed to head an American study team being sent to Agra Heritage Project in India to recommend actions for the restoration and maintenance of the Taj Mahal and to recommend guidelines and policies for the development of tourism.

CBS and Warner Books are in a race to release the first book on the Carol Stuart murder which recently rocked Boston. Several film companies are planning to make a movie about Carol’s murder and John’s suicide.

“If you’re a Social Security beneficiary, you should receive a benefit statement (Form 1099) in the mail sometime this month” that will show you the amount of Social Secur ity benefits you received or repaid in 1989.

Last weekend included the divisional playoffs for the parish girls’ team. The Bantma set the tone for the weekend as they were the first to be eliminated, losing to St. Thomas Apostle 16-13. Nicole Nelson scored 10, Jennifer Powell two and Kathy Blum one as the girls finished the year 5-10.

30 Years Ago...  

Now that the police have captured one of the culprits responsible for the vandalism at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, they should not let their guard down. Officials say there may be other two-legged criminals in the wildlife sanctuary area.

Rockawayites who travel north on Cross Bay Boulevard seem to be surprised by the ice patch in the middle of the road just north of Broad Channel.

It seems there is a broken water main there. The fire hydrant is right on the center mall. We hope the city does not wait until spring to fix the break.

Far Rockaway merchants are getting ready to hold another big sale. The sale days are scheduled to begin just before the Easter and Passover holidays.

Residents of Surfside Park (1 Beach 105 Street, 106-20 and 107-10 Shore Front Parkway) have been allotted a rent increase ranging from 12 to 14 percent.

40 Years Ago...

It is strange that in view of the congestion in the court calendars and the difficulty in finding quarters for new judges, nobody in official position has noticed that we have a beautiful, but empty courthouse in Rockaway.

One thing can be said of the Arverne urban renewal area: it looks better than Arverne did for many years after much of the community was ravaged by the great Arverne fire of 1925.

If the Rockaways should be granted a single fare on the subway, the present 30 cent fare would prove to be a blessing in disguise. Even under the present 20 cent fare, it costs us 40 cents for the trip.

Just east of the Arverne firehouse on Rockaway Beach Boulevard there is a pothole now filled with ice high above the pavement, which creates a hazardous condition, particularly at night on the poorly lighted street.

50 Years Ago...

Since Young’s Chevrolet closed down a few weeks ago, the Chevrolet service in the Rockaways is being handled by Mel’s Chevrolet in Far Rockaway. Joe Nathan, proprietor of the agency, says his service department is “bursting at the seams” and expansion may be necessary.

Dense white smoke being whipped out to sea by the strong winds on Monday of last week, led some people to think that a big fire was raging at Breezy Point. However, it turned out to have been a “classified” operation at Fort Tilden.

“Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure,” it has been said. Now you learn that unless you are dealing with a reputable firm, you can’t be sure how many gallons of oil that show up on your oil bill are gallons of oil and how many are gallons of air.

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