2010-03-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District proposes to perform maintenance dredging in the portion of Jamaica Bay known as the Rockaway Inlet (a two-mile entrance channel) and to dispose of the dredged material either along the shoreline at Plum Beach in Brooklyn; in mounds offshore of Rockaway Beach, or at the Mud Dump Disposal Site approximately seven miles offshore.

One thousand dollar scholarships are being set aside by the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus to help offset the cost of college for Black and Puerto Rican students.

Senior citizens who attended a Queens Borough Public Library presentation— “Life Sight—Growing Older With Good Vision”—with Daniel S. Mirkin, O.D. (optometrist) in the Peninsula Branch appear to be glad they have “a knowledgeable person available in the community.” Health Department sources say that eye problems and blindness are one of the reasons that the cost of treating the elderly has risen at a disproportinate rate with other illness.

Passover—the festival of commemorating the struggle of the Jewish people for freedom—will begin on Monday at sunset and continue for eight days. As the first human rights proclamation, Passover “underscores the fact that no human being has the right to enslave another, and that freedom is a Godgiven guarantee for all His children.”

Prince Street Players will lead Dorothy, Scarecrow, Glinda, Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West to “glittering” Emerald City when “The Wizard of Oz” is recreated next Saturday.

Highlights from Puccini’s “La Boheme” will be sung by two sopranos—Priscilla Ganley and Nancy Len-ahan—and a tenor/baritone—Francisco Chahin— during the 40th consecutive annual spring concert of the Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Or-chestra.

With support for a “safe drinking water act,” State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein is calling upon the commissioner of health to list substances that cause cancer or birth defects in humans and prohibit any discharge of these newly listed substances into sources of drinking water.

Rockaway Sounds, a new store in Rockaway Park,is selling cassettes for $5.99 and CDs for $11.99.

30Years Ago... 

MTA officials voted last Friday to hold public hearings about raising the tolls on the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway Bridges to 75 cents. Local activists have been fighting the plan, saying the extra toll would stifle economic development in Rockaway.


Bradley Wayne Rogoff was born February 9 at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. His parents are Dr. and Mrs. Jay Rogoff of Belle Harbor and his grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rogoff (Rogoff’s Toy Store) and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Knebel of Belle Harbor.

Locals are asking politicians to change the law that requires homeowners to clean the street up to 18 inches from the start of their property.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department reports that it made 45 emergency runs in the month of February. Twenty of them were ambulance runs, with the rest being fire calls.

40Years Ago...

Merchants in the Dayton Park Shopping Center are making plans for several special events, which they hope will bring new shoppers to the mall.


The Department of Parks announced last week that it is making plans to resurface the boardwalk with concrete. That should end the constant complaints about loose boards and protruding nails.

Captain Colman W. Sims, the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station, New York at Floyd Bennett Field, addressed the Rockaway Rotary Club last week, speaking about the important training going on at the reserve field. The next day, however, an announcement was made that the field is one of the 900 military installations in the continental United States that would be closed down beginning July 1.

50Years Ago...  

Oysters, which were once so abundant in Jamaica Bay, are now so high-priced that some of the local restaurants have removed them from their menus. The proprietors of those restaurants have told The Wave that their customers would never pay the price they would have to charge for the delicacy.


The traffic light in the mall on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 116 Street is still lying in pieces, one of the reminders of the big snow storm two weeks ago, in which it was shattered by the high wind and driving snow.

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