2010-05-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Despite pleas from The Wave to both the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways Inc. and the Long Island Rail Road, the LIRR is again ignoring Rockaway as it begins 1990 summer beach services this Saturday. The LIRR regularly runs extra service to Long Island beaches, such as Jones Beach, but not to Rockaway.

At the fairgrounds in Flushing Meadows, a school fair, the first of its kind for New York City high schools, students will present skits, short plays, research projects, artwork, music and dance projects. From 2 to 4 p.m. students will participate in “the World Game,” an interactive simulation game which uses the world’s largest and most accurate map of the earth (nearly the size of a basketball court).

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer is “greatly disappointed that routing of the Brooklyn/Queens Greenway does not include any of the points of interest which Rockaway is host to.”

Chicago-based “Outside Magazine” sponsored a beach cleanup and planting at Arverne’s Dubos Point Sanctuary last week. This event was meant to demonstrate that everyone can contribute to restoring the environment publisher of the magazine—the best sourcebook for enriching outdoor experiences in the ’90s for nearly one million enthusiasts.

Amid charges that Community Board 14 Chairperson Sallejane Seif withheld a damaging consultant’s report from the members of her own board prior to a vote last month. About 20 board members, Rockaway leaders and some dissidents met last Monday night at the board offices to hear Oceanview officials and city experts try to allay some of the board’s fears about the $90 million project for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci spoke to a packed audience of veterans at Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere, on Sunday, promising that the needs of Rockaway veterans will be met by the Democratic party in the coming election.

Sweet’N Low defeated Chuck’s Equipment as these little league tee-ballers were all hard at play.

30Years Ago...  

Members of the board of Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported on the plan to increase tolls on six bridges and two tunnels, including the Marine Parkway Bridge and the Cross Bay Bridge, both of which grant access to the Rockaway peninsula.

Gateway National Recreation Area, in conjunction with the U.S. Paddle Tennis Association, will play host to a pretournament series of championship matches on Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at Gateway’s Riis Park paddle ten-nis courts.

Community Board 14 has appointed a committee to consider a proposal that would include the issuance of up to $4 million in industrial development bonds to build a shopping center in property bounded by Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Freeway and Beach 108 Street in Rockaway Park.

40 Years Ago...

We now know that two schools are to be built in the Edgemere section of the urban renewal area. How long is it going to be before we have definite word about other construction to be undertaken?

Bystanders cannot help observing the efficiency with which New York phone crews work on the underground installation at Beach 116 Street and the Boulevard.

The Parks Department’s beach cleaning equipment, which has been experiencing some trouble this year, now seems to be operating normally. It was used effectively on the beach in the Holland section earlier this week.

The new Cross Bay Bridge is now scheduled to open on May 23, a week before Memorial Day, just in time to bring the big crowds of the season to the Rockaways.

50Years Ago...

Looks as though the west end’s larger library will have to wait a little bit longer for its own building. The Queens Borough Public Library’s most recent allotment of $600,000 in state funds prompted the library officials to look for larger quarters, but so far nothing suitable has been located.

Dr. A. W. Victor and Dr. Leon Star were walking arm-in-arm down a Rockaway Beach Hospital corridor, and it was not merely impressive but significant as well. Dr. Victor was the hospital’s first intern and chief for many years. Dr. Star is the new head of surgery.

Adolf Mayer and Edwin W. Schilling were among a number of old timers who gazed nostalgically last week at the demolition of some old Seaside landmarks, recalling what they meant to the community half a century ago when a Title I housing project was unheard of.

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