2010-05-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...


Incensed veterans—members of Daniel M. O’Connell American Legion Post 272—went door-to-door on Memorial Day placing Old Glory in front of homes where no American Flags were flying.

American Littoral Society, Sierra Club and Friends of Rockaway Inc. members are circulating a petition to preserve as parkland “a natural-area peninsula” between Vernam and Barbadoes basins in Arverne.

Dentists reviewed apicoectomies when their New South Shore Study Group got together for a last meeting of the season at Gallagher’s Snug Harbor Restaurant in Rockaway Park.

With the cooperation of the Queens Interfaith Hunger Network, a community garden in Edgemere is about to re-open.

Students from Beach Channel High School’s honors economics and moral decisions classes will give presentations to fellow students on the future of our drinking water supply.

Jack G. Braunstein of Rockaway Beach, commander of Lt. Arthur A. Amron Chapter 36 of the Disabled American Veterans, is circulating “some thoughts for Memorial Day 1990.”

Renate (Renee) Harper is serving as president of the auxiliary of the Daniel M. O’Connell American Legion Post 272 for the Legion year 1990-1991.

National Park Service rangers will lead a guided tour of Gateway National Recreation Area’s Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Visitors will explore West Pond and Upland nature trails, and learn about the ecology, history and management of the “oasis.”

Years Ago... 30

In a unanimous vote, Community Planning Board 14 has approved a plan that would permit the Rockaway Local Development Corporation to begin negotiations to renovate the Rockaway Beach courthouse located at Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive.


Rockaway residents are quietly scurrying about to take advantage of a Jamaica Bay crossing toll arrangement whereby they can continue using the bridges here for 50 cents per crossing. Although this scurrying about is quiet for the most part, there is grumbling about paying more tolls on a bridge that was not supposed to have tolls to start with.

Two men were dead on arrival when a helicopter rushed five fishermen to Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere, on Sunday morning. The boat they were fishing from overturned and dumped them into the bay.

Members of the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, who voted last week to raise the tolls on six bridges and two tunnels in New York City (including the Jamaica Bay crossings) voted also to raise parking fees at Jacob Riis Park. The fees will rise to $1.50 per car.

40 Years Ago...

Residents in the vicinity of Beach 117 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard are becoming more than a little annoyed by the failure of several city bureaus to do anything about their complaints concerning the faulty sewer at this point.


Many sun lovers took advantage of the summer-like weather last weekend and spent some time on the beach, quite a few of them getting a good sunburn to start the 1970 season.

The steel work on the new office of Jamaica Savings Bank in the Mott Avenue shopping center is going ahead rapidly and the work of closing in the building should be started shortly.

Some residents of Phoenix House Far Rockaway have been making public appearances telling of their personal experiences as drug addicts. What they say should be enough to discourage anybody from even experimenting with the stuff.

Years Ago... 50

Temporary repairs have been made to the pavement in Beach Channel Drive which is now open to traffic after having been closed most of the winter. There is a noticeable reduction of traffic on the freeway as a result.


Many old-timers are renewing the demand to have Public School 183, which is soon to be under construction, named after the late William M. Gillmore, beloved principal of the Rockaway Beach public school.

Another weekend fire at the Ostend baths hastened its demolition in preparation of the site for the new O’Donohue Park in Far Rockaway.

Joseph J. Tobin is best known these days as the proprietor of a restaurant on Beach 116 Street. What many people have forgotten is that he formerly was a contractor among whose notable achievements was the courthouse on Beach 91 Street.

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