2010-06-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The Raintower Tavern 108-03 Old Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, a location with a State Liquor Authority license that permits “a live band or other music” was listed among “suspected illegal social clubs investigated by a task force.

Rockaway will be like a little bit of Ireland at both the beginning and end of July, when Irish music will fill the streets on the west end of the peninsula.

The New York City Planning Commission is recommending that the Board of Estimate turn down most of 17 points dictated by community Board 14 prior to approving development of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area as planned; and the All Rockaway Planning Council is prepared to fight the development.

Firefighters Bill Kalletta and Brian Fitzgerald, who were off duty early on the morning of June 21, when a fire broke out in a basement of a house on their block in Belle Harbor, are being recommended for a citation for the way they fought the blaze without protective clothing or backup- until firefighters from the local firehouse responded minutes later.

Rockaway’s top double-dutch team- Senior Sensation- broke the New York state speed record while other Rockaway teams won first place in the 1990 world invitational double-dutch championships held this month at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Lifeguard Inter-Shack Softball League is entering its third week. Sunday night’s second round action, under the lights at Riis Park, saw Shack 135 defeat Shack 66 by the score 11-0.

Years Ago... 30

With one week to go to July 4, hot weather brought large crowds to Rockaway last weekend. Even the Riis Park parking lot was more crowded than usual.

Rockaway welcomed the police department’s Summer Detail to the peninsula. Police officers from other Queens precincts are sent to Rockaway during the summer months to patrol the beachfront and boardwalk. Some of those who got the detail this year said that it is a good deal, although they are often uncomfortable in their full uniforms and equipment belts. This year, 18 cops were sent to the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway and 22 to the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park.

We recently saw a car parked on a Belle Harbor Street for a month. The only thing different as time went by was that the car had more and more tickets. Eventually, it had been given 50 assorted summonses.

Now that the beach season has begun, peddlers have once again set up shop on the beach, selling everything from ice cream to cold drinks.

40 Years Ago...

Lou Romas, a past commander of the local American Legion Post says that he is looking forward to the post’s annual clambake, which will be held at the clubhouse on July 5.

Youngsters are looking at the ramp coming from the new Cross Bay Bridge with wonder, thinking of what it will be like to sled down the ramp when a major snowstorm strikes next winter, blocking traffic on the bridge.

Police from the 100 Precinct made a major dent in burglaries in the west end with the arrest of two men who were caught inside a home on the beach block of Beach 129 Street last week. Officials say that the pair was responsible for many of the recent burglaries in the area.

Raise the street or lower the sidewalk. Storeowners on Beach 116 Street found the right mix, asking the city to stop the local flooding in any heavy rain by raising the sidewalks by an inch or so. Now, the stores stay high and dry.

Years Ago... 50

While indications are that the gigantic development planned for Breezy Point will be scaled down a little bit, you can bet that community protests and the help of local politicians will keep any development from being built on the land owned by the cooperative.

Many emergency cases had to be transported to hospitals off the peninsula in the past two weeks due to the transition and relocation of the Rockaway Beach Hospital to its new home on Beach 51 Street and Beach Channel Drive. That angered many people, but officials say that there was no way that either the old hospital or the new could handle the emergency cases and that St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway was at its capacity.

Mayor O’Dwyer has instructed the corporation counsel to oppose a Long Island Railroad petition to abandon the Rockaway Beach line from Hamilton Beach on the mainland to Hammels in Rockaway.

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