2010-07-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer is pressing for a group home notification law that would require notifications of community boards prior to the city or state placing a group home in a community.

Readers Theatre Workshop will present “In a Book” (highlighting “Green Eggs and Ham” ”Tree Toad” “the Little Red Hen” and “Ladies First”) at three Rockaway libraries on Tuesday, July 31.

Billy Hartman Jr, age 12, of Roxbury, entered the “Invent America Contest” with his invention of a lasagna noodle separator. Billy was the seventh grade state winner for New York and will receive a savings bond. His school, Junior High School 180, will receive a flag to fly over the school and other awards. Congratulations Billy!

Perhaps you have, by this time, digested the need for a CHELONIANS committee (Citizens Hollering Earnestly Loud Over Nonsense Ideas and Nullifying Solutions Committee) and other voices to be outspoken forcefully about waterfront issues in Rockaway. Certainly some homeowners likely to have their views blocked by new developments might be so inclined to join the chorus of “Oh Where Have My Views Gone Blues”

Hot dogs and beer will be served midway through “A Night at the Races” at the Daniel M. O’ Connell American Legion Post 271 clubhouse at 301 Beach 92 Street, Rockaway Beach, this Saturday night, July 14, at 8:30.

Jewish Youth Renaissance and the National Council of Jewish Women have arranged to work together to provide non-sectarian coordination and counseling (to help people help people) centrally in the Rockaways, particularly in the Daytons (Dayton Towers East and West, Dayton Beach Park and Surfside Park).

Years Ago... 30

History bus tours will be offered five days this summer at Jacob Riis Park. The tours, provided by the Gateway National Recreation Area and led by National Park Rangers, will concentrate on the history of United States aviation and the defense system that once protected the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. Each tour will last 1 ½ hours.

Speaking of fireworks, many of the locals and visitors alike are complaining about the lack of fireworks displays that used to be shown on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. Why can’t the local merchants chip in to bring displays back to Rockaway?

Complaints are filtering in from the local residents concerning the use of the new wood for the boardwalk. It seems that weekend visitors pilfer the wood for use in bonfires and cooking fires on the beach. If we’re still using the expensive Brazilian hardwood for boardwalk planking, it surely must be an expensive way to make fires.

Broad Channel residents would not trust the city or the promises of city leaders warning their neighbors that negotiations in progress for sale of property on the island are leaving loopholes. Some of the residents are preparing for a rent strike.

40 Years Ago...

Mrs. James Laverty, a boardwalk enthusiast from way back, takes regular strolls along the boardwalk from her home in Beach 117 Street to O’Donohue Park in Edgemere and back. Her husband was a famous lifeguard in Belle Harbor for many years.

There are several truckloads of rubbish along Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the 40’s that have been there for weeks. And, they are only a short distance from the Edgemere dumps.

Cark Schindler, a Californian returning from residence in Spain, was hurt during an emergency exit from a plane landing at Kennedy Airport last week. He left Peninsula Hospital last Saturday following treatment for a hip injury.

Charles J. O’Connor of Arverne, unsuccessful in his first outing as a contender for the Democratic nomination for Assemblyman, is reported looking ahead two years when he plans to be a contender for the local Democratic leadership.

Years Ago... 50

There has been so much tearing up of the streets that some of them are in bad shape. They suffer greatly in comparison with the roads just over the line in Nassau County.

Many people miss the regular boat service between Rockaway Beach and Manhattan. It was an enjoyable and pleasant trip. Probably it is missed most by people who were always going to make the trip but never quite got around to it until it was too late.

Last week’s three alarm fire in the vicinity of Beach 87 Street, Bruce Road and Holland Avenue, had all the earmarks of conflagration and scared a lot of people until the firemen got it under control.

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