2010-07-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The National Park Service is preparing to revitalize Floyd Bennett Field, the headquarters unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.

Environmental control (including oilspill and other emergency response, and law-enforcement surveillance) for all of Long Island (including Queens County) could be based within plain sight of Rockaway, at Floyd Bennett Field, if a bill presented to Congress is approved.

The Queens County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Cultural Committee will hold a “Summer ’90 Dance.” The dance is scheduled for Saturday evening August 4, at the air conditioned, glass enclosed outdoor gardens of the “Beautiful Palm Gardens” pub on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 115 Street.

More than 100 access ramps are being constructed throughout Whittier, CA, a victory for a handicapped man from Rockaway who, along with a committee, fought more than three years for access.

Meredith Rauch, who often participated in services and other activities at the West End Temple in Neponsit, has become the first teenager to receive the MOM (Mitzvah of the Month) Award from Temple Avodah in Oceanside L.I.

Four firefighters were injured on Sunday, July 15, as they coped with a twoalarm blaze in a three story, 50 by 75 foot frame Queen Anne (balloon-frame “boarding house”) at 1370 Gibson Street, Far Rockaway, between approximately 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Water stopped flowing without warning on Monday morning, July 16, about 10 o’clock to Rockaway’s entire west end, from Beach 130 Street in Belle Harbor to the tip of Breezy Point.

Years Ago... 30

There seems to be no law concerning age discrimination. We were told of a couple that wanted to rent an apartment but were refused because they were senior citizens.

Under pressure to curb illegal parking, police of the 100 Precinct wrote so many summonses the local collators stopped counting when the tally reached 300.

Allen A. Sylvane of Neponsit has been reelected president of the board of Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere.

We notice the price of gasoline is slowly dropping by a penny or two at a time. We wonder if it will ever get back to 30 or 40 cents a gallon. Even 99 cents a gallon would be an improve- ment.

40 Years Ago...

The Jiffy Jug Dairy and Delicatessen on Hammel Boulevard at Beach 81 Street is the latest local business to succumb to urban renewal. The city has taken over the building as part of the Arverne urban renewal site.

Parks Commissioner August Heckscher, during an unannounced inspection of the beach last Friday, seemed pleased to hear that the beach crew thinks the new concrete promenade, which has replaced the boardwalk at Riis Park, is a great improvement.

There is mounting criticism of the drag racing which is going on along Cross Bay Boulevard. Critics are unanimous in calling for it to be stopped. Police say that a number of accidents along that route can be attributed to the drag racing problem.

There has been so much sea fog this year that it would be interesting to know just how many days there have been that tenants living above the fifth floor in our high-rise apartments have not been able to see the ground.

Years Ago... 50

There is something in the opinion held by many people that the Triborough Bridge Authority has the best business in Rockaway, judging by the thousands of cars that paid tolls on the Marine Parkway and Cross Bay Bridges last weekend.

One reason there are so many small cars running about town these days is the reduced gasoline consumption. This may present a tax problem. Last year New York motorists paid $317,140,000 in taxes at the rate of six cents per gallon to the state and four cents per gallon to the federal government. They’ll be less money if less gasoline is used.

The post office is in need of more storage space and is reported to have the former garage of Herbst brothers Pontiac dealership on Nameoke Street under consideration.

Preparations are underway to board up the old Rockaway Beach Hospital to prevent vandalism.

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