2010-08-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

One toll collector injured when he was struck by a new traffic gate at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge is suing the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, operator of the bridge.

Hadassah’s Rockaway Park Chapter is aiming to have an “elegant” annual Youth Aliyah luncheon on Tuesday, August 28 at Temple Israel, 140 Central Avenue, Lawrence.

Oddities in tempo: when Madonna came to Manhattan to start her career she only had $14 in her pocket. She had a dance scholarship from the University of Michigan. In Manhattan she joined the Alvin Ailey group, where she developed her present act.

Science fiction and fantasy books are available at all 62 branches of Queens Borough Public Library. They will “prepare teens for life’s realities” says a library spokesman.

Work shoring up the crumbling North Channel Bridge, which connects Board Channel with Howard Beach, is so difficult engineers say, that the work is taking lots of time and energy away from building a new bridge near the old span. That word came from the resident engineer, who spoke to the Rockaway Rotary Club at its weekly meeing last week. The new bridge will reportedly take more than a year to complete.

State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein is making available a pamphlet listing ways to pay for college, including grants, loans, scholarships and workstudy pamphlets.

Free admission to Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA activities on the campus at 1800 Seagirt Boulevard, Far-Rockaway, will be available to the public on Sunday, September 9, when the Y hosts its annual open house 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Firefighters who responded to a roaring blaze on August 2 at an annex for Temple Beth-El on Beach 122 Street are being congratulated by temple officials who say that the firefighters saved not only the annex with minor damage, but the main building and the sacred torahs as well.

Years Ago... 30

Since the lifeguard chairs are constantly being vandalized why can’t they be constructed out of concrete and steel as they are in Florida? You can’t chop up concrete to use for fire.

Residents at Beach 95 street were up in arms over the proposal to install parking meters in the lot behind the Doughboy monument. Looks as if the idea is dead now.

Although we were told many weeks ago that the Korvette’s department store was taken over by Sears, we are still waiting for them to open the store in Rockaway Turnpike.

Still interested, that’s the word we get about the proposal for opening a shopping center in the old LILCO grounds at BCD and Beach 108 Street.

40 Years Ago...

Two houses on Beach 87 Street have been razed. The property is to be used for a daycare center, soon to be erected.

The DeMatteis Corperation, builders of the Dayton and Seaside housing complexes here, are preparing the site for the construction of the four buildings in the new low-cost housing project in Beach Channel Drive from Beach 41 to Beach 43 Streets.

When the privately built boardwalk at Rockaway Park was turned over to the city, it was stipulated that nothing should be built on the beach beyond the boardwalk. A proposal to erect comfort stations on the beach for the lifeguards is running into objections from the residents who want to keep the beach uncluttered.

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo has enlisted the aid of 13 of his colleagues, including Congressman Emanuel Celler, in demanding curtailment of night flight operations at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. The Wave proposed such action years ago.

Years Ago... 50

Adolf Mayer cannot understand why people would want to leave their homes here for summer vacations elsewhere. People spend large amounts of money to vacation here. Why not enjoy the privilege to summer at our seashore?

Complaint was registered by a recent visitor about the “filthy condition of the beach. It is not a bit nice anymore.” She referred to seaweed and driftwood which have been washed ashore. Of course she was reminded that nobody could control the elements and that the same thing could happen at any beach.

The coping along the roof of the firehouse on Beach 116 Street has been repaired. Fortunately no one was passing when it fell onto the sidewalk some weeks ago.

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