2010-08-13 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Queens Borough President Claire Shulman promised a yes vote by the Board of Estimate in regard to the proposed development of housing in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area when she spoke at a Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways Inc. luncheon this week.

Redfern Tenants Association members will hold their second annual Family Unity Day Festival next Saturday, August 25, from noon to 9 p.m. The festival will be held in the area adjacent to the housing complex’s community center.

Labor leaders who live and/or work in the 10th Senatorial District of Queens (the area represented by the New York State senate seat vacated by Andrew Jenkins who was convicted of violating federal banking laws) have organized a “Labor Committee to Elect Edward J. Lewis,” who is running in a Democratic primary election on Tuesday, September 11. Lewis is a long-time Rockaway resident and activist. Police have confirmed that Frederick P. Marino, 18, of Neponsit was proceeding correctly on June 22 when he collided with a 1984 Chevrolet driven by Molonne Cantave, 36, of Cambria Heights, Queens. Cantave, as said in the police report, made a left turn and failed to yield the right of way.

Poly Prep Country Day School is opening its first one-week soccer camp to all boys and girls eight through 18.

“Take a ride into the country/ enjoy a bus ride with us to Dutch Country on Saturday, September 15” says publicity from the Arverne Neighborhood Development Organization.

Forty-eight winners took a bus trip to Atlantic City with the West End Temple Social Club on June 20, according to Roslyn Rausch, a club spokesman.

Years Ago... 30

Concern about social clubs dominated a meeting of the 101 Precinct Community and Youth Council this month. Congressman James Scheuer called social clubs “an affront to our community and a clear defiance of our laws.”

Conchord Terminal Corporation plans to install four additional gasoline storage tanks at the northerly side of Harbor Road, near Cedarhurst.

Crimes outside three Rockaway schools have led the United Federation of Teachers to list Community School District 27 (which includes Rockaway and Ozone Park) as one of the worst four in New York City.

Area residents who have been hungry for real clambake will get their wish on Sunday, August 24. For one exclusive price, Pier 92 at Beach 92 Street and Jamaica Bay, Rockaway Beach, will provide beer, crabs, clam chowder, steamers, shrimp and more.

John Fetscher, president of the Hammel Holland Seaside Civic Association, has complained to the Federal Aviation Administration officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport that Rockawayites are “super haras- sed” by jet engine noise from aircraft.

40 Years Ago...


Whatever happened to the Arverne urban renewal plans which were supposed to be made public several years ago?

It is possible that the Rockaway Chapter of the American Red Cross in Queens may be reactivated. Some local opinion is now being sounded out.

Beach 79 and Beach 80 Streets between Hammel Boulevard and the Freeway are a disgrace. Truckloads of rubbish have lain there for weeks. Right opposite to a new school too.

Last Sunday night, a big bazaar at St. Rose of Lima Church, Beach 84 Street, concluded its successful run. Although it was held indoors as a precaution against rain, no rain fell throughout the entire run.

Years Ago... 50

Dick Geist, Pete Lomagistro and Harry Currie are reported to be organizing a new waste disposal firm to be known as the Peninsula Carting Service.

Albert Hyman, a well-known Far- Rockaway shoe merchant, says that the greatest loss to Central Avenue business district was when A. Louis Nebenzahl department store closed years ago. There are many old-timers who will agree with him. Facing the wagging finger of Walter Blum on Beach 116 Street a few days ago, Ed Dauphin of the Chamber of Commerce, appeared to be on the defensive.

Nationally, the automobile business is reported as good, yet two of the major local agencies, Herbt Brothers Oldsmobile and Finegold Pontiac have closed within the past two months. How come?

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