2010-08-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Broad Channel is where the action is this coming Labor Day Weekend. The action includes swimming races, running races, a “He-man” competition, a pajama party and, of course, the famous Labor Day Parade. Residents are urged to show their patriotism by flying the American Flag all weekend.

With about two weeks to go before the seventh annual Rockaway Music and Arts Council Fall Festival, a large variety of artists and craftspeople are already signed up for the weekend. There will be, for example, five woodworkers, each with a different take on the craft.

Two homicides marred the weekend in Far Rockaway. On Friday evening, a Manhattan man was found slumped over the wheel of his automobile, a gunshot wound to his head on the corner of New Haven Avenue and Williams Court. On Sunday, a Far Rockaway woman was brought to the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound to her stomach. She was declared dead on arrival by doctors at the hospital.

Commuter service from Inwood and Rockaway to Manhattan came to a screeching halt on Tuesday, as the Metro-Marine Ferry shut down for good. The end came less than five months after the service began with great hope and great fanfare. Assemblywoman Carol Bellamy, who is running for New York State Comptroller in November, visited the Roy Reuther Houses in Far Rockaway this week, accompanied by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, candidate Al Waldon and Roz Schwach, the president of the senior citizen’s housing complex.

Accompanied by about 200 singing supporters, Congressman Floyd Flake and his wife, Margaret, pleaded not guilty to tax fraud and embezzlement charges brought against them in federal court. Flake represents Rockaway in Congress.

Prices were slashed at a luxury cooperative building at 160 Beach 117 Street this week. Billed as being “just steps away from the beach,” a studio apartment now sells for $27,500, while a two-bedroom goes for $66,600.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) hosts a “worst road sign” competition each year. This year’s winner, given to the most confusing sign, was the sign at Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 35 Street, where the boulevard, the elevated structure and Beach Channel Drive all converge.

Years Ago... 30

William Sampol of Neponsit has been appointed deputy director of the downstate New York campaign for the election of Ronald Reagan as President of the United States.

The love that people all over the world had for beloved humorist Sam Levinson was evidenced last week at a memorial service at the West End Temple in Neponsit for the local who passed away on August 27 at the age of 68. Levinson suffered a heart attack and died at the LI College Hospital.

Rockaway Council, Knights of Columbus will honor its chaplain, the Reverend William F. Burke at a testimonial dinner-dance at Stella Maris High School this Saturday night.

Airman James T. Minor, son of Maureen Minor of Broad Channel, has been assigned to Corry Field, Florida after his training in the intelligence field.

40 Years Ago...

Belle Harbor residents are happy over the news that the city will soon place a traffic light at the busy intersection of Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue. There have been a number of accidents at that intersection, which is used by many students walking to and from PS 114 on Beach 135 Street.

Michaelis-Bayswater Park, which was dedicated two weeks ago, is drawing compliments from local residents who have come to see the progress of the park and now will begin to actually use the recreational park.

Sand being dredged from the Jamaica Bay is piling up outside the old bulkhead line at Seaside, where the new site for BCHS is being created.

Years Ago... 50

When the Hudson Belle of the Wilson Line tied up at Seaside last Wednesday, it aroused hope for many who saw the ship bringing a load of excursionists, that regular service between Rockaway and Manhattan might one day be restored.

Not many craft of any size come here any more. Prior to the stranding of a tanker in the East Rockaway Inlet five weeks ago, the last such incident was the grounding of a Victory Ship at Beach 85 Street during World War II.

Most of the Seaside landmarks have been flattened to make way for new apartment buildings. On Monday morning, Valenti’s, the former Mulholland’s and Fitzgerald’s Hotels and the former Weiskopf Building were among the few still standing.

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