2010-09-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Alton Waldon Jr. won the Democratic nomination for the State Senate seat in the 10th District that was recently vacated by convicted money launderer Andrew Jenkins. Waldon won in a primary against Malcolm Smith and Edward Lewis. Waldon had 8,402 votes while Smith had 6,493.

Four automobiles were damaged last Friday when a car driving north on Cross Bay Boulevard and Noel Road suddenly slowed down, but the other three cars behind him did not. Police say that nobody was badly hurt, but two drivers suffered cuts and bruises in the accident.

The Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC) will soon start a Youth Corps, made up of students from 13 to 16 years of age who are interested in learning CPR and basic first aid procedures. The program is headed by Sara Berger and Alisa Bleakley.

Showing at the Surfside Twin Cinema at 103-22 Rockaway Beach Boulevard was “Ghost” and “Witches.” All seats went for $3.50.

Now that the summer traffic season is over, reconstruction of lighting poles and sidewalks on the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge will start next week. The work will cost $9.98 million.

Emergency Medical Technicians were able to restore breathing and pulse for a small child who was submerged in the ocean last Saturday at Beach 17 Street. The child was transported to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, where he reportedly remains in good condition.

Community Board 14 has requested that the Department of Transportation install speed limit signs the entire length of the Rockaway Freeway. “Many of the accidents that have occurred on the Freeway are due to high-speed vehicular traffic, and we feel the signs will be a deterrent,” said Jonathan Gaska, the community board’s district manager.

Pier 92 Restaurant on Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive advertised a whole 1 ¼ pound lobster dinner for $11.95, including soup, salad, potato, vegetable, coffee and desert.

Years Ago... 30

Developers who recently built a hotelcasino in Atlantic City (New Jersey) will soon visit Rockaway to visit possible sites and to speak with Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz and other community leaders about the possibility of casino gambling in Rockaway.

Police Captain Bernard Weber, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, will address the Frank Avenue Civic Association at its next meeting, according to organization president, Steve Cooper. He will discuss crime in Edgemere and the surrounding area.

The Breezy Point District of Gateway National Recreation Area will celebrate the coming of fall with its annual kite festival for children and adults at Fort Tilden.

St. Joachim’s Drum and Bugle Corps has won the state championship at the annual Fireman’s Parade in Baldwin on Long Island.

40 Years Ago...


With winter coming quickly, residents are worried about street cleaning and garbage collection now that the local sanitation garage has closed for renovation.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce reports that the population of the peninsula and Broad Channel has swelled to 93,032.

There is lots of hope in the west end now that the construction of the new Beach Channel High School has begun in earnest. Word that it will include an oceanography program that will bring bright students from all over the city to the peninsula is welcome news, as is the fact that west end students will no longer have to travel to Far Rockaway for their high school experience.

Edgemere officials are worried that there will not be enough school seats in Rockaway for the children who will soon be living in the new public housing nearby. Schools in the area are already overcrowded, parents say, and urge the city to plan for several new schools on the peninsula.

Years Ago... 50

Terry and Brendan, twin sons of Mr. And Mrs. Walter Mooney of Beach 101 Street won the Most Beautiful Child photo contest hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women.

It looked like old times to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Halpern, who was among the group welcoming the vice presidential candidate Henry Cabot Lodge at Fort Tilden on Monday. Ralph was a perennial candidate on the local Republican ballot for many years.

Dedication of the newly-constructed child health care facility in Rockaway Beach will not be held until a new mayor is elected.

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