2010-10-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Homeless families recently moved into the Lawrence Hotel on Beach 116 Street will be the first moved out of the facility by the Human Resources Administration as soon as more suitable housing is found. That promise came to Rockaway from City Councilman Walter Ward after meeting with city officials this week.

Congressman Floyd Flake has announced that there is $7 million for the rehabilitation of Riis Park in the new appropriations bill approved by Congress last week. Much of the money will be used for renovating the historic bathhouse.

Two police officers from the 100 Precinct were injured last weekend when the patrol car they were driving was rear-ended by a woman driving a new Oldsmobile. The woman said that she had blacked out while driving on Cross Bay Boulevard, causing the accident.

Four adult homes in Rockaway have been ordered by the state to clean up their act or close down. The four Rockaway homes, among 14 citywide, are the Queen Esther Home, the Park Inn Home, The Wavecrest Adult Home and the Manor Home for the Aged.

The Board of Education is pushing Schools Chancellor Joseph Fernandez to appoint community-based trustees for District 27 to replace the three appointees from the BOE who have been serving since last October, when the elected school board was suspended and two members were indicted. The push comes in the wake of a Board of Education decision to refuse to reseat the board members who are appealing their suspensions.

The issue of redistricting all of the city’s council districts to create more minority seats is something that most locals can rally around. A large number of community activists came to the recent community board meeting to speak out and urge that Rockaway remain one single district in both the city council and the assembly. Problem is, none of the Democratic politicians who represent us seem to be listening.

Local activist Bill Fahie told the community board that “Rockaway is a toilet bowl as far as the city is concerned,” as he urged the board to civil disobedience to solve the ills striking the west end shopping street on Beach 116 Street. “The city, in it’s infinite wisdom, is packing the street with welfare families,” Fahie said. “We should block the doors and keep them out.”

Years Ago... 30

Neighborhood stabilization will make unemployment much less of a problem, says Mario Cuomo, New York State’s lieutenant governor. His remarks came as part of his speech to the Chamber of Commerce of the Rock-aways at their annual dinner last week.

There have been many accidents along Rockaway Beach Boulevard since the double yellow line was moved over two weeks ago. There is a lot of resentment about moving the line and many locals want it moved back to where it was.

One would think that motorists using the public parking lots would have the decency to leave a note when they ram into somebody else’s car.

40 Years Ago...

A Gypsy encampment on the abandoned parking field at Beach 51 Street and the oceanfront has stirred up a lot of criticism and consternation.

Patrolman Tom Hetzel is back from Europe after completing his third swim across the English Channel. His most recent crossing was two weeks ago, in a record time of 14 hours, 14 minutes.

Rockaway Park merchants are indignant because their customers have to walk past addicts on a “trip” lying on the sidewalk in front of their stores. Often, the cops are called and they haul the addict away, only to have them reappear the next day.

Workers started demolishing the New Theater building this week. It has been a community landmark since it was actually “new” around 1912.

Naval Air Station New York at Floyd Bennett Field will cease operation permanently on Tuesday.

Years Ago... 50

Yankee rooters expected the American League champs to continue their late season winning streak right into the World Series with the Pirates. But when the Pirates went on a long winning streak of their own, it is amazing how many of those Yankee rooters became quiet.

Serious consideration is now being given to an extensive garden apartment complex along the bayfront to accommodate several hundred middle class tenants.

Sudden opposition to changing the Title I apartment houses from eight to sixteen stories in height developed at Tuesday’s regular hearing regarding the high-rise development at Rockaway Point.

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