2010-11-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

20 A New York City Sanitation truck ran over a ’78 Toyota sedan that unexpectedly swerved in front of it last Friday at about 11 a.m. on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 88 Street. The accident flattened the front end of the car, but left the truck unscathed.

Travelling to and from school has become so dangerous for teenagers using the Q35 bus that at least one Belle Harbor family has determined to drive their 14-year-old youth in every morning and pick him up every afternoon.

Sixth graders at St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor are assisting the veterans at the Prince-Wynn Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars to collect sundries needed by our soldiers who are fighting in Desert Storm in the Middle East.

Community Board 14 has sent a plea to those involved with redistricting, asking that they keep Rockaway as one City Council seat. Although the board was discussing a very important issue for Rockaway’s future, only 20 residents showed up for the meeting and to voice their opinion. Most of them were from Bayswater and Far Rockaway.

The Guardian Angels and their leader, Curtis Sliwa came to Rockaway last

20 week to see if the organization could start a patrol in the community. While about 30 people showed up for the Angel’s presentation, only four agreed to undergo the training necessary to join the organization.

Thick black smoke belching from the smokestack at Beach Channel High School on Monday morning looked a little like the steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When a Wave editor went to take a look, he was met by local fire companies that had the same idea. Upon investigation, they found out that it was just the boilers starting up on a cold Monday morning.

Now that it’s gone, locals are starting to realize just how many jobs Playland offered to Rockaway youth each summer and fall. Most of those kids have grown to adulthood and today’s kids don’t know what it was like to have lots of summer jobs on the peninsula.

A Long Island businessman told a meeting last week that he is a descendent of a Mayflower traveler and has proof that the Pilgrims landed on either Rockaway or Long Beach prior to moving north to Plymouth. How come that’s not in the history books?

Years Ago... 30

Services for Joseph Waldstreicher, the founder of the Harbor Bake Shop on Beach 116 Street were held on November 19 in the chapel of Riverside Memorial Chapel in Far Rockaway. He and his wife, Shirley, founded the bakery on October 4, 1947.

Edward Kanard of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, an executive in a paper box manufacturing company, was recently found lying face up with his throat slashed and at least five

30 stab wounds in his left side and another in his chest. Police are investigating.

Beach Channel High School’s concert band will perform at a concert of holiday music on December 17 at John F. Kennedy Airport. The concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the International Arrivals Building.

Somebody left a 10-day-old baby on the boardwalk at Beach 54 Street last Tuesday. A passer-by called police from the 101 Precinct. Patrol officers took the baby to the Peninsula Hospital Center, where it was treated and turned over to the child welfare bureau.

40 Years Ago...

There is talk about eliminating parking in the Rockaway Park business district during the early morning hours so the sanitation department’s mechanized equipment can do a thorough cleaning job.

One of the reasons that the firefighters in Battalion 47 are so proficient is that they get so much practice fighting fires in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. That was a dandy on Beach 67 Street last Friday afternoon.

Broad Channel residents are critical of what they consider police negligence in not providing markers along Cross Bay Boulevard where dangerous flooding occurs.

Years Ago... 50

With all the building that has been going on in the Somerville section of Arverne it begins to look as if the area has become a “sleeper,” an area passed up by developers, who now see it as a missed opportunity.

Leon Cholakis of Rockaway Park and a Syracuse University football standout,

50 is reported to have turned down an offer of $10,000 to play for a Canadian professional team because he wants to complete his education. Leon has the backing of Police Captain John Peterson. Maybe it helps an athlete to have a local cop in his corner. Look at what former patrolman Sam Gallagher did for Hurricane Jackson.

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