2011-01-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Fares will soon be collected right on the trains on the C Train leg of the Rockaway line, officials say. All of the stations on the line would be unattended except for the morning rush hour period under the plan. There is some question about the timing of the trains as well, as the MTA seeks to cut costs in the face of a major budget defecit. Officials say that some underused stations may be closed entirely and that others may be closed during weekends as well. Local civic and business groups are fighting the proposal to close stations and do away with token boot workers.

We still can’t figure out why, with 308 empty acres in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, employees of the Addabbo Family Health Center must park on what was once the beautiful front lawn of the annex across the street from the center. Sniper fire rang out at Beach 40 Street Friday evening, as somebody fired from the roof of one of the housing project buildings along Beach Channel Drive. One motorist was shot and killed. Police are investigating.

A construction company executive with ties to Rockaway is calling for the unused Playland site at Beach 98 Street to be used as a retirement community for the many seniors who live on the peninsula. Alfonso (Al) DeMatteis made the plan known during a community meeting that was held last week. The developer who planned to build several mid-rise housing units at Beach 9 Street and Seagirt Boulevard has withdrawn the plan in the face of community anger.

It’s about time somebody listened to the community on development issues. A hearing before Community Board 14 will be held on February 14 to discuss the proposed relocation of the Addabbo Family Health Center and the firehouse on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The relocation is necessary due to proposals made for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. The Citibank branch at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 113 Street was held up on Thursday by a young man who was later identified as Timothy Calvain, 32, of Beach 120 Street. Officials say the man came into the bank and gave a note demanding money to the teller. The teller complied and Calvain fled, but was later identified by surviellence cameras.

30 Years Ago...

Joe Pignatano, coach for the New York Mets, will speak this Sunday at the annual funding breakfast for the Rockaway District Boy Scouts of America. Navy Sonar Technician First Class Cur-tis Holub, son of Ruth Holub of Far Rockaway, is serving aboard the USS Ramsey, a guided missile frigate serving in Desert Storm. Peninsula Hospital Center is putting into operation 11 medical-surgical beds in rooms which were once used as waiting and utility spaces. The addition of the beds were recently approved by New York State. Hagar and the Hawk (Transit detectives Richard Farnsworth and Andrew Moschetto) are reaching out to the community and forming the Good Guys Club, which will reach out to children ages nine to fifteen.

40 Years Ago...

The cold weather serves as a reminder that the Parks Department missed another opportunity to provide ice skating in Rockaway, something that has been in demand for many years. City detectives and federal agents are continuing their investigation following a narcotics raid at 30 Olive Walk in Rockaway Point. Six were arrested at that location for possession of controlled substances and for being under the influence of narcotics. Construction of a $350,000 mini-school adjacent to PS 183 has been recommended by the Board of Education.

50 Years Ago...

Many eyes and ears will be glued to their television and radio sets for the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. There are still many who supported Richard Nixon who think that they were robbed of the presidency. Rockaway’s Florida colony is growing by leaps and bounds. We can tell by the large growth in the number of subscriptions The Wave is getting from that state. Many of them are just in the sunny south for the winter, but many more are staying there all-yearround. It is the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. How many local residents who drive along the Belt Parkway past Fort Hamilton are aware that two of its great generals – Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson – were at one time stationed at the fort.

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