2011-02-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The bodies of two unidentified Hispanic men were found early on the morning of February 5. The two, who were shot many times in the back, were found in the Wildlife Sanctuary that is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. The bodies were found a few feet off Cross Bay Boulevard by a national park service worker.

Police at the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach are keeping a close eye in the area around Beach Channel Drive and Beach 116 Street because there have been a rash of burglaries in that area over the past few weeks. Distraught merchants have complained that establishment after establishment has been burglarized, with the person or persons taking computers and office machines.

After years of looking for a suitable site, the Rockaway Museum will soon relocate to a space in the historic Wave Building on Beach 88 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, the former site of the Rogers Hardware Building. The museum’s exhibits will be prepared by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council and by individual collectors, officials of the museum said.

The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) will honor local businessman Jesse Plaxen at its annual dinner, which will be held at the Bayswater Jewish Center on March 9. Plaxen, a graduate of Far Rockaway High School, has owned Town and Country Travel in Far Rockaway for 33 years.

Congressman Floyd Flake, speaking at a Chamber of Commerce meeting, blamed the war in the Gulf for the fact that there has been no movement on developing the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. “The falling real estate market and the lack of development money because of the war will keep the project from moving now,” Flake said, adding that the development would happen “eventually.”

Terrence Quinn, the principal of PS 225 in Rockaway Park has been nominated for the Reader’s Digest 1991 American Heroes of Education Award, a national award for educators that are making a difference in their buildings. Each winner earns $5,000 for themselves and $10,000 for their building to keep their innovative programs going.

Community Board 14 will host a meeting this week to discuss several critical items affecting Rockaway’s future, officials say. Several public hearings during the meeting will address rezoning the peninsula, housing density and development.

30 Years Ago...

Thirteen stories in an enclosed mall with a kiosk and an atrium in the center and restaurant facilities overlooking Jamaica Bay – that is the aim of developers for the former A & P Store at Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Borough President Donald Manes last week pledged his support and action in regard to the construction of a municipal parking lot at the corner of Beach 115 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Neponsit streets will not be widened. That’s the word to the community last week by City Councilman Walter Ward and confirmed this week by the city’s Bureau of Highway Operations.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct expect to find the three men who held up and robbed the Waldbaum’s Supermarket at Beach 112 Street and Beach Channel Drive on Friday, February 6.

40 Years Ago...

Freezing rain made driving hazardous early Saturday morning. It included a new danger spot on Seagirt Boulevard, where the new hi-rise buildings shaded the road, allowing the road to remain frozen, causing lots of slipping and sliding.

After advertising for a third time for bids on building the new Nassau Expressway along the Rockaway border, the state received no takers. The planned road has been limping along for a generation or so.

The New York State Racing Commission is considering an application by the New York City Off Track Betting Corporation to establish and operate a legal horseracing betting facility on Mott Avenue in the Far Rockaway business district.

50 Years Ago...

The local youngsters have come up with a new racket. A dozen or so gather around a car and climb all over it, refusing to get off until the motorist coughs up a couple of bucks in tribute. Two such incidents were reported at Beach 87 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard last week. Vandals have broken so many windows at Loeb & Mayer Meats on the Boulevard at Beach 81 Street that the proprietors have given up replacing them. Carpenters are just putting pieces of plywood over the holes.

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