2011-02-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cultural Committee is looking forward to its largest parade ever. The parade will be held on March 9 this year. Planned for this year are 20 bands, three more than any previous parade. In addition, dozens of marching groups have already signed up for the parade. The parade will once again march the traditional route, beginning on Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue, then east on Newport to Beach 116 Street, where the parade will turn south towards the beach to Rockaway Beach Boulevard, then west again to Beach 84 Street.

Community policing officers from both Rockaway precincts, detectives and Robert Spata, the principal of Junior High School 180 have joined forces in efforts to thwart shootings as schoolchildren leave their buses for home during the afternoon hours. Shots were fired both last Wednesday and last Thursday in the area surrounding Beach 55 Street. Nobody was hit in either of the shootings, but police and school officials are concerned.

The first Community Board 14 meeting chaired by newly-elected president Vince Castellano was one of the more contentious in recent memory. It was also the longest. The board adjourned after midnight without completing half of the night’s agenda. The main issue that was addressed and took up

most of the time was the future of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. While the board could not come to a consensus on the renewal area, it did vote to allow Wavecrest Gardens to close down Crest Road at the boardwalk at dusk each evening for safety reasons. It seems as if some bad actors walk into the housing complex from the beach and wreck havoc in the buildings nearby the beach.Protect the Piping Plover Day will be marked at Gateway National Recreation Area on March 2 and March 9 with a call for volunteers to assist in setting out signs and barriers that separate the protected species from the general public that uses the park.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has announced that she has placed a new staff member, Earlene Glenn. The new staff member will handle constituent affairs in Pheffer’s Far Rockaway office.

Some of our local politicians are going after the noisy aircraft that fly over Rockaway before landing at John F. Kennedy Airport. This has happened before and, if anybody notices, the noisiest plane of all, the Concorde, still flies over the peninsula on a regular basis.

30 Years Ago...

Congressman James Scheuer is proposing a total ban on nudity at Riis Park beach. Scheuer said, “Very simply, I propose this ban in the strongest erms isolating nude bathing to an area at least a mile from the nearest esidential community.”

Beach Channel High School’s girl’s basketball team was knocked out of he second round of the PSAL playoffs when the girls were routed Wednesday

night by the host August Martin High School team, 72-51. More than $5 million in development is planned by the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA for the Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17 Street campus that the organization acquired last year. James Conway Sullivan, Republican State Committeeman for the 22 Assembly District is opening a yearround party headquarters at 90-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rock- away Beach.

40 Years Ago...

The contractors for the new Beach Channel High School got busy last week and removed the drifted sand from Beach Channel Drive that had been the cause of so many complaints by motorists using the busy road.

Far Rockaway residents say that the city has pulled a “fast one” on them by approving the construction of stores in connection with the new high-rise

apartment buildings on Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 20 Street.

Visible progress is being made on the construction of a new housing project on Beach Channel Drive in Edgemere, where most of the foundation work has already been completed.

50 Years Ago...

The construction work being done to the former Teddy’s Restaurant on Beach 116 Street looks like almost a complete rebuilding job in preparation for the opening of Maskin’s Men’s Shop in another month or so.

More and more business places are boarding up their windows and otherwise taking precautions against the operation of vandals, which, judging by complaints, seems to be on the rise again. Since Mayor Wagner bested Carmine DeSapio in the showdown over the borough presidency of Manhattan, odds in this vicinity have increased on his chances for re-election in November.

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