2011-04-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Despite rumors to the contrary, the Gateway National Recreation Area has yet to decide on a partner for the development of Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. Park service officials said that a decision would probably be made in the near future and that the process is to first notify Senator Charles Schumer, in whose district the park lies. Only then would there be a presentation in Rockaway and in Brooklyn to let residents know the essence of the plan.

Robbers pulled off a brazen job in front of The Wave building on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 88 Street last week, heisting six cartons from the back of a tractor-trailer parked in front of the building. The driver of the truck had gone into the taxi stand next door to the paper, leaving the truck unattended. A red van pulled up next to the tractor and one man jumped from the van and snapped the lock on the back of the trailer. Two others quickly removed the cartons, although there was no word of what the cartons contained.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday dropped their case against Congressman Floyd Flake just as his trial entered the fourth week. The decision to drop the case came after the judge ruled that prosecutors had failed to establish that an expense fund at Flake’s Jamaica church was a personal account rather than a church account.

State Senator Jeremy Weinstein has introduced a bill that would make it illegal to carry a weapon while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance. “Drugs, booze and guns are a bad mix,” Weinstein said.

Long-time Rockaway activist and Bayswater resident Rey Clarke has announced his candidacy for the new City Council seat being created in the east end of Rockaway. A Cornell University graduate, Clarke will focus on public safety issues, a spokesperson said.

By all reports, Rockaway will soon be split into two separate Councilmanic districts when the redistricting commission finishes its work at the end of this month. The city’s concern is creating more minority voting districts and by its own definition, those districts must contain more than 75 percent minority voters. Because no community in Rockaway fits that definition, it is likely that parts of Rockaway will be tied to parts of the mainland to make the new districts.

It seems that the illegal vans will be around for a while, cutting off people on Beach Channel Drive, driving three abreast to reach the next fare first and generally causing havoc wherever they go. Something must be done to bring them in compliance with the law so that there are both licensed drivers and registered vans.

30 Years Ago...

Dr. Evelyn Mauss, of the Rockaway branch of the Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WLIPF), represented The Wave at the first congress of the International Physicians to Prevent Nuclear War, held March 20 to 25 in Washington, D.C.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Rockaway this year ended with an overflow crowd at a concert of the

Wolftones, Ireland’s number one ballad group, at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Beach.

With this edition of The Wave, home delivery in the Breezy Point area has begun.

Legislation that would make it unlawful for any employer to require a maternity leave of absence solely because an employee has become pregnant has been passed by the New York State Assembly, Assemblywoman Gerdi Lips- chutz has reported.

40 Years Ago...

The Wave has received complaints of laxness on the part of management making repairs in some of the new apartment buildings in Far Rockaway.

Dusty’s variety and candy store at Beach 99 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard is giving away free coupons for a monthly prize award.

Rabbi Daniel Melman of Congregation Derech Emunoh has received accolades from many people after appearing at City Hall in opposition to permitting mobile homes in Arverne.

50 Years Ago...

Some people think that a municipal parking lot is the answer to parking problems. They should observe the lot at Beach 116 Street. Meters do not work and poor roadway and lighting conditions hamper traffic flow.

Being dislocated from property they have occupied for fifty years or more is not easy for all the people in the Title I areas. Quite a few say they are unhappy with their new surroundings in other communities as well as in Rockaway.

The bungalow colonies at Edgemere and Wavecrest have been cleared of rubbish that has collected during the winter months and are now ready for summer residents.

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