2011-04-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Firefighters responded quickly last Monday to a two-alarm conflagration in a vacant Beach 138 Street home. The home was completely destroyed by the fire, but there were no injuries reported.

Parents in the Seaside section of Rockaway are being warned to watch out for a navy blue car that is reportedly involved in attempting to abduct young children from the street. While no children have been abducted, officials say that the blue car was seen several times on Shore Front Parkway trolling for children returning home from church or school.

Thirty-two new police officers, just graduated from the Police Academy, have been assigned to Rockaway. Sixteen were assigned to the 100 Precinct and 16 to the 101 Precinct. The word of the new assignments came from Councilman Walter Ward, who has been pushing hard to get new police assigned to Rockaway.

Local resident Rose Plaxen was honored last week by the Rockaway chapter of Hadassah during a luncheon at the Bayswater Jewish Center.

Harvey Schultz, president of Oceanview Associates, the proposed developer of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, will speak at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon to be held at Bridie O’s

Restaurant, 16-12 Central Avenue on April 22 at noon. The luncheon was announced by the organization’s president, Dan Tubridy, who promises that there will be lots of discussion about the proposed development and its impact on Rockaway.

Will we ever improve Rockaway? A new report says that 20 percent of Rockaway is made up of vacant lots, which produce no tax revenue for the city. Nor, do they produce any customers for local shops.

It has been a hectic week at The Wave. First, there was an interview with Percy Sutton, the CEO of QUICS Cable Company, followed by interviews with Congressman Floyd Flake, RDRC executive Ed Remsen and Oceanview Associates President Harvey Schultz.

The coming budget cuts will mean many things to Rockaway residents. One of the issues that will have a direct impact is the cut of lifeguard hours on our beaches, recently announced by Parks head Betsy Gotbaum. Lifeguards will now be on duty only from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. After those hours, residents will have to swim at their own risk, Gotbaum said.

30 Years Ago...

Community Board 14 has approved the installation of three police booths on the Rockaway peninsula – Beach 67 Street, Beach 25 Street and Empire Avenue. All of the booths will be sited on hightraffic thoroughfares.

Congressman James Scheuer has led a fight to keep the National Park Service from dropping Gateway National Recreation Area and other urban parks

from the national system. The federal park would have turned the urban parks over to the municipalities in which they are located.

James Steingold, the community relations director for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, was named the Man of the Year at a recent dinner.

Chris Scandole, a ninth grade honor student at JHS 180, was named as the citywide winner of the city’s Fire Prevention Essay Contest. His essay, “The Arsonist,” won first prize.

40 Years Ago...

Some local businessmen complain about the loss of business from Title I areas. Funny, they don’t complain about the business they lost to Aqueduct Racetrack.

The canopy over the store entrance makes it look like Ed Whitey is expecting the carriage trade at his men’s shop on Beach 116 Street. Now, if he only

had a parking spot instead of a bus stop at the curb in front of his store.

Signs of the impending summer include cops training at Riis Park to handle the summer crowds as well as baseball tryouts throughout the peninsula.

50 Years Ago...

Increases in the commutation tickets for the Long Island Railroad became effective last Monday. There was a rush on Friday to all stations by commuters seeking to take advantage of the old fares before the new ones went into effect.

Many of the stores along the Boulevard that have been dormant for the winter are getting ready to reopen for the summer season.

After deliberating for three hours, a jury of 12 men returned a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree against Ella Lewis Jowres in the fatal stabbing of her landlady.

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