2011-04-29 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

A woman told 100 Precinct Detective Robert DeLeon that a bump started all of her problems and she wound up without her $150,000 Mercedes Benz automobile. The woman said that she was driving on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 143 Street when she was bumped in the rear of her car by a brown automobile and she stopped. When she did, two other cars stopped in front of her, blocking her from moving forward. One of the men in those cars came to her with a gun in his hand and demanded that she get out of the car. When she was slow to do so, he pulled her from the car and threw her to the ground. The men then took her car and jewelry and drove away.

Community Board 14’s committee on transportation will meet later this week to consider possible street changes throughout the peninsula in order to create more parking for teachers in local schools.

Congressman Floyd Flake told The Wave this week that he is ready to resume his full political duties in the wake of exoneration on federal tax evasion charges. Flake says that his main goal will be in improving the quality of life for all Rockaway residents.

Spurred by Alan Goldstein of Beach Drugs and Steven Good of the Rockaway Café, many merchants who own stores on Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park, joined together twice in the last week to discuss the revitalization of the vital shopping street. The merchants group is receiving assistance from the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce in its attempt to make Beach 116 the premier shopping street in Rockaway.

Bernard Blum, local environmentalist and the president of the Friends of Rockaway, says that he is irked by the fact that there is no discussion of the Edgemere Landfill in the October, 1990 issue of the state’s Solid Waste Management Plan. He says that other landfills in the city may be closed, but there is no word on the Rockaway landfill.

After years of making the illegal turn from the Rockaway Freeway in the back of the Waldbaum’s Shopping Center on Beach Channel Drive, the city finally paved over the center mall, making access to the shopping center much easier for motorists coming from Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Now, they’ve painted a double yellow line over the easy access, and we’re afraid that many motorists will ignore the double-yellow and drive into the parking area, only to find a police officer and a summons.

30 Years Ago...

Campaigning to create a casino resort area for Rockaway received a boost this week with a $5,000 contribution from John Quadrozzi of the Quadrozzi Concrete Corporation.

Rockaway’s Ocean Run, a judo demonstration, awards, a poster contest and many other events are in store for this Sunday as the Chamber of Commerce, Chase Manhattan Bank, the Rotary Club and others sponsor a day of fun on Beach 116 Street.

Far Rockaway High School finished its interscholastic wrestling season with a perfect 13-0 record that included five shutouts. The star of the team was Captain David Tobias.

As part of the construction underway at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, the old doctor’s cottage and the old accounting building were demolished this week to make room for what is being called “the new hospital.”

40 Years Ago...

The Wave has received reports of a number of afternoon robberies in apartments in Carleton Manor, the vest pocket public housing project at Beach 72 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

The ranks of the Last Man Club were further thinned this week by the death of John L. Farrington. The club is made up of members of the 24th Company of the Ninth Regiment, all from this area, who served in France during WW I.

Assistant Attorney General Terry Flynn scored a hit at his appearance as guest speaker at the Rockaway Rotary Club last week. He spoke to members about his work in the attorney general’s office. Terry is a Rockaway resident and local attorney.

50 Years Ago...

If Mayor Wagner decides not to run for a third term, as people think he will, look for a Rockaway man to be groomed for the job. We won’t give his name, but he lives west of Beach 140 Street.

Some real estate operators seem to trade on the ignorance of the community. For example, an Arverne development was given a name that implied that the location was in Belle Harbor. Now, we see that Lawrence is coming to Far Rockaway. For all that, Hammels still has the best beach in all the world.

Dining in the Grill Room at Weiss’ Restaurant in Broad Channel may soon require reservations. The dining establishment serves the finest steak tips and potatoes in the world. They call them “Thumb-bits.”

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