2011-06-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

There is a good possibility that more than half of Rockaway’s beaches will be closed this coming summer because the city cannot afford to hire lifeguards. Red flags will be posted warning bathers that they swim at their own risk, a parks department source said this week. This projection surfaced this week when the QueensBorough Cabinet met with Oliver Spellman, the borough’s parks commissioner.

New York City’s Department of Environmental Preservation is ready to advertise bids for new sewers on the side streets throughout Broad Channel. The new sewers will serve 720 homes on the island community and will flow into an existing sewer line on Cross Bay Boulevard, which bisects the community.

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council will sponsor its second annual environmental competition at the Fall Festival, which will be held at Fort Tilden on September 14 and 15. RMAC is looking for displays and demonstrations that deal with the environment and how we can better protect and save our planet.

The three school trustees appointed by the chancellor to take the place of the District 27 School Board, which had been suspended after prosecutors accused several members of crimes, cronyism and racism, were honored at their last meeting on Tuesday night. The three, Vincent Giordano, Antonia Carranza and Fred Woodruf, where honored by acting school superintendent Josephine Schwindt. The nine new school board members will take their seats at next month’s meeting. James Sanders, Jr., who is the youth coordinator for Community Board 14, was elected as president of the new school board. Members are James Egan, Robert Young, James Adams, Maria Camacho McCormick, Muriel Russell, Cecil Dudley, Steve Greenberg and Martha Dana.

About 35 local residents took advantage of a bus supplied by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce to attend the recent Queens hearing of the redistricting commission. Many of those who attended were from the Bayswater Civic Association, which represents a community that would be bisected by the new, proposed district lines.

Police Officer Louis Curto, who has patrolled our beaches for many years, said that he has never seen anything like the crowds that were on the beach for this year’s Memorial Day weekend.

30 Years Ago...

Police patrolling the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park issued more than 1,300 summonses over the Memorial Day weekend. The majority were for parking violations, but many were given for peddling on the beach and for public drunkenness.

Contractors working on the sewer project in Neponsit will be required to construct ramps wherever the change in grade makes it impossible for homeowners to get out of their driveways because of the increased grade of the sidewalks in front of their homes.

Intensive lobbying for casino gambling was begun on Monday, when members of the Coalition for Casino Gambling announced that the next 30 days would either make or break the proposal.

Many local residents have been writing to the MTA to protest the raise in the subway fare to $1.00.

A model of what the Arverne Urban Renewal Area would look like if casinos were built there was unveiled at the last meeting of Community Board 14.

40 Years Ago...

Brother Frank Springman of St. John’s Home says that he is recuperating well from his recent illness and plans to be on the bench with his football team in July.

Mario Russo, the chair for Community Board 14’s environmental committee is a bay enthusiast from way back. He took advantage of a city hearing last week to urge the city to upgrade the bayfront condition, including adding marinas along the peninsula’s bayfront.

Last week, a building that had once been “Indian Charlie” Hudson’s candy store on the boulevard next to the telephone building, fell to the bulldozer.

Delay in obtaining the proper building permits has led to the Jerry Lewis Theater in Surfside not being ready to open for the summer season.

50 Years Ago...

Despite all the delay, people still insist that the new shopping center to be built on the former site of the Long Island Railroad in Far Rockaway is soon to be constructed.

People who long for things of their youth are not always right. The concrete wall which once surrounded the yard of St. Malachy’s Home has disappeared and in its place is the splendid new lawn at Stella Maris High School.

Members of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club are taking pride in the fact that Joseph Smythe, longtime club president, is managing the Borough President’s staff.

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