2011-07-29 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

More than $9 million was spent in the repair and rehabilitation of the spalled and cracked concrete on the Marine Parkway Bridge, officials say. The repairs were completed last week and residents will notice new light poles and a new sidewalk.

Northbound traffic proceeded smoothly through sand swirls that reduced visibility to near zero on Tuesday evening, July 23, when two lanes of the new North Channel Bridge were opened. At the same time, southbound traffic bumped over the old bridge, taking care to avoid curves and barriers.

Alternate side parking was suspended all over the city on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and there will no longer be street cleaning on those two days, an official of the city’s Sanitation Department announced on Monday. The move, to save the city money, will also include weekend cleaning of litter baskets, a reduction in household collection to three days a week and more than 300 department jobs eliminated.

Unseld Robinson, son of Gertrude Robinson of the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway, is spending the summer attending Oxford University on a student exchange program. Robinson, a Far Rockaway High School graduate, is a junior at Union College in upstate New York.

The trustees of Community School District 27 will meet on Thursday at the district office in South Ozone Park to discuss the coming school year, which will once again begin right after Labor Day.

Police advise those attending the second annual Night Out Against Crime on August 6 to bring along a flashlight for the march from the local precinct sites at Beach 59 Street and Beach 126 Street to the meeting spot on the Boardwalk at Beach 86 Street.

Officials from Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden did all they could to get the park ready for the RMAC concert featuring Arnie Mig last Sunday, but they couldn’t find a cover large enough to keep the drill field dry and so the concert was cancelled.

30 Years Ago...

The Hartman YM-YWHA on Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway is enjoying something of a renaissance since the organization’s five-year, multimillion dollar revitalization plan came to fruition. Harry Wertlieb, the organization’s development chairman, said that he looks forward to many, many more years of service to the Rockaway community.

Numerous bonfires have been spotted on the beach this summer, according to some residents on the west end of the peninsula. Some residents like the idea, seeing it as an activity that is done on beaches throughout the nation, while others see the fires as dangerous. One local complained that he can feel the heat from the beach fires in his living room.

Police Officer Roy Popple of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway was recently the award-winner at a precinct meeting, for making more than five dangerous arrests in the past month.

The Bethel AME Church in Arverne was gratified by the community’s turnout at a recent fundraiser. The church was the scene of a raging fire that completely destroyed the building last month, and other local churches have provided sanctuary for its mem- bers since that time.

40 Years Ago...

With the summer nearly half-gone, many local business owners are beginning to plan for their annual summer clearance sales. A number of those sales have already begun in some of the more impatient businesses.

The Miss Bikini Contest at Rockaway’s Playland got a lot of play in the daily papers this week because the winner was quite a beauty and because there were rumors that some chicanery was afoot in the decision.

A sudden rainstorm engulfed the beach last weekend, leaving the public transportation overwhelmed and the entrance to the bridges backed up all over the peninsula. Police tried to end the logjam, but with little success as tens of thousands of visitors tried to leave the peninsula at one time.

50 Years Ago...

Airplanes from the two local airports continue to fly low over Rockaway, making some homeowners wonder why they bought a home in the flight path of an airport.

The owners of Playland in Rockaway Beach are trying to come up with a gimmick to top the recent story about a man who scattered more than $4,000 from the roller coaster at Coney Island last week. The owners say that the publicity from the stunt brought tens of thousands of visitors to the Coney Island Park, and they want to do the same for Rockaway. Insiders say, however, that money will probably not be involved in the Rockaway stunt.

Police from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park are searching for a hit and run car that killed a Broad Channel boy on Saturday.

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