2011-10-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Malcolm Smith’s case against Juanita Watkins arising out of the recent election for City Council was thrown out by the hearing judge on Wednesday. The judge denied Smith’s allegation that there were voting irregularities and declared Watkins the winner.

Two drivers were injured and removed from the scene by ambulance from an accident at Beach 73 Street and the Rockaway Freeway at 11:20 a.m. on October 4. According to eyewitnesses, one of he drivers was attempting to make a left turn onto Beach 73 Street from the Freeway when he was struck by the other car.

Two Rockaway Republican officials, Tom Swift and Jane Dillon, met with Vice President Dan Quayle when he landed at MacArthur Airport in East Islip earlier this week. Jeff Rogoff, who was brought up in Rockaway and who is a member of the Vice President’s staff, arranged the meeting after he read in The Wave that the two were trying to revive the Republican Party in Rockaway.

Gloria Warshofsky of Bayswater has been reelected as the president of the Bayswater Civic Association and was installed last week by incoming City Councilwoman Juanita Watkins at the organization’s annual dinner-dance at the Bayswater Jewish Center.

Community Board 14 spent several hours at its last meeting debating about whether the Arverne Urban Renewal Area should be built prior to the affordable housing in Edgemere, or the other way around. The way things are going with the economy, the infill housing in Edgemere will be built long before Oceanview Associates puts a shovel in the ground in Arverne.

Those who stop to shop on Beach 129 Street are complaining that the merchants take up most of the available parking spots on the short shopping street with their own personal automobiles and with delivery vehicles, making it difficult for those who want to shop in their stores to find a parking spot. They are asking the merchants to park on adjacent streets to make room for the shoppers.

30 Years Ago...

The Getty Gas Station on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel burned last Saturday night. The fire spread to nearby buildings, but the volunteers managed to put the fire out before the flames reached the gasoline storage area.

A burglar was shot and killed on Beach 139 Street this weekend when a homeowner managed to free himself from his bonds and get off a shot with his shotgun. Two other burglars were arrested running from the house when the police arrived after getting a shots fired call.

Marion Polichek of Bayswater has been elected president of the 101 Precinct Community Council. Audrey Pheffer and Bob Simmons were elected as vice presidents. Banking customers at Citibank on Beach 112 Street were surprised to find all new personnel working at the bank last week. Seems that the regular crew won a bank contest and were all spending four days in Montreal, Canada.

Look for the opening of a new children’s clothing store on Beach 116 Street in the near future. There is a lot of work going on in the store that previously housed Belle N’ Beau.

40 Years Ago...

Frank Gallagher’s Snug Harbor restaurant got rave reviews from the young and the not so young at its opening weekend. Its dining room, the newest on the peninsula, is now serving lunch and dinner seven days a week.

The extension of the Nassau Expressway from the Atlantic Beach Bridge to the Van Wyck Expressway has been stalled because the cost keeps going up each time a new contract is announced. Contractors say that they

are afraid to bid on the project because much of it must traverse muddy wetlands. With all the construction going on around Seagirt Boulevard, one has to wonder why somebody does not address the massive flooding problem in the area each time it rains.


Years Ago...

Several large parties are being formed for Saturday afternoon’s game between Far Rockaway High School and Brooklyn Tech at the Far Rockaway field. While it is not a league game, it is ex-pected to generate lots of excitement.

Not everybody is in agreement that a municipal parking lot should be built on the former site of the Long Island Railroad station in Far Rockaway. Some say that the parking lot would be too large and that some of it should be used for housing.

Dean Georges and Chester Maskin are attempting to set up a bowling league for the younger businessmen in the Rockaway Park area.

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