2012-02-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Police Officers Reggie Rivera and Pepe Smith were injured Tuesday night, January 28, when their patrol car was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The officers were responding to a Signal 10-13 (officers need assistance) on a shot fired call in the Breezy Point Cooperative when the accident occurred.

Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department units came to the rescue when an FDNY pumper showed up to a fire in the island community, but was unable to operate and put water on the fire.

Daytop Village, the drug rehabilitation clinic that recently opened its doors in Arverne, held an open house last week to show off the facility to the community. The facility houses recovering addicts from all over the city.

Assistant District Attorney Hal Weinstein has been assigned by DA Richard Brown to attend all of the 100 Precinct Community Council meetings. After two years of dedicated work by a committee of Community Board 14 members, Mayor Ed Koch has shot down without comment their recommendation that there be a mixed use plan for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Koch told board officials that he wanted only housing on the valuable site.

The Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off on Saturday, March 7 this year, rather than the following week, which would have made our parade too close in time to the vaunted New York City parade in Manhattan.

The next section of Rockaway’s boardwalk is being readied for renovations. Perhaps its time to try some concrete rather than wood to repair the aging boardwalk.

Police Commissioner Lee Brown will be at the Rockaway Rotary Club meeting at Snug Harbor this week, rather than the previously-announced 100 Precinct Community Council meeting.

30 Years Ago...

A hearing on the proposed toll hike on the two bridges that access Rockaway will be held by the MTA in Manhattan, February 17. Local officials are urging Rockaway residents to attend and voice their concerns.

Steven Katz of Belle Harbor, a senior at Beach Channel High School, is a semifinalist in the Westinghouse Talent Search contest. Katz, the son of Robert and Mary Katz, who own the Belle Harbor Pharmacy on Beach 129 Street, is advised by Maxwell “Mickey” Cohen of Bayswater. State Liquor Authority agents and police from the 100 Precinct raided the Lawrence Hotel on Beach 116 Street. The hotel has been involved in illegal liquor sales, according to the SLA. Queens Borough President Donald Manes will install the officers of the Rockaway Regular Democratic Club next week. Dr. Geraldine Chapey will be installed as president and Howard Finkelstein will be installed as chairman of the board.

Eight inoperative trains on the A Line blocked all subway traffic in and out of Rockaway last week. Many riders had to wait up to two hours to get a subway train off the peninsula.

Sy Sheldon will once again serve as breakfast chairman for the local Boy Scouts annual breakfast. This is the 14th year in a row that Sheldon has served in that capacity.

40 Years Ago...

John Keenan and Kenneth DeGroff are the new proprietors of Graff’s Bar and Restaurant on Beach 24 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Preparations are underway for a 600- family infill housing project in the vicinity of the Arverne firehouse. A group of local organizations are sponsoring the project.

There seem to be fewer people on the street recently, but that might be because of the intense cold weather we have been experiencing.

Many telephone subscribers who have been charged with a flat rate for local calls for years are unhappy that they may now be charged a per-call rate instead.

Leo Weiss has succeeded his brother, Meyer, as the proprietor of Weiss’ Restaurant in Broad Channel. The dining room has been closed for the winter, but the outdoor counter has been doing business as usual.

50 Years Ago...

Ann Lichtner, the woman who does promotion for Playland, is a very forward looking lady. She is already getting busy getting money for the Rockaway Fireworks Committee’s annual fire-works display on July 4 of each year.

Some Spanish-American War veterans are still around, and they take a dim view of what Fidel Castro has done to that island nation. They see the nation’s residents losing all the freedoms that were won during that war.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Donna, Borough President Clancy is still clamoring for funds to repair the sidewalks that were destroyed when trees were ripped up by the high winds.

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