2012-03-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Meeting the fare evasion problem head on, transit police officers from Transit District 23 fanned out over the Rockaway subway stations on Thursday morning. Dressed in civilian clothing, the officers made 30 arrests for fare beating. The 29 men and one woman were taken to a “bust bus,” where they were processed, provided with desk appearance tickets and released.

Preparations are under way for the 14th annual Rockaway Ocean Run. The event takes place on Sunday, April 26, beginning at Beach 112 Street and the boardwalk. The course goes out and back and will be run rain or shine.

All of Rockaway becomes Irish today, as the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off from Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue. The parade will once again end on Beach 90 Street.

Congressman Floyd Flake has voted in favor of a Democratic bill that provides middle income residents of his district with a tax cut, which will be financed by a tax increase on the wealthiest residents.

State Senator Jeremy Weinstein, who represents Rockaway, said recently that “New York City is no Dodge City,” as he voted against a Senate bill that would have allowed those who have carry permits for their weapons to bring them into New York City, which has a separate list of laws.

There are some residents who complained to The Wave this week that members of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department blocked two of the three lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard last weekend in an attempt to raise funds for the group. We have seen this done in small towns all over the nation, and we see nothing wrong with the procedure. It is a shame that the volies have to go hat in hand to the public for the money they need to protect that very public.

There was high tension at the Community School Board 27 meeting last week, when the depleted board tried to choose a new superintendent and could not get a majority. It got so bad that all of the minority members of the board sat on one end of the table while all the white members sat at the other end.

30 Years Ago...

New York City Fire Commissioner Charles Hynes will be the marshal for this week’s Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s parade will include Irish fraternal, civic and religious organizations as well as a number of pipe bands, according to James Conway Sullivan, the founder of the parade.

Anger is rising in the community over the recent toll hikes on the two bridges that access Rockaway. Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz called the hikes “unreasonable.” State Senator Carol Berman denounced the “whopping jump in tolls.” A number of old-time residents said that they had paid for the bridge in their city assessments during the late 1920’s. “My father paid $1,400 over ten years for the bridge,” one resident said, adding that there should be no toll at all. Mayor Ed Koch announced this week that the new city budget will include money for the rebuilding of Rockaway Point Boulevard in Breezy Point.

Rockaway Park residents are up in arms at the word that the roller skating rink on Beach 116 Street has applied for a liquor license. In addition, rumors abound that the owner of the rink wants to add boxing and wrestling matches to the menu.

40 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Langer of Belle Harbor are celebrating their twentieth wedding anniversary this year.

The two-story business block that replaced the Majestic Hotel on Beach 69 Street, and was once the home of the Rockaway Democratic Club, has now been demolished as part of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

The St. Patrick’s Tea, sponsored by the Ladies Aid Society of the First Congregational

Church, was the 55th annual affair.

Improved street lighting in the Beach 116 Street shopping area is on the way, according to Joel Gerstel, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

50 Years Ago...

Well-informed sources tell The Wave that there will be a library building built in Rockaway Park in the near future.

Along with the broken concrete and debris left on the streets from the storm last week, there were lots of beer bottles.

Could somebody have been having a storm party on the beach?

With the streets flooded last week, many motorists made use of the grassy center mall on Seagirt Boulevard for both driving and parking.

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