2012-03-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Responding to a call for aid from a housing police officer at the Edgemere Houses, a 100 Precinct police radio car travelling eastbound on Beach Channel Drive at about 1 a.m. on March 26, hit a utility pole on Beach 105 Street directly in front of the wastewater treatment plant. The driver of the car, Police Officer Charles Wilson, was admitted to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he remains in stable condition. Police Officer Joseph Alcamo, 31, was rushed to Peninsula Hospital Center with severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Illegal dumping in the Playland site has become a big problem and it was addressed this week by Community Board 14. District Manager Jonathan Gaska and environmental chair Mario Russo visited the site and said that the sanitation department has to be careful in cleaning the debris because part of the ground is collapsing and can cause a danger to workers. The fence that once surrounded the site has been knocked down in many places by those seeking to dump on the site.

Wave columnist Howard Schwach started a firestorm of sorts this week with his contention in his column that parochial schools are “inferior” to public schools in that it is bad for democracy to have schools limited to teaching only one idea to the exclusion of others. We have to point out that columns are the view of the writer and not of the owners of The Wave. Having said that, however, we try to present all sides of important community arguments. That is represented this week by the three pages of letters, the great majority of those disagreeing strongly with Schwach’s view.

The New York City Transit Authority is considering replacing the current C Rockaway Park line during rush hours with a “peak direction express” train that would go directly to 59 Street in Manhattan, where commuters can switch to other lines.

The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce held a meeting with police officials and local politicians to address the problem of illegal dollar vans that race up and down the major streets of the peninsula, making U-turns at whim and often cutting off local drivers. The Chamber is pushing a plan that would bring more Green Buses to the peninsula while severely punishing the illegal van drivers.

30 Years Ago...

The Rockaway Local Development Corporation (RLDC) will cut the ribbon this week on the new $1.6 million CTown Supermarket at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 49 Street in Edgemere.

Residents of 102-00 Shore Front Parkway in the Dayton Towers West complex were stunned last Friday when they learned that at least five apartments in the building had been burglarized during the night. The burglars got away with cash, jewelry and small electronics. Police say that the burglars got access to the apartments through the terraces.

Boardwalk rehabilitation will soon begin between Beach 20 and Beach 27 Streets, it was announced by City Councilman Walter Ward earlier this week.

Rabbi Alan Blaine of Temple Beth-El in Rockaway Park is asking local schools not to give tests during the Passover period so that Jewish students can attend synagogue without worrying about school work.

40 Years Ago...

Gus Orlando, who owns an auto repair shop on Beach 79 Street, is a little later than he wanted to be, but he opens the fishing season in Rockaway this week.

The lights of the new apartments on Seagirt Boulevard were turned on this week. The white globes of light are attractive and add to the area.

Leo, proprietor of Weiss’ Restaurant in Broad Channel, is giving some attention to a general brightening up of the establishment on Cross Bay Boulevard. He hopes to open the dining room later this spring.

Commissioner Sidney Hein’s sudden death while playing gold at the Inwood Country Club last Saturday shocked the community. There are still some who remember him as a kid, selling rolls for $3 a week.

50 Years Ago...

The police captains of the two Rockaway precincts are seeking local women to become school crossing guards on school days.

Present day members of the O’Connell Post of the American Legion know a great deal about what the post does today, but little about the post’s history. For that reason, Post Commander Sylvester O’Connell is compiling a post history that should be ready soon.

It has been flatly denied in the Zuckerman Brother’s office that the Title I sponsor has any ideas of selling the land to anybody else.

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