2012-04-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Community Board 14 met earlier this week to discuss the future of the little league in Rockaway. This was the first of a series of meetings to discuss the baseball league, which was forced from its Rockaway fields on Beach 103 Street when St. Camillus sold the land to a developer. The land was purchased by successful developer George Russo, who has applied for a variance to build a commercial enterprise on the site, widely believed to be a Roy Rogers restaurant with an adjoining game room.

After several months of acrimony and contention, Schools Chancellor Joe Fernandez has appointed postal worker Carole Conti to the District 27 Trustee Board. Conti told The Wave that she is there to represent the parents and students of Rockaway, and not to break the racially-motivated tie that has crippled the board in recent months.

Thousands of uniformed police officers from all over the nation descended on the Sacred Heart Church in Glendale, Queens on March 30 to pay their respects to Police Officer Joseph Alcamo, who was killed in Rockaway while responding to a radio call for help on March 26.

Runners of all ages are invited to take part in the Rotary six-mile run scheduled for 11 a.m. on April 26. The event will once again be sponsored by Marvin Eisenstadt, the president of Sweet’N Low.

Wave editor Bernie Walder has written many stories about the intrepid acts of the first responders in Rockaway. Unfortunately, he had to partake of their services personally when he took a fall and reinjured a hip that he had just had repaired. We all wish him a speedy recovery.

Our local volunteer ambulance corps, PVAC, was one of a dozen volunteer organizations that responded to La Guardia Airport when a plane crashed there on March 22. The volies worked to help several Port Authority workers who were overcome by smoke.

Responding to a call from City Councilman Walter Ward, city officials came to the former Playland site on Beach 98 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to check the safety of the site. There have been reports of broken sidewalks around the site and the earth falling in where dumpers have used the site to get rid of their construction debris.

30 Years Ago...

Nine drug suspects were arrested last Wednesday night as part of a citywide sweep to stop the narcotics trade. The sweep in the 101 Precinct brought in more suspects than in any other precinct in the city.

An admission by an oil company executive proves that toxic material has been dumped in the Edgemere Landfill for many years. The toxic waste was dumped in Rockaway between 1974 and 1981, despite the statements of the city’s Department of Sanitation that no such dumping ever took place. The executive pled guilty to charges of dumping the toxic waste in a number of landfills, including Edgemere.

Proposed changes to the grade of Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to stop the flooding condition there will be discussed at this week’s meeting of Community Board 14.

Speaker after speaker took their time to speak out against the residential hotels and SROs on Beach 116 Street at the Republican Club meeting last week.

40 Years Ago...

Loads of topsoil suddenly appeared on Beach 116 Street last Monday in preparation for the city’s plan to plant lots of trees around the shopping area.

Sam Levinson, famous for his widelyacclaimed sense of humor into which he mixes homespun philosophy, was honored Saturday at Brooklyn College for his contributions to the city. Levinson lives in Neponsit in Rockaway, just a stone’s throw from the college.

The funeral of Mets manager Gil Hodges last week caused many local residents to recall when a number of Brooklyn Dodgers, including Hodges, spent their summers in Rockaway and how Gil was a frequent visitor to Rockaway’s beaches.

50 Years Ago...

Seagirt Boulevard was completely reopened to traffic Monday morning after the sewer construction project that took all winter to complete.

The new owners of the former Rockaway Beach Hospital are preparing to use it as a nursing home by renovating the entire inside of the building. Construction of the apartment complex at Breezy Point has been postponed for a year due to litigation and the failure of homeowners in the area to allow their homes to be moved.

All those panes of glass at PS 183 at Beach 80 Street should not be too much of a problem for Kolodny’s Glazer Shop, which is right across the street from the school.

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