2012-04-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The state has determined that the laughing gull population at John F. Kennedy Airport adjacent to Rockaway has grown to dangerous proportions and has ordered a “birdstrike reduction program.” That means, environmentalists say, that there will soon be people with shotguns killing gulls in and around Jamaica Bay, and especially on the runways that run into the bay.

After hours of debate and pleas from young little league players, Community Board 14 voted earlier this week to allow Howard Beach developer George Russo to build a mini-mall and drivethrough restaurant on the Beach 103 site that was, until this year, the little league’s Rockaway ball field. The question of where the ball fields will surface was the main question of the evening, with some urging a spot at Gateway National Recreation Area and others arguing that the far west end of the peninsula is not a proper venue for the fields. Lew Simon came to the meeting with a huge button that had his name printed on its face. Several board members suggested they all wear the same button at the next meeting, all declaring that they are Lew Simon. Staff Sergeant Randolph Taylor, a U.S. Army reservist making his way home from the Mideast, is fighting for his life in Jamaica Hospital after being run over by a dollar van making an illegal U-Turn on Sunday morning. The dollar van sped away from the scene and police are searching for the red Econoline Van.

More than 150 residents crowded PS 114 in Belle Harbor last week to argue for and against the DOT plan to close the entrance of Cronston Avenue at Beach Channel Drive due to a number of fatal accidents in the area. While the majority of speakers were in favor of the plan, but several argued that closing the intersection would cause problems for school buses, ambulances and fire trucks.

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council has a full plate of events scheduled for coming months. There are concerts scheduled for June, July and August at Fort Tilden and the Fall Festival is scheduled once again in Fort Tilden in September. In October, there will be a full-scale Broadway production of “This Joint Is Jumping.”

Some of our readers have asked why The Wave does not get behind the “Freedom of the Press” controversy swirling around another Rockaway newspaper. Freedom of the press is one thing, but hiding behind that concept to cast character assassinations around the community is quite another thing. 30 Years Ago...

The Broad Channel post of the American Legion will host the Queens County convention next week.

Rock and Roller’s Skating Rink on Beach 116 Street will be closing after this Saturday night’s session. Officials argue that the rink is closing because of the increase of tolls on the bridges that bring people to the Rockaway peninsula.

Those officials worry that the roller skating rink is only the first in what might be a long list of business closings because of the bridge tolls.

Republican leader James Sullivan and Democratic leader Geraldine Chapey are hosting a bi-partisan town hall meeting next week to address the “Problems That Plague the Rockaways.” The focus of the meeting will be on Beach 116 Street and its important shopping area. All local residents are invited to attend.

40 Years Ago...

The St. Camillus Sports Committee opens its first season at the newly-renovated baseball fields on Beach 102 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The opening day festivities will include a parade beginning on Beach 116 Street and marching to the ball fields.

Vacant lots owned by the city on DeCosta Avenue are being cleaned thanks to recent cooperation between the sanitation department and the Arverne Civic Association. Sam Berenson, who had the early concession rights at Riis Park, has joined the dietary department at the Peninsula Hospital Center.

Ronald McDonald was a big hit when he visited the local restaurant on Beach 92 Street on Sunday.

50 Years Ago...

Firemen were called to the abandoned barge at the foot of Beach 88 Street and the bayfront to put out a small blaze on Sunday afternoon. Some more fires and the entire abandoned barge will be demolished.

Now is the time for all businesses on the peninsula to come to the aid of the fireworks committee. The aim of the committee is to have fireworks displays each week on the boardwalk this summer. It needs lots of money to meet its goal, but the fireworks bring lots of visitors to the peninsula on hot summer nights.

Fine Easter weather brought many locals to the boardwalk on Sunday for their own version of the Easter Parade.

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