2012-05-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Rockaway subway riders are scheduled for a new express service during the morning and evening rush hours, according to a report from the MTA. Five express trains will run once every 20 minutes from Beach 116 Street to West 59 Street in Manhattan. The trains will be lettered with an “A” and will stop at Beach 90 Street, Broad Channel and Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn before going to Manhattan.

About half of the adult population of Broad Channel crowded into the VFW Hall on Thursday for a civic meeting. The guest speaker for the evening was James Gilmore, the regional manager for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the residents were there to complain about the way the state agency treats the locals, many of whom live on Jamaica Bay. With a legal occupancy of 150, there were 300 people in the room and 700 more crowded the streets outside the hall.

The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce is urging locals to boycott the “deadly dollar vans,” and to use legal public transportation instead. In an advertisement in The Wave, chamber officials said that the dollar vans are “hazardous to your health,” with “untrained, unlicensed drivers, uninsured and uninspected vans.”

Housing police from PSA 9, led by Captain Frederick Waldorf, confiscated three weapons, a bulletproof vest, a quantity of both marijuana and crack cocaine and about 700 in cash last week in two separate incidents in Rockaway public housing buildings.

30 Years Ago...

The Wave has made proposals for an annual craft fair to be held on the boardwalk during the Labor Day weekend.

The weather was beautiful as more than 2,000 runners took part in this year’s Rockaway Ocean Run. Luis Vasquez of Brooklyn won the race with a time of 30 minutes and 19 seconds.

Rockaway residents will board buses this week to a hearing of the City Council’s Social Services Committee to ask the committee not to “mainstream” outpatients to Rockaway.

Residents at Bay Towers on Beach 102 Street are crediting Democratic District Leader Sy Sheldon with saving their home. Although the complex is only nine years old, it was deteriorating badly when Sheldon came to its rescue, according to officials of the tenants organization.

Republican District Leader Ann Schockett has organized a citizen’s committee on the west end to address the problems of welfare hotels on Beach 116 Street.

Fitzgerald’s Tavern, a Rockaway fixture since 1910, suffered severe damage during a raging fire on Friday night. The Beach 108 Street fixture was so damaged that the owners say it may not be rebuilt.

The commanding officers of both of Rockaway’s police precincts have asked storeowners not to sell beer to minors. According to the police, this has become a major problem in Rockaway.

The Chase-Manhattan Bank will soon begin providing mini-buses for shoppers who want to travel between the Breezy Point Cooperative and the Beach 116 shopping area.

40 Years Ago...

Gerry Kenna, well-known Belle Harbor resident, has acquired Whitty’s Men’s Store on Beach 116 Street from Edward Whitty, who recently retired from the business.

People sometimes wonder about the origin of the name Arbes, the wellknown real estate firm in Arverne. According to Edwin Schilling, who headed the firm for many years, the name is derived from the first letters in the words, “A Rockaway Beach Ed Schilling.”

Several teenagers were hard at work this week in cleaning up along the freeway at the foot of Beach 80 Street, where a start is being made on developing a new industrial park.

50 Years Ago...

Shorts and sunburned legs are in evidence throughout the peninsula, a witness to the spring weather we have been experiencing lately.

A Rockaway man leaped from a subway train going across the trestle last week to rescue a man from a foundering boat.

Walter Peterson of Dalsimer’s Florists made a delivery to the Neponsit Home for the Aged last week where love had bloomed and a wedding was taking place. He was quickly pressed into service as a master of ceremonies at what he terms was the “reception to end all receptions.”

The Green Bus Lines has moved its terminal from the station plaza in Far Rockaway, but there is no word as to when the construction of the shopping center to be built on that land will begin construction.

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