2012-05-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The New York City Construction Agency is advertising a “Notice of Application to Condemn Property” designated for a new public school at Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 29 Street. The agency plans to file an acquisition map for the property early next month.

Police Officer Robert Schwach of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, in an effort to deter vehicle-related crime in and around Dayton Towers, will conduct a CAT registration program on Tuesday, May 12. Officer Schwach, of the community policing unit, will register automobiles and distribute program stickers in the lobby of 103-00 Shore Front Parkway.

After working diligently to clean the beach and groom the sand, the Parks Department was handed a setback this week with only a few weeks until the beach season begins. Recent storms have shortened the beach and piled the sand back up in large mounds. We guess that Parks has its work cut out for them in coming weeks.

“Suspected toxic waste” was the call to the sanitation police on May 6. When they responded to 25 West 20 Road in Broad Channel, however, they found empty cans left there by workers reconstructing an area of the Cross Bay Bridge.

Approximately 25 people gathered on the center island at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 144 Street on Monday morning, May 11, to discuss the possibility of placing barriers along Beach Channel Drive. Among those gathered were many politicians and their representatives. At issue is the question of whether or not to block the access to Cronston Avenue from the drive in order to cut down on the deadly accidents in the area.

Mayoral candidate Rudy Giuliani was in Rockaway on May 3 to install the new officers of the Gateway Republican Club.

30 Years Ago...

The proposals for Beach 116 Street, which include new lighting, a new parking plan that would eliminate curbside parking, new plantings and the removal of overhead utility lines have been given the green light by both the public and Community Board 12 at a public hearing before that board last week. The work is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, 1984.

The Bernard Weiner Post of the Jewish War Veteran’s will honor Seymour Sheldon and Jerome Belson at its annual breakfast next week.

Police Captain Edward Fitzgerald, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, is warning residents to stay off the beach after 1 a.m. “The beaches are closed from that time until one-half hour before sunrise.“

It would seem that security is not a big issue on Beach 116 Street. A meeting called for last week to address that problem drew only ten local businessmen.

The scheduled date for completion of the work on the old A and P building on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 112 Street is July of this year. The one-time supermarket is reputed to become a medical center for the peninsula.

40 Years Ago...

Although the Army Department of Engineering sold one of its obsolete ships for junk several years ago, the ship is still tied up alongside the bulkhead in Sommerville Basin, at the foot of Almeda Avenue.

When “Fliks” opens tomorrow on Beach Channel Drive, it should be a boon to parents. It will be a place for their young people to go for dancing and entertainment. No alcoholic beverages will be sold on the premises.

Stanley Zipser is canvassing his Masonic friends, urging them to join the Roxbury

Square Club, which will resume its summer meetings in Roxbury.

Gus Orlando is still talking about the forty two-pounders that he recently caught in Peconic Bay.

Ada Zakin held the fort all by herself last Tuesday, when she was the only person to speak in favor of delaying the construction of Seaview Towers in Edgemere.

50 Years Ago...

All that talk about people staying away from Rockaway this summer because they believed the beach had been destroyed by the March storm has been halted. The heat wave last weekend brought out record numbers of pre-season visitors to Rockaway beaches.

The Sommerville Yacht Club is ahead of the traditional Memorial Day opening. It will go into commission on Sunday, when Commodore Seth Kelly will officiate at ceremonies at the Arverne Marine Center on Vernam Basin and Beach 72 Street.

Sunday’s report on the weekend’s beach crowds said that there were 50,000 at Jones Beach and 100,000 at Coney Island. Not a word about Rockaway, however. Perhaps the Chamber of Commerce took the weekend off?

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