2012-07-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The Long Island Lighting Company reported that approximately 3,000 Rockaway homes were without power on Wednesday evening as a mixed bag of storms crossed the peninsula. The worst of the outages took place in Edgemere, which was without power for three hours due to a downed transformer on Bay 24 Street. Members of the Bayswater Civilian Security Patrol put five cars on the street to patrol that neighborhood, which was without power for more than two hours. The problem was high winds, hailstorms and heavy rain that swept the peninsula for more than an hour.

The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce once again opened a dialogue with officials of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, seeking to do away with the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge.

A fire at sea off the shore of Rockaway drew thousands of local residents to the beachfront at about 7:30 a.m. on Monday. The spectacular fire aboard a 65-foot passenger vessel named Lady Edna II (out of Freeport, Long Island) threw flames and smoke high into the air. Beaches were closed the following day due to reports that oil from the vessel, which sunk after the fire, was covering the beachfront. State Senator Jeremy Weinstein has chided the state court of appeals for ruling that nude bathing at Riis Park is a matter of free speech and must be allowed. The ruling said that it was legal for women to bare their breasts in public as long as it was not for profit or done in a “lewd manner.”

Bradley Rogoff, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jay Rogoff, gave the valedictory address at PS 114 in Belle Harbor last week. He plans on attending Poly Prep Day School in the fall.

The Wave is conducting a poll to find out how residents feel about the summer parking restrictions on the west end of the peninsula. To vote on the issue, call 1-900-407-9550. You may use either a rotary dial or a touch tone phone to vote and each call costs 99 cents.

Lew Simon and his supporters marched over the Cross Bay Bridge last weekend in an attempt to force the removal of the toll on the bridge. No matter how hard he tried, Simon could not get himself arrested by police from the 100 Precinct, who monitored the march.

30 Years Ago...

Eight city-owned blocks of land in Rockaway will be put up for bid this week as part of the city’s plan to do away with unused land. It is estimated that most of the land will go for approximately $10, 000.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lispchutz, the chair of the Assembly’s Casino Subcommittee, has told groups in Rockaway that the state legislature would have to pass an enabling bill this year in order to allow for a vote on the issue of casinos in Rockaway next year.

The United Irish Foundation will benefit from the Rockaway Irish Festival that will be held on July 30 at Beach 108 Street in Rockaway Beach.

Congressman James Scheuer, a Neponsit resident, has chosen to run for a seat in northern Queens in the upcoming election rather than challenge Congressman Joseph Addabbo for the seat that includes Rockaway. The problem came about because of recent redis- tricting.

40 Years Ago...

Ever since the City Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for the development of the Seaview Towers project in Edgemere, local groups have been planning a series of protests to get that approval overturned. The strike of construction workers has slowed the construction of both Beach Channel High School and Intermediate School 53.

Fred Springer is planning a five story brick home on the site of the former tennis courts in Far Rockaway to serve a group of seniors who do not need traditional nursing home care. There is lots of local speculation as to why Borough President Manes quickly approved the Seaview Towers project while so many others on the Board of Estimate were opposed to the plan.

Thursday nights have been designated as “Shopping Nights” in the Far Rockaway shopping area with uniformed police on hand in force to safeguard those who shop on that night.

50 Years Ago...

Gilroy’s Restaurant has opened a brand new dining room on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 90 Street. Almost next door, a new brick building will house Milhauser Pharmacy.

Edgemere residents have been complaining that older residents have been buying teenagers beer for their beach parties and that lots of the youngsters spend the nights sleeping in their cars in the area.

Residents in Hammels have been petitioning the city to forget about the housing project it has planned for the area and to leave the land as a park. Businesses in the Holland section are preparing for the expected rush when the new housing is opened in the area.

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