2014-01-17 / Columnists

Looking Back

The Wave’s archives were largely lost to Hurricane Sandy. But through piecing together online sources, we are once again able to present this feature.

There may be some gaps in the record, some years may be missing, but here’s…

What The Wave Said

10Years Ago...

Congratulations to Steve Greenberg, who has served with distinction as the president of Community School Board 27 for many years and as the chairman of the board of directors of the Breezy Point Cooperative, on being named to the Board of Directors of the Peninsula Hospital Center. Now that the mayor is phasing out the school boards, we guess that Steve, who is a vice president at Salomon Smith Barney, is looking for something to do in his spare time.

A Rockaway school was taken off the state’s Schools Under Register Review (SURR) list this week. After three years on the list, PS 43 in Edgemere was removed by state education officials for making adequate progress towards raising its scores. Congratulations to the staff and administration at the school for a job well done. There are still 49 schools on the list, including a couple in Rockaway.

Now that the AirTrain is open and running, Governor Pataki has dropped the other, much-needed shoe and announced that there will soon be plans to extend the service from Jamaica (its present terminus) to Manhattan. We have been saying all along that the service would fail unless it provides a one-seat service from the airport to Manhattan, and that may now one day be a reality. The final choice for a plan to move the service to Manhattan will be unveiled in April.

Alan Camhi, owner of Condor Pest Control in Rockaway Beach and a long-time activist in the business community was honored this week by Newsday by being named the “Everyday Hero” in Sunday’s paper. Congratulations to Alan.

30Years Ago...

Robert Browne, of Rockaway Beach, was presented with the New York City Emergency Medical Service’s Medal of Honor, their highest award, for his role in the attempted rescue of a drowned teenager.

Select the city’s new sports complex! This call went to Governor Mario Cuomo last week from the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. The Chamber’s president, Vincent D. O’Connor, said that the Arverne Urban Renewal Area would be a great spot for some development.

Leon S. Locke, publisher of The Wave, and 29 other journalists were snowed in on Wednesday when the white stuff fell for the first time in 30 years in Nanjing, China. Locke called The Wave and was surprised to learn that it was snowing in Rockaway, too.

Jeff Wilder reportedly led the way with 25 points and snared 19 off the glass as Beach Channel High School beat John Adams High School 70-65 in basketball.

The Sam Levenson Cultural & Arts Foundation inaugural dinner dance was held last month at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. Among the many guests were Dr. Henry Kissinger and Mrs. Esther Levenson.

Three teenagers who allegedly murdered a “white devil” in the Edgemere Houses, in Arverne, and robbed him of $6 will now face a grand jury. An angered local citizen led police to the suspects, who have been charged with murder and armed robbery.

“LILCO says no, but the poles must go!” said Walter J. Roberts, a prominent businessman on Beach 116 Street. The utility poles the company installed “are an abomination and an insult to the many people who gave so unselfishly to bring the revitalization plans to fruition,” Roberts said. He has formed an ad-hoc committee to persuade LILCO to place its service underground, as was originally called for by City Planning.

Groups and individuals who use buildings and facilities in the Jamaica Bay/Breezy Point Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area will now have to share maintenance and utility costs.

The group, Residents for JFK Express Service Extension, is calling for Rockaway residents to attend an upcoming meeting with city Mayor Ed Koch at Stella Maris High School. “We are planning a group demonstration of interest for all who are particularly interested in getting the JFK Express Service to here,” said Dino G. Pansire, the group’s founder.

40Years Ago...

The Peninsula Rifle and Pistol Club of Rockaway Beach announced the signing of a lease for the old Pix Theatre building, in Far Rockaway, for the purpose of constructing an indoor rifle and pistol range.

Two local centers for seniors have been approved by the city’s Human Resources Administration. They are to be housed at St. Gertrude’s Church auditorium, Beach 38 Street, and the other in a yet to be named location.

Leon S. Locke, Wave publisher and Belle Harbor resident, is considering a run for the assembly seat in the Rockaway/Rosedale district. Locke, a member of the Liberty Conservative Club and an active member of the Belle Harbor Property Owner’s Association, says it’s time for a change.

The administration of St. John’s Home showed its appreciation to those who volunteer and give services to the home with a luncheon in their honor at the Rockaway Park facility. More than 50 locals were feted.

Captain Mario Selvaggi of the Far Rockaway precinct has been making the rounds of the various civic and community organizations in the area. The commanding officer has made it clear that he wants to get to the important people in the community as soon as possible.

50Years Ago...

While some people complain about parking meters, the Far Rockaway Merchants Association wants more of them. Specifically, they want the meters that were removed several months ago to return because the missing meters reduce the number of parking spaces in the business section.

Whoever dropped burning newspapers into a mailbox in the west end recently must have thought it was a prank, but that’s a federal offense. And those postal inspectors are pretty thorough when it comes to investigating crime.

A cupola, surmounted by a cross, has been erected atop the former Exempt Firemen’s Hall on Beach 86 Street, which is now being used as a church.

60Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DiResto Jr., of Beach 85 Street, celebrated their 90th wedding anniversary.

Harold Lutz, of Beach 126 Street, is home after hitting the slopes in Aspen, Colorado.

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