2014-01-31 / 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...

10 Years Ago...

Representative Anthony Weiner took his life in his hands last week end, when he donned his hockey goalie pads and took his stick onto the Madison Square Garden ice for a charity hockey game. Weiner, who has played hockey since the age of eight, and who plays on a regular basis, had to face slap shots from the likes of Mark Messier and Boomer Esiason.

City inspectors will be coming to Rockaway shortly to check that sidewalks are cleared of ice and snow. The inspectors have been working other parts of the borough, handing out hundreds of tickets, which cost homeowners $100 for the first offense and $350 for a second offense.

The Wave often writes of "affordable housing" and "middle-income housing." What do those terms mean? The city recently defined those groups in terms of income. Low income is now defined as families earning 80 percent or less of the federal median income, or those earning between zero and $50,240 per year. Moderate income families earn between $50,241 to $62,799 per year. Middle Income families earn between $62,800 and $157,000 per year. And, you thought that you were rich.

The Jamaica Bay Task Force will meet at the Marine Center at Kingsborough CC in Brooklyn on February 18 at 6 p.m. To many locals, that event has no meaning and few from Rockaway will attend. The meeting is very important. It will address the plan to put toxic dredge spoils taken from New York Harbor into borrow pits at the eastern end of the bay, off Bayswater. Those who are interested in the future of Jamaica Bay should plan to attend and make their voices heard.

The argument over access to health insurance has become a political football, but even those with a health insurance policy sometimes find themselves at a loss. A Wave staffer recently was told that he had a torn rotator cuff in his left arm. His insurance turned down a request for an MRI to find out what damage had been done. Instead, the insurer approved a term of physical therapy without really knowing what the damage might be. The staffer was told that if PT did not work, or made the situation worse, an MRI might then be approved.

30 Years Ago...

Are you afraid to leave the subway station? Do you fear robbery? Harassment? Assault? If there is a police officer around ask him to watch you! You have the right.

New York City’s Housing Authority reportedly evicted a woman with seven children from her apartment in the Hammels Houses in Rockaway Beach recently for allegedly failing to pay rent. But the way the woman’s attorney puts it – she receives public assistance, and her payments are not enough to pay for her keep.

Far Rockaway High School has been designated as an official testing center of the American College Testing Agency. The next closest location is in Lynbrook, Long Island. Juniors and seniors from FRHS, Beach Channel High School and Stella Maris High School are eligible to register for the ACT exam coming in March.

Former Arvernite Bob Goldman has been selected to be one of the attending physicians at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Goldman holds a number of world records for gymnastics, and is known to readers of this paper as an occasional contributor.

Officers rushed down from all parts of the police station at Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to see what The Wave brought in this week. Turned out it was the timer and detonator from a military bomb, which was found by 6-yearold Craig Wittman, on the sand near Beach 130 Street.

40 Years Ago...

True to Mayor Beame’s promise, Parks Department forces, beefed up by specially engaged private sources began concerted effort at clearing Rockaway streets of fallen branches left by the big sleet storm of three weeks ago.

New concern is expressed throughout the community over the presence of many former inmates of mental institutions who have been sent here to be rehabilitated in normal surroundings. The big objection is that they are without adequate supervision.

Rockaway is a great place for innovation. A single-story firehouse may make its citywide debut on the peninsula shortly. The plans were approved by the Site Selection Board this week.

Julie Rapport, former head of the Mayor’s Urban Action Task Force office in Far Rockaway, has joined the staff of Congressman Frank J. Brasco as an aide and will work out of the local office at 1836 Mott Avenue, Room 209.

50 Years Ago...

It is definite that the boulevard will be widened on the south side in front of the Dayton Park housing development. The city has not yet decided how much will be taken from the north side, or when it will be done. Dr. Joseph I. Weiss, rabbi of the West End Temple, is the latest to add to Rockaway’s fame through having been elected president of the Association of Reform Rabbis of New York.

Herman (Tailored Tot) Cohen has called for a meeting of Rockaway Park merchants at the Rogers Hotel where steps leading toward the reorganization of the Merchants Association will be discussed.

A balloon once brought public attention to Rockaway. It was just after World War I that three Navy officers in a free balloon made a trip from the Rockaway Naval Air Station. They came down in Canada and were not heard from until days later when they trekked out of the wilderness to a small hamlet. They became known as the Lost Balloonists.

60 Years Ago...

A campaign for an addition to Public School 42 must be started to prevent critical overcrowding in view of the rapid increase in building in the area, said Parents Association President Mrs. Stanley Sachs at a recent meeting.

An ambitious program of improvements for the Rockaways was outlined at the installation of officers of the Rockaway Beach Property Owners Association. Carl Rappaport, vice president, said the association will work to eliminate slurs cast on sections of the Rockaways which have been called "slum areas" and will endeavor to secure improved police protection, a better boardwalk, improved transit and lower bus fares among other items.

Officers for the ensuing year were installed by the Konrad Nies Unit 44, Steuben Society of America, at ceremonies in Eagles Hall, on Beach 88 Street.

The would-be rapist who attacked Mrs. Martha Joyce, 54, was held on $6,000 bail when arraigned before Magistrate Corning G. McKennee in Felony Court. The man was also accused by two Far Rockaway girls of having attacked them last fall.

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