2014-02-14 / 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…

There was another secret meeting called by the Mayor’s office at the Beach Club last week to address the question of where to place a memorial to those who died on American Airlines Flight 587. The mayor’s office invited the representatives of those who died on the A-300 as well as some Rockaway people to the meeting, but the press was excluded from the meeting. Those who were present, however, told us that not much happened at the meeting.

A number of local plumbers have called The Wave to advise residents to keep their water trickling during really cold weather. That should insure that the pipes in their homes, particularly those that are exposed to the weather, will not freeze.

Local artist Patrick Clark, who is presently working on his glass cupola for Tribute Park, won accolades recently for an impressionistic threedimensional glass "globe" that he made in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Unisphere that was built in Flushing Meadows Park for the 1964 World’s Fair.

City officials seem to be serious about building a rail link between the Jamaica terminal and Manhattan. That would allow Rockaway residents to hook up with the AirTrain at Howard Beach and then make connections for Manhattan, a route that promises to be better than the present A Train service, which transverses much of Brooklyn.

30 Years Ago...

Long awaited requests for proposal for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, which have been previously reported on in The Wave, were released at a recent meeting. Proposals for hotels, a convention center, recreational use and non-subsidized market rate housing will be accepted for the 123-acre site.

Two youths accosted an elderly woman and robbed her purse on Beach 81 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard recently. What the creeps didn’t know was that police from the 100 Precinct Anti-Crime Unit were watching. Plainclothes cops sprung into action – chasing the purse-snatching punks into the Hammels Houses. Both were arrested. The woman was uninjured.

A break in the case of the murder of Rockaway resident Patricia Shea, 43, seems imminent. Shea’s body was found on July 26, 1982 hidden beneath shrubbery about 10 feet from a path in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Residents of Beach 126 Street have complained to City Councilman Walter Ward about a sewer back up problem that they said is plaguing them. "These complaints are of a serious nature which affects the health and safety of our constituents," Ward has responded.

40 Years Ago...

Harris Appleman, of Belle Harbor, was one of 40 members of the Marshall Chess Club who were permitted to play Russian chess champion Boris Spasky in a simultaneous match recently. The former World Chess Champion played 40 games at the same time.

Congressman Frank J. Brasco, who faces trial on a federal indictment later this month, received three good luck charms – rosary beads, a St. Francis medal and a mezuzah – from supporters this week.

Local motorists have had to wait an average of one-and-a-half hours for gasoline while fueling up in town last week.

The complete renovation of two stores in the Far Rockaway shopping center looks like an all-out effort to prepare new headquarters for the National Bank of North America’s Far Rockaway office.

People who have complained about street lights being dim along Beach Channel Drive have been reassured that the condition is temporary and will soon be corrected with the installation of special wiring for the new orange colored lights.

50 Years Ago...

Parks Commissioner Newbold Morris should give some thought to the erection of windbreaks along the boardwalk so people could enjoy the boardwalk on some of these sunny but windy winter days.

The new electric scoreboard at St. Francis de Sales hall was put to use for the first time. It was a gift to the church from the Rockaway Rotary Club.

James J. Corrigan is enthusiastic about living in the Surfside apartments. He and his wife never tire of looking out to sea and watching the ships as they come and go from New York Harbor.

A $300 plate-glass window was smashed at Woolworth, on Beach 116 Street, when a pebble became airborne after being run over by a passing car.

It was recently reported that a patient had been charged $65 a day for a room in Peninsula General Hospital. The private room rate turns out to be only $30.

60 Years Ago...

The mayor’s committee on slum clearance is considering the area between Beach 103 and Beach 108 Streets in Seaside for a Title 1 Project and $25,000 has been posted by the prospective builder, according to an article appearing in the current issue of the Rockaway Review, the Chamber of Commerce magazine.

The Board of Estimate is expected to approve an appropriation of more than $4 million for the construction of the new trestle from North Channel to Beach Channel to implement rapid transit to the Rockaways by 1956. The work includes movable bridges.

The Board of Education said it would consider replacing the Public School 47 building "as soon as funds are available and as soon as it attains a sufficiently high priority in relation to the other school needs of the city."

A man and woman were arrested after they slashed each other with a four-inch open razorblade. The man was cut on his face and nose while the woman’s thumb was sliced.

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