2014-02-21 / 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…

Many residents on the west end reported a strong smell of gasoline in the air last Sunday afternoon. An American Airlines plane that had recently departed from JFK lost an engine over the Atlantic and was attempting to return to the airport. As part of its emergency procedure, the Boeing 777 dumped fuel over the ocean and over Rockaway as it flew low over the peninsula. The plane landed without incident at JFK, but it left a residue of jet fuel in its track.

Wave columnist Liz Guarino, who writes Broad Channel Bits each week, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Queens Independent Living Center, a non-profit organization that is directed by and for people with disabilities. The QILC is located at 140-40 Queens Boulevard.

Many Rockaway residents became worried when the question of filling the borrow pits at the eastern end of Jamaica Bay, nearby Bayswater with toxic sludge taken from the bottom of New York Harbor was put on the agenda for last Wednesday’s Jamaica Bay Task Force meeting. The community has fought several attempts in the past to dump toxic dredge spoils into the bay. The meeting made clear, however, that a report on the health of the borrow pits is still months away.

Tomorrow, Saturday, February 28, the street renaming ceremony in honor of James Conway Sullivan will take place at Beach 105 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The renaming, which will take place at noon, honors the founder of the Rockaway St. Patrick Day Parade who was also a long-time member of Community School Board 27.

It is amazing what the Internet can do for family members who are looking to find each other. The front page story in last week’s edition, where a Broad Channel woman found a brother who had been put up for adoption 70 years ago is but one example. A Wave editor found through the Internet that his grandfather had two brothers who immigrated to Minnesota while the other members of the family stayed in New York City after coming through Ellis Island. Those brothers had children and those children had children who are all now documented as part of the family.

The manager of Blockbuster on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive called to warn motorists that her corporate office has placed "Parking For Customers Only" sign on the parking lot in front of the store. Those who park and then go shop elsewhere will be towed. 30 Years Ago...

Rockaway’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee selected as Grand Marshals for this year’s parade Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo and Nassau County District Attorney Dennis Dillon.

Jubilant and touching renditions of traditional Irish music will be the order of the day as the Clancy Brothers and Robbie O’Connell make an appearance at Beach Channel High School. The concert will follow the annual Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will step off from Beach 129 Street.

What could have been a major tragedy ended up with just a 370,000 pound airplane getting its feet wet in our area. Rockaway, unsung, downgraded and usually dumped on, once again played a major role in the rescue of three crash victims, who were brought to Peninsula Hospital Center.

Police of the 101 Precinct are asking for aid in determining who killed Patrick Mott on the morning of February 21. Mott was stabbed to death sometime between midnight and noon at 2932 Beach Channel Drive, apartment 6M.

Here’s a good sign. The heavy flooding at the municipal parking lot in Beach 116 Street is ended thanks to the new sewers. The area was completely dry despite recent rainfall.

40 Years Ago...

Hundreds of spectators gathered throughout the day on Sunday at the corner of New Haven and Beach 20 Street to survey the smoldering ruins of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, which was totally destroyed in a three alarm fire of undetermined origin which began Saturday night. Sunday masses were held in the auditorium of the adjacent St. Mary’s School.

Several local civic workers are attempting to learn why a light manufacturing concern encountered so much official red tape that it gave up on an Arverne Urban Renewal Area site and located its business, with a sizeable payroll, to Nassau County.

Two new exits are reportedly under consideration for the Mott Avenue shopping center, one connecting with Beach 20 Street, the other with Redfern Avenue, to break up a bottleneck situation, which has been the subject of much complaint.

The new office of the National Bank of North America, will move from its present location on Far Rockaway Boulevard to the southeast retail space in the Mott Avenue shopping center. 50 Years Ago...

Extra lifeguards will be stationed along the O’Donohue Park beach next summer. They’ll need them too, if unwary bathers are going to be kept out of the dangerous, strong tide in the inlet.

If the present plan for the extension of Shore Front parkway wins approval, some residents in the area, who were displaced by the Title I apartment project in the Hammel-Holland section, may have to move again.

Herman Cohen was a prime mover in the reorganization of the Rockaway Park Merchants Association and his initiative was rewarded when the members elected him the association’s president.

Arverne residents need not fear the occupant of the building being erected at 74-16 Beach Channel Drive. As soon as the building is completed, The Wave, Rockaway’s Newspaper Since 1893, will be moving to new quarters. We’d rather stay at the present location, but the printery will have to make way for the new Dayton housing.

60 Years Ago...

A contract for more than $200,000 for the West End Temple building to be constructed at Beach 147 Street and Newport Avenue, was signed last Thursday in the Temple by Albert Seidman, president of the board of trustees. The contract was awarded to Sam Getz Construction Corp.

Gerald D. Murray, of Flushing, formerly city editor of Stanford News Association, New York City, and Arthur M. Bernhardt, of Woodhaven, who was an Army combat correspondent in Korea have joined the editorial staff of The Wave. Bernhardt was an editorial employee of the World Telegram and the Sun from 1951. Dorsey F. Short, of Jamaica, resigned as associate editor of The Wave, effective last week. He has joined the Portage Dispatch, in Portage, Pennsylvania, where he is the managing editor of three weekly newspapers. Short was a member of the staff of The Wave for five years, and was made associate editor three years ago.

Six people were injured in an automobile collision last Sunday afternoon at Beach 94 Street and the Rockaway Freeway. A car going north on Beach 94 Street was in a collision with an auto being driven east on the Freeway.

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