2014-02-28 / 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 are a lot of rumors swirling about the future of Congressman Gregory Meeks. One rumor has Chuck Schumer running for governor and winning. He would then, the word goes, appoint Meeks to his empty Congressional slot. Another rumor has Meeks, who has supported Presidential Candidate John Kerry from the beginning (bucking the Queens Democratic machine to do so) will get a high cabinet slot should Kerry win. In any case, Meeks seems to be "sitting in the catbird seat."

We have to congratulate Laurie Shapiro, the principal of PS 105 and her staff, who have helped to raise the fourth grade math scores at the school by 56.2 percent since 1999. The school, which was once considered one of the worst in Rockaway, and which was taken over by the chancellor only a few years ago, is now considered one of the best.

With great fanfare, the mayor and his commissioner in charge of the city’s Environmental Protection Agency announced that a number of water treatment plants now have new technology that will keep them from smelling up the environment. Those who live nearby Rockaway’s water treatment plant on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 105 Street will understand immediately how important that technology is to the community? According to the announcement, the new technology is present in a number of plants in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. Guess which plant will probably be the last to get that new technology? You got it. It’s the Rockaway plant.

Lew Simon spoke at the annual installation for the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department last weekend, promising the Vollies that he had lined up six unions that were willing to build the organization’s new firehouse for free. I hope that the Vollies can hold Lew to his promise, because that would guarantee that the new Cross Bay Boulevard facility would be built.

30 Years Ago...

Rockaway’s annual St.

Patrick’s Day Parade will step off today at 2 p.m. It will start at Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard and proceed east to Beach 90 Street. Rockaway’s celebration in honor of St. Patrick will begin with a mass for peace with justice in Ireland to be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church.

Service was interrupted on the IND ‘CC’ train for the second time in less than a month on Tuesday when a southbound train struck some debris, which was "planted" on the tracks. The incident happened just north of the Aqueduct Station. The first car

derailed as the front car hit a pile of cclamps, pulleys and other items forced onto the running rail at a switch point. Boggiano’s Clam Bar, a Rockaway institution since it opened in 1935, will reopen April 1. It has been closed since George Boggiano, the owner, died last year. His twin sons, Jim and Jack, will take the reins.

McDonald’s Restaurant, Beach Channel Drive and Beach 92 Street, was the scene of a meeting Wednesday between local civic leaders and city authorities. In question was the congestion problem in that area stemming from the five corners, which intersect there.

Black History Month was celebrated at P.S. 105 in February. Teachers and students were kept busy reading, researching and learning. All the newly acquired knowledge was assembled and displayed outside each classroom.

40 Years Ago...

Two Sanitation Department workmen spent some time cleaning debris from the end of Beach 75 Street, north of Rockaway Freeway, a long neglected city-owned piece of property. And Mario Russo, the original Arverne cleaner-upper, just returned from a visit to Florida. Any connection?

Rack up another for Queensborough Community College! The college has furnished The Wave with an architect’s drawing showing the new building for the college’s Rockaway Extension Center in Arverne. This is to be the first time there has been any indication of what is to come in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

The first edition of Rockaway’s American Irish Society’s quarterly Ruffles & Flourishes has been published. Edited by Ellen McCarthy, it features articles about the Society, which was formed 25 years ago and a firsthand account of the AIS’s Shamrock Marching Band visit to Ireland. Arriving at Dublin Airport, the band and parents were greeted by the Dublin Tourism Board, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, met with the American ambassador to Ireland and the President of Ireland toured the country and marched in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The Rockaway Park Businessman’s Association is on the right track in pressing for enlargement of the municipal parking field on Beach 116 Street.

50 50 Years Ago...

Harry

Zeitlin and Harold Garvin have plans for a drive-in refreshment stand on property they own on Beach Channel Drive, in Arverne.

The pavement of Seagirt Boulevard, where it was repaired after sewers were laid last year, is in need of permanent paving to smooth out the roughness along the sides of the highway. Globes on the new lights along that portion of the boulevard continue to be a target for stone throwers.

Nassau County Magistrate Julius Chinman, a former Rockaway resident, was interested in The Wave’s "Looking Backward" column, because it told of his rescue from Jamaica Bay when he fell in while playing on the ice as a small boy 50 years ago.

Longer days and milder weather have increased the activity of youthful vandals and among recent casualties are some of the front windows of the new St. John’s Baptist Church at Beach 75 Street and the boulevard.

60 Years Ago...

Rockaway Beach citizens, protesting the building of a Title 1 project in Seaside, were regrouped and more united this week

after Tuesday night’s mass meeting at the Daniel M. O’Connell Post American Legion Hall, where they heard Harry D. O’Connor, Chairman of the Protest Committee, label the Beach 74 Street to Beach 83 Street slums as the "horror of Hammel and Arverne."

Parking and dirty streets will be two of the principal topics this evening at the meeting of the Rockaway Park Businessmen’s Association.

Dalsimer’s Inc., the well-known local firm of florists, was awarded the trophy for a garden exhibit at the International Flower Show now in progress at the Kingsbridge Armory.

David Thomas, 32, of Manhattan was sentenced to a two and a half-year to five-year prison term for stealing a wallet containing $12 from a Belle Harbor man.

A plaque in recognition of Temple Beth- El is being erected in the lobby of Rockaway Beach Hospital. The hospital’s directors recently voted this recognition of unprecedented action on the part of the temple several years ago.

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