2014-03-14 / 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...

10Years Ago…

On Wednesday, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer announced that the state had begun a 45-day comment period so that locals can have their say on an amendment to the health rules that would allow both surfing and fishing on designated city beaches. According to state officials, the rule change is to "clarify the definition of ‘bathing’ and afterhours activities on bathing beaches."

The Graybeards, a group of west end men who donate lots of time to local causes, held its annual dinner dance two weeks ago.

Fifty years ago this week, in 1954, the big story on the front page of The Wave was about a zoning controversy in Belle Harbor. Seems that one of the "rich people" who lived in the community at that time had some juice with Tammany Hall, which ruled the city, and got the Board of Estimate to pass a law outlawing two-family homes in the community. There was a hue and cry from those who had two-family homes and those who wanted to rent their spare apartments. Those who opposed the law said that the “elitist few” were ruining their community for their own good. Sound familiar.

The return of full recycling is here. What does that mean? It depends on who you talk to. The Department of Sanitation (DOS) says that, on April 1, recycling of glass will resume and so will weekly recycling pickups. What day will the recycling truck come to your home? Don’t ask.

Now that City Councilwoman Helen Foster has taken over the chair of the council’s Parks and Recreation Committee from Joe Addabbo, she has become the point person for complaints about beach access rules and enforcement. Give her a call and let her know what you think about the rules that kick you off the beach at 9 p.m. and the boardwalk at 10 p.m. on hot summer nights. The Wave plans to call Foster in the next week or so to find out how she feels about the city’s rules.

30 Years Ago...

Howard Brown, a Belle Harbor resident for more than 20 years and Bill Boyce, born and raised in the Rockaways, are bringing the "White Eagle," a charter fishing boat, to the peninsula. Waldbaum’s, in Rockaway Park, was robbed by three gun toting men on Monday. The three perpetrators entered the store at 8:50 p.m. and walked over to one of the female cash register operators. The men escaped with $400 in jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Legislation has been introduced in the New York State Assembly that could put 5,000 additional police officers on the streets of New York City before the end of the decade. Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz has sponsored the bill.

Spring is in the air. Rockaway’s Playland will be opening next Sunday, if all goes according to schedule. Boggiano’s, directly across the street, is also preparing to reopen.

Connie Luke Fruscheca, Rockaway’s oldest living busboy, celebrated his 84th birthday recently. One can see Connie at Westrich’s Restaurant, on Beach 116 Street.

40 Years Ago...

Ground has been broken at Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive for the Koumbis brother’s new eating palace. The dining room will have an unobstructed view of Jamaica Bay.

The Shamrock Band of the Rockaway American-Irish Society took off last Thursday night by chartered plane, right on schedule, to march in the St. Patrick’s Parade in Dublin. Another hundred or so parents and relatives accompanied the champion musicians.

As The Wave went to press the jury was still deliberating the fate of our current Congressman, Frank J. Brasco, who has been charged with improper conduct in office.

The National Bank of North America’s Far Rockaway office, formerly the National Bank of Far Rockaway, has scheduled the grand opening of its new quarters in the Far Rockaway shopping center for next Saturday.

50 Years Ago...

Tom Cafferty, proprietor of Rohr’s candy shop on Beach 116 Street, is at the height of his seasonal rush. He is completing those special homemade candies for the Easter trade.

One of the worst looking wrecked automobiles ever seen is in the 86 Street garage. But it was not involved in an accident. Vandals wrecked the vehicle, which stood in the street while its owner was under treatment in the hospital.

Mary Kay McEneaney, of West 10 Road and Denise Martin of West 12 Road, Broad Channel, will be awarded trophies Saturday after-

noon for high bowling scores. Their scores were 168 and 164 respectively. Both are members of the Broad Channel Athletic Club team. The trophies will be awarded by the VFW-PAL.

People are complaining about the lack of streetlights on Beach 84 Street where some signals have been missing since the Dayton Park construction got underway.

Ever since he was transferred from St. Camillus parish, the Reverend William Burke has managed to continue his work with the St. Camillus Bands. Tuesday was no exception. Having the day off from his duties, Father Burke made the march up 5th Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

60Years Ago...

The Seaside Property Owners Association made clear this week that it opposes a Title 1 project in Seaside regardless of who is in favor of it or how many projects are promised in the Rockaways.

Protection in the event of an H-Bomb explosion here will be the subject of discussion at a special meeting of the 100 Precinct Auxiliary Police tonight in the stationhouse. Captain Murray Sapperstein has announced courses may be given for volunteers to learn steps to be taken in the event of an attack.

Rockaway motorists have been warned by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce that they will not be able to reach areas north of Howard Beach via the Cross Bay Road Bridge from April 6-9. The closing of the bridge will be caused by the painting of the ends of the under floor system of the North Channel Bridge, at Howard Beach.

An appeal to Mayor Robert F. Wagner to order an inspection of the entire area from Beach 9 to Beach 110 streets from the boulevard to the oceanfront was made this week by the Arverne Hummel Democratic Association. The request comes after the area from Beach 75 to 83 Streets was labeled a slum by other local organizations.

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