2014-04-11 / 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… 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…

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 10 at the BCAC Field at 12:00 p.m. There will be more than 1,000 eggs, prizes, pictures, and guest appearances by the Easter Chicken, Barney and the Easter Bunny.

On April 4, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks welcomed home more than 100 U.S. Army reservist soldiers from the war in Iraq.

Those Rockaway residents who were worried that the new Arverne by the Sea development would block public access to beaches on the peninsula can breathe a sigh of relief this week with an announcement by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall that a deal has been cut with the Department of Parks to insure that access.

The Rockaway Subcommittee of the Regional Rail Working Group will meet on Monday, April 12 at the Richmond Hill Branch Library at 6 p.m. The meeting is in support of direct rail service from Rockaway to Manhattan.

30 Years Ago…

Arverne residents will rally this Saturday to protest approval granted this week for a drug rehabilitation facility to be located at 316 Beach 65th Street. “Community residents oppose the housing of drug addicts in our midst since it jeopardizes the safety of our daily lives!” read one flyer distributed recently.

Detectives in the squad at that 100 Precinct say they have tracked down the Shore Front elevator burglar. At least 15 times from October 1982 to May 1983, the elevator burglar, using a large barrel firearm, mugged victims in the hi-rise buildings between Beach 74th and Beach 108th streets.

Firemen called to an empty, sealed bungalow at 116A Beach 24th Street, Far Rockaway, on Monday April 9, about 4:47 a.m., found a body with a handcuff on each wrist. Initially, investigators were unsure of the sex of the body, but it was later determined to be male.

A 32-year-old Rockaway Beach man suffered a broken skull this week when the individual he was arguing with turned violent and struck him with a baseball bat. Police said that it was amazing that the man, who was removed to Peninsula Hospital Center, survived the brain battering assault.

Minute amounts of chometz (leavening) render products unsuitable for Passover use warned Rabbi Michael Scholar of the Temple of Israel in Rockaway Beach just hours before the beginning of Passover 1984. “We are commanded neither to eat nor have in our possession any form of chometz for the eight days of the festival,” he said.

Two plant store employees were injured when a Molotov cocktail was thrown into their shop on Beach 87th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The firebombing came on the heels of a New York City Public Moral Division raid that led to several gamblingrelated arrests in late March.

Work on Beach 116th Street grinded to a halt this week to enable concerned parties to see what can be done about removal of the LILCO utility poles. Community Board 14 Chairman, Joel Gertsel, advised the board recently that there is still a chance that conduits could be installed in the roadbed.

40 Years Ago…

The Rockaways seem to be a popular topic among journalism students. Several colleges have cub reporters gathering information about our community’s early days.

Construction is going ahead on the controversial Seagirt Towers at Edgemere. Beach 32nd Street has been closed between Seagirt Boulevard and the Rockaway Freeway and framework is starting to rise.

Congressman Frank J. Brasco now suggests that it might be a good idea to include a public beach in the plans for the Gateway National Park. In fact, he is about to introduce a bill to Congress that could accomplish just that.

50 Years Ago…

When General Douglas McArthur’s death was announced Sunday afternoon, among the local residents particularly saddened were the veterans who served under his leadership.

Excavation for the new Dayton Park sewer recently uncovered the former Ocean Electric Railway tracks in Fairview Avenue (now Beach 84th Street) and brought back memories to a lot of old timers.

Since the statue of Christ was toppled in front of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, consideration is being given to keeping it inside the church in the future. This was the second time that statue has been damaged by vandals.

The city’s attitude seems to be that come what may, it is going to go ahead with the Breezy Point Park plan, and there’s no word yet on the proposal to add some of the Fort Tilden reservation to the park.

60 Years Ago…

Alarmed at the prospect of Edgemere becoming a “welfare town” with recipients renting bungalows in the area, the Edgemere Civic Association discussed the influx of relief recipients in the community.

John L. Farrington was installed as the commander of Beach Channel Post 6191, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Mrs. Jane Sayuk was inducted as president of the auxiliary in the presence of a capacity crowd Saturday night in Ryan’s Inn, Beach 85th Street.

A 6-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a car at the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 75th Street.

The Somerville-Arverne Civic Association will support the Seaside Property Owners Association in opposing the Title One project in Seaside.

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