2014-07-25 / Columnists

Looking Back

What The Wave Said…

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…

10 Years Ago…

Five canal properties in Broad Channel were scheduled for auction in August but the city is holding them back in reaction to opposition from residents, environmental watchdogs and City Councilman Joe Addabbo Jr. – a move that creates a window of opportunity of about a year to permanently protect the land.

The quality of New York’s open waterways has improved greatly since the 1970s, according to the 2003 New York Harbor Water Quality Report, but the results for Jamaica Bay are less impressive.

The Graybeards recently collected $21,000 for the community of Julian, California. The money was raised to benefit the eight Julian volunteer firefighters who responded to the October 2003 wildfires in San Diego and subsequently lost their homes in the blaze.

The coaches of the New York Junior Tennis League honor Mrs. Gloria Grant, manager McDonald’s on Beach 92nd Street and Beach Channel Drive with an appreciation award for McDonald’s continued support of the youth of Rockaway.

15 Years Ago...

The First Annual Jamaica Bay Oldtimers game will be held July 31 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Filed in Broad Channel. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Broad Channel Athletic Club and its Mardi Gras efforts.

Light at the end of the tunnel seems to be dimmer day by day as St. John’s Episcopal Hospital announced that 95 employees will be fired and the 10th floor of the hospital will be closed by August 15. According to a press release from St. John’s, the newly appointed interim CEO, Corbett Price, signed an agreement likely to lead to the sale of Episcopal Health Service’s Smithtown hospital to Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

30 Years Ago...

An Edgemere Houses resident was identified seven times as the man who flashed a fake badge and then robbed people in Far Rockaway. Officers from the 101 Precinct arrested the man on July 17.

Deborah Friedman, executive director of the Rockaway Local Development Corporation, has received letters of intent from Bill and Walter Blum of Walter H. Blum & Sons and Dennis Kirschner of Dragon’s Den Florist, to convert their overhead electrical wiring to “ready to accept” underground wiring.

Graffiti is disfiguring Public School 114 at Cronston Avenue and Beach 134th Street and whoever is responsible appears to be also responsible for drinking beer and breaking bottles in the schoolyard, making it impossible for children in the summer program to use the yard.

Readers will no doubt realize that this issue consists of the largest number of pages in The Wave’s history – 64. This issue’s press run is also the largest. We believe your interest in our community, and our local merchants, are the essential parts to our continuing growth.

40 Years Ago...

When a man suffered a heart attack at Riis Park recently, one bystander, who watched the victim being loaded into the ambulance, wondered if the nude bathers on Bay 2 brought on the condition.

Private refuse collectors who serve the Far Rockaway business section have promised an all-out effort to clean up the litter that accumulates, especially over weekends.

Milton E. Jacobowitz was moved to tears when Congregation Shaare Zedek presented him with a plaque for his assistance in having the congregation’s new synagogue at Beach 30th Street and Seagirt Boulevard completed in time for the Passover holiday.

Democratic District Leader Sy Sheldon says the 22,270 feet of highway paving and 6,840 feet of sanitary sewers in Far Rockaway are soon to be started at a cost of more than $1 million.

Jack Braunstein and Councilman Walter Ward were among the speakers at the City Planning Commission meeting recently. They made strong appeals for better beach protection including an increased number of lifeguards.

50 Years Ago...

Within the next seven years, additional sewage treatment plants will make the water of Jamaica Bay safe for bathing, we are told. That sounds so familiar… we must have heard it before.

Some coupon-bearing bonds issued by the Atlantic Association in 1903 were unearthed when The Wave’s office moved last week. They were signed by Charles A. Dashby, president and Thomas F. Throop, treasurer.

It looks good to see grass and the petunia beds along the Shore Front Parkway again. Restoration work has been nearly completed by the Parks Department more than two years following the beachfront devastation by the rampaging ocean.

There are people in the Arverne and Edgemere housing projects who are wondering about those shopping centers which have not yet been started. Some of them recall the talk about the center at Far Rockaway which never materialized. They hope for more than talk this time.

60 Years Ago...

The excavation having been completed and the foundation laid, the construction by Congregation Ohab Zedek of Rockaway Park of a new religious center in Belle Harbor is proceeding in full swing.

Patrolman Sam “Doc” Gallagher of the 100 Precinct delivered again, after an eight-hour search aided by helicopters along the beach failed to reveal the whereabouts of a 5-year-old boy who wandered away from his mother. The roaming tot and his mother were happily reunited.

“Denizens of the Sea,” was one of the features of the weekly fireworks displays last night. A large crowd saw the show, which happens every Wednesday night and is sponsored by the F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Company and the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

The new West End Temple will be open to the public for the first time on August 7 when the congregation and affiliated organizations will hold a gala bazaar. The gala will continue every night except Friday until August 15.

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