The Wave’s archives were largely lost to Hurricane Sandy. 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…
Local activist Barbara Hillary, 75, has made it into the record books. According to the Associated Press, while record keeping is not perfect on the issue, it is believed Hillary is the first black woman to reach the North Pole. On April 23, she and two guides took a daylong ski trip from their base camp to the top of the world. Hillary, a cancer survivor, said she hopes her feat will help inspire other survivors.
Lew Simon called to point out that the reason the City Council’s Transportation Committee met in Broad Channel was because Councilman Joe Addabbo wanted it that way. “Quinn told me that Addabbo asked to move the meeting from Rockaway to Broad Channel to give his Howard Beach constituents an easier commute in order to attend,” Simon told The Wave.
The good news from Delta Airlines is that it will make helicopter service from John F. Kennedy to Manhattan available on a regular basis. The bad news is that the service will cost a minimum of $159 plus taxes and a service charge for a one-way trip. This news will probably make many of Bloomberg’s friends happy, but that is way beyond the means of the majority of people who travel through the airport on the way to Manhattan.
The parent who complained in a letter to the editor that she can’t park nearby St. Francis de Sales School to drop off her child should complain to her neighbors who make up the leadership of the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association. They’re the ones who pushed for the malls on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and for the parking ban that came with it.
15 Years Ago…
The small red and white commercial aircraft that caused a minor panic by flying low over Rockaway on Friday belongs to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The crew of the plane was doing a survey on the loss of marsh grass in Jamaica Bay. The Wave got lots of calls from worried and angry residents about the flight, and it was reported that some nervous parents even pulled their kids out of PS 114, worried that the plane was going to crash into Belle Harbor or that it was part of some terrorist plot.
If you read The Wave last year at this time, you would have read a story about the work on the Marine Parkway Bridge and the prediction that it would fully reopen “this time next year.” The governor officially opened it last Friday.
Somebody has taken to painting graffiti on the mailboxes situated on Newport Avenue, west of Beach 129th Street. The unsightly white scribble has been on the boxes for a while, and perhaps it is time for the postal service to take a look and to do something about it.
30 Years Ago...
Rockaway residents who saw police hold down a man (and hold up traffic) on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 115th Street, Rockaway Park, on May 7 can assure themselves that the force used was necessary. The suspect, who was wanted here for robbery, was known to be fleet footed. In Forest Hills, Queens, it shortly turned out, the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant for murder committed while robbing a liquor store.
Students of the Rockaway Occupational Training Center for Young Adults With Handicapping Conditions will sell crafted items of Lucite, ceramics, wood, needlecraft and baked goods at the center’s annual spring fair on Tuesday, May 19, in the rear yard of the center at 510 Beach 20th St.
Whistles of approval came from all over the auditorium, in addition to the usual hand clapping calling for repeated curtain calls, when 17-year-old cellist Allison Eldredge finished her rendition of Dvorak’s cello concerto with orchestra, during a Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra Concert on May 2.
40 Years Ago...
Sorry to say that the Marine Parkway Bridge has been patched up. This instead of a complete resurfacing. At 50 cents a shot one would think there would be enough money for a total resurfacing.
From the look of things there were more pro-gambling casino people at the rally than there were anti. Senators Patterson and Levy left Rockaway with the idea that this area was ideal for casinos.
Plans for a giant motorcade to John F. Kennedy airport on Sunday were completed on Wednesday night, May 19, despite the fact that fewer than 500 showed up at a “rally of thousands” at Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Beach.
50 Years Ago...
Finishing touches are now being given the landscaping at the vest pocket housing at 71-15 Beach Channel Drive in Arverne.
The two-story brick structure of the St. Mary Star of the Sea convent in Far Rockaway was dedicated last Thursday by the Most Rev. Joseph P. Denning.
Neponsit’s Raymond Reisler has joined the ranks of Rockaway residents on the bench. He was appointed a judge of the Criminal Court by Mayor John V. Lindsay.
Directors and employees of the former Rockaway Savings Bank were given a party last week by the Jamaica Savings Bank. The occasion marked the 10th anniversary of the Jamaica Bank’s acquisition of the Rockaway Bank.
An architect’s contract has been signed by the city for stage one of Bayswater Park, according to a Department of Parks spokesman.
60 Years Ago...
Photographers were forbidden by Fire Department officials to use flashbulbs while photographing a trench being dug on the Boulevard and Beach 92nd Street due to a larger concentration of gas fumes caused by a gas leak on Wednesday.
Did one or more of the city’s departments goof in the sales and purchase of the site of Junior High School 180? The property was sold at an auction by the Real Estate Bureau to the Seaside Beach Corp., a client of William F. Brunner
The Nike I guided missile will be on public display Saturday at Fort Tilden.