2000-01-08 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago This Week

Thursday morning was easy to see that this was the coldest morning so far this winter. Service was out on the A train. There was a disabled train at the Aqueduct station and nothing moved out of Rockaway.

Max Bernstein of Jay Printing announced that he will be in new and larger quarters at 1914 Mott avenue. The move is scheduled for the end of January. Max says the printing is now completely offset as opposed to hot lead.

Two new shopping centers are scheduled for the Rockaways. One at Beach 49 street and Beach Channel drive and the other at Beach 109 street and Beach Channel drive. Will the residents of the Rockaways support the local merchants? Only time will tell.

That’s some crater at Beach Channel drive and Beach 92 street. Although the spot is being repaired drivers are warned to watch out.

There aren’t as many homes on the market this year as in previous years. We assume that with the price of gasoline scheduled to reach two to three dollars a gallon, people are leery about long moves. In Rockaway they can take the subway to work (when it runs), or the buses (if they are not on strike) and still have their summer vacation at the beach. This eliminates the expense of a summer trip.

Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink has come out in favor of casino gambling. He hopes that the legislature will move on the question this session.

Far Rockaway sales days, which were coordinated through The Wave, during the Christmas shopping season, were a huge success. There are plans for repeating the sales for the Easter-Passover holidays.

Jesse Plaxen of Town & Country travel is recuperating in the Peninsula Hospital Center. He is scheduled to be there for at least another 10 days. Drop by and cheer him up.

What The Wave Said

30 Years Ago This Week

A gaily decorated Christmas tree and a fireplace decorated the station agent’s office in the Far Rockaway station of the Long Island Rail Road. It won first prize in a contest restricted to the road’s station employees.

The majority of business places that had scheduled work for Friday made it in spite of the storm, but they started a little late because employees were delayed by the bad weather.

The Sanitation Department’s snow removal plans got a real try-out Christmas night. The weather man cooperated and an all-day heavy rain Friday cleared away most of the white stuff before it froze that night.

One thing the combination of snow and rain did was to reveal faulty places in roofs all over town.

Stalled cars were very much in evidence on local street when their ignition systems became soaked with –water.

What The Wave Said

40 Years Ago This Week

Mike Quill gets his "t’utty million" for the subway and bus workers over the next two years. But it comes from the city’s treasury so Chairman Charlie Patterson of the Transit Authority believes he can hold the subway and bus fare to 15 cents. Well, with the subway and bus strike averted, at least the people of New York will not have to begin the new year on foot.

People who live in some sections along the bayfront had something to show New year’s callers. "Here’s where the water came," they would say as they pointed to stains on their walls made by the record high tides last week.

There seems to be two sides to everything. Brightly lighted store windows liven any business section. It’s disconcerting to pass a lighted store, park the car several blocks away and walk back only to find the store closed. But at least the walk was made more pleasant by the bright lights.

What The Wave Said

50 Years Ago This Week

Final tribute to Michael H. Gillespie, 56, of 279 Beach 116 street, one of the organizers and first commander of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post, No. 272, American Legion, was paid at funeral services Monday night.

Bishop Thomas E. Molloy blessed and formally dedicated the newly remodeled St. John’s Home for Boys at Beach 110 street and the boardwalk on Monday afternoon.

Revival of the Rockaway Park Businessmen’s Association was assured last night when January 11 was set as the date for a general meeting.

Shortage of mirrors at Neponsit Hospital was ended Tuesday when a delegation from Lt. Arthur A. Amron Chapter No. 36, Disabled American Veterans and its auxiliary distributed more than 300 double-faced shaving mirrors to patients.

 

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