2001-03-10 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Commitments have been received from a seafood restaurant, a women’s boutique, a dress shop and a stationary store—for the indoor mall proposed for what was the A&P store at Beach 116th Street and Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park.

Marching bands, bagpipers, dignitaries and civic leaders will step out briskly this Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m., for Rockaway’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Rockaways’ Playland, the amusement park in Rockaway Beach, will begin its 53rd season this weekend.

Rabbi Allan Blain of Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park has been appointed to the board of the New York Metropolitan Region of the United Synagogue of America, the main governing body for the region for the Conservative Jewish temples and synagogues in this area.

Beach Channel High School’s boys’ basketball season record shows a four-game improvement over last year, and the future looks bright. The final record this year is 5-7, and only three players will be leaving because of graduation.

Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz is stepping up gambling casino presentations, especially to explain to media and the public what pending resolutions are all about.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Although scheduled completion of Beach Channel High School has been announced for late 1973, the oceanographic study which will be part of its curriculum, as previously announced in The Wave, got a big splash last week in the city dailies.

Many residents have called The Wave telling us about the Cracker Jack TV commercial that stars Jack Gilford. The locals have identified the locale of the commercial as the Roman clock at the foot of the boardwalk at Jacob Riis park.

Steel framework for the new reference library building at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard has been going up for the past week.

An office of the Mayor’s Urban Action Task Force has been set up at 2042 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, in the Waldbaum’s shopping center.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

For the first time in many years, the Rockaway Park businessmen had to postpone their weekly bowling contests due to the big snow and lack of clean, ice-free roadways.

There is resentment in Arverne because of the failure, under present laws, to give sufficient notice of the hearing this morning before the Board of Estimates concerning changes in the local bus routes. A lot of them feel that such notices should be published in The Wave, where local people would see them.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Board of Estimates at its meeting last Thursday voted funds for improvements at Jacob Riis Park. The sum of $45,000 was voted. The improvements will include reconstruction of the men’s and women’s outdoor shower enclosures.

William Daly was the chairman in charge of the St. Patrick’s Day dance given by the American-Irish Society Saturday night in O’Reilly’s Hotel.

The community spirit of the Rockaways, enabling believers in different faiths and representatives of varied nationalities to live together in harmony, received recognition on a WOR radio broadcast.

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