2001-04-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

Looking Backward

20 Years

Campaigning to create a casino resort community for the Rockaways received a boost this week with a $5,000 contribution from John Quadrozzi, president of Quadrozzi Concrete Corp.

Rockaway’s Ocean Run, a judo demonstration, awards, a poster contest and many other events are in store for this Sunday as the Chamber of Commerce, Chase Manhattan Bank, the Rotary Club and others sponsor a day of fun on Beach 116 Street.

St. Brendan’s Gaelic Society will sponsor Irish Celli dancing on Saturday at the St. Francis De Salles Church auditorium. Music will be by the Buckley Family.

The Daniel M. O’Connel Post of the American Legion will honor Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz, Fireman George E. Collier of Engine 266 and Police Officers James Smith and Joseph Tucker of the 100 Precinct at its annual Awards Night Dinner.

Leading Metropolitan Opera star Sherill Milnes will be featured in the Second Annual Sam Levinson Memorial Concert to be held at Beach Channel High School this weekend.

Far Rockaway High School finished its wrestling season with a perfect 13-0 record that included five shutouts. The star of the team was Captain David Tobias.

As part of the construction under way at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, the old doctor’s cottage and the old accounting building were demolished this week to make room for what is being called the "new hospital."

Councilman at Large Steven Orlow has demanded that the Transit Authority drop the "Train to the Plane" and put its resources in trains that address the need of the majority of its riders. The train connects Howard Beach with Manhattan for a premium fare.

Loeb and Mayer, the meat purveyor on Beach 64 Street was cleared of people last week when a bomb threat was called in to its main office. "Leave $50 thousand in the park or the bomb will go off tonight," the caller told the shocked office worker.

Two Beach Channel High School girls were named to Newsdays girl’s basketball Queens All-Star team. They are Marian Geraghty and Dina Churchill.

30 Years

The Wave has received reports of a number of afternoon robberies of apartments in Carlton Manor, the vest pocket project at Beach 72 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Assistant Attorney General Terry Flynn scored a hit at his appearance as guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Rockaway Rotary Club. He spoke about his work in the Attorney General’s Office.

May 10 is now the date for decision on the Board of Estimate about permitting 100 mobile homes along the boardwalk in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Civic workers on the peninsula are urging protest letters to the Board.

The ranks of the Last Man Club were further thinned this week by the death of John L. Farrington. The club is made up of members of the 24th company of the Ninth Regiment, all from this area, who saw service in France during WW I.

Landscaping now nearly completed greatly enhances the interchange at Cross Bay Boulevard and Beach Channel Drive. It has become one of the most attractive spots in the community, thanks to the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Some of the Rockaway Park merchants who have been critical of the fair to be held on Beach 116 Street have done an about-face and have joined with the committee.

Credit the firemen with a great stop last week in Beach 78 Street. Although for a time, heat from the ravaged buildings threatened the AME Church, whose rear wall suffered considerable damage.

Irving Feingold’s friends are congratulating him on negotiating a long-term lease on his building on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway, which he opened some years ago as a Pontiac automobile agency.

Now that there is talk of a plastic deck on the boardwalk, it is getting so that things are not like they used to be.

Forty Years

If Mayor Wagner decides not to run for a third term, as people think he will, look for a Rockaway man to be groomed for the city’s top spot. He lives west of Beach 140 Street.

What looks to be gold plate is being used on Maskin’s, the new store on Beach 116 Street.

One great advantage about new senior citizen’s home at Neponsit not opening until July will be that the oldsters, being right there on the beach, will have something much more interesting than just seagulls to look at.

Some of these real estate operators seem to trade on their ignorance of the community. For example, an Arverne development was given a name that implied that the location was Belle Harbor. Now, we see that Lawrence is coming to Far Rockaway. For all that, Hammels still faces the finest beach in the world.

Dining in the Grill Room at Weiss’ Restaurant in Broad Channel may soon require reservations. The dining establishment serves the finest steaks tips and potatoes in the world. They call it Thumb-Bits.

Fifty Years

One hundred residents of Rockaway, in a paid advertisement in The Wave today called for President Truman to intercede on behalf of Willie McGee, Mississippi Negro, who is to be executed on May 8.

The Show of Shows, vaudeville in the Palace manner, will be presented on Friday night in the Far Rockaway High School auditorium by the Men’s Club of the West End Temple.

The new telephone dialing system in this area will be put into effect Sunday morning at 6 a.m.

Improved bus service on the West End is a prospect as a result of the recent conference at the Del Mar Hotel.

Joseph Burrows, of Beach 106 Street, has been appointed captain of the Seaside District by Democratic district leader James J. Crisona.

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