2001-05-19 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Two young boys drowned this week in Norton Basin in Bayswater. Police believe that the two boys, who lived nearby the park, fell off a concrete abutment into 10 feet of water and drowned.

The Board Channel Memorial Day parade was set for May 24. The American Legion and the VFW will once again sponsor the parade.

The recreation hall at the St. John’s Boy’s home was renamed Springman Hall, in honor of Brother Frank Springman, a longtime staff member of the facility.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Kearney and Mr. and Mrs. Frank O’Day of Broad Channel, returned from a cruise on the SS Oceanic.

Irving Baron was reelected as president of the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaways. Irving Kizner was elected as first vice president.

There are lots of problems with the sewer project now going on in Belle Harbor because vandals continually move the warning lights and detour signs.

A group of individuals has purchased the Strand Theater in Far Rockaway, with the hope of making it into a roller skating rink.

More than 2,000 people took part in the Rockaway Ocean Run last weekend.

Assistant District Attorney Greg Meeks represented Queens DA John Santucci at a meeting of the Frank Avenue Civic Association.

Mary Howley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Howley of Rockaway Park is spending the spring term of her senior year at Northfield Mount Herman School working as an assistant teacher in the first grade at a Northfield (Massachusetts) school.

Carol Bellamy, President of the New York City Council will speak at a Chamber of Commerce meeting this week.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

City Councilman Walter Ward has joined residents of Howard Beach in opposition to the widening of Shore Parkway to accommodate commercial traffic. He said that the increased traffic would make an already bad situation even worse.

Local veteran’s organizations are taking the lead in organizing Memorial Day parades in Far Rockaway, Howard Beach and Broad Channel honoring those who gave their lives for their country.

James F. Dolan, of Belle Harbor, a former city marshall, has retired once again after working for many years at Aqueduct Race Track.

Walter Crowe is bemoaning the passing of so many Rockaway old-timers. "It is getting so that there are not many around who remember the old days," he says.

Quantities of sand still remain on the property along the south side of Beach Channel High School site, blown in by high winds before the site was given a black top coating.

The new library building on Beach 94 Street may give the community a lift, but the police and firemen will still have a look at the new building from their quarter across the street.

Sunday’s folk festival scheduled for this week had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Donna Munday of Broad Channel placed first in the 25-yard relay in a recent CYO swim meet.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

When Dr. Jonas Salk, of Polio Vaccine fame, appeared on television last Sunday, how many local residents recognized him as the kid with whom they attended PS 42 some years ago?

With Memorial Day less than two weeks away, let this be a reminder to wear a poppy this year and to display Old Glory at your home.

These rainy weekends have played havoc with the plans of a lot of young people, but so far the youth leagues have been doing well with getting on with their games.

Joe Cohen’s new card shop across the street from The Wave office, amounts to a rebuilding and the largest undertaking in the Holland-Hammels section in many years.

Navy ships are regularly tied up alongside the piers at Floyd Bennett Field, across the bay from Rockaway.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Determined to press its campaign for better bus service to a successful conclusion, the Arverne Civic Council voted to renew its appeal to William Cooper, president of the Green Bus Line for its consideration of the five points the group feels essential to provide adequate transportation.

The recreation program at Neponsit Hospital is progressing with more organizations coming to its support, Carol Lucas, the director of the program, announcing this week.

Arthur Allen, the director of the Rockaway Beach Hospital, will be the speaker at a meeting of the West End Auxiliary this week.

Mr. Edward Richard of Beach 114 Street is recuperating at home after breaking her ankle in a recent fall.


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