2001-09-01 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Labor Day Weekend Mardi Gras are shaping up in Broad Channel and in Breezy Point- Rockaway Point. Count down for the Broad Channel Mardi Gras, sponsored by the Broad Channel Athletic Club, will start Friday, September 4th at 8p.m., at the firehouse. Bars throughout Broad Channel are sponsoring candidates for mayor.

Roughly 40 civic leaders from Southern Queens turned out Sunday, August 23, for a campaign breakfast held by Councilman Walter Ward for Queens Councilman-at-Large Steven Orlow and District Attorney John J. Santucci.

Citibank at 113-02 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, is adding a teller, adding a service and renovating and beautifying the interior – all at the same time.

Councilman Walter Ward is the only one of the more than 200 candidates in the primary and general elections this fall in New York City with the endorsement of three mayor parties: Democratic, Republican and Conservative.

Community Board 14 (and every other community board) should adopt a resolution welcoming a 400-bed emergency shelter for outcasts, derelicts, homeless persons – call them what you will – within this district. This thesis comes from Edward Meyers of Belle Harbor, who in a letter this week to the Wave urged printing, "The other side of the story relative to the placement of so-called derelicts at Floyd Bennett Field."

Senior citizens from all parts of the peninsula will get together on Sunday, October 25, for the first annual Fall Festival of the Senior Citizens Network of the Rockaways. They will dine and dance at the JASA-Brookdale Village Senior Center at Beach 19th Street and Seagirt Boulevard.

Teddy Brooks has been named executive director of the Jewish Community Services Coalition, an agency funded by the Community Development Agency and sponsored by the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula to serve the senior citizen population and newly arrived Russian families. Programs for youth underway focus on sports, discussion, art, music, cultural and educational trips, and classes in English.

Rock ‘n’ Rollers, 148-50 Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park, has been chosen as site of the 1981 Caveman Convention – "The Ultimate Lifeguard Party." IMC (International Marketing and Communications, Inc.) will stage the "convention" on Friday, September 4th at 9 p.m.

Rotarians of District 725 are recruiting a business and professional team of six men 25-35 years old to travel to India as goodwill ambassadors. The purpose of the Rotary program, it is pointed out, is to promote better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.

Eight-year-old Mike Hildebrand of Beach 124th Street demonstrates points of pogo sticking as he goes after the neighborhood record for ups and downs.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Hurricane Doria’s main force missed the Rockaways , but we received enough rain and wind to last for a while.

Local boatmen and fishermen did not venture outside on Friday and Saturday, but spent a lot of time wondering how far the storm chased the bluefish which had been plentiful in local waters.

Andrew H. Sauer of the Rockaway Park office of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Federal Savings bank says that he never saw a happier lot of people than the wheelchair patients from the Park Nursing Home who were taken by the Rockaway Rotary Club to Shea Stadium two weeks ago. He was chairman of the committee.

The Queens-Nassau lighting fixture company is preparing for a formal opening in its new location opposite St. Mary’s Church on Central Avenue. Almost across the street, a handsome new building now nearing completion will be the showroom of the Karol Lumber Company. Both are old-timers in the Rockaways.

Thomas M. Byrne of the M.J. Donnelly plumbing company is chairman of a fund-raising project for the Rockaway Rotary Club and he’s earning the reputation of becoming one of the best salesmen in town. The fund’s are for the Club’s community service.

The charred wheelhouse and cabin of the steamer Catskill, lying alongside the bulkhead in the bay at Beach 109th street, re disappearing bit by bit as vandals get in their work.

This year there has been a full program of Wednesday night fireworks to the delight of very large crowds. Wednesday’s display rang down the final curtain on the uninterrupted season.

Grace Brown, 74, who resided at 615 Cross Bay Boulevard, and her sister, Mildred Cullen, 65 of the same address, died in an automobile accident Wednesday while driving on the North Channel Bridge. Their car had ignited into flames while traveling in a southbound direction.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Judge Angelo Graci of Ozone Park, who is one of the leading contenders for the G.O.P. leadership in Queens, is a frequent visitor to the Rockaways.

It is going to be a great year, says Steve Dalsimer, new head of the Florist Telegraph Delivery Inc. and his wife, Selma, who will now be serving a great deal of the United States and Canada.

The S.S. Hudson Belle docked at Seaside one rainy day last week with a handful of passengers for a day’s outing. The only thing worse than a rainy day at the seashore is a rainy day in the mountains.

Rockaway Park’s Joe Netterville is going to start a new business. He plans to rent for photographic purposes a large, a large, stuffed, striped bass.

Buying votes may be frowned upon by the law, but they’re selling like hotcakes in Broad Channel – for mayor, king and queen, etc. of the annual Mardi Gras to be held next weekend.

Some people amuse themselves by riding or walking through the demolished area of Seaside and trying to remember where particular buildings use to stand. It’s difficult to do with so many landmarks gone.

The fifth Ward Democratic Club has completed a facelifting job on its clubhouse in Beach 88th Street. Now, right across the street, Bill Arnold has a similar project underway on his roofing shop which he recently purchased from the Harry Carello estate.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway lost one of its best friends in official circles with the death of Borough President Maurice Fitzgerald, in the opinion of local business and civic leaders and residents, many of whom joined in final tribute yesterday as solemn requiem mass was offered in St. Celement’s Church, South Ozone Park.

The Long Island Rail Road would materially improve its finances through the sale of the Rockaway Beach Division to the city, the Long Island Transit Authority declared yesterday in an informative statement setting forth to views of the three members after an initial survey of their task. The statement followed closely the request of Commissioner Sidney Bingham for $10,270,000 to be included in the Capital Outlay Budget of 1952 to rehabilitate the branch from Liberty Avenue to Rockaway Park and to earmark $12,410,000 for a hook-up between the Independent Subway and the Liberty Avenue elevated at the Euclid avenue station. It would be the first step in the operation of trains to Woodside with connections in Manhattan and Brooklyn on existing lines. An indication of possible fare increase was seen in the statement that "since the law provided no direct subsidy, it will be essential, either under private or authority ownership, to collect enough in passenger fares, and freight rates to have a satisfactory margin over expenses."

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