2002-07-13 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Breezy Point residents witnessed an unusual event this week, as a small plane landed on the beach at Beach 215 Street over the holiday weekend. The plane, piloted by a Greek Orthodox priest from Manhattan, made an emergency landing when its engine failed.

Several areas of the Rockaway peninsula are "redlined" for purposes of mortgage money, according to Comptroller Harrison Golden. Those areas include Far Rockaway, Arverne, and Edgemere.

There were long lines at the Marine Parkway Bridge on July 4 as beachgoers flocked to the peninsula beaches.

Quick actions by a local teenager led police of the 100 Precinct to 8100 Shore Front Parkway in the early hours of Saturday night, where the two officers captured the infamous "cat burglar" who had robbed many apartments in the complex in the past few months.

Residents of the Park Inn Hotel on Beach 116 Street celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with a cookout on the back patio of the hotel. Professional entertainment was provided by Hospital Audiences, Inc.

Tito Puente and his Latin Band opened the Gateway National Park Summer Concert Series last weekend at the Jacob Riis Mall. Paddy Noonan and his Irish Band will appear next week on the mall.

The companies taking children to school are playing "musical buses" with those bus routes, according to Republican District Leader, James Conway Sullivan, the vice president of Community School Board 27.

More than 200 people attended the installation of officers of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post of the American Legion last week. Charles J. Duffy was installed as the post’s new commander.

An initial additional press run of 500 copies has been ordered by The Wave to fill the immediate demand for the newspaper in the Breezy Point, Roxbury and Rockaway Point sections.

Preparations are moving ahead for the arts and crafts show to be held along the boardwalk from Beach 117 Street to Beach 126 Street during the Labor Day weekend.

Christine Richardson, a student at IS 53 in Far Rockaway, will spend three days in Montreal and attend the All Star Game this week at the expense of the Winfield Foundation. At the urging of her teachers, Barbara McDermott of Belle Harbor, Christine wrote to the Yankee outfielder about her experiences at IS 53 and she was invited by his foundation to attend the game with her parents.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Bishop Francis J. Mugavero of Brooklyn, in a pastoral letter to be read at Sunday services, has called for an end to American involvement in Indochina.

John Horan of Rockaway Beach has been installed as the new commander of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post, American Legion at a dinner held Saturday night.

Rockaway Democratic Party officials left Rockaway this week for Florida where they will support George McGovern and Thomas Eagelton as the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates in the coming election. The Rockaway contingent included Jean Larkin of Belle Harbor, Father John O’Connell of St. Mary’s Star of The Sea Church and student Mark Markowitz.

Congressman Frank Brasco replaces the local draft boards as a tenant in the Far Rockaway Post Office this week.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Quite a few homebound commuters were kept in the dark last week when power to their subway train was lost. They were not told that the power was cut due to a fire at an Arverne Bagel bakery.

Former old time residents who visit Rockaway look at the abandoned homes and talk about how good Rockaway looked when everybody took care of their lawns.

The fireworks committee took a chance on the weather last week and won as thousand crammed the boardwalk for a beautiful fireworks display despite the predictions of heavy rains.

The Men’s Club of Derech Emunoh has been busy planning for its annual carnival to be held at the synagogue grounds this week.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Parading in bathing suits on the boardwalk is a violation of Parks Department rules, and those who break the rules will be punished with a fine.

John Hannan, Straty Lewnes, Tony Grasso and Paddy Doyle have added their names to the ballot for Mayor of Rockaway. The election will take place at the Breezy Point Mardi Gras next week.

150 businessmen and residents have signed a petition recommending the promotion to the rank of detective for Patrolman Thomas Mangan of the 100 Precinct, who recently arrested two youths charged with the murder of Brooklyn Rabbi Samuel London.

Ed Stellges of Beach 67 Street in Arverne, recently celebrated his 70th birthday with friends and family.

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