2003-01-04 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week


Wiring of Rockaway for cable television will probably begin in the spring, according to an announcement by the Queens Public Communications Corporation. The city's Board of Estimate must first approve the company's application, however, and locals say that there might be politics in play in deciding who gets the franchise in Queens.

Buses from the A Train in Far Rockaway to Long Beach will now be more plentiful after the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority approved the additional buses in reaction to a petition submitted by Rockaway resident James Kerner.

There were four more house closings in Broad Channel this week as long-time residents move ahead with purchasing the land under their homes from the city.

The Wave celebrated 90 years of continuous publication by saying that the "freedom of press is our community's greatest assets and that The Wave would continue to protect that freedom."

Nobody is talking about why Larkin Avenue, which has long been deserted, was repaved recently.

Another Pizza place is scheduled to open in the west end this week. If this trend continues, pizza places may soon outnumber bars in Rockaway.

Twice this month, somebody has stolen the clock that once hung in the post office building on Beach 90 Street. The clerk in charge told The Wave that he no longer wants it replaced.

Elegante Pizza on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 92 Street opened its doors this week with a Grand Opening Special that includes a glass of wine with any dinner and a free bottle of soda with each take-out order.

Residents of Queens will find that 1983 is a year-long party in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the borough getting its charter.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

While the list is not complete, it is known that Rockaway lost at least two residents in the crash of the Eastern Airlines jetliner in Miami last Friday night. The two were Mr. and Mrs. Rubin, now of Lawrence, but originally from Rockaway.

Mayor Lindsay may have made a mistake by coming to Rockaway on Friday. He got an earful about the horrendous crime rate in Rockaway from a number of residents.

Many Rockaway residents may have added a New Year's resolution that they would no longer bet on the ponies, but you could not guess it by the number of people who gathered in the OTB parlor in Far Rockaway to get their first bets in for the New Year.

Duke Ellington will be the guest artist for the next Rockaway Music and Arts Council concert on January 14.

The flu is going around, and the Rockaways are not being spared.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The tennis courts on Beach Channel Drive were driven from Rockaway when their former site on Central Avenue was taken for a housing development. Now, there is talk about housing on the court's present site. How many times can they move before they leave Rockaway altogether?

The cold weather is here again and there is still no place for the kids to skate. The construction of an outdoor rink would have been no problem at all for the city to develop in Jacob Riis Park, but that is obviously not to be.

Many old time Rockaway residents spent New Year's Day at the Orange Bowl Parade in Florida, cheering for the St. Camillus Band, which once again made an appearance in the parade.

Joe Fitzgerald and Violet Casucci are looking forward to their installation this week as president of the Fifth Ward and its woman's auxiliary.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Michael Waldron, the court attaché at the Rockaway Beach Courthouse and a resident of Beach 115 Street, is back at work after a week's vacation.

Miss Ruth Westrich of Beach 37 Street, a member of the teaching staff at PS 44 in Rockaway Beach, returned last Friday from Miami, where she had spent the holidays with friends.

The young Rockaway folks who spent the holidays with their parents and families have now returned to their studies in various colleges and universities.

Harry Carello is receiving medical attention at Rockaway Beach Hospital for a heart condition suffered during the holiday season.


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