2003-02-15 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Ohel Children’s Home in Brooklyn will soon open a community residence for retarded children on Gateway Boulevard in Far Rockaway.

This year’s Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been set for March 12. The parade, sponsored by the Rockaway Emerald Society and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, will honor William O’Driscoll, past president of the County Corkmen’s Benevolent, Protective and Patriotic Society.

Maurice Roseman of Bayswater was named by Borough President Donald Manes as one of the Queens Senior Citizen’s of the Year. Roseman was president of the Young At Heart at the Bayswater Jewish Center, was Man of the Year for the local Jewish War Veterans and is an "acting grandfather" for 19 retarded children at the Hartman Y.

Mervyn Berrin will succeed Sheldon Rosenblatt this week as Post Commander for the Jewish War Veterans at a ceremony to be held at the Wilshire Restaurant. Berrin is a veteran of the Korean War.

Andy Cruz, a Rockaway resident and a former member of the Rockaway Outpost had been named to head a new division within EMS Local 2507. The new division is called the Accident Intervention and Crisis Team.

Black History Month is being celebrated at Beach Channel High School with an essay contest open to all students.

Bargains this week at Tiberio Restaurant on Beach 116 Street include Grey Sole with Spaghetti or broccoli at $5.95.

Residents of Queens will soon be getting a new area code from the telephone company. Beginning in mid-1984, all of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island will be covered by area code 718. New York City will be the fourth city in the United States to utilize a second area code.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

It was thrilling to watch the televised pictures of our prisoners of war coming home after many years in captivity. Most of us shared the feelings of President Nixon, who said that those pictures produced the most moving experience he has had since taking over the oval office.

The Bell Boy’s Cleaners on Beach Channel Drive has closed its doors for good. The management told The Wave that the closing was due to the many holdups and attempted holdups experienced by the store.

A recreation center might soon be in Rockaway’s picture. The Queens Boy’s Club is expected in Rockaway next week to discuss sponsorship and funding for such a center.

Mario Russo, the president of the Arverne Civic Conference, told local politicians that Rockaway’s energies should be expended in making sure that Rockaway is tied into the planned subway between Manhattan and JFK Airport.

No doubt that the fine, clear weather the past few days has had something to do with the warmly dressed fisherman coming to the North Channel Bridge to begin this year’s flounder fishing season earlier than before.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Local Democratic leader Milton E. Jacobowitz has landed lots of out of town speaking engagements. His latest was in Coney Island. Could he be looking to move on to bigger and better political offices?

Jet planes can get you where you want to go quickly, unless the fog is like it was last week, when a number of planes from JFK bound for Europe wound up instead in Bermuda.

William Brunner writes from Florida that he heard a man down there say that you can tell how the stock market is going by watching the length of women’s skirts. When they go up, so does the market. When they go down, the market falls as well.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

James E. McAleese, son of Mr. and Mrs. James McAleese of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, is aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinac as part of a weather reconnaissance cruise to Iceland.

Elaine Greenspan of Beach 86 Street was given a surprise showe on Sunday by her friends, Marsha Frankel and Lila Engel.

Police Captain W.V. Judge of the 100 Precinct will celebrate his birthday on February 27.

Mr. and Mrs. Adolphe Meirowitz of Beach 77 Street are the proud parents of a boy born to them on February 1 at the Rockaway Beach Hospital. The baby, named Randy, is their second child.


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