2003-03-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo is asking that the new North Channel Bridge (which connects Howard Beach and Broad Channel) be constructed with more than three lanes in each direction.

Beach Channel High School will install its new principal, Arthur Greenberg, at a formal ceremony at the school on March 15.

A Belle Harbor motorist was at the gas station at Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive checking the pressure in his tires this week, when a car thief drove away, leaving him with the air hose in his hand. He flagged down two 100 Precinct patrol officers who quickly caught up to the car and arrested the teenaged car thief.

Harvey Harris, speaking for the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways, has thanked the New York City Sanitation Department for the great job its workers did during the Blizzard of 1983, which hit Rockaway last week.

Audrey Pheffer was installed this week as the president of the Harry Truman Regular Democratic Club. Pheffer was installed by Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo and Helen Leonescu, the local Democratic Leader.

Broad Channel residents are worried about the city's request for a waiver that would allow it to pump more raw sewage into Jamaica Bay. Local residents say that further pollution of the bay would damage it irreparably.

Mickey Carton and his band will provide the music for the St. Patrick's Day Dinner-Dance sponsored by the American Irish Society of the Rockaways. The event is set for March 5 at the American-Irish Hall on Beach Channel Drive.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway will begin moving into its new tower building in the coming week. The Department of Pediatrics will be the first to move to its new sixth floor facilities on Wednesday.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Beach Channel High School. There are some who thought that the school would have sunk into the bay by this time.

Police have not yet identified the body that was found last week off Beach Channel Drive near the private sanitation garage.

30 Years Ago...

There will be a new election soon for officers of the Regular Democratic Club. A judge has just ruled that there were "sufficient irregularities in the club election to set the results aside."

Visitors to the Snug Harbor Restaurant are often struck by the nautical dcor of the eatery. Frank Gal lagher, the owner, says that two ocean-going craft were dismantled to order to obtain the artifacts in the restaurant. Several dramatic sea paintings hang on the dining room's walls as well.

Dr. William Werner was back in Rockaway last week coming from his new home in Holiday, Florida for a brief business trip. He and Mrs. Warner plan to attend the Rotary International convention in Switzerland in the spring. The doctor is a former president of the Rockaway Rotary Club.

40 Years Ago...

Larry Buckner, secretary for the Green Bus Lines, says that his driver was not making a political statement last week when he crashed into the Republican Clubhouse on Beach 95 Street.

Plans are now being made to open a new retail milk station on Hammel Boulevard in the vicinity of Beach 80 Street.

Trucks arrive every day with more large rocks for the ever-growing jetties at the beachfront in the Hammel and Arverne sections of Rockaway. It is hoped that they will protect the beach from erosion caused by storms.

Nobody has yet succeeded in uniting the many Democratic clubs that dot the Rockaway peninsula. Now, Milton E. Jacobowitz, the local leader and Moses Weinstein, the county leader, have been asked to give their blessing to a council of Rockaway clubs. To our mind, it sounds more like a council of war.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cohen of Beach 90 Street have returned from Miami, where they spent several months.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Caspers, well-known residents of Beach 133 Street are the parents of a girl.

Rosemary Bross, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bross of 1720 Cross Bay Boulevard, celebrated her 13th birthday at home last Saturday.

Fred Kohlreiter, a well know community leader in Arverne for many years, will be honored by the Rockaway Beach Post, Jewish War Veterans, at an installation of officers on March 14.

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