2003-04-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

Looking Backward What The Wave Said 20

What The Wave Said 20
Years Ago...

Donald Trump, the real estate developer is reportedly continuing to suggest that a hotel-convention center be erected in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. He apparently has found favorable response in Rockaway's Commu-nity Board 14, and from Queens Borough Hall, but there is consensus that whatever happens is up to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Broad Channel will be the host of the Queens County American Legion convention in June for the second year in a row. At a recent meeting of the group, the convention committee unanimously, named Broad Channel Post 1404 to host the '83 parade.

Nine handguns and marijuana were found when Anti-Crime Police Officer Kenneth Haynes of the 100 Precinct arrested two men in their early 20s. The arrests followed a robbery at 8000 Shore Front Parkway.

"Drink Drank Drunk" with red-headed comedian Carol Burnett will be shown at an open Al-Anon meeting at St. Francis De Sales.

An advertisement for a knockoff of the latest in personal home computer, the Apple II, lists the price at $595. The manufacturer called it a "inexpensive clone" with "all the features" of Apple's product.

After 23 years, the Tile City store on Central Avenue has new owners. Larry and John Ross, entrepreneurs who own three other stores in Man-hattan, thank the store's patrons for their patience while the store was being remodeled.

The City of New York's Commission on Human Rights' Neighborhood Stabiliz-ation Program in Far Rockaway is sponsoring an anti-arson conference. Among the expected guest speakers are a fire marshal, and an insurance rep.

Rockaway Freeway westbound is like an obstacle course between Beach 95 and 113 Streets. Some of the holes in the blacktop are large enough to swallow a car!

For the second week in a row, the Rockaway Rugby Team took on a Division I opponent, and managed to outplay them. The Rockawayites came away with a 6-3 victory in the "B" game, but then suffered a heartbreaking loss, 19-16, in the "A" game.

Joanne Smith is named a 1983 United States National Award winner in cheerleading by the U.S. Achievement Academy. Smith was nominated by her coach at Stella Maris High School.

30 Years Ago...

The first weekend of the baseball season has passed and the Mets' 1000 percent standing remained unblemished. The fact that rain, combined with snow, washed out a recent third game with the Philies may have helped, of course.

Last week's meat boycott did not succeed in lowering prices, but it did make enough noise throughout the nation to be heard in Washington, D.C., indicating that housewives think the cost of food must be brought back within reach of their pocketbooks.

State Senator John J. Stantucci and Councilmember Walter Ward, representing the people of Rockaway, have made it known that they are opposed to rehiring Dr. William A. Ronan as head of the Metropolitan Transit Authority for another term in that office.

Religious thoughts will soon occupy most residents' minds and hearts. Christians are preparing to observe Holy Week, and Jews begin Passover soon also.

40 Years Ago...

When the American Irish Society moves into its new clubhouse, which fronts on the park at Hammels, perhaps it will be able to start the custom of Easter Egg rolling-just like on the White House lawn.

It was reported that the first family to reside in the new Surfside Park apartments left this week to make their home in California. How did Rock-away ever let that happen?

Doesn't it seem a pity to talk of razing old Public School 44? It's 65 years old, but still one of the best appearing buildings in town and probably better constructed than most.

There are markers on the dangerous curve on Cross Bay Boulevard. A sign with a curved arrow is on each side of the road. They're so inconspicuous that few people have noticed them.

That's not a new sewer being laid in Beach Channel Drive in Arverne, just more telephone conduits-so the telephone company can provide expanded service.

50 Years Ago...

Miss Margaret DiResta, daughter of Mrs. Manie DiResta, 233 Beach 81 Street and Pfc. Joseph Pepe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mariano Pepe, 69-23 Thur-sby Avenue, were married in St. Rose of Lima Church. The Rev. James Galvin officiated.

Paul A. Verdone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Verdone, 141 Beach 85 Street, has been made a private first class at Sioux Falls, North Dakota, where he is stationed with the technical training command of the Army Air Force.

A daughter was born last Saturday morning at the Rockaway Beach Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leonard of Glendale. Mrs. Leonard is the former Mildred Lotz, daughter of Gesine Lotz of Belle Harbor. The new baby is named Lynda.

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