2003-07-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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What The Wave Said

Years Ago...

Senator Al D’Amato enraged the Rockaway business community with a move that would change the energy supplier of the Rockaways from Lilco to Con Edison, at a service increase of a significant amount to Rockaway businesses.

The second annual Rockaway Irish Festival is set for July 30 on Beach 108 Street, with Thomas Cuite, Majority Leader of the City Council as Grand Marshal.

William McLoughlin was elected Department Commander for New York State’s American Legion. He was a former commander of the Local Post 272 in Rockaway Beach.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club pleaded for support from the community. The organization noted that they support several athletic teams and football activities, and encouraged the locals to attend their Mardi Gras celebration/fundraiser, that is coming up at the end of the summer.

Commander-elect Fenton J. O’Malley of Post 272, American Legion is planning for his installation on July 23, with Congressman Joseph Addabbo as his installing officer.

Young Israel of Belle Harbor celebrated 17 years in the community at the Washington Hotel last week.

Friends of Jesus were invited to see Reverend Maria Lites and the Unbroken Chain at the Bethel AME Church on 77 Street.

Sixteen students from Rockaway won the NYC Comptroller Award from outstanding achievement in science, mathematics and computer science.

A memorial to Sister Maura Clarke of Stella Maris was put up in Nicaragua, where she spent almost 20 years helping the rural poor before she was murdered in El Salvador by that nation’s armed forces.

Four Rockaway community programs received five thousand dollars each from Chase Manhattan Bank to assist with their services.


Years Ago...

The beach is being tested weekly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has been given high ratings for cleanliness so far this summer.

The Rogers Hotel building on Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was sold recently, with the family holding a get-together on the topic last Saturday.

Jamaica Bay’s increase in environmental cleanliness was noted by the owners of the Wharf, a restaurant on the bay at Beach 116 Street, who say the jellyfish population has skyrocketed, and that the growth of the jellyfish population is a good sign for the revitalization of the bay.

Sylvester O’Connor of O’Connor’s Funeral Home Inc., broke his leg skiing in the Alps. He remains loyal to the sport, however.

World Renowned pianist Van Cliburn was the featured artist at the Rockaway Music and Arts Council concert series last weekend.


Years Ago...

A bulldozer working in the lot next to PS 42 was assumed to be the beginnings of a long promised playground, but it turned out to be just an unconnected weed-removal project by the Department of Sanitation.

An eclipse of the sun the previous Saturday had local fisherman annoyed. The fish had decreased in population due to pollution, and they consider they have enough problems without an eclipse scaring the remaining fish.

The police limited the amount of alcohol that one could bring to the beach to one six pack. Jones Beach on Long Island had banned alcohol in May.

Democratic District Leader Milton Jacobowitz attempted to deal with the local joblessness crisis, commenting that he did not envy President John F. Kennedy, who has the national problem to deal with.

Pat Kelly is relieved that the American Irish Society Bazaar is over and will focus on moving their headquarters to their new location on Beach 88 Street.


Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Warren of Long Beach held a bris for their son that was attended by two Rockaway residents.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Strauss of Far Rockaway continue to receive congratulations for the birth of their new son.

Mr. and Mrs. John O’Connor of 117 Street, celebrated the birth of a son, born on July 26.

Mr. and Mrs. Sol Menaker of Beach 72 Street were home after a holiday in Pennsylvania.

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