2003-09-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

A meeting between City Councilman Walter Ward and executives from the Green Bus line has led to a promise of more buses for Rockaway. The meeting was called in response to numerous complaints to Ward about the line’s service to the peninsula.

The 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach has joined a number of other NYPD precincts in running a program to stop people from driving while intoxicated. To date, 41 arrests for DWI have been made in the precinct this year, compared with 12 at this time in 1982.

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a wine, cheese and jazz party at Fort Tilden. One of the featured artists at the celebration will be Roberta Peters.

Congressman Joseph Addabbo has announced that Rockaway residents are now eligible for home improvement loans under a federal program that keeps the rate to seven and one-half percent.

Rockaway’s second annual "25K" run, a distance of 15.5 miles by the ocean will be run this weekend.

Harry D. O’Connor, president of the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, will be honored this week by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce at its annual dinner-dance to be held at the Washington Hotel in Belle Harbor.

Alicia Cohen of Neponsit, whose stage name is Ali Reed, has been signed to act in a major motion picture that will soon be shot in NYC and in Tel Aviv.

There are rumors that Mayor Edward Koch will attend the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce dinner and will make a dramatic announcement about the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Long Island Lighting has nearly finished its portion of the work in the revitalization of Beach 116 Street.

While its not clear when the North Channel Bridge will be repaired, those who regularly drive on the bridge say that they worry about dropping through each time they drive on it.

Residents old enough to remember forty-five years ago will remember a storm that started small, with a light rain, and then turned into one of the worst hurricanes ever to hit Rockaway.

Now that Playland’s kiddie park is open all year round, weather permitting, it would be nice to see that area become more of a year-round residential area.

30 Years Ago...

Tickets are still available for the Far Rockaway High School 75th anniversary dinner to be held at the Hart-

man Y.

Councilman Walter Ward is being praised for his latest effort, the $450,000 refurbishing of benches along the Rockaway boardwalk.

Thanous Koumbis and his brother, Jack, expect to start construction any day on the Belle Harbor Diner Restaurant , Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive, which they plan to have open by Christmas.

Nu-Way Cleaners at 79-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard is out of business indefinitely following a blaze, which destroyed the business recently.

Construction of the mini-school at Public School 106 is nearly complete. Students were welcomed to the new facility by Principal Edward Levitan.

The new Belle Harbor twin theater on Beach 116 Street opened yesterday as the successor to the former Park Theater.

40 Years Ago...

Miss Peggy Keough, of 335 Bayside Place, has been visiting friends in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Mrs. Bernice Grillman of 109 Noel Road is entertaining her father, Mr. Ringhoffer, of Lake Ronkonkoma, this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Keller and their sons, Edward, Jr., and Allan of 335 Bayside Place were fishing Sunday in Jamaica Bay aboard their boat, "Manana."

Mrs. Arthur Lamm, of 316 Beach 46 Street, has moved to the Bronx this winter.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bellon, of Thursby Avenue, are visiting their son, Fred in training for the Navy at Columbia, South Carolina.

Today marks the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Olsen of 354 Beach 59 Street, who has been residents their entire married life.

Edward Vint, now in England with an infantry unit, is hoping to locate Walter Lehmann, believed to be stationed nearby with the Army Air Force.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Lynch, of 198 Beach 114 Street, spent the weekend with their son, Edward, who is training with the Navy.

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