2003-10-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Is Boggiano’s closing? The restaurant and clam bar, a landmark since 1935, was shuttered for the first time ever, this week. Since the death of George Boggiano, last month, the future of his business has been in doubt.

Robert M. Mayer, president of Loeb and Mayer Meats, Inc., has been elected president of the Chamber of Commerce for the year 1984. Mayer has been first vice president of the chamber for years.

Mayor Edward Koch will be the honored guest and speaker at the dedication of the new Patient Care Tower at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, South Shore. The 12-story tower is the centerpiece of the hospital’s $37 million construction and modernization program.

Applications are now available for the Sri Chinmoy 4-mile run. Applications are available at Rogoff’s. The race is sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team with the cooperation of the Gateway National Recreation Area, Breezy Point Unit.

A tractor-trailer loaded with Brillo scouring pads overturned on Beach Channel Drive when it hit a dip in the road at Beach 91 Street. The cab separated from the trailer, but there were no injuries or major property damage.

Audrey Pheffer, the new Democratic district leader of Part A in the 23rd Assembly District, held her first meeting of the Harry S. Truman Democratic Club.

Bernie Walder, associate editor of The Wave, is due back to the office soon after a short stay at Peninsula Hospital and recuperation at home after pacemaker implant surgery.

Bones discovered in a basement by a group of Far Rockaway children are said to be those of deer and elk. Native Americans killed those animals during a cholera epidemic.

The beginning stages of the Beach 116 Street revitalization will get underway in November when a 20-inch water main is installed.

Kenny Howard, 8, of Broad Channel caught a 9-pound Weakfish and a 15-pound shark while fishing with his father in Jamaica Bay.

30 Years Ago...

Carl Swift, Tommy Donnegan, Donald Krugel, and six other youngsters from Beach 118 Street spent four days last week beautifying the street-end adjacent to the boardwalk on their block.

Many of the team’s names in the Monday night Broad Channel bowling league are unusual, i.e., Odd Balls, Head Pins, Canadians, Good Guys. There are several who advertise a product, i.e., Murray’s Outdoor, Frank’s Fuel, Stenson and Klem, Tavern on the Bay, Grassy Point, and the Schaefer Boys.

Community Planning Board 14 listed the needs of residents in a report to the borough president. Peninsula-wide street repair seems to be a priority.

Rockaway Beach Post 57, Jewish War Veterans will celebrate its 40 anniversary with a dinner-dance at the Hartman Y.

40 Years Ago...

There was a mild traffic jam on the Cross Bay Bridge when one side of it became stuck in the open position. Hot weather, which sometimes causes the steel bridge to expand, was responsible.

Assemblyman Jack Fox says new legislation will be introduced at the next session of the Legislature which will make possible the extension of Shore Front Parkway to connect with Seagrit Boulevard.

The Parks Department is not waiting for grass to grow at O’Donohue Park. Workmen began recently to cover the lawn areas with acres of green sod.

Harry O’Connor is having plans prepared for an addition to the funeral home. The new wing will be in harmony with the present colonial building and permit a total of five parlors.

There is a mountain of sand at Beach 110 Street, which has been dug from the excavation for the new Public School 225.

50 Years Ago...

Mrs. William Treighoff with her daughter, Barbara, of 170 Beach 90 Street is vacationing in Rensselaer, New York.

Mr. and Mrs. James Scott, Sr., of West Road in Broad Channel, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on October 1. They hosted a dinner party at their home.

Richard Ellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Ellis of Hurley Court, Far Rockaway, is among the freshmen enrolled at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Gus Colberg, proprietor of the Colberg hardware store on Cross Bay Boulevard, is a patient at Rockaway Beach Hospital.


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