2003-10-31 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Queens Inner Unity will spend the next five years preparing Rockaway for cable television. Almost five thousand miles of cable will be strung on utility poles. The systems will become mature by the end of 1988 or early 1989. A forty-channel package will be offered.

Sister Patricia Morrison celebrated her 25 Jubilee on Saturday, October 22. More than 200 people attended the celebration at St. Helen’s R.C. Church in Howard Beach.

Hearings will be held in December about a possible toll hike on the Marine Parkway Bridge and Crossbay Bridge. The proposed raise will bring the toll to $1 and $14 for twenty tokens. Three public hearings will be held around the New York City area to address the toll hike.

Police in the 100 Precinct did not have a car available to respond to a burglary called in three times. Edward Silverfine, assistant principal of Public School 42, levied the charge. Mr. Silverfine also alleged that the Wave front page article on October 22 "was chock full of erroneous facts."

The Gateway National Recreation Area is getting ready for its annual Halloween party at Fort Tilden. Plans include scary rides, refreshments and prizes for costumes. A haunted house, prepared by Joseph LaPenna, of Broad Channel, will be the highlight of the party.

Beach Channel Football Coach, John Tutino has taken a leave of absence from the team. The team is striving to maintain their excellent form without their coach, "Mr. T."

An American Legion Party will be held for Charles J. Duffy. He has been a member since 1966, saw action in the Pacific Theater in World War II. As commander, Duffy saw 100% enrollment from members and captured the Queens County trophy for membership.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phillips of Eight road, Broad Channel celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary by renewing their marriage vows at St. Virgilius Church.

Kindergartners at P.S. 42 were very excited to go to a pumpkin farm in Long Island. They saw trees changing colors and took a hayride. The children were also allowed to pet and play with farm animals.

30 Years Ago...

Traffic Lights are still missing in front of the new high school on Beach Channel Drive.

High winds and tides during the storms of the past weekend have reduced the area of public beach at Beach 38 Street by about eighty feet in depth.

The new McDonald’s Restaurant on Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, located on the site of the former State Diner, was formally opened on October 30, 1973. A parade and free refreshments were handed out as the owners Ralph and Jack Smith celebrated.

Past commander John Horan of Rockaway Beach will be tendered a dinner by the American Legion, O’Connell Post on November 3.

Over $220,000 was raised at the annual dinner of the Peninsula Hospital Center at the El Patio Beach Club, Atlantic Beach on Saturday evening.

40 Years Ago...

Weather forecasters say we’re in for another month of warm weather.

The City Planning Commission has come up with a theory that Rockaway, east of the Cross Bay Bridge should be developed with more recreational facilities including facilities for public boating.

A few weeks ago millions of dollars were being spent on construction at Breezy Point. Now the steel skeletons of the big structures stand silently. All work has been stopped while the Atlantic Improvement Corporation attempts to collect damages from the City.

There’s been an almost complete change of personnel at the H.C. Bohack supermarket on Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway.

50 Years Ago...

Saul Maskin, proprietor of Maskin’s Men’s shop on the boulevard near 116 Street attended the boys wear show in New York on Tuesday, where styles for next spring were being shown.

Rosemary Bross of 14 Road in Broad Channel is a patient in St. John’s hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Murray spent the weekend in the Poconos where they attended the Middle Atlantic States Conference of Newspaper Publishers.

Fred Darvin Winters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Winters of Beach 67 Street, is home after being a patient at Rockaway Beach Hospital.

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