2003-11-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Light it or shut it! The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce sent this message to the Department of Transportation regarding an unlit section of the Rockaway Freeway between Beach 48 and Beach 54 Street.

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo joined congregants and other public officials in welcoming the Rev. Dr. Donald W. Rohrkaste to his first services as pastor of the First Congregational Church in Rockaway Beach.

Two men working in a vacant Far Rockaway lot discovered the decomposing body of a 77-year-old man. A nurse from Central Manor, the home where the deceased lived, said residents are free to come and go. The man had been reported missing several weeks before he was found.

New York City voters approved Proposal 11, which dashes the requirement that each community board have at least 100,000 resident on this past Election Day. Rockaway could have lost its community board, because the peninsula’s population falls below that number.

Community Board 14 is looking to bring the JFK Express Train to Rockaway. The "train to the plane" as it’s being called was the subject of a recent board resolution – CB14 will appeal to the MTA for the service.

Waldbaum’s supermarket is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of a 49-year-old Wavecrest Gardens resident. The man was a well-known employee of the supermarket for more than 20 years.

Elevators with Braille next to the floor buttons are part of a near $40 million improvement to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s 12-story, 300-bed facility in Far Rockaway. The elevators buttons were also placed lower, to be within reach of those in wheelchairs.

Matt Dillon was recently in town to film scenes for the ABC motion picture "Sweet Ginger Brown." Actors who were dressed for a summertime scene were shivering near The Wave’s office.

Tom Curley, director of special projects for Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo, recently presented a contribution check to Deputy Chief Fred Willis and past Rescue Captain Pat Tissot, of the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department, for their new ambulance. The $50,000 four-wheel-drive vehicle was paid for with residents’ donations over a four-year period.

30 Years Ago...

The blue and white "H" signs that direct drivers to the nearest local hospitals are hailed "one of the best signage ideas that has been developed in years."

In addition to energy savings, President Nixon says that an extra hour of daylight would give law enforcement officers an edge in their war against crime.

Although the firefighter’s strike was brief, one building met its demise as the bravest looked on. New York’s bravest made sure all of the residents were safely out of a burning Far Rockaway rooming house, and then allowed it to burn.

The Peninsula Rifle and Pistol Club is giving serious thought to establishing an indoor range in the Far Rockaway area. Several sites, which would have male and female locker rooms, are being eyed.

40 Years Ago...

Victor Ross of Eggert Place, who works in the Traffic Department offices, does his best to relieve roadway congestion – He rides his bicycle most of the time!

Souvenirs and some valuable prizes are being given away at the new Robert Hall clothing store, in celebration of its grand opening.

Senator Kenneth Keating is to be the principal speaker at a legislative breakfast to be held at the Park Inn Hotel. Local republicans are inviting local veterans groups to the event, so that Keating becomes more familiar with their issues.

Betty and Mike Liana, who have been publishing the Rockaway Point News for 35 summers, have just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary at their Casa Liana Apartments in Palm Beach, Florida.

50 Years Ago...

Mrs. Anne Woods of 546 Cross Bay Boulevard is home recuperating from surgery.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold H. David, daughter and son in law of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Findur, of Beach 144 Street, have moved into a new home in Far Rockaway.

Mrs. Valerie McSharry of Beach 141 Street was hostess to the December Band of the Altar and the Rosary Society of St. Francis de Sales, at her home.

Mrs. Joel Dolkert will be hosting a tea for the National Council of Jewish Women members soon.

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