2003-11-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Classic Coach Tours is launching a commuter service from the Rockaways to the Wall Street-City Hall area using 49-seat coach busses equipped with lavatories, reclining seats, individual reading lights, and overhead coat and package racks.

Beach 116 Street’s Hanukkah menorah will be lighted by Rabbi Joseph Weiss of the West End Temple in Neponsit. Christmas lights were put up on Thanksgiving Day.

Richard F. Boziwick of Northport, Long Island, and the former Janet Magoolaghan of Broad Channel – who were married on October 29 during a celebrated mass an St. Virgilius Church, are making their home in Northport.

Charles Pesso, of Rockaway Beach, will be honored at a State of Israel Bonds testimonial dinner at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, soon.

A Chemical Bank advertisement for a computer based home baking service describes a new feature called "electronic mail."

Jeremiah C. Gaffney is talking about rebuilding the community as he vies for election to the Community Action Board-at-Large. Gaffney, 27, is an alumnus of New York University and McAllester Mortuary College. He is the executive director of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, and is a key member of Jeremiah C. Gaffney & Associates.

George Buskey and Bertha Thomas are vying for the Area Policy Board of the Rockaways as a team supporting the election of Jeremiah C. Gaffney to the Community Action Board-at-Large.

After articles appeared in The Wave the lack of lighting along the freeway was corrected. Except for a small stretch, the entire freeway is now lit.

State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein has formally opposed fare increases on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial and the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridges. "Raising these fares would weaken neighborhoods and cause business and industry to rethink their current ability to remain where they are."

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo, chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, has written a bill that provides money for federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies to fight drug smuggling.

The leaning light post at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 159 Street, right where the traffic becomes two-way, has finally been replaced.

30 Years Ago...

Congress has set aside $600,000 for the study of beach erosion in the Rockaways, according to Representative Frank J. Brasco. The study is due to congress in July.

Captain Mario Selvaggi, a seventeen-year veteran of the New York City Police Department is the new commanding officer of the 101 Precinct.

Many local residents are wondering whether Mayor-elect Abe Beame will continue funding the Offices of Neighborhood Government throughout the city. People want to know if the Far Rockaway office, at 20-11 Mott Avenue will remain open.

New York Mets pitcher Jim McAndrew hosted the 13th Annual Edgemere Boys Athletic Club breakfast at the O’Connell Post last week. The 300 youngsters who were there were delighted.

40 Years Ago...

One of the first businesses to place the flag at half-mast in mourning for President Kennedy was John Rodgers’ 88 Street garage.

The beautiful new street lights on the boulevard, near the Surfside Park apartments, are expensive targets for vandals. The glass globes cost $14 and the light bulbs are $20.

Broad Channel was just about the only community who didn’t put up a candidate to run for Democratic Leader.

St. John’s Baptist Church, awaiting the completion of its new office on the boulevard at Beach 74 Street, has located temporarily in a store in the Samuels Building diagonally across the street from the soon-to-be-completed church building.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Port, of Beach 128 Street, are the proud parents of a daughter born on November 24.

Plans are under consideration for the construction of a two-story modern building to house children who have special needs at Beach Channel Drive near Beach 62 Street.

Rickey Irving, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Irving, of Beach 146 Street celebrated his second birthday with neighbors and family recently.

A son was welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Abe Kenig, of Beach 98 Street, on November 24.

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