2003-12-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Don’t raise the subway fare! City Councilman Walter Ward made this plea at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority public hearing recently. "Communities are being overburdened by the present transit fare. To increase it at this time would be unconscionable," said Ward.

Rockaway Park merchants will give away 20 turkeys in front of the Beach 116 Street subway station. For a change to gobble one up, all you have to do is fill out a registration card at a participating merchant.

Sewer drainage on Beach 92 Street is so bad that Eddie Loving, Bill Degnan, Lenny Kohn, and Anthony Cintrone jumped into a bathtub to float around in the middle of the flooded street to demonstrate.

December 7 has come and gone. We agree that 42 years is a long time, but we shouldn’t forget.

Children in Public School 183 in Rockaway Beach, who last winter named a seal that was washed up sick on the beach, felt so emotional when "Rocky" was released back into the wild.

30 Years Ago...

Jack Lynch, Jr. of Belle Harbor ended his high school cross-country career with a second place finish in a nationally ranked event held in Van Cortland Park. Lynch attends Fordham prep.

Local residents are complaining about homeless people who have taken up residence in the halls and vestibules of apartments along the beachfront. The onset of cold weather this year has made apartment dwellers a bit uncomfortable as they have to step over the homeless to get to their doorways.

Governor Nelson Rockefeller resigned as New York State’s political leader recently to take on the post of Vice President of the United States in the Gerald R. Ford administration. Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson, a favorite of local Republicans, will assume the office of governor and complete the term.

There seems to be fewer lights around the peninsula this holiday season. One tree, which had been adorned with colors and decorations in a yard facing Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 96 Street has been stripped of its ornaments and festive lights.

Jose Rodriguez, Rockaway’s apprentice jockey has left the area to train young thoroughbred horses based in South Carolina.

Gasoline prices have shot up over the weekend and some service stations have limited the purchases to eight gallons or $10.

The Wave celebrated its 80th Anniversary this week with a special commemorative issue. It was noted around town that it was an easy sell.

40 Years Ago...

Stanley B. Tankel of the Regional Plan Association says there may be a Rockaway-Brooklyn ferry service again some day using the present Staten Island ferryboats to bring people to the new park at Rockaway Point.

Years of work for the Republican Party by former Magistrate Corning G. McKennee may be recognized by the Regular Republican Organization of the Rockaways, which is considering a recommendation to make Judge McKennee an honorary president of the club.

Arthur Boxer, a longtime Rockaway resident, is reviving a movement in his golden age group urging the establishment of a city hospital in the Rockaways.

The 100 Precinct Police Athletic League is helping the Rockaway Rotary Club select 200 needy youngsters to be the club’s guests at its Christmas party to be held at the new American-Irish clubhouse on Beach 81 Street.

George Limbach, manager of the H.L. Bohack food market on Beach Channel Drive and Dix Avenue says that local reaction to the market’s complete renovation is "terrific."

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kupfer, of 2902 Bessemund Ave, are receiving congratulations on the birth of their son on December 4.

Corporal George Rothman of New Haven Avenue is back from Korea where he was stationed for a year.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lakay of Beach 72 Street were guests at a Christmas party held at the home of Mrs. Lakay’s niece, Mrs. Henry Hartman of Jersey City, N.J. recently.

The parents association at Public School 47 held a Christmas party recently at the Christ Church hall, Noel Road.

"The Robe," in wide-screen Technicolor, has been booked at the RKO Strand Theater for the holidays.


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