2003-12-19 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Despite the fact that dozens of residents of 106-20 Shore Front Parkway reported hearing explosions and saw smoke coming from some of the light poles on the parkway, LILCO is reporting that there was nothing amiss with its facilities and that the company has no idea of what the explosions and smoke were caused by.

Burglars entered Temple Israel on Beach 84 Street on Friday night and took most of the office equipment in the temple office.

Residents from throughout the peninsula came to a meeting this week to ask the city not to place a Daytop Village drug rehabilitation facility on Beach 65 Street.

Lisa Hodes, daughter of Carol and Bruce Hodes, was crowned Homecoming Queen at the New York Institute of Technology, where she is a third-year graphic design major.

Two men in their early 20’s shot a porter at the Frank Avenue, Beach 44 Street subway station last week, getting away with an undetermined amount of money.

Classic Coaches of Rockaway has started an express bus service to Manhattan. The cost of the service is $3.25 each way.

Queens Borough President Donald Manes told a Chamber of Commerce dinner this week that an economic resurgence is underway in Rockaway. Manes also urged that a portion of the boardwalk from Beach 9 Street to Beach 19 Street be renamed in memory of Helen Leonescu.

A local group of residents who are pushing for the expansion of the Train To the Plane to Manhattan from JFK Airport met with city officials this week to press their case.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz has once again asked her colleagues to push for a bill that would allow casino gambling in Rockaway. She made those comments at the International Gaming Conference, which is being currently held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Look for a new business to soon take over where Zomnick’s Bakery once stood in Far Rockaway. The new pharmacy on that site is scheduled to open in March.

30 Years Ago...

The St. Camillus Senior Band will be making its seventeenth trip to play at the Orange Bowl parade in Miami this week.

Queensborough Community College has selected an Arverne site between Larkin Avenue and Beach 63 Street for the construction of a building to house a satellite college.

Rockaway residents leading the fight to keep new nursing homes off the peninsula won a battle last week when Judge Anthony Livoti upheld a building department stay for issuing new permits on the peninsula.

Large number of readers called The Wave this week to congratulate the staff on last week’s 80th Anniversary issue. Many of our older readers became nostalgic over the special issue.

40 Years Ago...

Last Sunday’s demonstration by construction workers who are currently building the new Dayton Park housing complex on Shore Front Parkway went largely unnoticed due to the heavy rain and sleet and the fact that nobody yet lives in the new buildings.

The Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home has announced that it will put off building its new wing until spring. The new wing will provide new facilities and an additional viewing room for the facility.

Local merchants are happy this holiday season because the weather has cooperated and lots of patrons are buying at local stores. This is very different from last year’s holiday season, when the rain and snow drove residents inside and many looked for bargains off the peninsula, in Brooklyn and Nassau County stores.

Some 30-year-old photographs that were brought to the Rockaway Beach Post Office by Tom Safonte are proving to be highly interesting to old-timers. Safonte is a long-time postal employee and Rockaway resident.

50 Years Ago...

A family gathering was held in honor of Margaret Henning’s birthday recently at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DiResto on Beach 85 Street. Many local relatives attended.

Mr. and Mrs. William Texdorf of Rock- away Beach were tendered a 30th Anniversary party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lindgren of Thursby Avenue in Arverne.

The 25th Wedding Anniversary for Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kupperman of Beach 137 Street was celebrated on December 16.

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