2003-12-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Cheese Day has been set for December 17 – but you must bring proper identification. The Rockaway Community Corporation will distribute the cheese at the Rockaway Senior Citizens Center in Edgemere.

The chairman of the MTA is considering a fare reduction for the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial and Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridges.

Playing at Surfside Cinema: "Yentil" starring Barbara Streisand, "The Man Who Loved Women" with Burt Reynolds and "Here & Now" with funnyman Richard Pryor.

Thomas J. Concannon III, a former resident of Belle Harbor, passed the bar exam in New York and New Jersey. Concannon is a graduate of St. John’s Law School and Manhattan College.

There will be Bright Lights In Church Tonight. The First Congregational Church will sing "O Holy Night," "Ava Maria," "He is Born," and "Gesu Bambino." Carolers will meet at the Full Gospel Tabernacle for a night tour that will bring them to several Rockaway locations.

The family of Michael Walsh placed an ad thanking the Rockaway community "for their prayers and generosity this past year."

Two members of the Rockaway Health Council’s food committee are being credited with securing nearly 15,000 pounds of government surplus butter that will be distributed in Rockaway.

Police Sergeants Patrick J. Hanna and William Oleschuk were welcomed to the 100 Precinct this week by the precinct’s Community Council.

Transit police "bottled up" the Rockaway Peninsula and collared three teenagers who allegedly robbed a Beach Channel High School Student on a Manhattan-bound "A" Train.

30 Years Ago...

Stephen Fox, son of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Fox, of Neponsit, and a freshman at Yale played saxophone in a school "Pops" concert starring the legendary ragtime pianist Eubie Blake last weekend.

Holiday lighting throughout the peninsula is a bit dimmer this season as the locals do their part in easing the energy crunch. The Arab oil embargo has driven up heating and gasoline prices to an all-time high.

Nearly 3,000 local residents have signed letters of interest to attend courses at the satellite facility that Queensborough Community College plans to build in Arverne for the 1975-76 year.

Motorists are fuming over the limited amounts of gasoline they can purchase at local stations. The amount is generally limited to eight gallons or ten dollars.

Trailers have been moved into place because National Park Service rangers have had a difficult time securing permanent employee housing.

40 Years Ago...

Space heaters were in demand on Beach 116 Street recently when the boiler in the Brunner building went out of commission. The Brunners and tenants went scurrying to their friends for help, and got it.

We have a new rendezvous in town. The Four Seasons Billiard Arcade opposite the post office on Beach Channel Drive is a thing of beauty, which will be appreciated in this area.

How is Highway Commissioner Carroll going to like the new section of the boulevard, which passes Surfside Park? A just-finished job should be smoother than that.

Maggio Brothers plan to construct a garage on their property at Beach 88 Street to house heavy equipment used by the firm to collect waste in this area.

50 Years Ago...

Denny Trevor, the popular soloist at the First Congregational Church, sang there for the last time recently. He has been there since the end of the summer.

Mr. and Mrs. Ira Korn, of Arverne, attended a birthday party given by their grandchild, Tina Gail Wasserman, of Jersey City recently. Tina is also the granddaughter of Joseph Balsam, of Far Rockaway.

Mr. and Mrs. Sy Pivar, owners of the hardware store at Beach 88 Street and the boulevard, write on a postcard from Miami, Florida that they are enjoying the clear, tropical weather.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Librizzi, of 223 Beach 79 Street, are playing hosts to Mr. and Mrs. Magdeline, of Greenwich, Connecticut – their mother and father in law.

The "Gem" and "Park" Theaters on the peninsula have reduced the children’s admission fee on weekends to 35 cents.

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