2004-01-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

City Councilman Walter Ward is objecting to extension of the Nassau Expressway to the Atlantic Beach Bridge. Ward called part of the plan "unjustified and divisive."

Members of the Board of Estimate paid close attention when Green Bus Lines , Triboro Coach Corp., Jamaica Bus and other private bus firms asked for basic fares of $1 per ride, and $3 each way for express busses.

You can walk this Sunday with the Urban Park Rangers on the beach in Far Rockaway and wind up gathered around a crackling fire listening to stories about the sea. The walks have been named "Tales of the Widow Maker: A Mid-winter Tribute to Seas and Beaches. An Urban Park Ranger told The Wave, "Winter sets the stage for a grueling battle between beach and sea….view how our beaches are faring…then relax….around a crackling fire and hear readings."

Mario Russo, of Arverne, a leading member of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, recently presented a trophy to representatives of the sons of Val Stables and trainer Charles Dickey, after the horse Crude Ways won the Rockaway Stakes. Crude Ways picked up $42,660 of $71,000 (gross value).

Saturday, March 10, has been chosen as the date for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. James Conway Sullivan was elected president of the parade committee this year.

Reconstruction of three burned sections of boardwalk is expected to begin in March. Those sections are at Beach 112 Street, Beach 109 Street and Beach 61 Street.

Community Board 14 officers were reelected. They are Joel Gerstel, chairman, Mario Russo, first vice chairman, May Fetscher, second vice chairman and Joseph Barto, financial treasurer.

With a broken leg, a broken hip, broken ribs and other injuries, the Reverend Joseph May continues to experience pain. May was injured when his car struck a pole on the North Channel Bridge.

30 Years Ago...

Brody’s Furniture at 21-71 Mott Avenue was completely destroyed in an early morning fire on December 29. The building, built in 1902, featured some of the most original architecture in the area.

Chuck Herd, of Edgemere, who started at Far Rockaway High School in football and basketball, helped his college team, Penn State, rally to defeat LSU in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day. Herd combined a brilliant catch and run for a 72-yard touchdown play in the second quarter. Penn State went on to victory, 16-9.

Joseph Stein, a Far Rockaway attorney who is suing the Transit Authority for eliminating the double fare has reported that Seymour Sheldon, democratic district leader, has turned over funds for an appeal.

Sidney Baumgarten, of Beach 12 Street, president of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways, has been appointed as one of five assistants to Mayor Abraham Beame.

40 Years Ago...

Streets around the Broad Channel volunteer firehouse are graded us so that water collects around the building. The firemen use duckboards in some places to keep from getting their feet wet. Who said the life of a firefighter is easy?

Bill Brunner, president of Peninsula General Hospital, had his first experience as a patient on New Year’s Day when he was admitted for treatment of a slight heart ailment.

Last week’s heavy rain flooded the parking field along the bulkhead in Seaside and for a time it seemed like local demands for a skating rink was about to be realized. The water ran off before it froze, but it was there long enough to start people thinking.

Father Budrekas of St. Virgilius Church, Broad Channel, takes an occasional walk across the Cross Bay Bridge, to Rockaway, and back.

The early morning freeze on New Year’s Eve made driving a bit more hazardous for people returning from the night’s parties.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hanover, of East 6 Road, are parents of a son born January 9. It’s their first child, named Robert, after his father.

Mr. and Mrs. Murray of West 14 Road, are the proud parents of a baby girl born on January 10.

Marion Devlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Devlin of 734 Cross Bay Boulevard, celebrated her 12th birthday.

Claire Ripple, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Winky Ripple, of West 14 Road, Broad Channel celebrated her 12th birthday recently with a party at home.

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