2004-02-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Rockaway’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee selected as Grand Mar shals for this year’s parade Congress man Joseph P. Addabbo and Nassau County District Attorney Dennis Dillon.

Jubilant and touching renditions of traditional Irish music will be the or der of the day as the Clancy Brothers and Robbie O’Connell make an ap pearance at Beach Channel High School. The concert will follow the an nual Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Pa rade, which will step off from Beach 129 Street.

What could have been a major tragedy ended up with just a 370,000 pound airplane getting its feet wet in our area. Rockaway, unsung, downgraded and usually dumped on, once again played a major role in the rescue of three crash victims, who were brought to Peninsula Hospital Center.

Police of the 101 Precinct are asking for aid in determining who killed Patrick Mott on the morning of Feb ruary 21. Mott was stabbed to death some time between midnight and noon at 2932 Beach Channel Drive, apartment 6M.

Here’s a good sign. The heavy flooding at the municipal parking lot in Beach 116 Street is ended thanks to the new sewers. The area was completely dry despite recent rainfall

30 Years Ago...

Hundreds of spectators gathered throughout the day on Sunday at the corner of New Haven and Beach 20 Street to survey the smoldering ruins of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, which was totally destroyed in a three alarm fire of undetermined origin which began Saturday night. Sunday masses were held in the auditorium of the adjacent St. Mary’s School.

Several local civic workers are attempting to learn why a light manufacturing concern encountered so much official red tape that it gave up on an Arverne Urban Renewal Area site and located its business, with a sizeable payroll, to Nassau County.

Two new exits are reportedly under consideration for the Mott Avenue shopping center, one connecting with Beach 20 Street, the other with Redfern Avenue, to break up a bottleneck situation, which has been the subject of much complaint.

The new office of the National Bank of North America, which will move from its present location on Far Rockaway Boulevard to the southeast retail space in the Mott Avenue shopping center.

40 Years Ago...

Extra lifeguards will be stationed along the O’Donohue Park beach next summer. They’ll need them too, if unwary bathers are going to be kept out of the dangerous, strong tide in the inlet.

If the present plan for the extension of Shore Front parkway wins approval, some residents in the area, who were displaced by the Title I apartment project in the Hammel-Holland section, may have to move again.

Herman Cohen was a prime mover in the reorganization of the Rockaway Park Merchants Association and his initiative was rewarded when the members elected him the association’s president.

Arverne residents need not fear the occupant of the building being erected at 74-16 Beach Channel Drive. As soon as the building is completed, The Wave, Rockaway’s Newspaper Since 1893, will be moving to new quarters. We’d rather stay at the present location, but the printery will have to make way for the new Dayton housing.

50 Years Ago...

A contract for more than $200,000 for the West End Temple building to be constructed at Beach 147 Street and Newport Avenue, was signed last Thurs day in the Temple by Albert Seidman, president of the board of trus tees. The contract was awarded to Sam Getz Construction Corp.

Gerald D. Murray, of Flushing, formerly city editor of Stanford News Association, New York City, and Arthur M. Bernhardt, of Woodhaven, who was an Army combat correspondent in Korea have joined the editorial staff of The Wave. Bernhardt was an editorial employee of the World Tele gram and the Sun from in 1951. Dor sey F. Short, of Jamaica, resigned as associate editor of The Wave, effective last week. He has joined the Portage Dispatch, in Portage, Pennsylvania, where he is the managing editor of three weekly newspapers. Short was a member of the staff of The Wave for five years, and was made associate editor three years ago.

Six people were injured in an automobile collision last Sunday afternoon at Beach 94 Street and the Rockaway Freeway. A car going north on Beach 94 Street was in a collision with an auto being driven east on the Freeway.

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