2004-04-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Five Rockaway families have signed up as sponsors for children from the north of Ireland, according to Susan Andresen. These youngsters will ar rive July 7 and remain in Rockaway through July 28. There are openings for as many as three more families to participate.

Rockaway will be host to the first ballet company formed in the United States when the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company performs here Sat urday evening, April 14. The performance will mark the second attraction to appear here in the 1984 season of the Sam Levenson Memorial Concert Series.

When Congressman Joseph P. Ad dabbo read about the storm damage in Broad Channel and the Rockaways in the March 31 issue of The Wave, he came to see for himself. "It’s hard to believe that so much damage could happen out here when the rest of the city seems to have escaped with so little damage," Addabbo said after he surveyed the area from east to west on Saturday and Sunday.

Amid the growing controversy regarding the Beach 116 Street revitalization project, Walter Roberts, speaking as the "Chairman of the Ad Hoc Com mit tee for the Removal of the Poles From Beach 116 Street," dashed off a letter to Mayor Ed Koch. Roberts hopes that Koch will intercede and persuade LILCO to bury their lines instead of stringing them on utility poles.

30 Years Ago...

The Far Rockaway office of the Na tion al Bank of America is still celebrating the opening last week of its new office in the Far Rockaway shopping plaza on Mott Avenue. It is getting a lot of help from local residents who are opening new accounts and taking home some attractive gifts, depending on the categories of their accounts.

Author and humorist Sam Levenson, of Neponsit, will receive one of the three 1974 Archbishop Thomas A. Boland awards for Outstanding Achievements in the field of communications, it has been announced by the Archdiocese of Newark.

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General, will speak at J.H.S. 180, Beach Channel Drive and Beach 104 Street. The question raised is concerned with one of the burning issues of the day, the House investigation into the Impeachment of the President.

U.S. Congressman Frank J. Brasco has announced that, as a service to his constituents, he will make available consumer informational pamphlets. These educational booklets are free of charge.

40 Years Ago...

The Rockaway Beach office of the Chase Manhattan Bank begins to look as if it had been blitzed because of the sewer and utilities trench that had been dug close to the building to care for the needs of the Dayton Beach apart ment development.

Leon Schneider deplores some of the personalities that are being injected into the local democratic primary campaign. He says that his campaign for the State Senate nomination will be waged strictly on the issues.

Maybe, as they say, you can’t beat the horses. Still, one local businessman says that every time he leaves his shop to go to the track, the store gets busy. Well, you make it one way or another.

The painting representing four chaplains of different faiths who chose to give their life jackets to crew members and go down with the U.S.S. Dor ches ter, which is being displayed at St. Francis de Sales Church is the subject of much favorable comment in the west end.

50 Years Ago...

A decision on the proposed G-1 Zone in Belle Harbor is expected today as representatives of both the Belle Harbor Property Owner’s Association and the Rockaway Civic Club attended the Board of Estimate meeting today in City Hall.

The NYPD Emergency Service Squad 20, heretofore housed in the 100 Pre cinct and serving all of the Rockaways, has been disbanded, the police department announced last week.

The Rockaway Rotary Club has presented $250 to the Blood Bank of
the Rockaway Beach Hospital to be used for indigent patients who are unable to obtain blood from relatives or friends.

Traffic lights for Beach 36, 37 and 38 Streets to insure safety for children attending Public School 106 who use those intersections, were advocated this week by City Councilman Eric J. Treulich in a resolution to the City Council.

Rockaway will have Little League baseball this summer. B’nai B’rith received the charter it applied for to offer local youngsters a shot at league play.

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