2004-05-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

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Years Ago...

Rockaway’s Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo to ensure that the Long Island Lighting Company does not leave this peninsula. "The community, now on the verge of a major announcement on the potential development of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, cannot afford the luxury of Con Edison and its exorbitant rate structure," states a spokesperson for the chamber.

Firefighters from Beach 116 Street who came to the "haunted house" in Rockaway’s Playland in Rockaway Beach this week were reportedly "scared" when they discovered exposed electrical wire. "It needs tape. It needs something on it," Lieutenant William Kulich of Engine Company 268 said.

A lost family pet, kicked out of a car by a brazen thief who stole the auto from in front of a commercial strip in Howard Beach, is safe at home. Mitzi, a dog who belongs to a Broad Channel family, was found in West Hamilton Beach.

Police are still trying to figure out whose body was found in April inside an empty, sealed bungalow on Beach 14 Street, Far Rockaway, after the building was destroyed by fire.

More than 180 people enjoyed folk songs, original compositions and even a love song when Sonny Ochs brought the Hudson River Sloop Singers to the First Congregational Church in Rockaway Beach.

William McLaughlin, a former commander of the American Legion’s Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272 in Rockaway Beach, serving as department commander, is "coming home." The 30-year Legionnaire will be honored for his unswerving devotion.

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Years Ago...

Subway riders encountered delays on two days this week because of scheduled repairs to the roadbed on the Rockaway line. Work will continue on weekends this month with the exception of Memorial Day, and continue until July 1.

The State’s Deputy Attorney General Sheldon Rosenblatt, of Far Rockaway, attended his first local public function since assuming the office last week. He was one of the distinguished guests Monday morning at the ribbon cutting ceremony when the First National City Bank opened its newest branch, in Rockaway Park.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce will make an inspection of the 63 Street transit tunnel, that one of these days, will provide Rockaway with direct service through Queens to Manhattan.

State Senator Jacob Javits doesn’t believe the tapes given to the House Judiciary Committee by President Nixon exonerates the president as White House spokesmen claims.

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Years Ago...

The former banking office on the boulevard at the corner of Beach 80 Street, which was subsequently the Taus real estate and insurance office and then the Galsband hardware store, is now the home of the Damascus Christian Church.

References to the famous New York Nationals made some memories turn back to the early days of basketball here. The kids used barrel hoops nailed to the trunk of a cedar tree in a sandlot for practice. A favored few even got to use the emptied swimming pool of Eldert’s Baths for a basketball court during the winter.

When tenants move next month into the first of the Dayton cooperative apartments at least one of them will be a Republican. He’s Sam Selkowitz, who has arranged for an oceanfront apartment on one of the upper floors.

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Years Ago...

A bronze plaque to serve as a permanent tribute to the servicemen and women of Edgemere will be dedicated by the Edgemere Civic Association during an upcoming ceremony. The plaque will be located at Edgemere Avenue and Beach 33 Street.

Recreational facilities for teen-agers with sufficient trained personnel to supervise their activities would be the greatest contributing factor in reducing juvenile delinquency in the Rockaways, members of the newly formed Council on Community Youth Problems agreed at a meeting Monday night in the 100 Precinct stationhouse.

Revised plans for the Arverne-Hammel slum clerance projects and for a new proposal for a project in Mott Basin, north of the Rockaway airport, were revealed by City Construction Coordinator Robert Moses, chairman of the mayor’s Committee on Slum Clearance last week. There is some controversy about those projects/

It will be a great day for the Irish and for the Ancient Order of Hibernians when Division 21 of Rockaway Beach and Division 5 of Far Rockaway enjoy a joint Communion Breakfast in the Harbor Restaurant, located on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive.


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