2004-07-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

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Years Ago...

"Good for Frohman!" That’s what people all over the Rockaways are saying as they applaud the 81-year-old Dr. Irving G. Frohman for shooting a fresh from jail 26-year-old who was allegedly trying to break into the doctor’s home office.

Police are continuing their search for a 16-year-old Arverne resident who was last seen on a "A" subway train back on December 10, 1983. The teenager is tall, weighs about 150 lbs and has brown hair and eyes.

Rockaway residents who are wondering what will become of the old L.H. Martin store, which closed earlier this year, will have their curiosity and their shopping urge satisfied at the end of the summer season. Word is that McCrory’s, a chain department store, is coming.

Can you help find out who stole Father Bracken’s flagpole? There’s a reward for information that will lead to an arrest and conviction. The flagpole in front of the home of the Very Rev. John Bracken, on Beach 133 Street, was the priest’s "pride and joy." It disappeared on July Fourth.

Police Officers from the 101 Precinct have been nominated for department recognition for apprehending a man who allegedly tried to force a 6-year-old boy to commit an oral sex act.

Now that there are proposals for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, let’s see if something can be done there before 20 more years go by.

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Years Ago...

Congressman Frank J. Brasco thinks it might be a good idea to extend Gateway National Park to include the public beach here. He is looking into that possibility which holds some promise, especially since the city does not seem to have the money to maintain the beach.

Deputy Secretary of State Sheldon Rosenblatt is turning the calendar back about 10 years as he completes arrangements for the breakfast at O’Connell American Legion Post’s clubhouse this Fourth of July morning at 9:30. It is to honor our servicemen listed as "missing in action" and it seems headed to success equal to the legislative breakfasts he used to arrange here a decade ago.

Plans are said to be in the making for construction of about 250 one and two-family houses near the bayfront in Arverne where there are large tracts of vacant land.

Bring back the Pony Express! It took four days for a properly addressed letter to reach The Wave office from Far Rockaway last week.

Air conditioner equipment was installed on the roof of the new diner-restaurant nearing completion on Beach Channel Drive between Beach 116 and 117 Streets.

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Years Ago...

Wednesday night fireworks have resumed so we know now that the summer season at Rockaway is fully underway.

During the American Legion parade a number of veterans who had marched in many such parades since World War I, watched from the sidewalk, content to let younger legs do the walking.

Jack Gillen, who was a fireman attached to Truck 121 when it was stationed next to The Wave office, and his wife, Mae, will observe their golden wedding anniversary with a special mass at St. Francis de Sales Church.

It’s good to know that the World’s Fair is going to pay off its indebtedness a year ahead of schedule. So many tickets are being offered at discount that organizations that purchased blocks of tickets are finding it difficult to dispose of them.

Now that the hot weather is here, shouldn’t we be talking about some arrangements to provide an ice skating rink, which could be used next winter?

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Years Ago...

A recent fireworks display was delayed by about an hour when the line connecting the tug and the barge broke.

Two Holland men were uninjured when they were dumped into Jamaica Bay when the small tugboat they were sailing capsized after towing the excursion steamer Liberty Belle from the dock at Beach 98 Street into the bay.

Heat and humidity brought about 1,000,000 visitors to the Rockaways on Sunday – that’s the highest number so far this year, according to police and Chamber of Commerce estimates. About 100,000 people flocked to Riis Park.

Queens County Legionnaires opened their two-day convention with a monster parade featuring 12 military bands and 5,000 marchers as they trooped down the boulevard from Beach 116 Street to Beach 95 Street. Hundreds also lined the parade route.


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