2004-07-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

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Years Ago...

Helen Leonescu Promenade, from Beach 9 Street to Beach 19 Street, will be dedicated on Wednesday, July 25 just before the beginning of a George Seuffert Band concert on the boardwalk.

Summer, the way it is often remembered, returned to Rockaway last weekend. Droves packed the beaches as temperatures climbed. They packed the trains until there was hardly any place to stand, clogged the roads and bridges and took every last parking spot – legal or otherwise.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s South Shore Division is coping with a strike that began last week with non-medical employees but now includes a number of nurses.

The Rockaway Local Development Corporation is moving. LDC President Margaret Swezey and Executive Director Deborah H. Friedman announced said the new address will be 114-12 Beach Channel Drive.

Four out of five people who were swimming in the ocean at Beach 83 Street were helped safely to shore by lifeguards after an unusually large wave came in and swept them under the surf last weekend.

Noel Kingston, Dermot O’Brien, Glen Curtin, the Clubmen, Mickey Carton, the Emeralds, Mary Connolly and the Blarney Boys, the Glensmen, Celtic Flavor and the Gerry Hughes Band and Pat Roper will be among the entertainers at the third annual Rockaway Irish Festival between Beach 108 and 109 Streets next weekend.

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Years Ago...

A union-related hassle has picketers out in force at the construction site of a new restaurant on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive. They have been protesting for the last two weeks.

Work is progressing on the transformation of the Gem Theatre on Mott Avenue into a rifle and pistol range for the Rockaway Rifle Club.

There has been no announcement of the details, but it is reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has come up with a new method of protecting beaches from erosion.

Close friends of Congressman Frank J. Brasco say he feels confident of exhoneration by the court in the trial now being concluded in which he is accused of bribery. The prosecution has concluded its case and the defense side should be completed by the middle of this week.

The Traffic Department was looking favorably at the proposal to expand the municipal parking field on Beach 116 Street by blacktopping an area in the rear of the existing field.

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Years Ago...

Nathan Diuglatz was one of the last to visit The Wave’s pressroom before it moved last week. He had cleaned windows there for more than a half-century. "Rockaway has gone to the dogs," Diuglatz said.

Mrs. Lena Calman, who has spent most of her life in Rockaway, turned 90 years old this week. Her father, Moritz Langensen, was one of the first wine and liquor dealers in the Rockaways.

There was sadness in the Rockaway Beach post office last week when a cat, which frequented the office for some time, disappeared. The office personnel believe it was displaced when its former home somewhere else was torn down.

Retired railroader Emanuel Prince was a recent visitor to Rockaway Beach. His garden at his former residence on Beach 87 Street was a local showcase for years. The new residents on that property will not be able to continue in Prince’s tradition, however, they’ll be apartment dwellers in Dayton Beach Park.

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Years Ago...

Frank Gelber of Belle Harbor has taken over the management of the Glen Theater in Far Rockaway.

Property owners are still investing to keep properties in the Hammels area in top condition despite word that the city will erect projects between Beach 73 Street and Beach 90 Street.

"The End of Civilization As We Know It" is the summation given by those who have seen the new civilian film, which will be shown for four nights in Rockaway next week. The film is an official documentary of the Atomic Energy Commission and shows the explosion of H-bombs in the Pacific Area.

The value of fireworks at Rockaway Beach every Wednesday night is best illustrated by the hundreds of telephone calls received at the offices of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways on a fireworks night when the weather is inclement.

A large gathering of Legionnaires and friends witnessed the installation of officers at the Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272, Saturday night in the clubhouse.


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