2004-10-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

First Church of God, 14-25 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, will celebrate its 75th anniversary from Wednesday, October 24, through Sunday, November 4.

Do you want a complete Halloween – with scary movies, a haunted house, horse-drawn hayrides, and a costume contest? If you do, the place for you on Halloween night is Gateway National Recreation Area’s Breezy Point District’s Fort Tilden.

Hagar and Hammer (Transit Police Detectives Richard Farnworth and Robert DuBrino) clung to the elevated railroad structure in the area of Beach 58 Street last Friday as a woman trying to commit suicide by plunging to Rockaway Freeway tried also to drag the detectives with her.

“I am vehemently opposed to the proposal to close 13 stations on the Independent Line from midnight to 6 a.m.!” City Councilman Walter Ward told Sidney Schwartz, Inspector General of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes with no uncertain words.

30 Years Ago...

Edward D. Desborough, the Republican candidate for Congress has accepted invitations to speak at a candidates’ night at the Hartman Y and at a symposium at Hebrew Institute of Long Island in Far Rockaway.

The United Societies of St. Camillus Church honored their pastor, Rev. James J. McGovern, with a testimonial dinner-dance on the occasion of his 40th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood on October 12.

Rubi Roth, well known Belle Harbor artist and teacher, has been elected a resident artist of the Salmagundi Club at 47 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. The club, in existence for more than 100 years and dedicated to the arts, asked Roth to send in a painting to be placed in ongoing exhibitions in the lounge area.

The 10th Anniversary year of the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA began officially Sunday, October 13, with a commencement breakfast at which Hartman Y week was proclaimed in Queens and its 10 years of service cited by the city.

40 Years Ago...

Not all property owners in the Edgemere-Arverne-Hammel Urban Renewal Areas are resigned to losing their holdings. There is intent interest among some owners who want to know right now if their buildings, which they believe to be good ones, will be allowed to remain.

Joe Fitzgerald of Rockaway Park did so well at getting residents of nursing homes in this locality to apply for absentee ballots that the Democrats have given him that job on a statewide basis.

Congressman Emanuel Celler will be here to dedicate the Rockaway Beach Post Office on the Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 91 Street. There aren’t too many people around these days who can remember when that station was called Oceanus.

In the storm that has kicked up over the lack of a registration board in the Dayton Beach Park apartments, it has been mentioned that some people had to travel almost half a mile to register. There was a time when locals hitched up old Dobbin and traveled all the way to Hempstead.

50 Years Ago...

A crowd of 3,000 fans looking for a big John Adams win Saturday at the president’s home field was disappointed by the Far Rockaway football machine when the Sea Horses trounced Adams 19-6 and stretched their two-year winning streak to 12 games. Sea Horses Richie Knott, Morris Riley, Archie Fitzgerald, Pete Andriakos, and Larry Rosenthal gave standout performances in the game.

The proposed 1955 Capital Outlay Budget, prepared by the City Planning Commission, includes $25,235,400 for the completion of the Rockaway extension of the city transit system. The Rockaway line will connect with the Fulton Street line at Liberty Avenue. Contracts have been let for the construction of ramps to convey the trains from the Rockaway Division to the elevated tracks and in turn to connect with the IND subway to Manhattan and Brooklyn.

American Bridge Company’s workers began bolting pre-fabricated steel beams in place as the first section of the elevated railroad structure took shape this week. The structure will connect the existing Long Island Rail Road tracks to the new trestle crossing the bay, which is also under construction.

The Frank Avenue Civic Association will oppose a low-cost housing project on the Jamaica Bayfront between Somerville and Conch Basins as proposed by the Mayor’s Committee on Slum Clearance, it was made clear at a meeting of the association in the St. Gertrude’s Church auditorium.

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