2005-02-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

The St. Patrick’s Day Committee reinforced their decision naming Dorothy Hayden Cudahy to serve as Grand Marshall, along with Martin Galvin, of the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade. After receiving word that the Fifth Avenue Parade Committee had refused to accept Mrs. Cudahy’s nomination as Grand Marshall for the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, because she is not a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Anne E. O’Malley, vice president of the Rockaway Committee, said, “New York City may not want Dorothy Hayden Cudahy, but The Rockaways do!”

Members from the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department had their hands full when two inches of rain brought us flooded basements, overflowing sewers and a crushed Con Edison electrical pole.

The race for New York City Council President, a post currently held by Carol Bellamy, is starting early and it is already making itself felt along the Rockaway Peninsula. According to Audrey Pheffer, Democratic District Leader in the 23 Assembly District Part A, Assemblyman Angelo DelToro, who recently announced his candidacy for the city’s second highest position will be the guest speaker at the Harry S. Truman Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways.

A contingent of Rockawayites is slated to travel to Washington, D.C. on February 20, as part of a massive lobbying event aimed at protesting the appearance of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher before a joint session of the United Sates Congress and Britain’s policy in Northern Ireland.

Arrangements are almost complete in which a selected number of visitors will be allowed to accompany Wave Publisher Leon S. Locke on a tour through Israel and Rome. The trip is slated to leave New York’s Kennedy Airport July 11 for 14 days in Israel and four days in Rome, before returning to the United States on July 28.

30 Years Ago...

The new Rockaway Park Senior Citizen’s Center will officially open on February 20 in its headquarters in the bingo hall opposite the movie house on Beach 116 Street.

The Redfern Baptist Church in Far Rockaway has pledged $500 to the building campaign of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, also in Far Rockaway. The Rev. H. Oliver Scott, Redfern’s pastor, said his congregation wanted to help St. Mary’s build a church to replace the landmark 100-year-old structure that was destroyed by fire February 16, 1974.

Bob Grant, WMCA’s leading personality, whose outspoken political commentaries have caused much controversy, will be speaking at the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA in Far Rockaway.

Airman Robert Smalls of Far Rockaway has graduated from the U.S. Air Force’s aircraft support equipment repairman course conducted by the Air Training Command at Chanute AFB, Illinois.

40 Years Ago...

Contractors are going to tunnel under the Chase Manhattan Bank building at Beach 84 Street to install underground utilities, instead of waiting for the building to be razed, in preparation for the construction of the Dayton Beach Park shopping center.

George Harvey of Belle Harbor was one of the irate motorists who were given traffic summonses for not noticing signs closing the boulevard to westbound traffic at Beach 108 Street. The motorists said the signs weren’t prominent enough.

Rockaway Park businessmen, who had dreaded having the boulevard torn up for sewer work, are finding some benefit from easier parking conditions while traffic on the street is confined to a single lane.

William Brust, a past chancellor of Rockaway Beach Knights of Pythias Lodge, will have dinner given in his honor by the lodge.

50 Years Ago...

Joseph Bornstein was chosen president of the Rockaway Park Businessman’s Association last week.

Mrs. Harold Roberts and Mrs. David Askin of Rockaway Park will attend the New York City Affairs Commission meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women today.

A surprise luncheon was arranged to honor Arthur F. Wendel, former manager of the Rockaway Park office of the Bank of Manhattan Company, Friday at the Park Inn Hotel with H.H. Weeks, vice president of the bank, William J. Blum and Fred Springer, co-chairmen of the businessmen’s association and Lester R. Mahoney attending.

Elaine Weisman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Weisman of 439 Beach 142 Street is present enrolled as a freshman at the University of Bridgeport Connecticut.

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