2005-02-18 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Posters for Miss Subway are gone and so are the thatched straw seats, but otherwise the New York City Transit Authority’s rehabilitated R-10 subway cars look much as they did in 1948, when they were brand new. Eight of the recently rehabbed cars, painted dark green with a silver roof, went into service yesterday on the IND’s CC line, which runs from the Bronx, through Manhattan, Brooklyn, South Queens and into the Rockaways.

New York City Transit Authority suffered through two more fires this week, involving a northbound A train and a CC shuttle train. The A train fire was extinguished in the Rockaway Park station by a Transit Car Maintenance crew. It is not considered suspicious. The second fire was spotted on the CC train at the Broad Channel station. The train was moved to Howard Beach – to make firefighting efforts easier – and the flames were out in about an hour.

This past Saturday, the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department held its 78th anniversary/installation dance in the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel. Approximately 250 people were in attendance.

Addressing a joint session of Congress on February 20, England’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher attempted to explain England’s position on Northern Ireland. She concluded her speech imploring the American people to stop supporting the Irish in Northern Ireland, who are in opposition to her policies.

Residents, educators and public officials presented their proposal for a library in Broad Channel to Borough President Donald Manes at a meeting held in his office.

30 Years Ago...

The Marjorie Joan Saffran Memorial Library at Far Rockaway High School was dedicated on February 28, 1950.

Rockaways’ Playland begins its 47th season on Sunday. Playland, New York City’s oldest established amusement park, will open every Saturday and Sunday through March from 1 p.m. until dusk, weather permitting.

Six students from Stella Maris High School were named “Outstanding Teenagers of America for 1975.” They include Catherine Mary Quinlan, Catherine Spina, Hannah Catherine Hennelly, Mary Theresa Murphy, Julie Ann Keany and Josephine Patricia Sammon.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway, whose historic church was destroyed by fire February 16, 1974, has raised $450,000 towards the $750,000 goal for a new church.

Nearly 500 senior citizens, celebrities, politicians and representatives of educational and civic groups joined in the festivities when the Rockaway Park Senior Center, 197 Beach 116 Street, was officially opened.

Police of the 104 Precinct last week credited Mrs. Marilyn Ginsberg of Far Rockaway with saving the lives of three people trapped in a fire at 60-13 Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood.

40 Years Ago...

West End residents would like to see more men put to work on rebuilding the bulkhead along Beach Channel Drive. There are complaints that the job is moving too slowly.

It is not true that Jamaica Bay is to be filled in for the Edgemere Housing development. Just part of the bay will be filled in, extending off shore in Edgemere, as far as the projected line of Norton Avenue.

One of The Wave’s readers has written a letter complaining that a local group is holding a theater party out of the community, when it could easily be done in its own neighborhood. Just when we were beginning to think that nobody cared about home trade anymore.

Commander Bill Weiner of A. Joseph Geist Barracks, World War I Veterans, has launched a membership campaign. He has a big field to plough; the local barracks is the only one in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The Rev. William Burke still comes from Brooklyn every weekend to practice with the St. Camillus bands. Now they’re preparing for the annual St. Patrick’s Day trek up Fifth Avenue.

50 Years Ago...

The Federal Government’s Housing and Home Financing Agency will make its decision on a site-study in the Arverne-Hammel area in about four weeks, according to Charles J. Horan, regional director for urban renewal.

Among the new residents of Hammel Houses are the Rev. and Mrs. S. Mason.

Larry Brick, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Brick of the House of Brick, a student at Horace Mann Prep School in Riverdale, New York, has set a record for the 100-yard freestyle swimming.

Borough President James A. Lundy will install officers of the Rockaway Civic Club Monday night.

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