2005-03-04 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Mounted horse units, bands, bagpipers, Irish societies, civic organizations and political leaders are all scheduled to be part of the 8 th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Rockaways. This year’s parade is the largest ever in its history, with over 40 units participating, reports Anne O’Malley, vice chairman.

A meeting arranged by Councilman Walter Ward with William Cooper, president and Martin Gottleib, vice president of Green Bus Lines, Inc. at their office was to discuss the 48 new General Motors buses Green Bus Lines will be receiving starting in May.

World-renowned Vienna Boys Choir will perform a one night only concert held at Beach Channel High School. This concert is the first in a series sponsored by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council.

Carol Bellamy, president of the City Council, will be the guest speaker at the March luncheon of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. Bellamy is an announced candidate for the Mayor’s office now held by Ed Koch. As City Council president, and a member of the Board of Estimate, Bellamy’s special areas of concern include regional mass transportation, city finances and social services.

Just as the Rockaways, and Wave editor, Anne O’Malley, geared up for the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an urgent request was received via telephone from Dublin, Ireland. A public relations person called the Wave office to ask O’Malley if she could possibly obtain a couple of tickets for the bleachers for the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Having exhausted nearly all resources, the flak had contacted Mayor Edward Koch’s office here in New York, where he was given the telephone number to The Wave and told to speak to O’Malley. The tickets are needed for two visiting chief executives from one of the leading agricultural cooperatives in Dublin. O’Malley stated she would pass it on to the necessary committee.

30 Years Ago...

Fencing of empty lots in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area is being undertaken to prevent illegal dumping of garbage and refuse.

As part of the world-wide observance of the American Legion’s 56 anniversary, Far Rockaway Post No. 423 is having a special birthday party celebration March 15 at post headquarters, Commander Lenden L. McGuire announced.

Alternate side of the street parking signs are being put up in Rockaway Beach at the requests of residents who believe that it will be cleaner.

The American-Irish Society held its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance in the newly decorated hall at One Shamrock Drive, Rockaway Beach.

Years Ago...

40 Bill McShane, former Rockawayite and member of The Wave’s staff, now with the Queensborough Chamber of Commerce, was here looking over the changes being made in the community and he thinks they are good.

That house on Healy Avenue with the brilliantly lighted exterior belongs to Dick Groger. Of course he’s an electrician, a tradesman who lives up to his calling.

It has been a long time since Bayswater has seen as many cops as were on hand two weeks ago keeping watch over cars parked near Far Rockaway High School where David Gordon was installed as principal.

Instead of complaining about the taste of our doctored-up water, perhaps we should look into the possibility of sinking wells here for out water supply. Such wells furnished excellent water before city water replaced that which was supplied by the Long Island Water Corporation.

50 Years Ago...

Members of the Rockaway Park Businessman’s Association will direct their attention principally to the matter of parking meters in the business section when the association meets at Maher’s Hotel. Meanwhile, a committee is to meet with traffic officials to obtain the latest information on the subject.

Construction of rapid transit to the Rockaways is ahead of schedule. A spokesman for the Transit Authority told The Wave early this week that present plans call for the operation of trains between the Rockaways and Manhattan sometime in the summer of 1956.

The Federal government’s Housing and Home Finance 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 of urban renewal.

Albert E. Turpin, prominent amusement and real estate operator here since World War I, died at the age of 73 following a long illness at his home, 168 Beach 99 Street.

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