2005-05-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago... Plaques listing men from Rockaway who were killed in action on Korea and Vietnam will be dedicated and affixed to the pedestal of the Doughboy Monument at Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, during ceremonies on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day 1985).

Yes, parade and picnic, and get together with friends and enjoy your day off on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day 1985) but fly your American flag. Remember the millions of men and women who have sacrificed their lives for us in war, the men and women who fought bravely so we can live free.

Prince-Wynn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 260 will hold its annual outdoor memorial service on Sunday at Veterans’ Memorial Park Cross Bay Boulevard and Fifth Road, Broad Channel. The parade, which usually precedes this service, has been cancelled because with the sewer construction underway in Broad Channel streets normally used for marching are not available.

St. Gertrude’s R.C. Church at 336 Beach 38 Street, Edgemere, is struggling for survival. This point is made as for the 10th consecutive year the St. Gertrude’s “Operation Survival” Committee prepares for a dinner dance – set this time for Saturday, June 15.

Congregants of St. John Baptist Church at Beach 74 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard will observe “the birth of the church” on Sunday with a special Pentecostal Sunrise Service at 7 p.m. Reverend Wade Richmond is asking young people to attend.30 Years Ago... Editor’s Note: The Internal Revenue Service seized The Wave’s property just as the May 8, 1975 issue was about to go to press, which caused a four-week suspension in publication. The Wave’s publisher and editor at that time was Hubert. D. Murray. See this space in our June 3, 2005 issue for the June 5, 1975 editorial that addressed this turbulent time in the paper’s history.40 Years Ago... Just when Rockaway Park stores along the boulevard were getting back to normal following the sewer construction, new holes are being made in the street as the Long Island Lighting Company makes repairs to leaking gas mains.

Yes, Milton, Rockaway did have a 15-cent fare once. It was years ago when the BMT used to run trains between Rockaway Park and Park Row in the summer. The fare was 15 cents, but the subway fare at that time was only a nickel.

There’s lots of activity these days at the Brooklyn Day Camp, opposite The Wave’s new home, where parents are just getting under the wire to enroll their children. The camp is that full this year.

Some of the irate West Enders who were after Police Captain Harry Berkowitz’s scalp last week have changed their tune. They know now that the Traffic Department, not the local cops, put those parking regulations into effect without advance notice. Wonder if traffic will send its mail here for Captain Harry to answer.

In case you have wondered, the two tall, white poles, west of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, are used in the transmission of ship-to-shore telephone messages.

It begins to look as though half the West End will travel to New Jersey this weekend to attend the B’nai B’rith testimonial to Morris Caines and see Ben Wolovnick honored as Equality Lodge’s “man of the year.”

Taking a page from the book of St. Francis de Sales Church, the Broad Channel American Legion Post has dedicated a memorial to the famous Four Chaplains. There’s been one at the Belle Harbor church for several years.

The Memorial Day weekend is coming up. Be sure your American flag is ready for display.50 Years Ago... Rockaway needs a place where children can ride bicycles, according to mothers who complain their youngsters take their lives in their hands ever time they go bike riding.

A suggestion that the site of the Neponsit Hospital be broken up into building lots and sold by the city as further development of the West End has been advanced by Fred Springer, Rockaway Park realtor. Meanwhile, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans groups are still interested in seeing the Veterans Administration take over the hospital buildings to convert it into a veterans hospital.

Typical of the spirit of brotherhood for which Rockaway has always been known is the fact that believers in other faiths are pitching in to help the Rockaway Council Knights of Columbus raise $25,000 for a new clubhouse. Jewish leaders joined their Catholic neighbors at the kickoff meeting marking the start of the campaign.

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