2005-06-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Three band-new buses were sent to Rockaway for use on Green Bus Lines routes. The announcement that these buses, inspected and approved by both New York State and New York City, and licensed by Green Bus Lines, were aimed at serving Rockaway was made through the office of City Councilman Walter Ward.

Stanley Parker of Dayton Towers East in Rockaway Beach reportedly caught a robber after chasing him for blocks through Brownsville, Brooklyn. Parker, a sanitation worker, reportedly was driving a litter patrol wagon at about 6:50 a.m. when he saw a man rip a bag from a woman’s arm as she was making her way to an IRT subway station in Livonia Avenue.

Anthony Nardi of Arverne will be installed as commander of the Queens County American Legion. This installation, the 63rd annual one for the borough organization that represents 43 American Legion posts in Queens, will take place in Bayside. Nardi is a past commander of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272 American Legion.

Councilman Walter Ward will be the guest of honor at the 17th annual dinner-dance of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Boulevard, Queens Village.

30 Years Ago...

Thanks to the New York Times for recalling that the Rockaway Beach Hotel, which expanded from what is now Beach 112 Street to Beach 116 Street, never was opened. Several buildings in Rockaway Park were built with bricks reclaimed from its chimneys when it was razed in 1884. The Times articles dealt with “Notes,” a tiny publication of the Municipal Reference Library, which was suspended during the Lindsay administration, but revived through the efforts of Judah Gribetz of Belle Harbor, who was a deputy mayor before becoming council to Governor Carey.

Another weekend was well-scrubbed by the weatherman who dealt us plenty of clouds and fog. There was no rain, but Saturday and Sunday were just not beach days.

Bill and Mavis Bulloch’s Dock at the foot of Beach 116 Street again is a favorite rendezvous for boat lovers and others who enjoy watching the changing scene on Jamaica Bay.

The new carousel on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at the corner of Beach 98 Street, opposite Martin’s Corner, is now in daily operation.

To some people the sight of Beach Channel Drive being flooded in the vicinity of Beach 70 Street, due to a burst water main, was a novelty. Older heads remember that part of the drive (it was called Amstel Boulevard in those days) was a canal connecting Vernam and Somerville Basins.

40 Years Ago...

Surfside Park’s third apartment building is now up to its fourth floor. The new Surfside shopping center is expected to be ready by the time the third building is completed.

Critics of the swimming pool at Dayton Beach Park have been reminded that the pool was filled before such use of water was banned by the Water Department; also that the water in the pool is re-circulated.

If there is a contest for the cleanest public beach, one that would run near the top of the field is O’Donohue Park. It’s spotless. Or, it was last weekend when the Beachcomber was there.

There are many youngsters in the Rockaways who have never had a ride on a railroad train. Some Far Rockaway High School students, on a recent outing to the World’s Fair via LIRR, were amazed to see the train crew punch and collect tickets.

Motorists had to go around numerous times before they could find a parking place on Beach 116 Street last Saturday afternoon. One businessman commented, “They’re coming down by the millions today.” That’s how it looked.

50 Years Ago...

The Rev. Henry Childs Jr., pastor of the First Congregational Church, observed his birthday on June 18 with members of the immediate family.

Oscar Sandholm of Arverne and his daughter, Julia, of Beach 75 Street, have returned from a weekend visit with Mr. Sandholm’s niece and her huband in Candlewood Isle Lake.

Parishioners of St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor turned out en masse to pay their respects to the Rev. Joseph A. Grogan, head of the Catholic Youth Organization, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his ordination of the priesthood. The colorful affair was held Sunday night in the parish auditorium. The crowd was so large that it extended into the street.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Romas of Beach 90 Street observed their second wedding anniversary on June 14 in their home.

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