2005-06-17 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Ten men and women went from Rockaway to city hall to demonstrate for continuing training on paid time for personnel of the Emergency Medical Service. Training and retraining is required for EMS personnel to retain their positions, and take responsibility for situations where life could hang in the balance.

New York City’s “good” new budget includes $300,000 to design a library for Broad Channel. This library, says City Councilman Walter Ward (who described the budget as “good”) will be a portable, prefabricated unit set up in the vicinity of East 16 Road.

Beach Channel High School students from the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach appear to be overwhelmingly ready to disagree with Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci when he says most high school students favor using undercover police officers to find narcotics and narcotics dealing and use in schools.

Delaney Management Co. Inc., a reinsurance brokerage, and underwriting and management organization, has purchased the courthouse at Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Beach, for approximately $30,000 and will move its “back office” mainly a computerized operation to Rockaway Beach, after overhauling the courthouse and constructing a parking facility across the street (work that is expected to cost about $2 million dollars), bringing the peninsula 75 jobs. The sale of the courthouse was revealed by New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch and others.

30 Years Ago...

Long lines of passengers, waiting to board the Woodside bus at Beach 116 Street, block entrances to stores from the subway terminal to Rockaway Beach Boulevard. MTA boss William Ronan ought to see it for himself and discover the revenue possibilities that could stem from a subway route from Rockaway to Woodside utilizing the former Long Island Rail Road right of way through Queens.

The Jamaica Bay shore in the Rockaways used to yield a great harvest of clams, oysters and worms used as bait for fishing. Natives were called “clam-diggers” and there were none better. They dug soft clams three and four inches long, which at the turn of the century sold at a dollar a bushel. Free lunch in the saloons often featured free clams.

Guy Lombardo raced one of his Tempo craft in Jamaica Bay before several thousand persons assembled at the start/finish line in front of the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. Perhaps the Chamber of Commerce should have included the boat races in its 50th anniversary celebration this year.

This evening Walter J. Blum becomes the first member of the Rockaway Rotary Club to be honored with the presidency a second time. The big annual installation dinner and dance will be held at the Washington Hotel.

40 Years Ago...

The First Congregational Church is having a well sunk to obtain water for its spacious lawn, which long has been one of the local showplaces, in order to preserve it during the current drought.

It’s good to know that the Rockaway fireworks program will continue this year during July and August. Some concern had been felt that fireworks might be banned anywhere in the city. The Wednesday night program is an attraction that would be missed.

The way the mayorality race shapes up at present may require Queens Democrats to make a choice between Deputy Mayor Paul Screvane and District Attorney Frank O’Connor in the favorite son contest.

Kennedy’s restaurant at Rockaway Point is reported to be doing well under the new ownership of Frank L. Gallagher Jr. of Belle Harbor.

For the benefit of our correspondents: Police have been alerted to the store that is said to have been selling beer to underage teeners.50 Years Ago...

Miss Isabela Schmeelk, superintendent of the First Congregational Church Sunday school, was awarded a scroll at the church Sunday morning in recognition of her work with the Sunday school for the past 40 years.

Sgt. Francis J. Hallahan was promoted to lieutenant and Detective Howard H. Greenwald was promoted to sergeant in exercises held at Police Headquarters in Manhattan. Both men are assigned to the 101 Precinct.

William P. Fitzpatrick of Beach 128 Street received his Masters in Civil Engineering at the New York University. He has been awarded a scholarship, with which he hopes to obtain another degree in electronics.

The Rev. John F. Murphy, pastor of St. Gertrude’s Church in Edgemere, was appointed pastor of St. Camillus Church, Beach 100 Street and the boulevard, effective this week.

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