2005-07-22 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Tams Concessions (Northern Friend Chicken), in whose office at 185 Beach 95 Street, Rockaway Beach, Regina Carter, 22, was murdered on July 15, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the murder.

Festivities of Rockaway Family Day (Wednesday, August 7) will end with a huge fireworks display on the beach at Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park.

These fireworks will follow a concert in Beach 116 street by the George Seuffert Band set to start around 7 p.m.

This weekend, the fourth Rockaway Irish Festival will prove there’s a bit of Irish spirit in everyone; and Grand Marshall Mayor Edward I. Koch will help with the proof. That’s what one report about the festival that will fill Rockaway Beach drive (old Rockaway Beach Boulevard) from Beach 108 Street to Beach 109 Street, Rockaway Park, this Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, promises.

Furor at the city for even planning to move AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) patients to the Neponsit Home for the Aged is rising so fast its impossible to keep track of everyone expressing anger and/or fear.

Three major Rockaway civic organizations are spurring a massive letter-writing campaign.

Making headlines both in the daily papers and on television is the question of the parking restrictions on the west end of the peninsulal. “Why were these people given a private beach,” is the question being asked by everybody outside the community.

30 Years Ago...

Handicapped, homeless and under privileged children will attend the annual outing sponsored this year on August 8 by Walter Kaner. Playland is providing free rides during the afternoon and Long Island Lighting Company will supply the refreshments. Raindate is August 15.

Members of Trinity-St. John’s Episcopal Church of Hewlett are pleased with the recent successful merger of the two churches which communicants attend in large numbers at regular services.

This talk about the subway fare going to 50 cents has local commuters figuring. At double fare, that would make a round trip to the city cost two dollars. The Long Island Rail Road may yet turn out to be the cheapest way to commute to the city.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways will bury coins, ranging from a penny to a dollar, at specified locations on the beach and let small boys and girls have the fun of hunting for fun. They will keep whatever they find. Date and time will be announced. It’s all part of the chamber’s golden anniversary celebration.

40 Years Ago...

The deteriorating steel bulkhead along the bayfront in Rockaway Park is causing concern to property owners on the north side of Beach Channel drive. Such bulkheading today costs about $100 a foot.

Danny Young, proprietor of the Chou Kong Chinese restaurant on Beach 116 street, thinks Rockaway is a great place. He says business is improving constantly and he is thinking seriously of making his permanent home here.

Now some Democrats claim that Milton Jacobowitz ran out on the Peninsula Democratic club when he endorsed the Beame ticket in the primary. The local party leader says he is just reassessed the situation.

When construction started last week at Beach 108 Street between the Boulevard and the Freeway, word quickly spread that the Surfside shopping center had been started. Then it was learned that the work is in preparation for a new parking lot.

Borough President Mario Cariello spent a few days at his summer home in Neponsit last week nursing a sore throat, but he was well enough to attend the Knights of Columbus Masonic rally at the World’s Fair last Saturday and to say a few words to the big gathering.

50 Years Ago...

Dorsey F. Short, associate editor of The Wave, is currently on a two-week vacation in the Catskills.

Mrs. James Bulloch and children of Beach 125 Street visited friends in Port Jefferson last Wednesday.

August Bellon, Inc., 72-11 Amstel boulevard, has received orders to supply fabricated steel for two contracts recently awarded in connection with preparation of the former Long Island Rail Road’s Rockaway division for integration into the New York subway system.

Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson who made his ring debut while a local resident, won a unanimous decision over former world champion, Ezzerd Charles.

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