2005-07-29 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

All official discussion of proposed movement of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) to the Neponsit Home for the Aged was halted this week when both residents of the home and residents of the area took the city and its Health and Hospitals Corporation to court. The order to stop discussion came from the city’s corporation counsel. The first court action in the matter came in response to papers filed on behalf of home residents.

ew York Knickerbocker stars Ernie Grunfeld and Trent Tucker will be featured attractions at the fourth annual Rockaway Beach Family Day (Wednesday, August 7; rain date August 14) sponsored by the Queens Department of Parks and Recreation and the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

Harry McGuirk, Rockaway’s Irish radio broadcaster, is organizing a West of Ireland Music Festival and Fair set for Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, on the grounds of Beach Channel High School, 100-00 Beach Channel drive, Rockaway Beach, to help young people in economically depressed West of Ireland secure jobs.

They will be on a basketball court at Beach 17 street and Seagirt boulevard, Far Rockaway, at noon. They will put on a show for all who are there; give youngsters tips on how to play basketball, and participate in an autograph session. (Bring your pen, kid!)

Theatre-loving Rockawayites can take their pick this Saturday, August 3, of a Riverside Shakespeare Company performance of “Taming of the Shrew” (8 p.m. at Jacob Riis Park); an Our Studio Theater performance of Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” (9 p.m. in the Sam Levenson Theater on the campus of the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA, 1800 Seagirt boulevard, Far Rockaway) and other Vic Theater Company in “Prisoner of Second Avenue” (8:30 p.m. in Peninsula Library, 280 Central avenue, Lawrence).

30 Years Ago...

Many people played a part over a good many years in getting rid of the double fare on the Rockaway transit line. Jack Braunstein was the first to telephone the news to The Wave just as we were going to the press last Wednesday afternoon. He was followed closely by Councilman Walter Ward and Borough President Donald Manes.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways last week sponsored the first seiving contest ever held on the beach here. Areas of the beach were “salted” with coins of denominations ranging from a penny to a dollar, and the kids, some of who were equipped with seives, were told where to look. Some of the youngsters felt they had done real well.

Cross-Bay boulevard was the first highway crossing of Jamaica bay. The use of its causeway was free to motorists-until it could no longer adequately handle the traffic. Then it

became a toll road-10 cents per car, just until the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority had recovered the cost of rebuilding which apparently

it never did. Next was Marine Parkway bridge with a 10-cent toll. Then the toll was raised to 25 cents on both bridges. Now, we understand that both tolls with be raised to 50 cents. A lot

of people feel the toll has gone wild and a campaign of protest is being organized.

40 Years Ago...

Deputy Parks Superintendent Linden is a strict disciplinarian. It was reported that a lifeguard had been fired for talking with a girl for half an hour. “Half hour nothin’,” reported Linden. “He’d have been canned for talking five minutes. Lifeguards are paid to watch people, not talk to them.”

Some of the piles for the new vest pocket housing project at Beach 73 street have been driving right down out of sight. The area was reclaimed years ago when a basin of the bay was filled in.

Robert (Happy) Lindsay, who has long been parking supervisor at the former Far Rockaway station plaza, has been out of a job since last week when the plaza was closed as demolition of the plaza building got underway.

50 Years Ago...

Jean Caplan Fox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Caplan of 135-17 Boulevard, has successfully passed the examination for admission to the bar, she is the wife of Captain Fox, now in the Pacific.

Sergeant Robert M. Carnival of 4 Dashly court is now stationed in Germany awaiting transportation home.

Sergeant Helen Muir of the Women’s Army Corps, who has been spending a 20-day leave with her mother, Mrs. Catherine Muir of 95-15 Boulevard, will return to Mariana Air Field, Florida.

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