2005-09-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Medical experts clashed this week as Community School Board 27 continued its opposition to allowing AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) victims in public schools in Queens Supreme Court.

Rockaway’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee kicked off fundraising this week. The committee met Tuesday at the Irish Circle, a pub at Beach 102 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and revealed that plans this year include a fall Sunday afternoon concert featuring Irish comedian Hal Roach with Richie O’Shea and Dermot Henry also performing.

Far Rockaway residents meeting city and federal poverty guidelines will be entitled to “emergency food” for their children at the Rockaway Community Multi-Service Center on Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway. The program is designed to meet the nutritional needs of children aged infant to 12 years old.

Six-year-old Peter Springer will spend his birthday, September 30, in the hospital, but thankful that he is much better than he was at the beginning of the month. Hospital reports now list his condition as stable. Peter was struck by an automobile about 6:30 p.m. on August 30 while riding his bicycle.30 Years Ago...

The Federal Aviation Administration will begin public hearings in four cities to get public comments for development of a national airport noise policy.

Mayor Beame reported this week that the city has received a federal allocation of $1.3 Million for the first phase of the revitalization program for the Central Avenue shopping area in Far Rockaway.

The PSAL has granted Beach Channel High School’s football club unofficial varsity status this year with full varsity status to be achieved in 1976.

The United Choral Society is in rehearsal for its January 1976 concert which will celebrate the Bicentennial, but there are still openings for singers in all sections.

Plans of a realty firm to winterize 16 summer bungalows in Rockaway Beach and convert them to year-round occupancy drew a protest from the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, which declared that it would lead to the deterioration of the neighborhood.

The U.S. Postal Service is implementing its plan to upgrade first class mail service so that it will be equal to or better than airmail, according to Sidney Schorr, postmaster, Far Rocaway.40 Years Ago...

Some of the local Democratic clubhouse boys still can’t believe what happened to them in last week’s primaries when Abe Beame’s team won instead of the team of Paul Screvane.

Two former presidents of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways are soon to move their offices to Cedarhurst. They are Harris M. Chasanoff and George A. Ward.

People who are quick to lay up their boats for the winter may regret it. Some of the best fishing of the year should be during the next few weeks.

Anyone who was curious about the fire apparatus at the Seaside screening plant a few weeks ago will be interested to know that pumping tests were being made with water from the bay and the plant’s tall structures made a good place for a ladder drill.

Excavation for the new business block at the corner of Mott and Central Avenues comes smack up against the National Bank of Far Rockaway’s building to the amazement of many people.

Vacant lots are being built up so that even a dog’s life is not what it used to be. At any rate they can still make use of fire hydrants.50 Years Ago...

Harvey Frem returned on Monday to his home in Belle Harbor from a two-week business trip through the middle west.

Anne Marie Wilson of 228 Beach 81 Street, who was awarded a scholarship by Queens County, started training last week in the Brooklyn Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Manny Isaacs returned recently to their home in Rockaway Park from a visit to their daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Edward Byrnes and their daughter, Susan, at Jeanette, Pennsylvania.

After two weeks in the middle western states, Cecelia Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Young of Beach 127 Street has returned and is now at the Flower Medical School where she is studying for her medical degree.

Mrs. James Action, formerly of Beach 123 Street, has returned to her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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