2005-11-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Don’t let businessmen from eastern Long Island remove clams from Jamaica Bay to other waters so they can sell them! We can build a plant on our own shores and provide ourselves with a new industry! Two Broad Channel men – Robert Hymes and Daniel F. Mundy – are all ready to set up this plant and employ perhaps 200 people in addition to those who would dredge the clams from the bay, if the State Department of Environmental Conservation will give them license.

Vincent D. O’Connor, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, is succeeding Margaret Swezey, executive vice president of the Rockaway Local Development Corporation.

Fire Captain Bob Broderick of Ladder 137 and one of his firemen, Flip Mullen, are in Peninsula Hospital Center with serious injuries after responding to a fire on the beach block of Beach 116 Street. Among Captain Broderick’s injuries are eye laceration, a possible broken hand and fingers, a dislocated shoulder and smoke inhalation. Flip Mullen is in traction with an injured back, possibly herniated disk, burns on his left hand and smoke inhalation.

Citing the huge success that was The Wave “Holiday Give-A-Way” had in spurring business in the community last year, many Rockaway merchants have asked that the idea be repeated. To date more than 20 have responded and more are asking to be included.30 Years Ago...

Favorable comments from a large number of readers and news dealers have convinced the publisher’s that The Wave’s new format, which was given a trial run last week, has been successful and it will be continued.

Pictures of Rockaways’ Playland which have recently appeared in The Wave, let our younger readers know what the boardwalk amusement area used to look like about 50 years ago.

The Rev. Henry M. Childs, pastor of the First Congregational Church, himself a veteran Adirondack mountain climber and hiker, showed slides of color photos he made last summer along the Northville-Placid Trail.

Dr. Leon Star, well-known local surgeon-physician who is in charge of the medical office at Kennedy Airport, showed up well in news pictures of him and his staff working at the scene of the burning airplane at Kennedy last Wednesday afternoon. Miraculously all passengers and crew (over 100) escaped without serious injury but some of their volunteer rescuers were treated for burns.

One school of thought holds that a warm November is followed by a cold, snowy winter. Of course you can always take some comfort from the fact that the forecasters often are wrong.40 Years Ago...

With a new city administration soon to take office, a good many people are wondering what are the chances of upsetting the plans for the unnecessary Breezy Point park.

Mrs. Ada Zakin, long a prominent civic worker, is renewing the campaign for improved subway service for the Rockaways – at a single fare.

The longer the selection of the high school site is delayed, the more proposed locations increase. Now we have the old P.S. 44 site, the Arverne Urban Renewal Area and one near Somverville Basin in the running.

Complaints are being received about the unpaved covering of the new sewer trench along Beach Channel Drive where several motorists have had their cars stalled in the soft sand.

Lenny Miller, The Wave’s Far Rockaway representative, will have to take some corrective measures. One of the firemen in the firehouse right next door to The Wave’s Far Rockaway office says he didn’t know Lenny. Seems incredible.

50 Years Ago...

August Bellon, Inc., the well-known ironworks at 72-11 Amstel Boulevard, has received another sub contract in connection with extension of rapid transit to the Rockaways. The firm will supply $25,000 worth of steel to be used in readying the platform at Rockaway Park.

Two members of the St. Francis de Sales band were presented with medals for consistent attendance, enthusiasm and effort by the Rt. Rev. Monsignor J. Jerome Reddy. They are Peggy and Anne Clark, whose respective instruments are the drum and fife.

Robert Alan Finkel, son of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Finkel, celebrated his fourth birthday Sunday afternoon at a party in his honor.

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Murray of 16 West 13 Road, Broad Channel, returned recently from a visit with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Dalton, of Jamestown, Tennessee.

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