2006-02-24 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Rockaway St. Patrick Day parade’s grand marshal – the Rt. Rev. Msgr. James Horan – has arrived in the United States. He was greeted with music by the America – Irish Shamrock’s Band of Rockaway Beach as he arrived at the International Arrivals Building of John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday, February 19.

One of the peninsula’s oldest churches, the First Congregational Church in the Holland section of Rockaway Beach will celebrate its 100 th anniversary tomorrow, February 23. There will be a special service of music and spoken word plus the spoken celebration of Holy Communion in celebration of the anniversary.

Terpsichorean skills of Marta Graham Dance Ensemble will be seen in the Rockaways for the first time on February 22.

Rockaway Beach Jewish War Veterans Post 57 will install Mervyn Berrin as commander on Sunday, February 23, in the Wilshire Restaurant, 302 Central Avenue, Lawrence. Post members will meet at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast (for which there is a charge).

30 Years Ago...

A raccoon and a family of opossums reportedly were seen this month in Bayswater.

Three panes of glass were broken on February 20, about 5:30 p.m., at the Youth of Israel synagogue 505 Beach 129 Street. Police are investigating.

Development of an industrial park in Arverne, through the medium of a duty–free zone, would be in the best interests of the Rockaways.

Ronald L. Mims, who has been serving at the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park as assistant custodian, was arrested February 19, after a high-speed chase though Broad Channel. He reportedly drove through the Channel at speeds up to 75 miles per hour. Mims was charged with grand larceny of an auto and possession of burglar’s tools. Mims was suspended from his job pending trial.

Final plans for the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day parade will be formulated on Friday evening. All of those involved are urged to call the parade committee to find out their route of march.

More than 100 friends honored the Rev. Henry M. Childs, pastor of the First Congregational Church in Holland section of Rockaway Beach, at a dinner given on Sunday, February 22, to celebrate the minister’s 25th anniversary with the local church.

Nassau County has filed an injunction in U.S. District Court, in Washington, D.C. to prohibit Concorde supersonic transport flights into Kennedy airport. Many Rockaway residents think that the city should do the same.

The trees that were removed from the front of St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor were taken down by the National Park Service. They were diseased and a fire hazard, it was reported. New trees will be planted and dedicated on Memorial Day.

40 Years Ago...

There is a lady in Arverne who does not bother with local civic workers and politicians. When she wants some answers, she begins by writing to Senator Javits and to Senator Kennedy, and works her way up to President Johnson.

Bill Mills of Broad Channel, who is grand knight of Rockaway Council 2672 Knights of Columbus, is finding that his other extra-curricular activities take more time than the duties of his K of C office.

Edwin W. Schilling has a collection of color post cards of Rockaway Beach that includes one of the oldest he can find, a picture of the old P.S.44 with its beautifully kept front lawn surrounded by luxuriant hedges.

This is March, the month when the winds blow strong, baseball practice begins and the flounder start to come out of the mud.

50 Years Ago...

Louis Brandenberg of 218 Beach 81 Street returned to his home early this weekend after spending several weeks as a patient in Rockaway Beach Hospital.

Commenting on the award of first prize to the Wave in the Editorial page contest, which he judged for the New York Press Association, D. Howard Moreau, publisher of the Hunterdon County Democrat of Flemington, New Jersey, said: “Makeup of this page is excellent; content is well written and there is a good variety in both editorial and feature content. Art is well selected and the page has excellent balance, editorials say something and say it well.”

Joel Barnett Gerstel of Beach 35 Street, has received his Master of Science degree from the School of Education at Syracuse University.

For the 10th year, Irving N. Klein, a Rockaway civic and business leader, was honored by congregation Knessest Israel on Saturday night at a dinner in the Park Inn Hotel, Beach 115 Street.

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