2006-03-17 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Artist's rendering of the new Waldbaum's shopping center at Beach 113 Street and Beach Channel Drive shows larger stores for shoppers. The new Waldbaum's, according to Robert Levine, architect, will be one-third larger than the present store and will be a full service store with all amenities. "It will not in any way resemble the old store," said Levine.

More than 50 units will participate in the 10th St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rockaway this Saturday, March 15. This final count comes from Anne E. O'Malley, executive director of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee of the Rockaways.

Shrelle Mackie, who is a Long Island University/Brooklyn Center journalism major, has joined The Wave as an intern reporter. Through May 14, she will receive college credit for training she gets at The Wave.

Linda and Maureen Kearney of Rockaway Park are nearing completion of six-month medical assistant and dental assistant/office manager programs at the New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants, Forest Hills.

On the morning of May 8, a reenactment of the 1919 transatlantic flight of the NC-4 will begin in the waters of Jamaica Bay just off the shore of Rockaway's West End.

30 Years Ago...

Students from the oceanography and marine biology classes at the Beach Channel High School Adult Education Center and their family and friends met Sunday morning under the guidance of Matt Lerman, a teacher, to explore the Jamaica Bay environment and the creatures it contains.

Reiss Jewelers is moving their operation from Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 116 Street to their main store at 87-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The reason for the move is the impending demolition of the building. Speaking of demolition, what is happening with the building at Beach 115 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard? All the stores on the boulevard are closing down and the entire building is tinned up.

No reaction by any city agency was evident this week to a recommendation by the NTSB that the garbage dump in Edgemere be closed in an effort to reduce the danger to aircraft at John F. Kennedy Airport from jet buildings ingesting birds.

Jack Smith of McDonald's fame reports that the free coffee being given out with the Egg McMuffin breakfasts is going over very well.

Fire in a car at 139-10 Cronston Avenue on Saturday, March 13, was ruled as arson. According to a fire department report to the police, a bottle of gasoline was found in the car.

Years Ago...

40 Well-points are in place as contractors prepare to begin construction on the remaining buildings in the Dayton Park apartment project.

After being dormant for several months, work resumed on the new building at Mott and Central Avenues last week when steel floor beams were installed.

Wrathful reaction was stirred last week when one of the daily newspapers displayed a lengthy article, complete with pictures, which was not exactly complimentary to the Arverne and Edgemere sections. At the beginning of the renting season, too.

There have been so many fires of late that local fire insurance agents are getting jittery every time they hear sirens.

Flounders have started to bite, but so far there's more fishing gear than fish in sight at the Cross Bay Bridge.

50 Years Ago...

Pictures in The Wave's March 22, 1956 issue, including one taken at Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 87 Street, are captioned as follows: Snowbound like thousands of motorists, Larry Siederman, 15; John "Snooky" Matigzecck, Patricia Randall, perched on the hood, and Abe Siederman, owner of the car, make the best of their plight on Monday during a 13.5-inch snowfall.

In the presence of more than 200 residents who waded through the snow drifts to attend the ceremonies, ground was broken yesterday for the new Public School 47 on Power Road between 8th and 9th Road in Broad Channel.

The Seaside Property Owners Association will "stand pat" in its fight against a Title 1 project in the area and await further news from the city, it was reported at a meeting on Monday night.

William Millstein of 80-23 Boulevard will return on Saturday from a vacation in Miami, in time to greet his son, Airman First Class Jerry Millstein, who will be home on leave from Las Vegas to celebrate his birthday on April 5.

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