2006-04-07 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Julius Grossman Chamber Orchestra will give free and open concerts in Rockaway on Thursday, April 10, and Sunday, April 13. This announcement comes from State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein.

Area Merchants met in the restaurant in Dayton shopping center (in Rockaway Beach) to seek ways to revitalize their shopping area along Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Despite the widespread destruction of fine old houses in the Rockaways, many still stand. Indeed, here and there whole streets from the past are intact. From Mott Avenue to the bay the houses on Gipson Street are essentially the same as when they were built in the early part of the century. With their broad porches, varied facades, comfortable lawns and side yards they line both sides of the street.

Studies are underway for the construction of a man-made island to house a garbage plant off the coast of Rockaway Peninsula.

30 Years Ago...

John LaPrice is returning home this week from New York Hospital. John, stricken with appendicitis the day before he was join the Club Scouts at Alpine Camp, will be leaving his appendix in New York.

Many of the banks in the area are moving around, and promoting managers. Congratulations to Mrs. R. Gillen of Breezy Point who has take over as manager of Jamaica Savings Bank on Beach 116 Street.

Add to this Mr. Sisk who has taken over as manager of Bankers Trust Company Office on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 106 Street. Mr. Sisk replaces Mr. Bara who has transferred to another branch.

People hung out of windows and pleas for help were so intense during a fire on Thursday in Rockaway Beach that a local businessman brought out a ladder and climbed up to rescue them. According to police, the fire destroyed Daly's bar and grill at 87-14 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Doyle who lived above the Bar.

Richard L. Geist, president of Rockaways' Playland and member of the Board of the Queensborough Community College Fund, is chairing a committee soliciting private contribution for an award for the alumnus of the college judged as having made the most outstanding contribution to the people and the Borough of Queens.

Many of local restaurants are planning special Easter menus. Be sure to see next week's issue of The Wave and check with your Favorite restaurant for seating time and reservation.

Fire did light damage to an interior hallway at Sullivan Hotel, 154 Beach 116 Street on March 30.

Widening of a portion of Beach Channel drive in Neponsit "to conform to existing conditions" will be the subject of a public hearing by the city Planning Commission on Wednesday, April 28, at city hall.

Bishop Francis J. Mugavero celebrated Mass of the Resurrection on Monday, April 5.

40 Years Ago...

Too bad the Park Department cleared away the pile of sand along the north side of the boardwalk in the 40s. It lent color to the area. Looked like a regular Rockaway sand dune and you don't hardly see them no more.

Saul Lowitt is a man who sets his sights high. He even likes the Arverne vest-pocket project towering above the Beach 73 Street pill factory on Rockaway Beach Boulevard as its construction progresses.

Clearance from the attorney general's office is being awaited before the owners proceed with the construction of condominium apartments between Beach Channel Drive and the Jamaica Bay bulkhead east of Beach 92 Street.

Anybody who doubts the excellence of our beach should take a look a the piles of beautiful white sand piled up from the excavation in preparation of new apartment buildings at Surfside and Dayton Beach.

Recovered from his recent illness, Meyer Weiss, is looking forward to a busy season at Weiss' famous restaurant in Board Channel where the weekend crowds already are arriving.

50 Years Ago...

Mrs. Marion McGowan, President of Queens County Auxiliary of American Legion, paid her official visit to Board Channel Post 1404, Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Porty, Mr. and Mrs. Person, Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman, all of Arverne, Mr. and Mrs. Klugman of Rockaway Park, were recent visitors at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. I.A. Korn at Miami Beach.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schraeger of Beach 92 Street are expected home soon

from their winter vacation in Miama Beach.

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