2006-04-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

One of the busiest summers in many a year is approaching for the Rockaways this year. The 300th anniversary of Rockaway, which kicks off next Sunday, will be filled with different and interesting things for the entire year. Concerts, races, antique planes, antique cars, craft festivals, and others too numerous to mention will be on tap. The festivities begin next Sunday with the annual "Rockaway Ocean Run." The race begins at 11 a.m. and the last runners are expected across the line about 2 p.m. The day continues with opening day ceremonies in Far Rockaway where the Hartman Y Campus will be host. St. Camillus band will entertain, speeches will be made and information concerning other summer events will be available. This is not just a Rockaway thing. Invite friends, relatives. This is the year we put Rockaway back on the map.

Maybe it's the cold weather, maybe it's cold bats or cold pitching arms. Whatever the case, the New York Mets, who were picked to go all the way this year, aren't going anywhere right now. When the weather and the arms get warmer maybe the bats will also get warmer. Until that happens we'll just cringe every time they lose and wait for that winning streak to come along.

With 15,000 alcoholics, Rockaway should give more attention than others do to the fact that April is alcoholism information month in New York City. This message was brought to a meeting of Community Board 14 in the American Legion Hall in Rockaway Beach by Fred Nelson, director alcoholism service program, St. John's Episcopal Hospital's South Shore Division in Far Rockaway.

Appeals to parents to keep their children away from public schools on the first two days of Passover was expected at press time from Community School Board 27. Defiant refusal by this school board and three other boards to order public elementary, junior high and intermediate schools open on the first two days of Passover led to stripping of powers on April 14.

Efforts to have the New York City Department of Sanitation close the Edgemere Landfill is expected to be high on the agenda when Queens Borough President Claire Shulman discusses subjects of interest to the Rockaways during a Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways lunch meeting.

30 Years Ago...

With the heat wave continuing into Monday, the afternoon crowds were mobbing the bus stop on Beach 116 Street for buses to Woodside. To control the crowds, three squad cars were sent from the 100 Precinct. Many of the storekeepers were outside surveying the situation.

Community School District 27's application to sponsor the Arverne Community Center at 57-10 Beach Channel Drive has been approved by the New York City Housing Authority. With the ever-growing crisis in the city, the Housing Authority had no funds to keep the center open past February 1, 1976.

Anyone who went into Brooklyn over the weekend really appreciated living here at the beach. The heat in the city was horrendous.

A few hearty souls ventured into the surf over the weekend. It was really something to watch as they ventured right out again.

40 Years Ago...

Dick Randall is filled with gratitude to the waiter at Weiss' restaurant who looked all over Broad Channel in order to return a $10 bill which Randall had mistakenly left at the restaurant.

Spring means sweet smelling flowers to most people, but to residents in the vicinity of Beach 73 Street and Almeda Avenue, it means the return of sewer stench, which has been plaguing them for a number of years.

Pat Kelly says tickets are going well for the testimonial dinner which the American-Irish Society is arranging in honor of retired Police Captain John C. Peterson, who commanded the 100 Precinct for six years.

Although State Senator Thomas J. Mackell has the Democratic designation to be the party's candidate for District Attorney of Queens, rumors are going around that City Councilman John J. Santucci is being urged to make a bid for the nomination.

50 Years Ago...

"You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps." That's the way we get to feeling here in The Wave office sometimes. Especially after we've had a day of being deluged by eager publicity chairmen, all wanting their stuff in the paper to plug their pet projects - and, of course everybody wants page one. It is always after an approach like that that we walk up the street and find placards announcing the event, somebody wants us to buy tickets, and even give them an ad for their journal - all of which were printed elsewhere, more often than not, out of town at that. Gr-r-r!

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