2006-12-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Meadowbrook Sound & Security, Ozone Park, ran an advertisement in The Wave for a holiday sale in which a General Electric Mobile Cellular ‘Carfone’ was selling for $999, marked down from $1600.

Fog, rain and sleet cut short a groundbreaking and dedication ceremony on December 9, for a long-awaited Broad Channel playground. Participants left no doubt that they wanted to get things over with and back inside, away from the umbrellas. At the same time, Gregory Gray, for whose father, Eugene Gray, it is expected the park will be named, could not help showing his pride. “I’m really honored that the community wants to name the park after my father,” a community activist who died 12 years ago, he said.

John Kelly, 46, a resident of Sullivan’s Hotel at 160 Beach 116 Street, is being held for murder and first degree assault, in connection with repeated stabbings in a man’s back and arms while he slept in his apartment at 150 Beach 120 Street.

One of the pet projects Claire Shulman has nurtured in the past few years has been the behind-the-scenes discussions and lobbying to remove the toll from the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. As deputy borough president, Mrs. Shulman met New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) members, and carried her plea to the governor’s people trying to enlist help in dropping what is simply a $1 toll for local highway use.

Carlos Vendires, who for years allegedly ran a Far Rockaway group which distributed large amounts of cocaine, was arrested October 22 while carrying 198 pounds of the narcotic, has been indicted and incarcerated and is awaiting a trial date in federal court.

Junior High School 180 in Rockaway Beach ended its fundraising holiday candy drive this week. Principal Robert Spata presented the winners of the candy drive contest with their prizes at an auditorium program. Top winners were David Solot, who won a television-stereo combination and Lisa Morris, who won a school jacket. The top sellers in each class won a bicycle.

30 Years Ago... Bicycle paths along the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn (which officially is known as Shore Parkway), could connect to Spring Creek Park, Canarsie Park, Brooklyn’s Marine Park and lead over the Marine Parkway Bridge into Jacob Riis Park.

Is there something amiss in Rockaway – or in the City of New York? The new Green Book, the official directory of the City of New York, lists our Assemblywoman, Gerdi Lipschutz, as living at 21-07 Elk Drive, Far Rockaway. We hope Mrs. Herb Posner doesn’t find out.

Eighty boys and three new units were registered with the Boy Scouts on School Night. According to Chip Chalmowitz, chairman of School Night, Rockaway’s turnout was the largest of new boys in Queens County.

James J. Briody has been appointed chairman for the Boy Scouts district here. Thomas J. Swift, district chairman announced the appointment.

40 Years Ago... A trailer truck loaded with 256 bicycles owned by the Ross Bicycle Company was stolen from its dock at 350 Beach 79 Street on Saturday.

Enthusiastic representatives of 12 area colleges met with Borough President Cariello to propose an oceanography center to be located at Fort Tilden.

Much decorated Staff Sergeant Vincent D. O’Connor of Neponsit has completed his service with the U.S. Army Special Forces Unit and arrived home last Thursday to return to civilian life. He had three tours of duty in Vietnam.

Preparation for a new streamlined approach designed to ease the flow of traffic on the Marine Parkway Bridge, workmen are tearing up the traffic circle that has been used at the Rockaway side of the bridge since its opening in July, 1937.

50 Years Ago...

The display of Christmas lights at Rockaways’ Playland resembles a large Christmas tree and makes a brilliant spot in the Rockaways after dark. It draws much comment from airline passengers and for many it is the first glimpse of Christmas lighting as they come in from overseas and head for Idlewild.

Mrs. David Hegarty of Belle Harbor and Mrs. Knut Olsson of Arverne were chairmen of the annual Christmas party held by the Rockaway-Anns in the Newport Inn, when wives of members of the Far Rockaway Rotary Club were guests for the evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Selig Schwartz of Belle Harobr have announced that the marriage of their daughter, Miss Trudy Schwartz, to Nathaniel White of Belle Harbor will take place on Sunday at the Belle Harbor Jewish Center.

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