2007-03-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Brooklyn and Manhattan-bound C and A Train riders enjoyed looking out at Linden Boulevard late last week after rerouting around a derailment at the Hudson Street station made it necessary to skip (not even enter) the Grand Avenue station on the Brooklyn-Ozone Park border. Along the way they toured the New York City Transit Authority's Pitkin yard.

Students at PS 42 in Arverne marked Black History Month with poetry, dance, fashion and music performance at PS 105 in Edgemere. PS 105 students put on an outstanding performance the previous day at PS 42. The PS 42 show was coordinated by Michelle Lloyd-Bey, dean and ethnic studies teacher at PS 42.

Rockaway will be the last part of south Queens to get cable television, Percy Sutton told Community Board 12 in Jamaica on March 18. Rockaway will be the last, he said, because he anticipates trouble with getting mainland transmission over the bridge. Sutton, a former borough president of Manhattan, spoke as president of Queens Inner City Cable, which has the contract for south Queens.

Considering that 96 percent of the electorate supported Gerdi Lipschutz, the new twosome of Sy and Audrey should really rock the ratings. During a meeting of the board of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways, Audrey Pheffer, state committeewoman and district leader of the 23 rd Assembly District Part A was designated the party's choice to run for the assembly seat recently vacated by Lipschutz. Pheffer will face off April 28 against others hopeful of grabbing the seat.

Rockaway residents can watch middleweight boxing champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler put his crown on the line against former welterweight and junior middleweight titlist Sugar Ray Leonard on Monday, April 6 on a giant television screen in the auditorium of St. Rose of Lima School on Beach 84 Street.

30 Years Ago...

We should never have editorialized the fact that the spring thaw had arrived. We paid for this in the awful weather we have had this week.

Contrary to popular belief, the beaches are eroding away. This after we were assured that winter storm damage was minimal.

There will soon be another grand opening. The John Adams Democratic Club will open its new office in the Surfside Shopping Center next door to the closed movie theater.

With anger seldom shown, Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz vowed this week to fight a proposal to turn the right of way reserved for a direct Rockaway link to the subway on Queens Boulevard into a bike path.

"Under the old system," said a daily newspaper last month, referring to the double fare on the subway that was discontinued on September 1, 1975, "a passenger boarding the subway at the Far Rockaway station paid double the fare to board the train and was given a ticket to be exchanged at the Broad Channel station and continue on his way." Whoever saw that system hadn't ridden a train to Rockaway for a long time. It wasn't the system used by the Transit Authority, which has been operating the subway in Rockaway for the last 21 years, but by Brooklyn Rapid Transit, which discontinued Rockaway operation in 1917.

40 Years Ago...

Two funeral services have been held within the week and one will be held Friday to honor Rockaway sons killed in the war in Vietnam. The Defense Department listed as dead Specialist 4th Class Mickinley Caughman Jr., 24, of 14-72 Beach Channel Drive; Private First Class Dennis DeMichael, 19, of Inwood; and Specialist 4th Class Gerald Breen, 18, of Broad Channel.

Fireman Samuel Feinberg of 520 Beach 66 Street in Arverne, assigned to Engine Company 265, was injured while attempting to extinguish a boat fire at the shoreline near 75-20 Amstel Boulevard. The propane tank aboard the boat exploded, injuring Feinberg. The firefighter is in "good" condition, but suffered multiple burns, according to a source.

The Somerville Civic Association softball league hasn't turned down any applications although there is a shortage of sponsors. The league plays its games in the school playground of PS 42.

50 Years Ago...

Carl Rappaport was elected president of the Joint Council for A City Hospital in Rockaway at a collation held last week at his residence.

The Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272, American Legion, will attempt to place a bronze memorial plaque honoring the memory of the Rockaway Korean War dead on the Doughboy Monument located at Beach 95 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Mrs. William Sugden of 502 Cross Bay Boulevard was re-elected president of the Women's Democratic Club of BC.

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