2007-04-13 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

The Wave and the All Rockaway Planning Council will sponsor a debate on Tuesday, April 21, of all the candidates in a special election a week later on Tuesday, April 28, for the 23rd Assembly District seat in the state legislature.

Two thousand people will race six miles in the ninth annual Rockaway Ocean Run on Sunday, April 26, Race Director Eli Cohan sang out this week. This year's Rockaway Ocean Run is no longer without a sponsor. The Sweet'N Low company has agreed to support the race, he explained. Entries have been pouring in, and whoever wants to run should get in his or her application as soon as possible, continues Tom Hughes of the Rockaway Rotary Club.

Thursday and Friday of last week members of the Joint Auto Larceny Task Force compromised of agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Auto Crimes Division of the New York City Police Department raided two Rockaway locations and a third in Brooklyn. In Rockaway, the two locations raided Friday were 215 Beach 88 Street and a large fenced-in lot at Burchell and Barbadoes Drive.

Police recovered stolen license plates and hundreds of thousands of truck parts.

Gregg Smith Singers, conducted by Gregg Smith, will appear this Saturday night, April 11, in the auditorium of Beach Channel High School, as the second in this spring's Sam Levenson Memorial Concert Series of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council.

Sensible item of the week: A huge bus that made the city run has been replaced by a minibus. This is appropriate since many of the runs are half empty.

You can tell summer is almost upon us. Work has started anew on the fsubway - making bus trips the order of the day.

30 Years Ago...

Driftwood is still piling up on the beach at Beach 65 Street. The wood is free for the taking, just pull up in a car and cart it away.

According to Mr. Andre Liblin (he came over from France to protest against the SST) the only way to be heard in France is to make noise. Our thanks go to State Senator Sheldon Farber, who made it possible for Mr. Liblin and Mr. Jean Rogissart to come here. Farber picked up the tab for both gentlemen.

Father James Brady of St. Rose of Lima must have a special "in." The sunrise service began at about 5:30 at the water's edge on Easter Sunday. At just the right moment, the sun popped up, and it was a beautiful sight.

Word is out that the Cornell Graveyard will finally be cleaned up. This is the oldest graveyard in the Rockaways. It dates back to the 1600s.

40 Years Ago...

Add to the unfounded rumors that the New Theater has been sold and it's reopening as planned. Just wishful thinking.

Traffic was delayed about 45 minutes last Thursday morning when the Cross Bay Bridge could not be closed. When the new bridge is built there will be no problem. It will not have a lift span.

Workmen are still leveling off the fill brought in for the Dayton Beach Shopping Center, which is expected to be in operation before the end of the year.Another attempt is being made to place the bayonet on the rifle carried by the solider on the Doughboy Monument in Cross Bay Plaza. The bayonet was removed from the bronze statue by vandals several years ago.

Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Beach 71 Street and Beach Channel Drive, will burn its mortgage during ceremonies to be held in the church in June with Reverend Joseph May, pastor of the church, presiding.

50 Years Ago...

A new firehouse may be in the making for Riis Park. The City Planning Commission has received a request from the Fire Department for a slice of the Neponsit Hospital grounds. The Parks Department has agreed to surrender property near Beach 169 Street for the purpose.

John Radigan, who has been selling Buicks here for more than 30 years, says last week's "Reminiscing" column brought back a great many memories. Old-timer devoted his column last week to Rockaway's 24th Company, which fought in France during World War I. Radigan is one of the members of its thinning ranks.

Postmaster Abe Finkle says everything is all set, including orders from Washington, to close down the local post office stations and halt carrier service on Saturdays. Action by Congress by Postmaster General Summerfield's application for an additional $40 million is the only thing that can halt the shut-down. There seems to be a general, local feeling that the funds will be forthcoming.

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