2007-10-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Max Leather Group, a manufacturer of designer leather belts for men and women, is relocating from 21-09 Borden Avenue, Long Island City, to 14-15 Redfern Avenue, Far Rockaway, thanks to Sholom & Zuckerbrot, a real estate agency based in Jericho, L.I. and Far Rockaway Revitalization Corporation.

Petting animals, a hayride, antique cars, crafts, marionettes and food will be the order of the day Saturday, October 17 at the Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence. The fair is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One hundred fifty will attend a concert by opera star Bianca Sauler Bergman next Saturday night, October 17, billed as a champagne reception in a home in the Neponsit area.

People from all over the Rockaway Peninsula are finding a refreshing change - a bargain store without bargain tables - at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop at 419A Beach 129 Street, Belle Harbor.

During the next eight to 13 years you will be reading and hearing stories about the future of John F. Kennedy International Airport. You will be hearing about massive construction and redevelopment, which the Port Authority hopes will alleviate the congestion in and around the airport.

Queensboro Kennel Club Inc., a member of the American Kennel Club, will sponsor a dog show on Saturday, October 24, at Jacob Riis Park.

Halloween trick-or-treaters will have a better time this year if they know what safety precautions to take. "Play it safe with McGruff's tips" is the title on the bag being offered free to children at The Wave office.

Members and friends of Dayton's Building 9 Senior Club, sponsored by Tess Green, enjoyed a day at the Museum of Natural History and a double feature show at the Hayden Planetarium narrated by Kurt Douglas and magician Harry Blackstone on the last day of September.

Four schools in District 27, two in South Queens and two in the Rockaways have been chosen to offer prekindergarten classes on a daily basis.

30 Years Ago...

Rave reviews are still coming in about Dan Tubridy's new restaurant. For a trip into the past the public is invited to The Olde Boulevard Café. The restaurant is located at Beach 109 Street and Old Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

So President Carter visited the South Bronx and saw the devastation. Too bad he didn't come out to Rockaway. We could have shown him devastation, waste, stupidity in planning, misuse of land and a host of other ills.

Many of the stores in Rockaway are doing their own bit for revitalization. The owners of Playland Car are refurbishing their place. Just think, all the work is being done so without federal money. No crutch needed here.

We thought it was bad when kids were smoking pot on the bus. We then receive reports of the bus driver smok- ing pot on the school buses.

40 Years Ago...

Three of the largest bus lines that service the Rockaways have asked the Bureau of Franchise to grant them a fare increase. Green Bus Lines, Jamaica Buses Inc., and Triboro have all applied for a 33 percent increase in the basic fares.

Rockaways' Playland has announced that it will continue to open and operate all rides on Saturdays and Sundays through October or the conclusion of the public school teacher strike.

Jews throughout the Rockaways attended services on Tuesday marking the end of the war between Israel and its Arab neighbors which lasted for eight days. Thousands of pounds of clothes, food, medical supplies and large sums of money were airlifted to Israel during the action.

Surveying equipment is on the scene and engineers are taking readings and preparing diagrams for the reconstruction of the Cross Bay Bridge. A new, fixed concrete span is being planned and is scheduled to open in 1970.

50 Years Ago...

According to City Councilman Eric Treulich, it will be at least a month before Broad Channel residents will know whether or not they can legally heat their homes this winter with kerosene and other space heaters.

Mrs. Frederick E. Hammer will honored for over 20 years of Rockaway community service by the Equality Chapter of B'nai B'rith.

On Saturday evening, member of the Daniel M. O'Connell American Legion Post, No. 272 will honor past commander Jack Simmons with a dinner and dance at its headquarters.

School attendance slumped sharply this week with the onset of Asiatic influenza epidemic which has been plaguing the New York City area for some time.

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