2007-10-19 / Columnists

Looking Backward


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Tom Murphy's Pub at Beach 97 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, has donated space for a free public dining room (generally called "soup kitchen") that hopefully will be feeding hungry people in the area before the end of the year.

Chemical Bank may reconsider its arrangements to close its branch at 19- 12 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, before the end of this year.

As predicted, the 13th annual dinner dance presented by the Harry S Truman Democratic Club honoring Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer at the Washington Hotel on September 17 was... from 6:30 p.m. to midnight... All we did was eat, drink, dance, mixing with the celebrities, listening to speeches lauding Audrey Pheffer and having a good time.

Fresh ham will be served for dinner on Saturday, November 21, at 6 p.m. in the John C. Green Chapel of the First Congregational Church, 320 Beach 94 Street, Rockaway Beach, as a culmination to the church's annual Christmas bazaar.

Martin's Belle Harbor Car Service, based at 206 Beach 119 Street, Rockaway Park, has joined the "happy companies with New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission licenses"; and Barbara Martin is proudly showing off the certificate.

One hundred fifty friends and relatives gathered at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club in Rockaway Park on September 26, for a "farewell to Madelein Donahue," the first woman elected to the club's board.

Dubos Point, a relatively new undeveloped park at DeCosta Avenue (the Jamaica Bay end of Beach 65 Street in Arverne), will be the center of attention next Saturday, October 24, when New York City celebrates Wetlands Appreciation Day. In case of rain, the Celebration will take place a day later, on Sunday, October 25.

Beach Channel's football team met with Tilden last week and came away losers, 20-0. Running back Peter Maynard ran for two touchdowns and All- City runner Robert Bass returned a kickoff 82 yards.

Rehearsals for the 38th annual Winter Concert of the Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra will begin on Wednesday, October 21, at 8 p.m., at the Sam Levenson Theater of the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA, 1800 Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway.

30  Years Ago...

Big raid Wednesday afternoon on Beach 116 Street. Police closed up the after hours joint above the old Park Theatre. Whatever was able to be carted away went to the Police Property Clerk's office.

Army Corps of Engineers say that the beach will have to be replenished every three years or so. That means millions of dollars will be spent to truck in the pipes, rent out barges and put crews to work around the clock. Seems like a complete waste.

Tuesday night is the meeting for Community Planning Board 14. On the agenda is a proposal for removing bus shelters and also a proposal for building bus shelters.

George Gould, a driver for Park Car Service, helped an off duty police officer pull two people from a burning car on Wednesday night, October 12.

40Years Ago...

Peninsula General Hospital has filed plans with the City Planning Commission to demap Beach 51 Street south of Beach Channel Drive.

Another effort is underway by several local jurists to revive the abandoned Rockaway Beach courthouse.

An overflow audience of more than 1500 crowded into the auditorium of Far Rockaway High School September 29 for a Young People's Concert sponsored by the Rockaway Five Town Symphony and a narrative of "Peter and the Wolf" by Sam Levenson.

Test borings are underway for the proposed Beach Channel High School.

50 Years Ago...

Dalsimer's Inc., of Cedarhurst, Far Rockaway and Rockaway Beach won first prize and a special trophy from the Horticultural Society of New York, at the flower show being held at the New York Coliseum.

Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Teperman of 137-10 Cronston Avenue, Belle Harbor, were recent guests of the Flamingo Hotel while vacationing in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Anthony Arrigali of 50 West 16 Road, Broad Channel, is the new proprietor of the candy store located at Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Gruber of Hessler Avenue, Arverne, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A. Ericson, and daughter, Joan Mary, of Beach 66 Street, attended the birthday party of Susan Joan Richard.

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