2008-04-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Twelve interested Rockawayites met Tuesday night, March 28, at the offices of The Wave to discuss the possibility of establishing a Rockaway Museum.

Platform roofs and canopies of stations on the "A" and "C" subway lines in the Rockaways will be replaced during the 1987 - 1991 fiscal period.

Meeting Sunday morning, March 27, members of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council voted to continue the organization. Recently the group had been finding it difficult to raise the funds required to bring top name entertainment to the peninsula.

Robert W. Russell Jr., chief of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, delivered his own baby on Tuesday morning, March 29, about 3:20.

Public School 105's Drama Club will present its version of "the Magical Pied Piper of Hamelin," which has been delighting audiences since early this month, at Public School 42 in Arverne and the Peninsula Rehabilitation Center of Peninsula Hospital Center, across the street in Edgemere from Public School 105, on Tuesday, April 12.

Debrah Wilson, an eighth grade student at St. Mary Star of the Sea School, has been awarded a $250 scholarship from Stella Maris High School. Sister Jane Banning informed Debrah that the scholarship is awarded to outstanding freshman girls who score among the highest in the Diocese of Brooklyn on the Cooperative Entrance Examination.

Councilman Walter Ward is forwarding to the Bureau of Traffic Operations pleas for a traffic light at Beach 90 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Spring is here and at Bayswater Jewish Center (at Healy Avenue and Dickens Street, Far Rockaway) that means bazaar.

Bus drivers and mechanics for Triboro Coach Corporation (which operates the Q53 line from Rockaway Park to Woodside) and Jamaica Buses Inc. (which operates the Q113 line from Far Rockaway to Jamaica) were gearing for a strike as this newspaper went to press.

Volunteers interested in teaching adults to read and write may join an 18-hour training workshop that will be offered without charge during late April and early May at the Peninsula Branch Public Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

30 Years Ago...

Rockaway's storm damaged beach will be in good shape by the end of August. This word reportedly came last week from Jack Lawsha, chief of emergency operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Revitalization of the Far Rockaway shopping area moved ahead with two giant steps this week. First the longsought bus station at Beach 21 Street went into operation. Second, the burned out hulks of stores along Cornaga Avenue between Beach 19 Street and Beach 20 Street were torn down. Rockaway's city operated Emergency Medical Service ambulances will stay in Rockaway. Thoughts of moving the headquarters off the peninsula came to a halt this week when Jerome Belson, president of Apartment Development and management (ADAM), which operates UA Management at Ocean Village, offered the Health and Hospitals Corporation rent-free space in Ocean Village, at Beach 56 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

40 Years Ago...

Kids with air rifles have been shooting holes in store windows along Beach 116 Street and last week a bus driver reported several windows broken in the same manner on his bus which was parked on Newport Avenue.

It's good to hear so many people newly arrived from other communities, say how much they like living in the Dayton apartment buildings.

To the relief of almost everyone in the vicinity of Beach 95 Street, it now seems unlikely that Cross Bay Boulevard will be continued at an elevation to Shore Front Parkway.

The marshland south of Seagirt Boulevard just west of the Atlantic Beach Bridge is being cleared of an accumulation of debris in preparation for a construction program.

50 Years Ago...

Firemen were kept busy last night as they were called to Beach 88 Street on three separate occasions.

The Harry Decker property at 130 Beach 84 Street has been purchased by Joel Wexler of New Jersey.

A television receiver has been installed in the clubhouse of Rockaway Beach Post 59, JWV, in Beach 68 Street, Arverne.

John P. Corrigan, former local Democratic leader, lost at the polls Tuesday, in his race against City Treasurer Spence C. Young for the place on the state committee from this area.

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