2010-01-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

With construction of a long-delayed annex for an overcrowded elementary school in Beach Channel scheduled to begin this summer, Community Board 14 voted unanimously on Tuesday, Jan uary 9, to allow development of an alternative high school for Rockaway youth at 6200 Beach Channel drive in Arverne.

Video Waves is offering VCR repair service for $69.00. Some typical VCR problems: eats tapes, tapes get stuck, doesn’t rewind/FF/play, fuzzy picture, ejects tape, stops by itself.

Police who can’t even see the corner are giving out large numbers of summonses at Beach Channel 73 Street and Beach Channel drive, Arverne, to motorists allegedly driving through red lights.

St. Francis deSales third annual Christ mas Basketball tournament concluded last Thursday and Friday nights with many exciting championship games.

Peninsula Hospital Center in Edge - mere is handling so many trauma cases that 30 emergency room nurses last month were given a two-day advanced-training course by the Emergency Nurses Association.

Kiwanis Club of the Rockaways will sponsor its first Rockaway Bowlathon at the Americana Lanes, 8-18 Rockaway Boulevard, Ozone Park.

In what must be one of the great tour de force performances in many a season, vet actor Robert Morse recreates the essence of late Truman Capote in “Tru,” the two act, one character play by Jay Presson Allen based on the works of the late author.

Legally blind people (with severe visual impairment) soon may be getting greatly improved sight, as a result of an invention developed by Dr. Bruce Rosenthal, a professor at the State of New York University College of Optometry at 100 East 24 Street, Man hattan, who grew up in the Rock - aways.

30 Years Ago... 

Two new shopping centers are scheduled for the Rockaways, one at Beach 49 Street and the other at Beach 109 Street and Beach Channel drive. Will the residents of the Rockaways support the local merchants? will tell.

There aren’t as many homes on the market this year as in previous years. We assume that with the price of gasoline scheduled to reach two to three dollars a gallon, people are leery about long moves. In Rockaway they can take the subway to work (when it runs), or the buses (if they are not on strike) and still have their summer vacation at the beach. This eliminates the expense of a summer trip.

Far Rockaway sales days, which were coordinated through The Wave during the Christmas shopping season, were a huge success. There are plans for repeating the sales for the Easter- Passover holidays.

That’s some crater at Beach Channel drive and Beach 92 Street! Although the spot is being repaired drivers are warned to watch out.

40 Years Ago...

The majority of business places that had scheduled work for Friday made it in spite of the storm, but they started a little late because employees were delayed by the bad weather.

One thing the combination of snow and rain did was to reveal faulty places in roofs all over town.

A gaily decorated Christmas tree and a fireplace decorated the station agent’s office in the Far Rockaway station of the Long Island Rail Road. It won first prize in a contest restricted to the road station’s employees.

Many cars were stalled on local streets when their ignition systems became soaked with water.

50 Years Ago...

Mike Quill gets his “t’utty million” for the subway and bus workers over the next two years. But it comes from the city’s treasury so Chairman Charlie Patterson of the Transit Authority believes he can hold the subway and bus fare to 15 cents. Well, with the subway and bus strike averted, at least the people of New York will not have to begin the new year on foot.

People from certain sections along the bayfront had something to show New Year’s callers. “Here’s where the water came,” they would say as they pointed to stains on their walls made by the record high tides last week.

There seems to be two sides to everything. Brightly lighted store windows liven any business section. It’s disconcerting to pass a lighted store, park the car several blocks away and walk back only to find the store closed. But at least the walk was made more pleasant by the bright lights.

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