2010-02-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Many homeowners are looking for ways to help control the expense of heating in their homes and, at the same time, to help keep them more comfortable this winter. Fall is the perfect time to start planning your energy saving home improvement, like upgrading the insulation levels in your home.

Where should you use wallpaper borders? “Just about anywhere—you’re limited only by your imagination,” says Peter Hermann, vice-president of Imperial Wallcoverings.

March again is designated Immunization Month at Addabbo Health Center. “Due to the recent ‘measles alert’ throughout the nation, it is vitally important that parents bring their children in for their age-appropriate immunizations,” says Dr. Cohen, a spokesperson for the center.

“The Wave” put out a spring 1990 home improvement supplement.

Queens Borough Public Library’s “Soviet American Sail 1989 (New York- Leningrad),” a slide show and lecture with Jake Newhouse, a noted sailor, has prepared an audio-visual schooner journey for viewing by those who use the library.

Bands and bagpipes, marching units, antique cars and other specialties all will sparkle today as they traverse the route of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Rockaways.

Arosurf—a new chemical approved by the State Department of Environ-mental Conservation—will be used to fight the expected 1990 mosquito bite epidemic.

Many do-it-yourselfers eagerly await the start of warmer weather to take on a variety of home-improvement projects including the building of decks, upgrading attic insulation and installing exterior lighting.

30 Years Ago... 

Countdown is only seven days until the opening of Rockways’ Playland for the summer season. Can the summer be far behind?

Many a person braved the cold weather on Sunday to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Rockaway. Jimmy Sullivan, president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians noted that the Rockaways are always the first in the nation with a parade.

The Wave has a few ideas for brightening and improving Rockaway’s summer entertainment. Watch future issues of “The Wave” for these suggestions.

Rockaway’s second annual ocean run is kicking off its campaign. Runners will be limited to 2,000 this year.

40 Years Ago...

In the six weeks since the Department of Highways has had its emergency campaign in action, 1500 men plugged 186,670 potholes in street pavement. There is, however, no count on the number of potholes they missed.

The rooming house at Holland Avenue and Beach 91 Street which was destroyed by fire last Friday evening was operated by Charles Schorr many years ago, before he acquired the Commodore Hotel in Belle Harbor.

Over on Ruffle bar, opposite Rockaway Park in Jamaica Bay, police captured a dog which had been living there alone for about two years, existing on water fowl and their eggs. If the animal could talk it probably would have admitted that it had not missed civilization in the least.

Dense clouds of smoke drew spectators to the bayfront at Beach 98 Street on Monday morning, where they discovered a blaze in a quantity of creosoted piling prepared for use in conjunction with the Beach Channel High School construction.

50 Years Ago... 

This is more than the month of lambs and lions. It is the month when the flounders come out of the sand in Jamaica Bay and start to take the bait again.


Spokesmen for the Long Island Lighting Company have denied the latest reports that the company’s building on Central Avenue has been closed.

When Dalsimer’s Florist shop on Beach 116 Street became involved with a Florists Telegraph Delivery order to Rome, Italy, it was handled by Trans- Atlantic phone and Charlie LaMonica, tonsorial artist, was called in by store manager Walter Patterson to act as interpreter.

George Smith, Far Rockaway auto supply magnate, tells a story about a $10 bill causing an old-timer to leave town. Seems a minor building violation was placed on the man’s property. It took time to correct and a building inspector handed out a summons which resulted in a $10 fine. According to Smith, it was the last straw for the man who immediately placed his property on the market, declaring he had “had enough of the City of New York.”

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