2010-03-05 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

20 Pat McGrath, Rosemary Sullivan, Betty Keller, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Michael Connolly, William Sampol, Mamie Scanlon, James Conway Sullivan, Owen Baxter, Fenton J. O’Malley and Joe Doherty were honored as the leaders of the 1990 St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The proposal by Youth Dares’, an advocacy group for teens, to build an alternative high school in Fort Tilden (in the Gateway National Recreational Area) that would have housed criminal activists and substance abusers was withdrawn last Friday.

“Queens: A Photographer’s View With Audrey Gottlieb” will be presented at the Seaside Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library.

Amid concern for the air and water quality around the Edgemere Landfill and for the safety of those who live in nearby buildings, the Sanitation Department and the State Department of Environmental Conservation outlined plans for excavating and trucking away more than 5,000 barrels of toxic materials long buried at the site.

Stella Maris High School students Patricia Iovine and Shamena Alli have been chosen as winners in a Police

20 Athletic League-sponsored writing contest titled “Stories My Grand-parents Told Me.”

Actor Gary Merrill, who often came to Rockaway during the summer months, died last week. He and Bette Davis had a stormy marriage for ten years.

Rockaway Young Judaea Club, a unit of New York City Young Judaea, will begin formal activity on Sunday, with a “recreation of the exodus from Egypt through dramatic skits and active games.”

Community Board 14 will meet next week to discuss the future of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. The meeting will include a presentation by Oceanview Associates, the group chosen by the city to develop the 183-acre parcel of land left fallow when the old, decaying bungalows were demolished years ago.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer will discuss tolls on the two Rockaway bridges when she addressed the Frank Avenue Civic Associaton this week.

Years Ago... 30

Rockaway is regaining some of its lost glory. Where apartments in certain Dayton buildings were always available, there is now a long waiting list in all of the buildings. Can a rebirth of Rockaway be far behind?

Weather guessers were predicting anywhere from four to ten inches of snow as The Wave went to press Tuesday evening. All we are able to do was 30 wait and see if the snow really materializes.

Although Seagirt Boulevard was repaired after the installation of sewers, the roadway is sinking. Hopefully it will be repaired again before a car disappears beneath the surface.

Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci will return to Rockaway on Monday to renew acquaintances and talk at a luncheon meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rock- aways.

40 Years Ago...

40 Thieves reached over the counter at the Inwood branch of the Franklin National Bank last Friday and made off with some $6,000 in cash before anyone could stop them.

Don’t you put away the snow shovel just yet. Remember, this is March, the month where anything can happen and usually does.

Walter Patterson long ago earned the reputation for being a man for whom nothing is too much trouble when it comes to helping a friend. A man he befriended several years ago is entertaining Walter and his wife, Rosemary, in Miami and Freeport, Grand Bahamas for the next two weeks.

The town is still agog over the evening of entertainment that was presented last Saturday evening at the Irish night at St. Rose of Lima Church.

Years Ago... 50

Seven pieces of fire apparatus and three insurance agents—all Blums— responded to the shoe store fire on Beach 116 Street last week.

Whatever happened to that dream, long cherished by old timers that wheeled cabs would operated along the boardwalk here, just like those that are enjoyed so much by Atlantic City visitors? While the Rockaway transit line bogged down last Friday morning the Long Island Rail Road was bringing its trains into Far Rockaway, even if a little bit late.

Now a new worry is cropping up in some local quarters. That is that the growing number of nursing homes here will be populated by relief citizens sent here from other parts of the city.

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