2010-03-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years ago...

What owners are calling the “Fastest ferry in America” service will connect Inwood (Roger Avenue at Jamaica Bay) and Manhattan (Pier 11, at the foot of Wall Street on the East River) beginning Wednesday. The owners hope that the service will draw commuters from all over the peninsula.

Mozart On Fifth, a trio of woodwind chamber musicians from Manhattan, will present “a concert of chamber music” at the Queens Borough Public Library’s Peninsula Branch.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” has held a special place in the hearts of audiences since it bowed on Broadway more than 30 years ago. The story is cloying, however, even saccharine by today’s standards. Sad to relate, the current production at the New York State Theatre falls flat due to the charmless, even phony performance by pop singer Debby Boone.

Public School 114 in Belle Harbor is continuing to lead Community District 27 in reading scores, which were released by the Board of Education and published this week.

Robert Goulet will star as King Arthur in a new production of “Camelot” at Westbury Music Fair. Goulet, who first appeared as Arthur in 1975, is planning to remount “Camelot” in two years for a tour of Japan, after which he hopes to bring the show back to Broadway.

Avoid food fads when you are looking for ways to cut cholesterol! This advice was paramount when Narendra K. Hadpawat, M.D., associate director of cardiology at Peninsula Hospital Cen-ter in Edgemere, spoke at an AARP meeting this winter in Howard Beach.

Three chaplains of different faiths— the Rev. Richard Dunne, Rabbi Eugene Lipsey and the Rev. William Thierfelder—serving the disabled at the Veterans Administration hospital in St. Albans, Queens, were presented with the Jewish War Veterans of Queens’ first “Four Chaplains Award.”

The 54th edition of the St. Francis de Sales Senior Easter Basketball Tournament began last Monday. St. Thomas Apostle of Woodhaven opened with an 85-73 win over St. Frances de Chantall of Wantagh, Long Island.

30Years Ago...  

With another toll hike for the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial and Marine Parkway Bridges hanging over the discussion and voting, the New York State Assembly passed a bill that would permit a 25 cent passage fee for residents of the Rockaways and Broad Channel.


Manpower in the 100 and 101 Precincts (Rockaway Beach and Far Rockaway) must be increased immediately. This request was sent to City Councilman Walter Ward last week by Joel M. Gerstel, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

Hammel Holland Seaside Civic Association has asked Councilman Walter Ward to initiate steps immediately to repeal the law that subjects the homeowner to penalties if the street in front of his property is not cleaned at least 18 inches from the curb.

40 Years Ago...


Merchants in the Dayton shopping center are making plans for some special shopping events which they are to present to local shoppers in the near future.

At last it looks as though the Parks Department has come around to the inkling expressed by local residents for many years. The department announced last week that plans are being made to resurface the boardwalk with concrete. That should end the complaints about loose or broken planking and protruding nails.

Heavy copper leaders which were stolen recently from St. Rose of Lima Church, Beach 84 Street, have been replaced—with aluminum, which has less junk value and hence is not as attractive to vandals.

50Years Ago...

People are wondering if those apartment houses being planned for Breezy Point will add to the problems of Floyd Bennett field.


Oysters, which used to be so abundant in Jamaica Bay, are now so high-priced that some of the local restaurants have removed them from their menus, the proprietors declaring that their customers would never pay what it cost to serve them.

The traffic light in the mall on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 116 Street is lying in pieces—one of the few reminders of the big snowstorm of two weeks ago, during which it shattered.

Today it’s the Long IREland Rail Road, a gesture by the company to the sons and daughters of the Emerald Isle who, along with millions of cousins, are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

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