2010-03-19 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Public hearings in regard to proposed development of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area and an application by the city’s Division of Real Estate to sell city-owned properties in Far Rockaway and Arverne will highlight the regular monthly meeting of Community Board 14.

Eleven female students of the Torah Academy for Girls and four male students from the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway were named last week in a list of those students who won Regents, Empire and Regents nursing scholarships.

Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere hosted an AIDS workshop this winter. One mother tested positive for the AIDS virus. Her baby had recently died of AIDS. Now she is pregnant one again and worries whether she will outlive this child.

The First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Beach 12 Street, Far Rockaway, is approaching Easter with a program every Sunday evening during Lent on “peacemaking within the family.”

“We’ve adopted a ‘soup kitchen!’” the staff and students of Dr. Richard R. Green Public School 183 in Rockaway Beach announced last week. In the community, the “soup kitchen” is better known as the Claddagh Inn.

Queens Borough President Claire Shulman will speak at a luncheon hosted by the Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere on Tuesday to launch a new nursing scholarship fundraising drive.

Ron Sason, a young singer with an international reputation, will highlight the Passover seders that Con-gregation Derech Emunoh is sponsoring on Monday, with help from Jewish Youth Renaissance.

“Someday Been Dey,” a presentation of African folktales by the Pickney Players, will be performed at the Arverne Branch of Queens Borough Public Library next week. The program includes traditional folktales handed down from generation to generation, original stories and adaptations of contemporary literature.

30Years Ago...  

Plans are still on the drawing boards for those two new proposed shopping centers for the Rockaways. Hopefully they will start building before the summer.


One of the first signs of spring in the Rockaways is plainly visible. Those little orange four-wheel drive sanitation trucks owned by the Parks Department can be seen flitting about.

Now that spring is here it would be nice to get rid of all those treacherous potholes. Rockaway Beach Boulevard is full of them, especially between Beach 126 Street and Beach 149 Street.

Work has once again begun on the proposed disco skating rink on Beach 116 Street, right near the boardwalk.

40 Years Ago...


Borough President Sidney Leviss will be honorary chairman of Peninsula General Hospital’s annual meeting and election of directors at the hospital on Sunday.

Michael F. Finn, a past commander of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post, American Legion, is to be grand marshal of the Memorial Day parade this year. The post is working for a record attendance.

So much is being said about pollution, that some people actually fear this year. However, the situation is really not that bad, at least from The Wave’s point of view.

Harry Samuels has blossomed out with a new campaign button reading “Samuels for Governor.” Perhaps it’s just as well his first name isn’t Howard so his drugstore customers won’t add political favors to their numerous requests at the store.

50Years Ago...

The Rockaway Park post office station had the largest increase in business of any post office in Queens last year, so Postmaster Buonora took Frank Donohue, superintendent, out to dinner.


If Rockaway is to have such a great population increase, like Breezy Point, shouldn’t we begin talking about having a major league baseball team located here while there may still be room to build a park?

It begins to look as though the Edgemere Houses will be one project to fulfill at least part of its objective on time. It will provide apartments into which families dislocated by Title I areas may move this spring.

The subway Aqueduct Special on Tuesday looked like the Playland Special on a rainy day last Wednesday when the snow storm cut the riders to almost nil. But the nags raced just the same, snow or no snow.

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