2010-04-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Friends of Rockaway (a local environmental group) reported a large turnout at the “Point Of Blight” rally held recently at the observation platform next to the Edgemere landfill hazardous waste site on Beach 50 Street. Local activists have been attempting for years to get rid of the toxic site.

Arlene Cornell, a noted local watercolorist, is now being featured in a group show at Reece Galleries in Manhattan. Cornell has exhibited her paintings for 20 years and is represented by a number of galleries throughout the United States.

Jay & Jay Furs will store your fur for the summer months for a fee of only $30.

General Foods Corporation’s Maxwell House Division is reminding local civic groups of the company’s interest in your community activities. Since 1976 Maxwell House has supplied percolators, coffee, and posters to community events, free of charge.

St. Rose Intermediate boys won the CYO Brooklyn-Queens Championship on Sunday. The boys came up against St. Nicholas of Tolentine, a very tough defensive team. The score was tied after the first quarter but St. Rose outscored St. Nick’s for the next three quarters.

The year was 1987 and on a hot summer afternoon it seemed destiny brought together singer/poet John Malone and guitarist Mike Schmitt (now with a degree in music), who also studies the trumpet.

Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272, American Legion in Rockaway Beach is advising veterans that a new information and referral program for Vietnam veterans and their families has been established by the American Legion.

Simple, and at times cool, passion continued with a tongue-in-cheek martini dry humor leavened by a bit of Mae West camp makes singer/composer Peggy Lee’s set at The Ballroom, a top Gotham nitery, an almost textbook example of what top-notch pop jazz is all about.

30 Years Ago...  

Redecking of the boardwalk from Beach 86 Street to Beach 97 Street will begin this month. A contract was awarded to the Dedonna Construction Company of Scarsdale this week. The total cost of the boardwalk renovation is $878,000.


It’s funny. First, we had no Green Line, but we had the New York City transit system. Now we have Green Lines but no New York City services. Green Line employees are set to go out on strike again at the end of June. Hopefully, the city will have other services in place by then.

Many residents were startled the day after the transit strike began to see a subway train heading for Beach 116 Street at 11 p.m. Officials say that it was the train used to keep the rails in good condition and was not carrying any passengers.

40 Years Ago...

They say there’s nothing new under the sun and all that, but never before was The Wave faced with having its subscribers’ copies left waiting in the mail sacks because of the carriers strike.


The local rumor factory has been working overtime again, grinding out false information. One rumor was to the effect that Rockaway’s Playland was not going to open this season. “T’ain’t so, of course.”

Joseph Rothenberg, president of the Rockaway Rotary Club, has announced that the club will have a delegation of at least 100 members at the Rotary district meeting at the International Hotel near John F. Kennedy Airport.

Mayor Lindsay, appearing on television Sunday night, urged New Yorkers to cooperate fully with the 1970 census. He stressed its importance in qual-ifying the city for more liberal appropriations from the federal government.

50Years Ago...  

Rowland Seaman came down from Far Rockaway to watch the demolition of the big house on the Boulevard near The Wave office which was built for his grandmother’s use as a rooming house 50 years ago.


That fire on Beach 78 Street had the street filled with spectators in no time, showing the crowds will turn out when something is going on. That should go a long way toward resuming the fireworks display at Playland this year.

The bay front at Edgemere is one of the few remaining places where a fisherman can get a supply of fiddler crabs to use as bait. Now residents are clamoring to have the bay front bulkhead built in order to end the flooding of the area when the tides run unusually high.

On a quiet day, the smoke from a jet plane taking off seems as though the jet were dropping a carpet on which someone could walk up into the air and climb aboard.

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