2010-04-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Plans have been made for Broad Channel’s Memorial Day parade and memorial services, which will once again be held on the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend. The Prince- Wynn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 260, and its auxiliary will once again sponsor the annual parade.

Pat Grondhal will talk about “Flowers and Gardens” at a slide lecture from the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Queens Borough Public Library’s Peninsula Branch. Real and imagined gardens will be in the presentation, she says.

Jessica Fleischman will discuss “Einstein, Freud and Their Judaism” during a “breakfast and book review.” Sylvia Eliasoff is chairing the event, which will he held at Temple Beth-El on Beach 121 Street. At the same time, a recent acquisition for the Bertha Anolic Wing of the temple’s library will be exhibited.

The fastest growing market sector with the most disposable income in the United States is the aging baby boomer generation, and those individuals over the age of 50. They have the majority of the wealth and influence, yet are not always taking care of themselves as they should, health officials told a seminar at Peninsula Hospital Center last week.

Bilingual class 5-320 at Public School 197 presented “the Americas United by the Children” under the supervision of Juana Borde. With maps, flags and costumes of native countries, children spoke briefly about their homelands.

The National Park Service has scheduled four additional tests for prospective lifeguards for its beaches this summer. All applicants must have physicians’ notes indicating fitness to take the test, points out Robert W. McIntosh Jr., general superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area.

“Taxpayers have every right to know how their money is spent,” but Republicans have defeated itemized disclosure of spending in the legislative budget, says Democratic officials!

30Years Ago...  

Has anyone noticed the huge flood around the entrance to the municipal parking lot in Beach 116 Street? True, the water goes down faster; it now takes one day instead of a week, but we were sure that the new sewer would alleviate the situation altogether.

A copy of The Wave mailed on Friday will reach its destination in Hawaii on the following Monday, but the same Wave, mailed the same day, may not Wednesday.

Just a lot of hot air. That’s what people are saying about the cry to stop the tolls from increasing. We have been informed that the machinery is in place now to accept 75 cents per car on our two bridges.

More than 2,500 police officers lined the way as the body of Police Officer Robert A. Sorrentino of the 101 Precinct was brought into St. Joachim’s Church, Cedarhurst, on Monday, April 28.

40 Years Ago...

Former Arvernite Dan Herbst of Oldsmobile fame is the man who makes the wheels go around at Ultrapet, the dog grooming franchise which is expanding across the nation.

Speaking of franchises, Sunnydale stores has just opened its first store in Rockaway Beach, on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 79 Street.

William A. Kozma, former administrator of Peninsula Hospital Center, who resigned to accept a post with the Catholic hospital complex of the Brooklyn diocese, is now administrator at St. Joseph’s hospital in Far Rockaway.

The Queens Borough Public Library has microfilmed copies of The Wave, dating back to 1910 and may soon add earlier copies to its collection in the main office in Jamaica.

50Years Ago... 

James Doherty, a spry young man of 85, recalls the 1920 census quite well, since he was one of the census takers. He collected 3200 names in eight days, including a family with 18 children and another family with four sets of twins.

Plans to construct a new post office in the Rockaway Point section have been tabled by government officials, pending the outcome of the contemplated litigation of bungalow owners against Northern Properties, Inc. The entire situation is too obscure at the present to proceed with definite plans.

It is not generally realized that every person missed in the census costs New York City a $6.75 loss in state aid alone. Representation in Congress and the state legislature is also determined by census figures, so if you have not been counted, call the nearest census office.

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