2014-01-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

The Wave’s archives were largely lost to Hurricane Sandy. But through piecing together online sources, we are once again able to present this feature.

There may be some gaps in the record, some years may be missing, but here’s…

What The Wave Said

10Years Ago...

Rockaway has been without a kosher delicatessen ever since the feds closed the Belle Harbor Deli because its owners allegedly were involved in a drug gang. A new Glatt Kosher Deli has opened within shooting distance of Rockaway, however. The former Epstein’s in the Lawrence Shopping Center (at the corner of Rockaway Turnpike and Burnside Avenue) recently was reincarnated as the Five Towns Kosher Delicatessen. For those who need Glatt Kosher food, or those who enjoy a good corned beef or pastrami sandwich, this might be a good destination.

It sounds like Congressman Anthony Weiner has started his campaign for Mayor of New York City. In a recent statement, Weiner said, "He’s [Bloomberg] is going to lose in ’05. All of the visits to the boroughs in the world are not going to change the fact that there is almost a spiritual divide between [Bloomberg] and those that he’s governing."

Congressman Greg Meeks and State Senator Malcolm Smith are visiting India to "cultivate an international market for small business in the local area." Sounds like a jaunt to us,

The Beach Channel High School Marching Band is looking to go to Disney World. The band has been invited to give a concert on February 17 at the Florida theme park, but doesn’t have the funds to get there. The school will hold a fundraiser on January 12 in order to get the money to take 40 students and five parents on the trip. Tickets for the concert are $12, and can be purchased at the offices of Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, City Councilman Joe Addabbo and at The Wave office.

30Years Ago...

City Councilman Walter Ward is objecting to extension of the Nassau Expressway to the Atlantic Beach Bridge. Ward called part of the plan "unjustified and divisive."

Members of the Board of Estimate paid close attention when Green Bus Lines, Triboro Coach Corp., Jamaica Bus and other private bus firms asked for basic fares of $1 per ride, and $3 each way for express buses.

You can walk this Sunday with the Urban Park Rangers on the beach in Far Rockaway and wind up gathered around a crackling fire listening to stories about the sea. The walks have been named "Tales of the Widow Maker: A Mid-Winter Tribute to Seas and Beaches. An Urban Park Ranger told The Wave, "Winter sets the stage for a grueling battle between beach and sea….view how our beaches are faring…then relax….around a crackling fire and hear readings."

Mario Russo, of Arverne, a leading member of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, recently presented a trophy to representatives of the sons of Val Stables and trainer Charles Dickey, after the horse Crude Ways won the Rockaway Stakes. Crude Ways picked up $42,660 of $71,000 (gross value).

Saturday, March 10, has been chosen as the date for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. James Conway Sullivan was elected president of the parade committee this year.

Reconstruction of three burned sections of boardwalk is expected to begin in March. Those sections are at Beach 112 Street, Beach 109 Street and Beach 61 Street.

Community Board 14 officers were reelected. They are Joel Gerstel, chairman, Mario Russo, first vice chairman, May Fetscher, second vice chairman and Joseph Barto, financial treasurer.

With a broken leg, broken hip, broken ribs and other injuries, the Reverend Joseph May continues to experience pain. May was injured when his car struck a pole on the North Channel Bridge.

Brody’s Furniture at 21-71 Mott Avenue was completely destroyed in an early morning fire on December 29. The building, built in 1902, featured some of the most original architecture in the area.

40Years Ago...

Chuck Herd, of Edgemere, who started at Far Rockaway High School in football and basketball, helped his college team, Penn State, rally to defeat LSU in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day. Herd combined a brilliant catch and run for a 72-yard touchdown play in the second quarter. Penn State went on to victory, 16-9.

Sidney Baumgarten, of Beach 12 Street, president of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways, has been appointed as one of five assistants to Mayor Abraham Beame.

Streets around the Broad Channel vol- 50Years Ago...

unteer firehouse are graded so that water collects around the building. The firemen use duckboards in some places to keep from getting their feet wet. Who said the life of a firefighter is easy?

Bill Brunner, president of Peninsula General Hospital, had his first experience as a patient on New Year’s Day when he was admitted for treatment of a slight heart ailment.

Last week’s heavy rain flooded the parking field along the bulkhead in Seaside and for a time it seemed like local demands for a skating rink was about to be realized. The water ran off before it froze, but it was there long enough to start people thinking.

Father Budrekas of St. Virgilius Church, Broad Channel, takes an occasional walk across the Cross Bay Bridge, to Rockaway, and back.

The early morning freeze on New Year’s Eve made driving a bit more hazardous for people returning from the night’s parties.

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