2014-04-25 / Columnists

Looking Back

What The Wave Said…

10 Years Ago…

Ms. Ryan's fourth grade class from P.S. 47 in Broad Channel sit under the new rainbow spray shower at the Gene Gray Playground between 9th and 10th roads on Cross Bay Boulevard. The students participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the recently remodeled playground last Friday.

After two years of negotiations, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on April 19 that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) would take over the seven subsidized private bus companies (including Green Bus, Jamaica Bus and Triboro Coach) that currently operate in the city, effective July 1.

The Department of Transportation will review the placement of the "No Parking Any Time" signs that were placed along Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 126th Street to Beach 139th Street on the day prior to Easter.

Queens County Council Junior Vice Commander, Michael Menschel, received a plaque from Post 258 Jewish War Veterans for his service as post commander for the year 2003.

Assemblywoman Pheffer has announced that the Assembly has passed legislation she sponsored that holds health care maintenance organizations and insurance companies accountable for denying or withholding necessary patient care.

30 Years Ago ...

Monday night, burglars "kicked down" all the good feeling Full Gospel Tabernacle, at 361 Beach 42nd Street, built up last weekend when it sponsored a slideshow about the resurrection. The burglars came in between 10 p.m. and midnight, while the caretakers were out to dinner.

Prince-Wynn Post 260 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Broad Channel will distribute government surplus food (processed cheese and butter) to needy residents of the area again next week. The distribution will be carried out at the Broad Channel VFW Hall, on Shad Creek Road.

A young boy who was struck by an automobile on April 18 while crossing Beach Channel Drive in the vicinity of Beach 92nd Street went home from Peninsula Hospital Center on Monday – to celebrate his ninth birthday.

Proposed regulations that will end the use of the New York Bight Apex for sludge dumping were revealed recently by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The proposal would mainly move sludge dumping to a location 106 miles southeast of Cape May, New Jersey.

"When we arrived in China, Premier Zhao Ziyang was visiting the United States to further friendly relations and trade. This week President Reagan is making a historic visit to China. This week also marked the opening of the first fast food restaurant in China. China is rapidly changing and Beijing is a city which exemplifies that change," wrote future Wave Publisher Susan B. Locke in her "Is China Ready For Tourism" series.

Metropolitan Opera Soprano Roberta Peters will sing for the Rockaway Music and Arts Council this Saturday at Beach Channel High School.

40 Years Ago...

Borough President Donald R. Manes and Congressman Frank Brasco will head the list of distinguished speakers at the seventh annual Senior Citizens Day of the Rockaway Health Council.

Nancy Lieberman, 15, of Bayswater Avenue, is the only high school student on the entire east coast to be invited to the Olympic trial for girls’ basketball. Lieberman, a student at Far Rockaway High School, will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the trials are held.

Many Rockaway residents were pleased last week by Mayor Beame’s announcement that he had appointed Deputy Borough President Robert T. Groh to serve as commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation.

Investigation by postal inspectors continues throughout the local area as they search for the perpetrators who removed two or three sacks of mail from relay boxes in the west end.

50 Years Ago...

One of the first to comment to The Wave about the proposed levee for the hurricane protection in the Rockaways was Mario Russo, an Arverne resident for many years. "About time," he said.

Residents of Beach 62nd Street, between Beach Channel Drive and the Freeway, are wondering when the city is going to get around to paving the street, which they believe to be dangerous.

The old New York Nationals basketball team, which left Rockaway to make a great record 50 years ago, will be given a dinner Saturday night. Eddie Doyle, "Biscuits Brunner," Bill Brunner, Elmer Ripley and Dick Smyth will be there. Wally Ruckert and Jimmy Bryan are in California. Of the original members of the famous team, only Gary Schmeelk is deceased.

Since the recent fire at the Last Stop Inn, former patrons are getting a bang out of the signs Joe Fitzgerald has placed in the windows announcing the reason for the closing.

60 Years Ago...

Thomas J. Shanahan, president of the Federation Bank and Trust Company, is one of the three alumni of New York University’s School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance who have been chosen for this year’s John T. Madden Memorial Awards.

County Judge William B. Groat told 150 diners at the 33rd annual men’s dinner of the First Congregational Church last week "George Washington would have a tough time in present day America."

Civil Court Justice J. Irwin Shapiro will serve as honorary chairman of the 40th annual meeting of the Rockaway Beach Hospital taking place at the Park Inn Hotel, on Beach 116th Street.

The Rockaway Council of the Knights of Columbus had a breakfast celebrating the acquisition of land for their new clubhouse. Attending the groundbreaking ceremony were: Edward Gillespie, Fred Weber, Tom Allen and Grand Knight Jack Keough.

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…

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