2014-06-13 / Columnists

Looking Back

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…

10 Years Ago…

For the first time in school history, the Beach Channel High School Dolphins advanced to the PSAL B Championship with a 6-3 victory over Morris High School last Monday at St. John’s University.

The first Arverne By The Sea Bicycle Race was held on Beach 73rd Street last Sunday under cloudy and threatening skies. Despite the weather, nearly 100 riders came from both Rockaway and the rest of the metropolitan area.

City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. hosted rallies at two Rockaway branch libraries, the Peninsula branch (June 2) and The Seaside Branch (June 3), in an effort to fight cuts proposed by Mayor Bloomberg.

Rockaway artists Arlene Cornell & Stephen Yaeger will be showing their work in the Brooklyn Watercolor Society’s group exhibition “Recent Paintings.”

15 Years Ago…

State Senator Al Waldon earned a Republican reward by being tabbed for a judgeship by Governor George Pataki.

Congressman Anthony Weiner this week announced an initiative to use beach erosion funds to build jetties and groins to protect Rockaway’s beaches. If the Weiner plan is adopted, the army corps could allocate as much as $3.3 million for such steps.

30 Years Ago...

Hoodlums who came to the beach in Belle Harbor severely injured five residents of the area, in addition to causing lesser injuries and damage. So vicious was the attack, perpetrated by at least 30 youths that police and political leaders are trying to prevent anything like it from happening again.

Approximately 500 people – most of them young – gathered in front of Playland last week for the first of a series of free Thursday night concerts. Earlier in the day, Playland played host to about 200 children of New York City firefighters who died in the line of duty.

Identification of a body found in Rockaway Point Inlet last weekend appears unlikely. According to an official report prepared by Police Sergeant James A. Purcell, a 100 Precinct patrol supervisor, the body appears to be that of a woman, but deterioration makes it impossible to determine race, height or weight.

Two Emergency Medical Service ambulances reached a 17-year-old male about four minutes after he fell from a second-story window at Beach 88th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA is sharing $862,000 with 18 other organizations operating domestic violence programs, according to Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz.

A-line subway service was disrupted for more than a half-hour on the morning of June 7 due to power failure.

Four members of the Rockaway Branch of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York attended the league’s annual city convention at the Vista Hotel at the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Residents of Beach 26th Street, between Seagirt Avenue and the ocean, have formed the Beach 26 Street Ocean Pride Association.

Sri Chinmoy has arranged for another 4-mile run on the west end of the Rockaway Peninsula. The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team with the cooperation of the Gateway National Recreation Area’s Breezy Point Unit is sponsoring the run.

40 Years Ago...

Neil Murray, a charter member of the Broad Channel Democratic Club, accepted a certificate of honor from the Office of the Queens Borough President at the club’s recent 50th Anniversary Celebration.

As a result of studies conducted by the Department of Traffic at the request of City Councilman Walter Ward, it has been determined that traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 40th Street.

Telephone company crews are still snaking cable through conduits under Beach Channel Drive in Edgemere in a continuing effort to improve service on the peninsula.

St. Gertrude’s R.C. Church in Edgemere does not have a parochial school, so youngsters from St. Gertrude’s attend classes in just about every Catholic parish on the peninsula.

50 Years Ago...

Since Jim Montgomery returned from Europe, he has had his beard trimmed and he now looks like Jim Montgomery instead of Ernest Hemingway.

Our public officials have done nothing about creating a marina at Rockaway Park, but some of our students are using the idea as a project in their architectural classes.

The W.F. Brunner bowling team thinks it’s great to win the Rockaway Park league championship after all of these years. Members of the team say it’s in their blood now.

Sheldon Rosenblatt, Republican candidate for Assembly in this district, says he is not in agreement with sentiment expressed by Young Republicans in opposition to free tuition in colleges.

60 Years Ago...

Department of Housing and Building Inspectors Frank Kempf and John Cahill were heroes of a fire on Beach 81st Street when they braved billowing smoke to rescue two small children from a third floor apartment.

William H. Blum was installed as president of the Rotary Club of the Rockaways for the ensuing year at a recent ceremony at the Hotel Commodore. A dinner was enjoyed and dancing to music was furnished by the Smith orchestra to round out the evening.

Dr. and Mrs. Leon D. Star, of Lawrence, have returned from their trip aboard the Queen Mary. The couple spent five weeks visiting England, Scotland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and Holland.

Marilyn Cohen, of 66-05 Boulevard, received the Ida Kakarin Memorial Award at Brooklyn College this semester. She is in her junior year.

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