2014-06-20 / 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…

Senator Hillary Clinton’s visit to Broad Channel was the highlight of the Queens American Legion’s annual parade. Hosted by the Prince-Wynn Post of the Legion, this year’s ceremony and parade honored five Broad Channel men who died in the Korean War. Clinton spent several hours in the community and visited the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department’s firehouse.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and the Rockaway Partnership have announced that the final approval for the design of Tribute Park has been received from the NYC Arts Commission and that the long-awaited park can once again begin construction.

Councilman Joe Addabbo Jr. says fellow city council members are circling the money allocated for a Rockaway ferry like a school of hungry sharks – and warns there will be a funding feeding frenzy if the DOT can’t get a Rockaway to Manhattan ferry operating soon.

Workers began razing a colony of 39 bungalows, which for the past 80 years were inhabited by a close-knit community of summer residents, on Beach 101 Street last week.

30 Years Ago...

Beatings suffered on the beach on June 10 from hoodlums who came to the peninsula for the day, have led police of the 100th Precinct to put together the most concentrated program that legislators and political leaders in Rockaway claim they have ever seen.

Peninsula Car Service drivers chased alleged robbers through Michaelis-Bayswater Park, caught them and held them for police. Seven or eight drivers joined in the chase when they were told that one of them had been assaulted and robbed of $40.

Transit Police Officer Louis DeDonno grabbed a man, with a fully loaded handgun, around the neck near the Playland Subway Station. DeDonno says he saw four people arguing, ordered them to go on their way and two men did. One broke free from a woman holding him and chased the others. DeDonno caught the first man, who turned out to have a loaded gun.

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo will speak at an upcoming open Harry S. Truman Democratic Club meeting in the Wavecrest Community Center. He will cover international issues, matters of importance to the Rockaway community and his upcoming reelection bid. He’ll take questions from the audience as well.

Reports that sabotage, or perhaps attempted sabotage, was involved in the recent power failure, which included flames shooting out of the ground at Beach 87 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is being investigated by 100 Precinct detectives.

40 Years Ago...

Some critical reports were published last week about Sy Sheldon, leader of Democratic Zone B in the Rockaways, to the effect that he had sent out a letter advising that there are some openings for lawyers in the city administration. What’s wrong about a political leader letting his constituents know of possible openings? After all, it’s part of his job.

When it became known that funds for leasing college facilities had been knocked out of the city budget, Councilman Walter Ward, Congressman Frank Brasco and Assemblyman Herb Posner immediately demanded that an exception be made in the case of the Arverne Extension for Queensborough Community College. After conferences between Mayor Beame and Councilman Ward, the mayor agreed to press for funds for the Arverne building at an upcoming budget meeting.

At the recent testimonial dinner for Dr. William E.F. Werner at the Atlantic Beach Hotel, the Rev. James McKenna, pastor of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church told the crowd of his discovery that Mrs. Werner’s family had been among his parishioners in Bay Ridge where Father McKenna served before coming to Rockaway.

It is too bad it was so dark that night that people who were not aware of the successful beach protection job at Atlantic Beach, failed to get a look at the system of rock jetties which have succeeded in helping the recovery of the beach there which was ravaged by wind storms years ago. Many people hold the opinion that a similar system would work wonders for the beach at Rockaway.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. William Millstein has a picture of Beach 116 Street, with quite a few empty spaces on both sides. It also shows a wagon with a Horton’s ice cream sign, apparently making a delivery to Frank McCann’s store.

At the rate Rivara’s Marina at the foot of Beach 73 Street is filling up, it looks as though a great many people are planning to spend much of the summer season afloat.

Broad Channel was the first in the number of flags displayed on Flag Day, last Sunday. Hammel-Holland was second. The West End was at the bottom of the list. One Belle Harbor resident had his flag turned the wrong way, but at least he tried.

Francis E. (Happy Bennett) has been getting some assistance from a number of friends in painting the fence and brightening up the premises of his funeral home on the boulevard at Beach 114 Street.

60 Years Ago...

Several Rockaway organizations will take part in a reception for the Rev. Charles Carow, new pastor of St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church.

Rubi Roth, of Beach 134 Street, has received word that her recent painting has been accepted and will be placed on exhibition at the American Contemporary Artists’ Gallery on East 57 Street, New York, during June and July.

A record crowd attended the dance held Saturday night by the North Channel Yacht Club, on 17 Road and Channel Road. Commodore Charles Phillips was the official host welcoming old friends and greeting new ones.

The Nine Cuckoos held their card party and luncheon at the home of Mrs. Arthur Iverson, 49 West 14 Road, with members attending.

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