2003-03-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

Looking Backward What The Wave Said 20

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

23 volunteer firefighters from Rockaway Point, Point Breeze and Roxbury rush to Floyd Bennett Field to help the New York City Fire Department and Gateway's Resource Management Team fight a stubborn brush fire. Strong winds caused the fire to "jump" a runway before firefighters could bring it under control.

Public School 183 gets full-time security during school hours. Officers from the 100 Precinct are watching the school and surrounding area. The security is being provided following the robbery of a female staff-worker by an intruder.

About 250 members of the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) are expected to gather and enjoy a traditional first seder. The event will take place at Beach 19 Street and Seagirt Boulevard, and will feature a home-cooked dinner.

Fred Nelson. M.A., M.S., C.A.C. has been promoted to director of alcoholism at St. John's Episcopal Hospital's South Shore Division in Far Rockaway. A local resident, Nelson is married with five children.

Second graders from Public School 215 in Far Rockaway are baking and selling cakes and cookies in the effort to repair Lady Liberty. Children in Sherry Copeland's class will send funds collected to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Centennial Foundation.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital's South Shore Division in Far Rockaway is inviting the public to see its new 12-story patient care tower. The 300 in-patient beds, eight operating rooms, major clinical departments, and lifesaving support services allows the tower to offer the most up-to-date, technologically advanced care, according to spokesperson Arthur Cullen.

Children in Public School 183 are concerned about a sick baby seal that washed up on the shore at Beach 78 Street, just one block from the school. The school children have been calling the aquarium where the seal is receiving treatment. A spokesperson for the aquarium says the kids' flippered friend is doing well, and could be released into the wild soon.

A low hanging power line on Beach 70 Street, near Elizabeth Avenue, is hit by a truck, and arcs across the street. LILCO repairmen responded several hours later.

Rockaway Health Celebration Day will take place at St. Rose of Lima School on Beach 84 Street. Men and women 18 years and older will receive free medical screenings.

30 Years Ago...

Spring arrived right on time at 1:13 Tuesday afternoon and unloaded a lot of welcome sunshine upon us. The cold winter has departed leaving most of us thankful for the almost complete absence of snow.

Assemblyman Alfred A. DelliBovi of Richmond Hill is fighting in Albany to give community boards in Richmond Hill, Howard Beach and Glendale the right to pick locations for stations on the new Kennedy Airport subway link.

Ralph Middleton, manager of the Equitable Federal Savings and Loan office on Mott Avenue is busy with his staff preparing to move into new quarters in a week or so on Seagirt Boulevard.

When he heard that this is The Wave's 80th Year, Bobby Mayer, of the wholesale butcher firm Loeb & Mayer was reminded it is their 80th year in business as well. Both businesses were established in 1893.

40 Years Ago...

News that the United States Marine Band has delayed its appearance here, until 1965, was disappointing to many people who were delighted by the band's concert at Far Rockaway High School two years ago.

The Rev. William Burke of St. Camillus Church did his usual repeat performance at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. He marched up the avenue with the church's C.Y.O. senior band and then did it again with the juniors. The appearance of the American-Irish Shamrock Band made it three bands from the Rockaways in the big parade.

Jimmy Corrigan, Jr., who has played many roles in this community since the days when his uncle Jack and his dad were local political figures, now represents a firm that deals in rip-rap-stone that is used in jetty construction.

Louis Jubi, one of Somerville's pioneers was among those on hand to welcome Peninsula National Bank's new branch at Arverne. Bank officials say it is flourishing.

50 Years Ago...

Harry Frost, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Frost is leaving for Camp Kilmer, NJ. He is to be inducted into the United States Army.

Nicholas J. Spata of 417 Beach 131 Street has received the Francis A. Brewer Award for outstanding service given by a member of the Public Schools Games Committee.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hintz of Beach 96 Street held a dinner party in their home Saturday evening. The dinner celebrated their 10 years of marriage.

Margie VanZucklen of Beach 46 Street was one of the Nassau County winners of an Admiral clock radio awarded by the H.B. Bohack Company.

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