2003-03-29 / Columnists

What The Wave Said 20

What The Wave Said 20

What The Wave Said

Years Ago...

The Far Rockaway Festival of Life will be held soon. Organizers say its purpose is to bring together people of all ethnicities, races and cultures to celebrate life and living together in Far Rockaway.

Eight Beach Channel High School Students will spend a week in Mexico. The students and a chaperone will depart JFK International for Mexico City in late March.

Far Rockaway High School Student Rosalyn L. Lee received a certificate of honor from Borough President Donald R. Manes for her poem "the Softer Soldier." Lee submitted her work to the Second Annual Women’s History Month Contest in Queens.

Amboy Bus Co. President Domenic Gatto promises Rockaway residents good service. "We do a good job. We have been in business for over 10 years. Give us time and we will get new vehicles to you," Gatto said.

A naked woman who attracted a crowd entered the 100 Precinct on Sunday afternoon. Officers reportedly made no note of the incident, but took the woman to a hospital.

Students at Brian Piccolo Intermediate School 53 scored among the top four in the entire New York City school system in Gates tests, for a second year in a row.

A group of goons were caught red handed—literally—after an unoccupied Beach 124 Street residence was extensively damaged. The teenage boys reportedly poured paint on the floors, and sprayed ethnic slurs on the walls, before leaving. Police said they continued to Beach 116 Street, covered in enough paint that officers, who suspected they were truants, were able to link them to the incident uptown.

A purse-snatcher who ran into bushes behind Beach Channel High School, while trying to avoid cops was caught—the money was returned to the female victim.

Cub Scout Pack 81, of St. Francis de Sales Church has been chosen as the honorary sponsors of a Rockaway Health Council Food Pantry. The Pantry aims to help any Rockaway resident in need of food.


Years Ago...

There may be second thoughts about linking the Rockaways to the Transit Authority’s proposed Kennedy Airport Line to Penn Station. It’s reported that the fare for the 17-minute express trip will be $5.

Construction workers at the Arverne urban renewal site went to a lot of trouble not to damage the Arverne firehouse. Now it is scheduled to move.

When the new Beach Channel High School opens, next September, Far Rockaway High School will lose about 800 of its students, according to recent estimates.

Intermediate school 53 is expected to open some time next month, probably just in time to shut down for the spring vacation, which is held during Easter week. The school, now nearing completion, occupies the site of former Public School 39 on Nameoke Street in Far Rockaway.


Years Ago...

Another boating season is soon to begin and Rockaway is still without a municipal marina that we should have had years ago.

One of the rides at Rockaways Playland this year will be a combination of the park’s popular Cyclone and Caterpillar rides. We don’t know exactly what it will look like-- but it sounds fun.

Bill (Chamber of Commerce) Dauphin was much in evidence on a recent Sunday afternoon checking up on the early renting of bungalows in Edgemere.

John (Johnny’s Garage) Cirolli found his recent stay in Peninsula General Hospital a bit nostalgic. When he was a boy he used to hunt in the meadows that were there before that secion of the peninsula was developed.

Many of her former pupils were saddened to learn of the death Hannah Gutman. She joined the staff of Public School 44 more than 50 years ago and was the first teacher of the Jewish faith to be assigned to the school.


Years Ago...

Twins—brother and sister—born to the Valentines of Beach 72 Street kept the balance of boys and girls infants nearly balanced at Rockaway Beach Hospital. .

Mrs. Moran of Moran’s Hotel on Cross Bay Boulevard is now in Rockaway Beach hospital.

Seaman First Class Alex Abrahams, son of Clara Abrahams of Beach 87 Street has been transferred to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station for special training in electronics.

John Philip Childs, son of Rev. and Mrs. Henry M. Childs, Jr. of Beach 94 Street is reportedly recovering from a tonsillectomy in the Rockaway Beach Hospital.

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