2003-04-05 / Columnists

Looking Backward

Looking Backward What The Wave Said 20

What The Wave Said 20

Years Ago...

Rockaway, nobody knows you're here! For Proof, look at the map on this page. It's part of Hagstrom's latest of Queens County; and it has the Atlantic Ocean in place of the Rockaway Peninsula, Jamaica Bay, all the islands in the bay and the bridges we thought connected us to the rest of Queens.

Felony crime on the subway lines in Rockaway is down so much that police have to wait for complaints. At the heart of this drop, says Transit Police Detective Richard Farnworth is massive arrests for fare beating.

Queens Narcotics Police Sergeant Ronald Ryan was on vacation last week, but under the supervision of Police Sergeant Phil Schurr and Captain Gregory Moore, Ryan's Raiders were still very active. Arriving with search warrants, they arrested several individuals on marijuana related charges.

Sunrise services will be conducted on the beach in Edgemere on Easter Sunday, by the Full Gospel Tabernacle at 361 Beach 42 Street. As in past years the emphasis will be on the resurrection of the Lord, said Rev. Robert Castro.

Nothing will be done about drums of possibly toxic substances found this year in the Edgemere landfill until at least some time during the summer, when a consultant retained by the New York City Department of Sanitation to test for impact is expected to issue a report.

Residents of Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor are begging police, liquor enforcement authorities and neighbors who are parents of teenagers to help curb vandalism.

For the first time, Temple of Israel in Rockaway Beach will have two Yiskur services, where Jewish people pray for the souls of people who have died, on the last day of Passover.

District Attorney John J. Santucci will speak to the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways during a luncheon meeting in the Harbor Pub, in Belle Harbor.

Ellen A. Sullivan, a senior at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway has been selected as a finalist for the 1983 Jostens Foundation Scholarship Program.

Jewish heritage is taught to young adults on Sunday at the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA, in Far Rockaway. Emphasis is put on Hebrew, history, Yom Tov celebrations, music and art.


30 Years Ago...

Sign on a local church bulletin board seen recently: "Drive carefully. Drive defensively. It's not only the cars that can be recalled by their maker."

Al Bianco, past commander of the Far Rockaway American Legion Post, had a busy day recently getting photographs of the Home With Honor Parade.

People always seem to find something to get mad about. For the past 10 years it was the war in Southeast Asia. Now it's the meat prices, but nobody seems to be saying anything about the homes with the well -stocked freezers.

The Edward Clarity's of Broad Channel, who recently returned from their Florida vacation, say the thing that stands out most in their minds is the recollection of being snowbound for four and a half days at Florence, S.C.

Carvel's store at Rockaway Park has a sign in its window recommending that people observe the meat boycott and eat ice cream instead.


40 Years Ago...

Low tide finds youngsters digging bait along the Somerville bayfront where the bulkhead is no more. What a spot! And Silver Hole's famous flounder grounds close by, too!

Mrs. Henrietta Vollman of Belle Harbor is a real fan of Rockaway. "The more I see of other places the more I like Rockaway," she said. And she means it.

Democratic Leader Milton E. Jacobowitz is aiming at consolidating the party's local clubs into one united Democratic club. That's a bite so big, it has choked other leaders who have tried it.

Some of the wrecked cars outside of the 100 Precinct police station are so gruesome that one wonders how anybody, after seeing them, could ever want to drive a car again.


50 Years Ago...

Damage estimated at more than 5,000 resulted from a fire in a three story frame-stucco storeroom building at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.

John J. Roberts of Arverne is sergeant in charge of the special police at Wave Crest Gardens.

Mr. and Mrs. J. McLaughlin and daughter, Joan, of 1412 Cross Bay Boulevard, are spending the Easter week in Florida.

Mrs. J. Burnes of 15 Road in Broad Channel is home from the hospital with a new baby girl.

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