2003-05-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Dan Tubridy, owner of the Pier 92 restaurant, accepted a New York State legislative resolution recognizing his efforts in saving a 10-year-old boy from the waters of Jamaica Bay.

Seven Rockaway residents, involved in a airplane hijacking, came home recently. They were thankful the crew of Capital Airlines maintained order and safety while the plane was taken to Cuba.

New York City Police Sergeant James Caffrey, of the 100 Precinct, was injured by an explosive device while investigating a suspected arson on Beach 109 Street. Caffrey's ears were injured when a Ashcan, or M80 exploded as he was entering a bungalow where a Molotov cocktail was thrown.

Inspectors are finding so much erosion in Rockaway's beaches this spring that officials may decide it will be impossible to make some of them usable this summer. The hardest hit area is between Beach 35 and 39 Street.

Michael Intrator of Class 8SPE2, Rockaway Beach Junior School 180, was selected as a winner at a Queens Borough Science Fair held at John Browne High School in Flushing.

Two 16-year-old boys were arrested after allegedly snatching the purse of a 23-year-old woman. The incident, according to police, occurred near Key Food, on Beach 105 Street.

An ad for Jamaica Savings Bank introduces the "Cashmate" automated teller and calls it "the incredible time machine." They say the computerized teller is "ready when you are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

Community School Board 27 recently picked eight-year-old Brendan Mc Lean of Beach 127 Street in Rockaway as the winner of a new bicycle. The two-wheeler was provided by Baskin Robbins on Beach 116 Street.

Herbert Schneider has been appointed the president of the Columbia Savings & Loan Association. Schneider began working, as a mortgage officer, with Columbia since 1968.

New York City's Department of Environmental Protection is studying ways to collect and treat sewage from Broad Channel. The agency said it has always been aware of the unique and sensitive ecology of Jamaica Bay and since the 1930s has concentrated on more scientific research, engineering, and construction in the area.

Stench from the comfort station at Beach 117 Street and the boardwalk can be smelled nearly a block away. A complaint stating the above was recently sent to Parks Commissioner Henry Stern.

30 Years Ago...

Grassy Point has clinched first place in the Broad Channel Monday Night Bowling League.

Newly elected State Senator Karen Burstein, of Lawrence, is one of several senators who are backing a bill to sell the land to Broad Channel homeowners.

Several Bayswater residents are still wondering who made off with their beautiful Azalea bushes one recent night.

Robbers have stolen the bronze plaque that was secured to the base of the memorial at Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Belle Harbor Garden Club members are going door-to-door in the area, asking for cooperation in returning the plaque.

Bulldozers are clearing the stores and apartments from the triangular plot between Beach 24 and 25 streets and Seagirt Boulevard.

40 Years Ago...

School mothers have been doing a great job to publicize the need for a traffic light at Beach 62 Street.

What happened to all the people who used to shop in Far Rockaway? A tour on Saturday afternoon, recently, had many stores with nary a customer.

The parking signs in the West End are being changed for summer. The new ones read, "No Parking, Saturday, Sundays, and Holidays, May 15 to September 30."

If the newest Edgemere housing project goes through, will all those good people on Beach 43 street, whose houses back up to the basin, lose their waterfront?

50 Years Ago...

Parking meters are being installed on Central Avenue between Mott and New Haven Avenues.

Mr. and Mrs. David Cowan of Beach 38 St., are the parents of a son born May 12, at Rockaway Beach Hospital.

William Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Miller of Beach 136 Street, pitched a no-hitter in his first appearance on the junior varsity team of Taft Prep School, Watertown, Tenn.

The Gay Nineties will return Saturday night as the 100 A.C. Club holds a dinner and dance at St. Francis de Sales.

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