2003-05-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Years Ago...

Maryann Carey, a former New York City budget worker, and George Russo, an attorney, were elected to School Board 27.

Riis Park Visitor Center opened with a mission to provide visitors with orientation to the Gateway Park, the National Park Service and the Rockaway area.

The National Park Service issued a warning not to touch dead wildlife at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge because of rabbit fever, also known as Tularemia, which can be transmitted to humans.

14-year old Ciron Jhingree, a resident of Arverne, was reported missing by his mother, and police throughout the city were cooperating in the search (it was reported in a later edition of The Wave that he was found alive).

The Broad Channel Memorial Day Parade on May 29th was sponsored by the Prince-Wynn Post 260 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Thirty Neighborhood residents turned out for the Edgemere Cleanup effort and filled more than 70 large plastic bags full of garbage that was strewn around Beach Channel Drive.

The Memorial Circle was restored by Thomas Hanna and Dennis Brady, prompting several letters of thanks.

New yellow lines were painted to mark where the Triboro buses stopped and it was suggested that it might be convenient if the Green Line took notice.

Far Rockaway High School student Francisco Rosario won a Congressional Artistic Discovery Award, to his shock and his teacher’s delight.

Parks Department staff were stunned when a wheel of one of their trucks broke through the boardwalk on Beach 76 Street. Area residents, however, were not so surprised. For years, they and City Councilman Walter Ward had been warning that big trucks do not belong on the boards, in spite of the fact that they are used in trash basket pick-up.

The Saturday, May 28, 1983 issue of The Wave marked the 90th anniversary of "Rockaway’s Newspaper." With 52 pages, it was also the largest issue to date. Today, the average size is an even more impressive 84 pages.


Years Ago...

Ceremonies will be held on June 17th for the dedication of the Rockaway Community Park on 51st street, with Assemblyman Herbert A. Posner as Master of Ceremonies.

The bill that allowed Beach Channel residents to purchase their own land was passed and signed into law by Governor Rockefeller, to their great excitement.

A longtime summer resident of Rockaway, City Comptroller Abe Beame, was running for the Democratic nomination for Mayor.

Beach Channel Drive flooded and The Folk Festival was postponed due to excessive rainfall, inconveniencing all concerned.

Far Rockaway resident Ronald Weinfeld was installed as the chancellor commander of Evercrest Lodge, No. 615, Knights of Pythias.


Years Ago...

Underage drinking attracted the attention of concerned Residents in Edgemere, who wondered without result how the teenagers were buying their beer.

An 85 foot electric pole was installed on 116th street, to the annoyance of the store owner whose building it is in front of.

A Nassau county firm expressing interest in Rockaway reassured people who were worried about Mayor Wagner’s report of businesses moving their locations out of the city.

A group of property owners in Arverne and Edgemere who were seeking condemnation of their own real estate provoked local residents, who formed a group intended to promote the area.


Years Ago...

Daniel Elstein, son of Mr and Mrs. Louis H. Elstein, was elected to the Health and Hygiene Committee of the Student Council ant Cornell University.

Fred Kohlreiter of the Arverne Community Mens club was chairman of the blood drive conducted at Congregation Derech Emunoh.

Martin (Buddy) Kaye, former Far Rockaway High School pitcher was becoming the ace of the Marietta College varsity team and blanked the nationally ranked team from Weselyan.

The Ladies Aid Committee held a meeting at the home of Julia Sandholm for the First Congregational Church.

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