2003-07-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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What The Wave Said

Years Ago...

Gateway National Recreation Area will enforce a New York State ban on public nudity at its beaches in Riis Park. Bay One has traditionally been a nude beach, much to the disapproval of many local Neponsit residents.

Rockaway Playland has finally opened after many months of on again, off again negotiations.

Free meals became available this week in two public schools in Rockaway for children under 19 and for all students who participate in special education programs, regardless of their age.

St. Camillus parish in Rockaway Beach celebrates its 75th anniversary with a diamond jubilee this month.

Far Rockaway High School students who voluntarily cared for elderly patients at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s South Shore Division in Far Rockaway were recently honored by the school and by the hospital.

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo recently fielded questions from third graders at P.S. 114. When asked whether or not he was nervous when meeting the president Addabbo joked, "No! The president is nervous when he meets this Congressman."

Seven subway stations in the Rockaways are under construction as part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Five-Year Capital Improvement program.

"Casinos are not worth the gamble!" warned Thomas Laverne, executive director of No Dice, a group opposed to casinos in New York State.

Police officers from the Queens narcotics squad locked up seven persons in three locations in Rockaway, for criminal possession and sale of both marijuana and PCP.

Fluke are running on the Tin Can grounds east of the jetty-outside the Rockaway Inlet to Jamaica Bay-reported local fishermen last week.

Nine members of a Transit Police District 23 task force concentrating on patrolling the Rockaway line receive coveted unit citations from police chief James B. Meehan.


Years Ago...

Hurricane season arrived this week thirty years ago announcing itself with a nearby storm in Bermuda. A downpour in New York was speculated to be a possible precursor to more tropical storms.

Peggy Wood said that perhaps people don’t like the attractive way Danny’s Place on beach 116 Street has been fixed up. Every now and then a car jumps the sidewalk and slams into Danny’s. This happened again and a fire hydrant was knocked down in the process.

After two years, the new trees along Central Avenue are flourishing, lending some attractiveness, which has been lacking in the area for some time.

Bulldozers soon attracted a crowd of spectators early this week as they razed some of the old frame buildings that served St. Josephs Hospital for many years. They had outlived their usefulness in the opinion of Long Island Jewish Hospital, which now owns the property.


Years Ago...

Not to be outdone by the Fire Department’s jet craft, "Flame," the Coast Guard added a speedy self-righting rescue boat to its equipment at the Rockaway Point Lifeboat Station.

"I’m going back to Miami where its cool," said Moe Silbert formerly of Belle Harbor, who was in town for a few days to see his grandchildren.

"Wait till next year when we get started earlier," said John Peters whose Newport Inn is sponsoring a softball team which last Sunday defeated the Peninsula General Hospital team, 18-10.

The city makes a to-do about air pollution, yet rubbish continues to be burned in the air at Rockaway Point and that is almost in Sheepshead Bay’s backyard. Seems like a revival of Barren Island in reverse, since our prevailing winds are from the south.


Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. George Herbst, of Beach 60 Street spent the holiday weekend visiting relatives at a lakeside cottage near Wilken Bone, Pennsylvania.

Barbara Ruth Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Moore of 233 Beach 80 Street celebrated her third birthday.

Mrs. Erich Bressler, of 428 Beach 136 street is visiting friends in Hopewell Junction, in Dutchess county, New York.

Robert V. Henning, son of Robert Henning of 195 Beach 147th street is at Camp Susquehanna, New Milford Pennsylvania.

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