2003-07-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Years Ago...

Violence disrupted this year’s Fourth of July Weekend as Rockaway dealt with record crowds, four drownings, a murder, two shootings, as well as too much illegal parking, public drinking and littering.

Democratic District Leader Helen Leonescu died unexpectedly this week of a heart attack. Services were held at Riverside Chapel in Far Rockaway with thousands in attendance to pay their respects to the long-time civic leader.

Five nudists were arrested for public lewdness in connection with the new law now being enforced at federal beaches such as the one at Riis Park.

South Shore Educational Consultants are now offering summer classes in reading and math for all levels of students.

A Parent Support group for the parents of "difficult teens" started on Wednesday July 13. All those interested are invited to attend at the St. John’s Home in Rockaway Beach.

The City Council recently cited eight Rockaway students with Student Service Honor awards.

Beach Channel High School Student, Sharon Gayle, won first place in a poster contest sponsored by the Museum of Modern art.

Horizon Concerts Chamber Orchestra presented a free outdoor concert on July 13 that included the music of Rossini, Strauss and Schubert.

The Rockaway Senior Citizens Center in Edgemere recently bought a van to better serve their member’s needs.

The Community Bible Church held a two-night seminar on scripture, led by Rev. Oden Woodward III. .


Years Ago...

The State Diner at Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive was bulldozed on that Saturday to be replaced by a McDonalds. The diner has long been a local meeting place.

Dom DiResta’s service station on Beach 75 Street and Beach Channel Drive was robbed last weekend. The burglars took cash, tools and a car and then fled the scene.

A state plan to turn Floyd Bennett Field into a housing development has fallen through, to the relief of many locals, most of whom want to turn the one-time military airfield called Naval Air Station, New York, into a full service local airport.

The Jacob Riis house in Richmond Hill was razed, to the dismay of many New York Historians. Riis is the famous reformer for whom Riis Park (in the west end of Rockaway) is named.

The lighting around the boardwalk will be updated to include high intensity bulbs of shatterproof glass, according to Parks Department sources.

About 1.75 million people were in Rockaway last weekend, due to an intense heat wave. The onslaught of people caused traffic and litter problems throughout the beachfront communities of Rockaway.


Years Ago...

The annual fireman’s parade was held at Playland last weekend, organized and hosted by Nick Geist. Companies from all over the area participated in the event.

A cold spell produced an unseasonably cold beach weekend, inconveniencing many would-be beachgoers and uncomfortable lifeguards.

Discerning bicycle thieves, who apparently only stole English racing bikes, haunted the Public School 104 parking lot last week. Several of the bikes were stolen from the Bayswater school.

The local Highway Department removed several potholes on Beach Channel Driveway, to the relief of residents.

Many rows full of broken parking meters in the municipal lot annoyed our residents.


Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ahlert of 85 Street celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary with a party at their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Willie Arnold and their children Billy and Linda, of 79-14 Beach Channel Drive, are spending the summer in the Adirondacks.

Mrs. James Pangburn, sister of James Ericson, of 625 Beach 66 Street, celebrated her birthday Tuesday with a party at her home. .

Claire Williamson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Williamson, of 14 West 10 Rd. celebrated her sixteenth birthday on Monday.

Mrs. R.A. Swain of Beach 124 Street spent the weekend with friends in Jersey City.

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