2003-08-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Years Ago...

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a statement approving the dumping of dredged toxic material from New York Harbor off the coast of Rockaway. This dumping in borrow pits off the coast between Sandy Hook and the Rockaway shoreline had been decried by environmentalists who believe that the waste will one day contaminate our beaches and make them unusable.

The body of Arthur Jacobson, a resident of the Saville Home at 128-23 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, was found floating in Jamaica Bay. A cause of death has not yet been released by the city’s medical examiner.

A local named John Zomerfield of Shorefront Parkway, fell out of a boat on Jamaica Bay and drowned. In an odd occurrence, police blamed the drowning on the fact of the victim had $30 in small change in his pockets, weighing him down.

Quick acting EMS workers saved the life of a two month old in Edgemere who almost died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome last weekend.

A Doo-Wop group performed at Gateway National Park on August 13. The free concert was sponsored by Chase Manhattan Bank.

Ambulance crews rushing to the scene of a shooting in Far Rockaway arrived almost to quickly for their own health when they found out the armed shooter was still on the scene.

Mayor’s Scholarship applications are available at the Rockaway Local Development office for interested college students who live within the boundaries of the Community Board 14 area.

Members of the advisory board of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital paid tribute to Ada Zakin, a founding member of the board who continued to inspire her successors.

Governor Mario Cuomo encouraged the caretakers of veterans to apply for an Aid and Assistance stipend they are entitled to from the government.

The Hammel Senior Center celebrated its fifth anniversary with a show and a lunch for residents.

A rape case involving a victim from Rockaway iS going all the way to the United States Supreme Court because of technicalities involving the Miranda Rights of the accused rapist.


Years Ago...

A methadone clinic planned for the hospital on Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway prompted picketing and other neighborhood protests at the hospital.

Sewer work on PS 44 has been halted due to a court decision temporarily halting all school construction projects in New York City.

The Far Rockaway-Five Towns Rotary Club had changed its meting place to Mickey’s Restaurant on Rockaway Turnpike in Lawrence.

The new street plan for Arverne has also been halted, pending the recall of funding to the Arverne renewal project.

The ladies wear shop on 116 Street celebrated its twenty-five years with special sales last week.

A housing project in the Arverne area of Rockaway was planned. The current plan is for the project to contain 360 units.


Years Ago...

A suffocating heat wave annoyed residents, most of whom apparently fled to some of the only buildings with air conditioning, the local movie theaters.

A summons hoax was spotted by a nine year old, who warned several men standing together, that they were in a fire zone, and they could get tickets if they remained parked at that site. The men then proceeded to place tickets on their own windshields and walked off. The police ignored the cars, which they assumed to have been tagged already. When the boy looked, he found the dates on the tickets were 1958.

John Joseph Schmitt of Rockaway Beach turned four on August 8.

The champion baseball team from Far Rockaway High School had a reception in their honor thrown in the Stella Maris Clubhouse.


Years Ago...

The engagement of Marie Anne McEacharn, to Thomas J. Farrager of the Bronx had been announced.

Ilene Harvey, daughter of Lillian Harvey of 109-36 Rockaway Beach Boulevard was married to Robert Vito of Brooklyn on June 26.

Mr. And Mrs. Dunleavy of Cross Bay Boulevard took their family to Rochester, New York for the week.

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