2003-09-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Police, business people, parks personnel and local residents were all pleased with the record crowds that came to Rockaway last weekend to celebrate the last weekend of summer. Chamber of Commerce officials are reporting that this summer was one of the best on record for business owners, particularly in the west end of the peninsula. Police sources reported that more than 500,000 people visited Rockaway’s beaches over the holiday weekend.

Elsie Ott was elected mayor of Broad Channel last weekend, as O’Sullivan’s Pub raised $11,577 in the community’s Mardi Gras celebration. Daneen O’Reilly was chosen as the "baby face" of the year and Shannon and Bobby Miller were selected as prince and princess. The proceeds will go to fund the Broad Channel Athletic Club.

Marion Polichak will be installed next week as the new president of the Bayswater Civic Association. Gloria Warshofsky will also be installed as the chairman of the organization’s board of directors.

The Broad Channel Volunteers are holding a membership drive. Captain Russell says that the volies would like both male and females members over the age of 18 and urges senior citizens to get involved.

Dennis Kirshner of Dragon’s Den Florist is in the process of expanding to the store next to his shop on Beach 116 Street. That store formerly housed the old Scott’s Meat Market.

City Councilman Walter Ward, citing the slow response time of EMS ambulances in Rockaway, is calling for a separate 911 number for medical emergencies.

Labor Day weekend was one of the hottest on record. It seems as if summer does not want to go away this year. We hope the nice weather lasts until March.

Local residents are all excited over the prospect that Mayor Ed Koch may attend the annual Rockaway Chamber of Commerce dinner this October.

Police are looking for a young man who accosted another man in the parking lot of Ocean Village last week, demanding that person’s radio.

When the unidentified man refused to hand over his radio, the young man reportedly pulled a gun and shot him three times. This is the second shooting in the area in the past three weeks.

30 Years Ago...

Rockaway’s public officials have been assured by the city that, if the transportation bond act passes the legislature, the Rockaway double fare on the subway will be ended.

Federal officials have notified the city that Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn would no longer be available for civilian aircraft if the field is taken as part of the newly-formed Gateway National Recreation Area. Floyd Bennett Field is a former U.S. Naval Air Station.

There are many local objections by business people to the city’s plan to turn Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway into a pedestrian shopping mall.

There is an acute need for a traffic light in front of the recently-completed Beach Channel High School. Parent groups argue that Beach Channel Drive is a dangerous thoroughfare and that the light should be in place before the school is officially opened.

The Kiwanis Club is proposing to start a new volunteer ambulance corps in Rockaway.

40 Years Ago...

Much of the talk about a new park centers on Fort Tilden, but nobody seems to have told the Army about those plans.

Herman Cohen says that it would be great to have the west end bulkhead rebuilt and wonders why that rebuilding could not include a marina.

Far Rockaway High School’s baseball and football coach is on the spot. Now that he has delivered the city’s baseball championship to Rockaway, locals are expecting him to do the same with the upcoming football season.

History repeats itself. The small building that Michael Holland used as his real estate office at the corner of the Boulevard at Beach 92 Street was later moved to Beach 94 Street. There, it was used as a shoe shop, among other things. Now, it has become a real estate office once again.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wulle are away visiting relatives in Canada. Mr. Wulle is the custodian of the Rockaway Beach Hospital and Mrs. Wulle is the supervisor of nurses at the hospital.

Patrolman Arthur Friel of Beach 87 Street was recently assigned to the 10 Precinct in Manhattan. Friel and his family recently returned from a vacation at Shepherd’s Farm in Greenville, New York.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Brennen of Beach 140 Street are celebrating the birth of a daughter at the Rockaway Beach Hospital.

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