2003-10-17 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20, 30, 40, and 50 Years Ago
Looking Backward


What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

"Tear it down!" said the City Planning Commission, but residents are hoping for a decision soon that will see the Beach 92 Street courthouse building auctioned and developed. Meanwhile, the "Beachcomber," column reports that John McGillion of Century 21 fame has a plan to turn the courthouse into a health club. He envisions a pool, sauna, racquetball, and other attractions. The outside, he said, will remain the same.

A 14-year-old resident of the Edgemere Houses was indicted in the second-degree stabbing murder of his uncle. Police said the boy told them the stabbing took place when the boy and his uncle argued over which T.V. channel to watch. The young man will be charged as an adult.

An equal opportunities employment specialist has been appointed at Gateway National Recreation Area. Dorothy J. Roebuck, a Jamaica, Queens resident, will coordinate the recruitment and hiring of minorities and women. Gateway employs 180 full-time and 500 part-time.

A massive parade scheduled to take place in Far Rockaway on October 15 was postponed. The Rosetta Johnson Children's Benefit Fund was supposed to include games, races, and a carnival. The Wave story contained no explanation for the postponement.

Playing at Surfside Cinema: "Easy Money," starring Rodney Dangerfield, and "The Big Chill."

Joanne Butler, a police officer from Flatbush, copped first place in the women's open division of the third annual Sri Chinmoy 4-mile race in Breezy Point.

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo says funding is available for community projects. The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal has put more than $1 million up for grabs.

A "runaway" Green Bus caused a scene on Beach 116 Street this week. It was not clear if any people or property had been damaged.

Black and white students clashed at Beach Channel High School, this week. The fracas began when a white boy pushed a black girl, according to several sources that shared their accounts of the incident.

30 Years Ago...

American Legion Post 423, Far Rockaway, has elected Douglas L. Knight as commander for the following year.

City Councilman Walter Ward discussed rent at the Surfside Houses at a recent HUD meeting. With 56 percent of residents reporting less than $12,000 in income, a $74 increase is uncalled for, Ward said.

Congressman Joseph Addabbo, who formerly represented the Rockaways, has sent an American Flag, which has flown over the United States Capitol, to be used in memory of the late Louis M. Bornstein. A memorial to Bornstein, the first president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, will be unveiled at the Memorial Triangle on Beach 116 Street.

40 Years Ago...

Residents near Public School 44 are up in arms since mention was made at a recent Board of Education meeting that more property could be condemned if the city wants to use the site for a new high school.

The promenade at O'Donohue Park has been finished - just in time for the off-season.

When a workman was seen at the top of a crane high above one of the 12-story Dayton Park buildings, a spectator wittily suggested that he might be up there shooing noisy air traffic.

Jesse Plaxen is a man who believes in using the product he sells. He is the head of the Town and Country travel agency and is, right now, on a trip to Hawaii with his wife.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Isidore Rosen, of Beach 79 Street, announced the birth of their first grandchild, born to their daughter and son-in-law at Rockaway Beach Hospital.

Mrs. Katherine Thorogood, of Beach 72 Street, spent a weekend visiting with her brother, James Tiernan, and his family, in Merchantville.

Private John W. Lally, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lally, and who is attached to the Ordinance Corps, sent word home that he expects to leave for Europe in the next few months.

Mrs. Julia Matthews, of Bayside Place, has just returned from Scholarie, New York, where she spent the summer months.

Private Karl Butigan of Beach 88 St. has been assigned to Company H, 39 Infantry Regiment, ninth Infantry Division, for 16 weeks of basic training.


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