2003-10-24 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Mayor Ed Koch was the premier attraction at the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce 58th Annual dinner-dance. He posed for photos, including one for The Wave, with honorees and dignitaries after. The event took place at the peninsula’s Washington Hotel.

The Seagirt Health Related Facility (HRF), is looking to make nearly $90,000 in improvements. The Far Rockaway facility wants to change its name, and reorganize.

Schools officials insist that a peaceful scene exists behind the doors at Beach Channel High School, despite reports of fighting and police activity there.

Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man accused of shooting a woman 11 times on Beach 94 Street, in 1982.

Three youths were busted as they burglarized Public School 42. A police officer on patrol heard the school’s alarm and alerted other officers at the 100 Precinct, according to a spokesperson.

New York City Department of Sanitation personnel who have been issuing summonses all over Rockaway for unclean sidewalks deserve the booby prize for the condition of their facility in Arverne.

Mary and Andrew Feeney of Rockaway Park celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on October 15. The Feeney’s children arranged a small reception at the Douglaston Manor.

Congregation Darchay Noam, at the Bayswater Jewish Center in Far Rockaway, recently inducted 44 new members. Rabbi David Novak served as the induction officer.

The fencing installed to separate Riis Park from Neponsit, at Beach 149 Street, was completely destroyed by a recent storm.

30 Years Ago...

Congressman Frank J. Brasco of Brooklyn, whose district covers the Rockaways, was recently indicted on conflict of interest charges.

Plans are being formulated for a 5,000 bed ambulatory center planned for Far Rockaway, but a local official said it all hinges on whether city and state money comes through.

Morris Bronstein of Bayswater has been named a second vice president of the Chase Manhattan Bank.

Some very interesting correspondence in The Wave’s "Bag of Mail" has been generated by recent charges that Rockaway lacks "true leadership."

Ronnie Kane, who now works in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s main office, was once a ticket agent at the Holland station when the Long Island Rail Road ran years ago.

Rockaway politicians had better make sure that the deed for Fort Tilden, in the western section of the peninsula, gets in the hands of the federal government, so that it may become part of the proposed national recreation area. Master builder Robert Moses has considered the site as one place to house tens of thousands of residents from impoverished areas of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

40 Years Ago...

Those beautiful pieces of sod, which recently arrived at O’Donohue Park a few weeks ago, have been installed on the baseball diamond. The park will now be the envy of many surrounding communities.

The city is trying to figure out a way to ease the connection between St. Marks Avenue (the new boulevard) and the Old Boulevard at Beach 120 Street, where there are two 90-degree turns very close together.

St. Rose of Lima parishioners heard some heavenly news recently when Father Smith announced the establishment of a fund to modernize the school building. He hopes to begin construction next year.

Sam Weinreb of Wavecrest is enthusiastic about the continuation of Indian summer. He said he swims in the Ocean every day and finds the surf and water wonderful.

Pat Nash of Seaside vacationed in California for a month along with his eleven children.

50 Years Ago...

Marine Corporal Bob Kozak, of Almeda Avenue, has returned to El Toro, California, prior to his leaving for overseas duty. He recently enjoyed a five-week furlough at home.

Fireman Thomas P. Brady, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Brady, of 113-02 Boulevard, has returned to Newport, R.I. after cruising the world with the men aboard the USS Purdy.

Mrs. Jean Hess, of Bayside Place celebrated, a birthday recently.

Mr. and Mrs. Irving Solins, of Beach 138 Street, have returned from their recent trip to Jacksonville, Florida.

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