20 Years Ago...
Police are pleading for subway personnel, subway riders, or anyone else who might have seen a man suspected of firebombing the Hillebrand Funeral Home to come forward. Police think the man hid along the shore of the bay until the coast was clear and then made his escape.
Robert M. Mayer will be formally sworn in as the president of the Chamber of Commerce at an upcoming luncheon. Borough President Donald Manes will serve as installing officer.
Daytop Village is planning to take over the unopened nursing home at 316 Beach 65 Street and use it to house about 150 recovering drug addicts who have done at least one year in upstate recovery residences. The issue will be addressed at an upcoming Community Board 14 meeting.
Rockaway’s west end is getting new and technologically advanced phone service, which includes fiber optic cables, digital switching, and custom calling. This is only the second such upgrade by New York Telephone in all of New York City.
The state’s ban on public nude bathing, in areas like Riis Park, is being contested in federal court. "As long as I have represented the Rockaways in the Senate, one of the most pressing issues that has concerned the community has been the presence of nude bathing at the Jacob Riis section of the Gateway National Park," said Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein.
Hammels residents of Rockaway Beach have a bank again. With the approval of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Columbia Savings will be known as Columbia Federal Savings Bank. The service is needed because Chase Manhattan closed its branch earlier this year.
30 Years Ago...
More than 300 local residents attended the City Planning Commission hearings last week to support proposed legislation that would make it almost impossible to build nursing homes, proprietary or temporary shelters for adults in Rockaway.
Zuckerman Brothers, landlords for the Surfside Houses, will have to undergo an audit before a 12 percent per year increase is granted.
The architects and builders of Bay Towers, at Beach 98-100 Streets and Beach Channel Drive, have been cited by the Queens Chamber of Commerce for excellence in design and civic value. They will be awarded bronze plaques at an upcoming dinner.
Mayor-elect Abe Beame has named 44-year-old Judah Gribetz of Belle Harbor as deputy mayor.
Progress is being reported leading to a merger of the Episcopal parishes of Far Rockaway and Hewlett. Services are scheduled to be held at Trinity Church, in Hewlett.
Jack Blue’s testimonial last week was a fine sendoff for a dedicated civic worker. The former head of the 100 Precinct Community Council is relocating to Florida. Over 200 people attended a gathering to wish Blue the best success in future endeavors.
40 Years Ago...
John Barry of Belle Harbor declared that the times have changed. He said that when he was a youngster, his set used to walk a couple of miles to get a soda, and they enjoyed doing it. Today he said kids ask their dad to get in the car and drive them to the store.
A new house being built on the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 61 Street already has one of its boulevard facing windows broken.
Coach Jack Kerchman and the Far Rockaway High School football squad are being lionized these days as their win over Bayside on Thanksgiving Day gave the locals the borough championship.
Democratic Leader Milton E. Jacobowitz and 50 followers walked out of the Peninsula Democratic Club meeting citing differences in political philosophies. The leader noted, "It will be many years until Democrats here will get together to form a united party."
50 Years Ago...
Kathleen Curran, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Curran of East 8 Road, celebrated her 12th birthday at her home with friends and relatives.
A son was born in Rockaway Beach Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. John Dennis of Beach 82 Street.
Corporal James Keep, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Keep, of Beach 92 Street, has returned home after spending a year on duty in Germany.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Vall of Beach 85 Street will entertain relatives at a dinner party this weekend.
David Diugas of Greenport Road will celebrate another birthday on December 14.