2004-01-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Are you afraid to leave the subway station? Do you fear robbery? Harass ment? Assault? If there is a police officer around ask him to watch you! You have the right.

New York City’s Housing Authority reportedly evicted a woman with seven children from her apartment in the Hammels Houses in Rockaway Beach recently for allegedly failing to pay rent. But the way the woman’s attorney puts it – she receives public assistance, and her payments are not enough to pay for her keep.

Far Rockaway High School has been designated as an official testing center of the American College Testing Agen cy. The next closest location is in Lyn brook, Long Island. Juniors and seniors from FRHS, Beach Channel High School and Stella Maris High School are eligible to register for the ACT exam coming in March.

Former Arvernite Bob Goldman has been selected to be one of the attending physicians at the 1984 Summer Olym pics in Los Angeles. Goldman holds a number of world records for gymnastics, and is known to readers of this paper as an occasional contributor.

Officers rushed down from all parts of the police station at Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to see what The Wave brought in this week. Turned out it was the timer and detonator from a military bomb, which was found by 6-year-old Craig Wittman, on the sand near Beach 130 Street.

30 Years Ago...

True to Mayor Beame’s promise, Parks Department forces, beefed up by specially engaged private sources began concerted effort at clearing Rockaway streets of fallen branches left by the big sleet storm of three weeks ago.

New concern is expressed throughout the community over the presence of many former inmates of mental institutions who have been sent here to be rehabilitated in normal surroundings. The big objection is that they are without adequate supervision.

Rockaway is a great place for innovation. A single-story firehouse may make its citywide debut on the peninsula shortly. The plans were approved by the Site Selection Board this week.

Julie Rapport, former head of the May or’s Urban Action Task Force office in Far Rockaway, has joined the staff of Congressman Frank J. Brasco as an aide and will work out of the local office at 1836 Mott Avenue, Room 209.

40 Years Ago...

It is definite that the boulevard will be widened on the south side in front of the Dayton park housing development. The city has not yet decided how much will be taken from the north side, or when it will be done.

Dr. Joseph I. Weiss, rabbi of the West End Temple, is the latest to add to Rockaway’s fame through having been elected president of the Association of Reform Rabbis of New York.

Herman (Tailored Tot) Cohen has called for a meeting of Rockaway Park merchants at the Rogers Hotel where steps leading toward the reorganization of the Merchants Association will be discussed.

A balloon once brought public attention to Rockaway. It was just after World War I that three Navy officers in a free balloon made a trip from the Rockaway Naval Air Station. They came down in Canada and were not heard from until days later when they trekked out of the wilderness to a small hamlet. They became known as the Lost Balloonists.

50 Years Ago...

A campaign for an addition to Public School 42 must be started to prevent critical overcrowding in view of the rapid increase in building in the area, said Parents Association President Mrs. Stanely Sachs at a recent meeting.

An ambitious program of improvements for the Rockaways was outlined at the installation of officers of the Rock away Beach Property Owners Association. Carl Rappaport, vice president, said the association will work to eliminate slurs cast on sections of the Rockaways which have been called "slum areas" and will endeavor to secure improved police protection, a better boardwalk, improved transit and lower bus fares among other items.

Officers for the ensuing year were installed by the Konrad Nies Unit 44, Steuben Society of America, at ceremonies in Eagles Hall, on Beach 88 Street.

The would-be rapist who attacked Mrs. Martha Joyce, 54, was held on $6,000 bail when arraigned before Magistrate Corning G. McKennee in Felony Court. The man was also accused by two Far Rockaway girls of having attacked them last fall.

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