2005-01-07 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20

Years Ago...

Reconstruction of O’Donahue Park, where Police Athletic League teams play ball and Far Rockaway people gather in the summertime for concerts and other activities, was considered by Community Board 14.

Nobody seems to know the identity of a man found apparently frozen to death in a stripped station wagon parked in a lot adjacent to 120 Beach 19 Street. The victim appears to be 55 or 60 years old.

Far Rockaway NAACP is conducting a fundraising drive for the “Ethiopian Famine.”

“That’s good! They put them away for a long time!” Comments such as this came almost with the news last week that three youths involved in fatally shooting a tile setter after a robbery netted them only $6 were sentenced to at least 18 years to life in prison.

Department of Parks and Recreation rangers will conduct an ecology walk on the beach at Beach 116 Street. There will be a bonfire on the beach under the department’s supervision.

30

Years Ago...

Michael Gordon of Rockaway Beach has been elected president of the regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways. He succeeds Sidney Baumgarten of Far Rockaway, who served two terms in the office.

A mugger stabbed a 65-year-old man who was walking from his Far Rockaway home to his synagogue three times this week.

Peninsula volunteer ambulance corps has answered more than 1,100 calls for help since its inception in May of 1974.

John J. Howley of Rockaway Park won a varsity letter for his participation on Northfield Mount Hermon School’s Cross Country team. John, a senior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Howley, of Beach 122 Street.

40

Years Ago...

Donald Palmer is literally having his new house on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 87 Street built around a swimming pool so his family and guests can enjoy the sport the year round. It’s the first home in the Rockaways to be so equipped.

The Maggio brothers met for lunch last Saturday and the heads of the refuse collection firm discussed trucks. What else? Dom DiResto was the official observer.

The Landers brothers have postponed their trip to Florida until next month. They were about to toss a coin to decide which of the three would remain in Rockaway to look after some business.

Rats in vacant lots in Arverne are a topic, which is receiving much attention among civic workers and politicians.

The new “vest pocket” housing development is to be known officially as 71-15 Beach Channel Drive.

50

Years Ago...

Four Rockaway residents were sworn into public office this week and a fourth started another term in the state legislature. Two of Governor Averell Harriman’s new cabinet members are Rockaway men – giving Rockaway unusual recognition there. Former Domestic Relations Court Justice J. Irwin Shapiro was sworn in as Commissioner of Investigations.

Thousands of Rockaway residents and visitors from other parts of the city paid final tribute to the late Rev. Thomas Casey, pastor of St. Camillus Church during the weekend while the body lay in state in the church and at Solemn High Requiem Mass offered Monday morning.

The Arverne Chapter of Hadassah commemorated the birthday of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah and celebrated Chanukah at a meeting December 28. Mrs. Hyman Nesoff, membership chairman, presided.

Many Rockawayites marked New Year’s Day with swollen heads but an elderly Seaside woman had a case of the jitters for a while – after losing $280 in a local drug store. Charles Hirschorn of Malverne, the co-owner of the Beach Drug Company at 198 Beach 116 Street, is the hero. He found an envelope containing her cash among the store’s aspirin bottles.

Despite Governor Harriman’s freeze on state construction to control spending, the City Housing Commission by next week will submit its planning report for the low-rent Edgemere Houses to the City Planning Commission for study and approval, The Wave learned yesterday.

The Seaside Property Owners Association issued a blast this week at the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways for treating the Seaside Title 1 project as a certainty.

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