2005-04-29 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Eli Cohan, race director of the Rockaway Ocean Run, was bubbling with joy this week. Perfect weather brought out some 2,000 runners and 3,000 spectators on Sunday, April 28; everybody there apparently had a “wonderful time” and no hitch (if there was one) was brought to Cohan’s attention. Brendan Sheeny, 28, from Yonkers, New York, came in first, with a time of 30:40. Tara Flynn, 14, from Long Island, was the first female, with a time of 36:23.

Residents of Rockaway Park, living in apartment houses and small homes along the boardwalk, are being terrorized by teenagers. The youngsters, according to reports, congregate along the boardwalk until the wee hours. When police are called the teens are dispersed for a while. When they return, revenge for calling police is taken against the residents.

A Rockaway Park woman was killed on the eve of her 26th birthday after her head was bashed in as she leaned out of a conductor’s window on a CC local subway train. Police said a signal light stuck her head.

Public School 197 in Far Rockaway may be the last in ratings in Community School District 27 (in fact all of Queens) but “Look out world, here we come!” This reaction came this week from Public School 197’s acting principal, Eugene M. Kaserman, after the ratings were published.

30 Years Ago...

Seagulls, long a familiar sight hereabouts, are proving to be quite an attraction along the boardwalk in the vicinity of Beach 108 Street where the dredging is now going on to nourish the public beach. The new attraction is the number of gulls gathering to pick up clams and small fish that sometimes come through the big pipes. The gulls number 1,000 or more. Another attraction on Beach 108 Street is a tripod with a platform on which a man stands, helping to take measurements of the new material being added to the beach. Powered by gasoline engine and steered hydraulically, it can maneuver in water up to 24 feet in depth.

Later this month there will be two days of surfing competition on the public beach at Beach 84 Street. The surfers seem to have come into their own instead of being run off the beach.

Fear among tenants has permeated privately operated apartment buildings as well as public housing. Now we hear more talk about existing conditions causing people to move. A lot of people would like to ask such tenants just where their flight from fear will permit them to light.40 Years Ago...

Once, long ago, when weakfish were plentiful in the bay, there was a Cotton Club in Broad Channel. Its members displayed their skill by fishing for weeks using ordinary Number 60 cotton thread for line. More sport that way they said.

Construction work has narrowed the North Channel Bridge to two traffic lanes and that is bad with the summer season so near at hand.

Sam Weinreb, who is a great ocean enthusiast, went down to the beach and looked it over during the warm weather last week.

The towering crane helping to construct the third building in the Surfside Park development causes no excitement. People seem to have become used to such sites in recent years.

The Houdlet brothers, who have been fishing local waters for more than half a century, say the flounder fishing in the bay is at its peak right now. So those people fishing from the Cross Bay Bridge cannot all be wrong.

Saul Maskin, who owns the premier men’s shop in the west end, takes more kidding about his golf and bowling scores than anybody in town, and he thrives on it.

50 Years Ago...

Captain Lawrence Flood, commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, will toss out the first ball Saturday to start the Rockaway Little League on its 1955 season.

Mayor Robert F. Wagner turned over to William F. Brunner, former Congressman and president of the Rockaway Beach Hospital, a deed of city owned property at ceremonies held at City Hall. The property, upon which the new $3 million Rockaway Beach Hospital building will be erected, is located along the north side of the boulevard from Beach 51 Street to Beach 53 Street and was purchased at public auction.

Rockaway Council 2672 Knights of Columbus is going to build its own clubhouse. Plans for a building that will serve as a center for council activities and provide facilities for community activities and youth work were discussed at a meeting of the fundraising committee, of which Senator James J. Crisona was chairman.

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