2005-05-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Years Ago...

20 Wild shooting on a crowded boardwalk took a life in Rockaway Beach on Memorial Day 1985. That’s the main topic all over the peninsula when people talk about the holiday last weekend.

When the first settler in Far Rockaway, Richard Cornell, built his homestead in 1690, the peaceful atmosphere helped him and his sons to begin development of the area into farmland. In a shore time more land was purchased to the east. Richard Cornell’s holdings constituted all of Far Rockaway and a bit more, including the small peninsula to the west, which has grown considerably since, and is now the Rockaway Peninsula as we know it today. Cornell divided his time between farming and his iron making business in Flushing where he also owned large properties. He resided there until the move to Far Rockaway.

Congressman Joseph Addabbo will give Sam Levenson Creative Awards to deserving students in arts and music during the final concert of the Rockaway Music and Art Council’s 1985 Sam Levensen Memorial Concert.

Five teenagers were injured May 29, about 12:30 p.m. when their auto hit a pillar. The youths told Neighborhood Stabilization Unit police their auto was cut off and they lost control.

Presentation of a scholarship in memory of Jacqueline McKail, a Far Rockaway High School honor student who was murdered last September 30, will follow by about six days of sentencing of the killers. District Attorney John J. Santucci informed The Wave at press time that Henry (Dollar Bill) Smith and Maurice McIntyre, both 19-year-old and from Laurelton, were convicted on May 29, by a Supreme Court jury and will be sentenced on June 19.

Shakespeare’s “Shrew” is coming to Jacob Riis Park. The Wave has learned that Gateway National Recreation Area will host two performances by the Riverside Shakespeare Company of “Taming the Shrew,” produced in cooperation with Joseph Papp, in August at the Jacob Riis Mall; and both performances will be free to the public.

Flying by helicopter, Astronaut Fred Gregory landed in Broad Channel and was escorted to P.S. 47. Camerion Powell, a student, invited him to visit.

30 Years Ago...

Editor’s Note: The Internal Revenue Service seized The Wave’s property just as the May 8, 1975 issue was about to go to press, which caused a four-week suspension in publication. The Wave’s publisher and editor at that time was Hubert. D. Murray. See this space in our June 3, 2005 issue for the June 5, 1975 editorial that addressed this turbulent time in the paper’s history.

40 Years Ago...

Pile driving for the vest pocket housing project at Beach 72 Street and Beach Channel Drive is continuing steadily. Part of the site is on filled land and is presenting a problem for contractors.

As usual, the residents of DeSoto Road copped the championship of the Rockaways for Memorial Day flag display. Beach 86 Street, north of the Freeway ran a close second.

Fire apparatus from all over town was called out for the junkyard fire at the foot of Beach 80 Street last Friday. At one time a line of hose stretched five blocks along Beach Channel Drive as the wetting down process continued through most of the day.

Memorial Day brought the realization to thoughtful spectators that the bayonet is still missing in the rifle of the Doughboy monument. It was removed by vandals about 10 years ago.

Many people who attended the Memorial Day ceremonies at Cross Bay Plaza on Monday were appalled by the name writing, which defaced the base of the doughboy.

Youngsters are believed to have set a fire in the mailbox at Beach 80 Street and the Boulevard last Friday.

50 Years Ago...

Two new public schools for Rockaway at a total cost of $3 million and an addition to Far Rockaway High School to accommodate 1,200 pupils were approved by the Committee on Buildings and Sites of the Board of Education this week.

Sale of the Neponsit Hospital property for private building purposes was recommended by the Rockaway Park Businessmens’ Association at its meeting Tuesday night.

Lawrence Waldstreicher, student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, arrived home Thursday for summer vacation. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Waldstreicher of Belle Harbor.

Larry Brick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sy Brick of the House of Brick, Rockaway Park, was among those graduating from the Horace Mann Prep School, Riverdale, New York, recently.

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