2005-07-01 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Fifty “high risk” students with little chance of earning a high school diploma will be provided with vocational training in fiscal year 1986 as a result of $25,000 the city is giving a Flexible Intensive On-Site Module Training Center program in Far Rockaway.

Vito Martino, the principal of Middle School 53, was punched and bitten by an eighth grade girl at the school last week. While Martino said that the was not hurt and that the child was punished for her actions, he added, “this is very unusual. I haven’t seen anything like this in my fifteen years in the school system.”

With the State Consumer Protection Board asking the Public Service Commission to force the Long Island Lighting Company to reopen its Far Rockaway power plant, to help avoid the possibility of brownouts next year, LILCO is striving to find ways to reduce the costs and the time needed for such reopening.

Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci’s office has won a new rape conviction against an Ocean Village man who spent two years in prison for a prior rape conviction and is serving 10-20 years for a 1984 robbery.

Chamber of Commerce is assisting the Borough President’s Office in making the public aware of Project Find – and intensive effort to locate missing children and to educate parents about preventive measures they can take to protect children from abduction.30 Years Ago...

You have to admit that it does look good to see a wide, white beach again at Rockaway Beach. Judging by the crowds over the Fourth of July weekend, the word is getting around. There is little question that the visitors liked what they found. Now to protect it from storms – and vandals.

People who have been wondering about all those hikes Father Burke takes up Fifth Avenue every St. Patrick’s Day, now have something else to wonder about. There’s a new band at St. Camillus bands – the Over-The-Hill Band. Since he is moderator of all the St. Camillus bands, does this mean another trek for the good father? What some people will do to keep young!

Twenty years ago, according to The Wave’s old files, Milton E. Jacobowitz tossed his hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination for Judge of the Rockaway Municipal Court. Assistant District Attorney Abraham Margulies was the designated choice of the party. Now Jacobowitz is in the race to succeed Margulies as Judge of the Civil Court. History does repeat itself.

Some professional men were talking about how long it has been since a new doctor came here and opened an office. “Yes,” remarked another. “While we’re on the subject, how long has it been since a new automobile dealer came to Rockaway?”40 Years Ago...

Only a few days ago a diner on Beach 116 Street opened under new management and promptly hung up a local record by closing over the Fourth of July weekend when other local business was going full blast.

Roxbury’s volunteer firemen staged a very successful bazaar over the weekend. It was unusual because the Roxbury firefighters bazaar is usually a one-night-stand.

Although rain was forecast well in advance for Monday afternoon, there were a lot of people who refused to take stock in it and turned on their pumps to water their lawns while many others looked prayerfully at the overcast sky.

Youthful exuberance, violence, rioting, whatever you care to call it, brought Rockaway Beach to national attention over the weekend. This time it was Rockaway Beach, Missouri however.

If ever there was a time when local merchants relied on community pride of residents, it is now when shopping centers are openly nearby and casting their eyes on trade from this area.50 Years Ago...

A record crowd of 3,300,000 visited the beach this weekend, with many remaining overnight. Concessions, many of which remained open all of Saturday night, ran short of food. The high temperature of the day was 95.8 degrees.

Rockaway Beach Hospital announced its plans for a new building at a luncheon this week.

William Owen, a Rockaway man working a scooter ride at Coney Island, was threatened at knifepoint at his job this weekend. In the ensuing fight one policeman was injured and later treated for bites.

William Francis Nawrath, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Nawrath of 107-02A St. Marks Avenue was christened at St. Camillus Church.

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