2005-09-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Two people were arrested for fleeing the scene of a head-on crash Tuesday night in the vicinity of Shore Front Parkway and Beach 90 Street, Rockaway Beach, but could not be identified and were released.

Democratic District Leader Sy Sheldon exultantly extended a hearty congratulations after the Democratic primary election to Mayor Edward I. Koch; Andrew Stein, designee for president of the New York City Council, and City Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin.

Mickey’s Grocery on Beach 116 Street is taking a new turn. He will serve as vice-president of the Rockaway Park area.

“Can you guarantee us that a child with AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) in a classroom setting could absolutely not infect another child via roughhousing, one child biting another or by other means?” was the question asked by James C. Sullivan, secretary of Community School Board 27. “No one can guarantee 100 Percent,” was the answer from Nathan Quinones, chancellor of the New York City public school system.

Far Rockaway’s once-famous bungalow colonies are plagued by arson. In addition, youth gangs and drug dealers have been terrorizing residents. These facts were brought to light last Friday during a Far Rockaway Bungalow Preservation Association meeting chaired by Dr. Doris Moss, administrative aide of Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo.30 Years Ago...

The concrete paved playground of former PS 44 on Beach 92 Street is put to good use by the Rev. William J. Burke, moderator of the St. Camillus bands who often use it for practice sessions. The neighbors enjoy the entertainment.

Residents of the Neponsit Home miss the warm weather activity on the beach, which they’ve enjoyed all summer. Cold weather has kept them indoors on recent days. Now they’re hoping for a return of warm weather and it probably will.

That was a terrible setback the repertory players suffered at the hands of vandals. The players are still on the job, however. Wonder if we’ll ever see the return of a stock company in the Rockaways. Page Izzy Jutkowitz used to run the Columbia Theatre with his brother, Alex. They even tackled grand opera once.

Steel work is going ahead rapidly on IS 44 in Edgemere, the frame of the structure has reached the third floor.40 Years Ago...

The rain we had early in the week did not amount to much, but it was enough to flush the Beach 84 Street sewer and relieve the stench that was emitted through the manhole cover during the dry, humid weather.

Mrs. Ethel Rosemblum of Equality Chapter B’nai B’rith says that tickets for the local appearance of Jay and the Americans at Beach Channel High School Sunday night are going like the proverbial hotcakes.

Local residents are expecting a rebirth of the famous Peanuts, the juvenile quartette that was organized at St. John’s Home some years ago. Brother Frank Springman, the Peanuts mentor, after an absence of several years returned as principal of the home Monday.

Parents of handicapped children are complaining loudly about the failure of the school buses to pick up their children. Some youngsters have waited two years for the bus that never came.

One of the people glad that the primary campaign is over is Joe Fitzgerald. He was campaign manager for the Beame forces in Rockaway Beach and there never seemed to be enough hours in the day for all the tasks he performed.50 Years Ago...

A Federal grant of $850,000 has been allocated to the Rockaway Beach Hospital to assist in the construction of a new building to replace the existing 45-year-old structure, William F. Brunner, former Congressman and president of the hospital announced today.

Casimir (Gus) Ruffino was elected trustee of the Rockaway Council Knights of Columbus at the meeting Monday night.

Corporation Council Peter Brown announced this week that the city will start condemnation proceedings for the land for the proposed Edgemere Park on October 4. Proceedings will be instituted before Justice J. Vincent Keough in the Queens Supreme Court.

Mrs. Mary Wilkinson was installed as president of Daniel M. O’Connell Unit American Legion at the Legion hall Saturday night succeeding Mrs. Ella McKenzie.

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