2005-12-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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20 Years Ago...

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo has announced that the Department of Defense will conduct a two-year test program providing home health care to people covered by CHAMPUS, the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services.

Holidays are happy times, at least usually. Our families join together to celebrate, we visit friends, we receive gifts as well as exchange them with others; for the most part, we have the opportunity to show that we care and to discover (or, more precisely, rediscover), that the others care for us.

Councilman Walter Ward presents Kenneth Capeci with a New York City Council citation, after Kenneth received the Eagle Scout Award – the highest award in Boy Scouting – during a Troop 890 presentation that highlighted a Rockaway District court of honor held at St. Genevieve’s Hall, Roxbury.

Sometimes we wonder about our Rockaway legislators. With the tolls going up on all the bridges and tunnels, residents of Staten Island, who have a special sticker pasted on their car windows are entitled to a larger discount on tokens for crossing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. 30 Years Ago...

Trouble brews at Surfside Apartments. The building at 107-10 Shorefront Parkway has been without elevator service for more than a month. Now partial service is restored, but the elevators are in operation only from 7 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Is that any way to run an apartment complex? You bet it isn’t!

New York City took sand from under the boardwalk at Beach 26 Street to refurbish beachfront. This was not included in the Corps of Engineers’ project. Now all of the beach at 26 Street is gone, threatening the bungalows there.

Sergeant Gerard Sullivan of the 101st Precinct has been chosen by Police Commissioner Codd to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy at Quantico, Va. Sullivan was selected from more than 500 candidates, and was one of 12 chosen for this honor. While in attendance at the academy, he will study the latest investigative and crime detection techniques.

40 Years Ago...

An 18-year-old Inwood girl was shot in her right leg by her brother, during an argument at their home about 3:45 a.m. last Thursday, according to police. The girl, who was injured from a shot fired from a small caliber gun, called police. She later was removed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in a police ambulance. Police are seeking her brother, 23, who fled after the shooting.

More than 150 members of the Rockaway Park-Belle Harbor Property Owners association attended a meeting at the Park Inn Hotel to honor Dennis McGlynn, one of the founders of the organization.

Rockaway residents are looking forward to the New Year with cautious optimism. A new city administration with some new leaders in Queens, notably a new district attorney, plus the need to finish a number of efforts started in 1965 are reasons for preparing to be wide awake but not fearful. The year’s closing fury, whether to accept the recommendation of the superintendent of schools to use the block on which the old Public School 44 Stood as the site for a new South Queens High School, has advocates with three points of view ready to fight if necessary. The most obvious points of view are: (1) accept the site (2) a site in Arverne would be better (3) a site not in Rockaway would be better.50 Years Ago...

In an impressive ceremony conducted at the Far Rockaway Jewish Center, four scouts of Troop 267 Bayswater were simultaneously awarded their Eagle Scout Badges, emblematic of Scouting’s highest award.

Married last Saturday to the former Margaret Baylor, onetime owner of the Cupboard Restaurant in Long Island City, Patrolman Henry Walsh announced this week that he is retiring from the force after 24 years in Rockaway. His retirement becomes effective January 31. Meanwhile he will be on vacation.

Rockaway Hotels are preparing for large parties New Year’s Eve when local resident will greet 1956 according to their inclinations. While some greet the New Year with prayers and peace, preparations are being made for big crowds to greet the new year noisily with merrymaking into the wee hours of 1956.

Rockaway residents waited until the last two days before Christmas to do their heavy shopping but in their wake they left a record of the best shopping season within the memory of local storekeepers. Bankers backed the merchants both in Rockaway Park and Far Rockaway in agreeing that the tail end of the shopping season was the busiest they have ever experienced.

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