2006-01-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

PRYME Community Health Center, at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Arverne, will remain open at least through June 30, thanks to Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo. Until this week, it appeared that PRYME (Project for Rockaway’s Youth in Medical Essentials) would be cut off at the end of March without federal funding (more that 40 percent of its budget), which more than likely would have meant that this health center for all ages and all human beings regardless of ability to pay would have to close.

There’s a star over Beach Channel High School. To some it’s bright; to the one it shines on, it’s gassy. Senior Manu Sanjay Saxena has won a place among 40 finalists from across the country in the year’s Westinghouse Science Talent Search (the 40 who must get prizes plus $1,000 each plus trips to Washington, D.C., next month) with original new studies of effects of depletions of hydrogen gases on solar nebula.

Airman 1st Class Hector S. Mojica, son of Bertha A. Mojica of 348 Beach 40 Street, Far Rockaway, has been decorated with the Air Force Achievement Medal at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Another era comes to an end with the removal of the lunch counter from the F.W. Woolworth store. What’s a Woolworth without a counter from which to buy your ice cream sandwiches?

30 Years Ago...

Last week’s issue of The Wave was entered into the Congressional Record. More than 700 copies were distributed to every member of Congress, as well as other interested parties concerned with the SST problem.

With the appearance of Van Cliburn last season and Benny Goodman and Andre Watts this season, Rockaway is fast becoming a cultural center. Thanks go out to the Rockaway Music and Arts Council.

Late last week a stolen car went screeching down Rockaway Beach Boulevard with a squad car in pursuit. The car made a right turn at the 100 Precinct and rammed the back of a detective’s car parked outside. A 14-year-old and 17-year-old were apprehended.

Unscrupulous landlords trying to force out some of the local merchants from the Beach 116 Street shopping area are raising rents. This may cause some of the pillars of the community to collapse.

Political opportunists were right on the job after Assemblyman Fox’s indictment became known. They were looking for support in a scramble to replace him. So far none has been announced.

40 Years Ago...

Winter surfing is becoming something of a fad in Belle Harbor where youngsters, encased in diver’s suits for protection against cold, are making the most of their chance to enjoy the sport while there are no bathers around to interfere.

Applause for the Sanitation Department crews who were on the job and kept the main highways open during Sunday’s snow storm, the first real one of the winter.

Great interest is being taken by many people in the progress of Jim Bulloch’s service station on Beach 129 Street, which will open soon replacing the Belle Harbor garage.

That’s a beautiful skating rink on Shore Front Parkway at Beach 80 Street, but last week’s snow and sleet made it unfit for skating. A thaw followed by freezing weather would put it in shape. If there’s no thaw, perhaps a couple of flame throwers could be used to good advantage.

50 Years Ago...

The Peninsula Basketball League, organized in 1949 by Patrolman Joseph Blutrich, PAL director of the 100 Precinct; the Rev. Joseph Grogan of St. Francis de Sales; Franklyn O. Hyde, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Patrolman Bill Meade, of the 101 Precinct; and Allen Drucker, now has a total enrollment of 400 youngsters in the Rockaways.

State Senator James J. Crisona, in his capacity as Democratic leader of the Rockaways, has announced “the unification of all the recognized regular Democratic clubs in the Rockaways. The new club is to be known as the Rockaway Regular Democratic Club, Inc. It is the only Democratic club in the Rockaways organized by the Queens County Democratic Party.

Jules Lipitz, president of the Rockaway Civic Club, says the officers of his club have been alerted to possible applications for variances in the E-1 and G-1 zones in the west end. All such attempts, he says, will be vigorously opposed by the Rockaway Civic Club.

Word from Mr. and Mrs. William F. Brunner, now vacationing at Fort Lauderdale, says that Florida is warming up after a recent cold spell.

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