2006-03-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Police picked up the suspect before the sector car reached the woman who was robbed and literally kicked out of a car (that fled without closing the door) on Beach 169 Street, Roxbury, on February 20.

To Rockaway Ocean Run Race Director Eli Cohan, a sure sign of spring is the appearance of pink race applications. “This year’s eight annual six-mile race is April 27, and Tom Hughes, Rockaway Rotary’s race liaison, expects the largest turnout ever,” says Cohan.

New York State Department of Labor will open a “full-service job service office” at 528 Beach 20 Street, Far Rockaway, on Monday, March 3. It will offer placement and counseling assistance, and all other assistance state job service offices normally provide for employers seeking personnel.

Working jointly, Detectives and anti-crime police of the 100 Precinct this week recovered an appreciable quantity of merchandise that was removed from the Rockaway Park Delicatessen, 112-32 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, during burglaries on February 1 and 2. The loot was found in a house in Rockaway Park that police entered with a warrant.

30 Years Ago...

Sullivan’s bar and grill on Beach 116 Street is going to give out free corned beef sandwiches to all during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 6.

A fire has temporarily closed Ruby’s luncheonette on Mott Avenue. Ruby expects to reopen in about two weeks.

They’re catching flounders from the North Channel Bridge on Cross Bay Boulevard, despite chilly, damp weather.

Rockaways’ Playland is getting ready for another big season. The opening day is Saturday, March 6.

Democratic District Leader Sy Sheldon is leading the bandwagon for the candidacy of Henry Jackson for President.

40 Years Ago...

Fred DeMatteis, whose firm sponsors the Dayton housing project, says he hears so many rumors about it that it seems people about town know more about his business than he does.

Since a seal was observed on a rock off the beach at Far Rockaway a couple of weeks ago, Sam Weinreb says he is keeping his eyes peeled. Maybe there will be a mermaid on that rock one of these days.

These heavy fogs we have been having may not be exactly enjoyable, but they do have at least one good point. They shut down the airports and there is no noise from the planes.

We hear about people being roughed up by the cops, but what happens when cops are roughed up while trying to protect us?

Dr. Irving Frohman made quite a case in opposition to the P.S. 44 site for the new high school when he appeared at last week’s meeting of the Rockaway Rotary Club.

Early training is effective. During a fire drill at P.S. 215 one of the lower grades was being marched across the street. One child stopped at the curb. Asked why, he replied, “My mommy won’t allow me to cross the street.”

After almost two generations of waiting, the approaching expiration of the ground leases in Broad Channel has residents wondering if at long last they will be able to buy from the city the ground on which their houses stand.

50 Years Ago...

Directors of the Rockaway Park Merchants Association voted at a meeting Tuesday night in favor of a Rego Park connection for the Rockaway transit line. A large part of the discussion at the meeting centered on the parking lot adjacent to the Rockaway Park station.

Retiring after 34 years of service, Court Clerk John J. Allen was honored Saturday in Weekend Court, Ridgewood. Allen, and his wife, Marie, live on Beach 97 Street. He has been a Rockaway resident for more than 40 years.

The body of the Rev. John V. Conlon, assistant pastor at St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor, who died yesterday in St. John’s Hospital, will repose in the rectory of the church until Sunday. Monsignor Reddy, pastor of the church, who was out of town when Father Conlon died, returned this morning to complete arrangements for the Solemn High Mass of Requiem to be offered Monday at 10:30 a.m. and details of the final tribute to Father Conlon.

Mr. and Mrs. John Brown of Noel Road, Broad Channel, entertained a number of their daughter Irene’s friends Saturday at a birthday party in her honor.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Alt of 10 Road, Broad Channel, have returned from a 17-day Caribbean cruise on the M.S. Berlin and were given a party by their friends.

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