2006-12-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Thirteen-year-old Kevin Hunte sat down, collapsed and died shortly before noon on December 15, after playing indoor soccer in the boys’ gymnasium of Benjamin N. Cardozo Junior High School 198 in Arverne. At press time, the medical examiner was not ready to state the cause of death. One report in a daily newspaper said it apparently was a heart attack.

That wasn’t a water main break in Broad Channel on December 17. It was a severed water blowout valve, and it was in a trench, so it wasn’t so bad. That’s what New York City’s Department of Environmental Conservation says.

Toll hikes are on the drawing boards for the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge linking Rockaway with the rest of Queens and Brooklyn respectively; and she is against the increases, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman revealed this week.

National Park Service has no intention of allowing Floyd Bennett Field, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, to be used as a prison! This statement comes from Herbert S. Cables Jr., director of the NPS North Atlantic Region. “Congress established Gateway more than 14 years ago to serve the recreational needs of all Americans, especially our nearby inner-city residents and youth who do not have the opportunity to travel to Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon... Allowing Floyd BennettField to be used as a prison flies in the face of our Congressional, mandate and mission of the National Park Service,” said Cables, who is also a former superintendent of Gateway.

Matilda DeRosa, 100, became a United States citizen last week in St. John’s Episcopal Nursing Home in Far Rockaway where she resides. DeRosa, who celebrated her 100th birthday on July 19, 1986, renewed her goal to become a citizen when the country celebrated the Statue of Liberty’s 100th birthday last summer. DeRosa has lived in the U.S. since 1910, when she arrived in Boston from Naples, Italy at the age of 24.

Staff and management of Elegante’s Italian Restaurant in Rockaway Beach celebrated their third anniversary on December 12. Now they want to thank their patrons, and can continue to serve such people for a long time.

30 Years Ago... Rabbi Pinkus Osowsky, 62, of Empire Avenue, Far Rockaway, was hospitalized for one day, after he was attacked in the synagogue of Congregation Kneseth Israel, Far Rockaway, by an intruder.

Three homes on one block were burglarized on December 5, between 1 and 4:40p.m. Residents of 511, 549 and 552 Beach 132 Street reported to police that their homes were burglarized while they were attending a concert at Beach Channel High School.

Investigation is continuing into the case of a woman who was found on Friday, December 10, in the Hammel Houses, unaware that her son had been dead for two weeks – in the bedroom.

Talk about large bills! Someone walked into Shore Car Service and needed a cab for a short ride to Florida. We know the car services advertise that they go anywhere, but that was overdoing it. P.S. The total cost was $300.

40 Years Ago... The new United Rockaway Civic Association is holding weekly meetings and the progress of the Arverne urban renewal area plans always occupies a place at the top of the agenda.

The Board of Education is putting its plan in motion to acquire additional property adjacent to old P.S. 39 for Intermediate School 53 and a playground.

Two police dogs on the premises of Maggio Brothers’ garage, beach 80 Street, near the bay, are on duty around the clock to discourage intruders.

The Triborough Bridge Authority has erected its customary Christmas trees at the tollgates of the Marine Parkway and Cross Bay Bridges, where their lights at night add much to the spirit of the season.

50 Years Ago...

Pvt. Dean Georges has arrived home from Fort Dix to spend the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Georges of 114-17 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Mario P. Russo, 71-10 Amstel Boulevard, will be installed as president of the Somerville-Arverne Civic Association for a second time.

The Rev. Dr. Paul F. Boller’s final service as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Far Rockaway, before retiring from the active missionary, will be held Sunday.

Irving J. Gamerov, 145-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, was elected President of the congregation of Ohab Zedek last week.

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