2007-02-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

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Years Ago...

Auxiliary Police trainers at the 101st Precinct (Far Rockaway) graduated their largest class of recruits in recent years on January 29. Awarded shields at the Auxiliary Forces Section in Kew Gardens were Helen Dove, John Gale, Thomas Gureck, Eric Jeffries, James Jordan, Olga Perezl, Beverly Pizarro, Gladys Rosario and Delores Straker. These nine new officers are joining 45 on patrol as Auxiliary Police in the 101st Precinct.

Preparations for the 1987 St. Patrick's Day parade in Rockaway moved one step closer this week with the announcement of the parade's grand marshals. The St. Patrick's Day planning committee elected long-time Irish activists Michael Flannery and Mary McNicholl to head the parade.

Police of the 100th Precinct (Rockaway Beach) were horrified early Monday afternoon February 2, when they found the body of a man shot in the head right outside their police station between two parked cars.

Kathleen Kelly of 952 Bayside in Rockaway Point left January 29 to Middlesex University of London. Kathleen, an exchange student who graduated from Stella Maris High School in Rockaway Park in 1985, has been attending Pace University of Pleasantville, New York.

Girls will play both male and female roles in a version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical classic "The Sound of Music," Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, February 28 and March 1, at the Sam Levenson Theater on the campus of Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA, 1800 Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway.

More than 40 people went to a Health Systems Agency of New York City public hearing Tuesday evening, February 3, to plead against HAS-recommended closing of the inpatient pediatric unit at Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere.

Handcrafters from the New Haven Senior Center brought hats, booties, dolls and clowns to children hospitalized at St. John' s Episcopal Hospital's South Shore Division in Far Rockaway.

30 Years Ago... A sure sign of a coming election: Every day the pothole crews are out filling potholes and patching the streets.

It's good to see that the Ground Observer Corps is back in operations. They were seen spotting planes from the third floor of the 101st Precinct.

With the weather warming, it would be a good idea for some of the residents of the peninsula to move their cars. We have seen some cars in the same parking spaces for three weeks.

There will soon be a new case of characters running for the Assembly seat. When Gerdi is elected to the State Senate her Assembly seat will have to be filled.

The Rockaway Freeway should be named the Rockaway freezeway. When the ice melts it runs down the pipe onto the Freeway. When the water refreezes- - watch out!

40 Years Ago... Members of School Board 27 unanimously recommended the site of Public School 39 to be replaced by a new intermediate school.

Henry Waichaitis was elected resident and executive member of the Broad Channel Regular Democratic Club.

Assemblyman Herbert A. Posner has been in the forefront to get legislation passed to aid crime victims. He cited the Orman case, a man who was attacked in the subway, unprovoked, who was left permanently paralyzed. Mr. Orman is a Far Rockaway resident.

Young Israel of the Rockaways officially opened the doors of its new building at 52-05 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Edgemere last week.

50 Years Ago... Borough President James A. Lundy will install Franklin O. Hyde as president of the Rockaway Civic Club at

its regular evening meeting on Monday.

Four St. Francis de Sales Boy Scouts were winners of Ad Altare Dei recently. They are Robert Keating, Francis Mahon, Peter McManus and Thomas Renny.

Abraham Gold, commander of the Lieutenant Bernard H. Weiner Post #258 Jewish War Veterans presented a certificate of commendation to Dr. Mark Deutsch, past commander of the post, at the unit's testimonial and farewell breakfast at the Washington Hotel, Sunday.

Patrolman William L. Donnelly of 25-34 Bayswater Avenue, Far Rockaway, who is attached to the 101st Precinct, thought rescuing 11 persons in the fire which swept through 10-08 and 10-20 Beach 20 Street, was all in a day's work. But he wound up in St. Joseph's Hospital with smoke poisoning and a swollen ankle instead.

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