2007-03-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

To honor all women who have served their country during times of armed conflict (World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam) with honor and dignity, Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272 of the American Legion is striving to erect a statue alongside the Doughboy Monument. This statue, project Legionaires involved, will be placed in a site of honor at Rockaway Beach boulevard between 94 and 95 Streets, Rockaway Beach. (The post alone is responsible for the upkeep of the monument there now and the surrounding grounds; and after the new statue is completed and set into place, the post will assume responsibility for its upkeep.)

Twenty-five years ago this Sunday, March 1, 1962, approximately one hundred passengers and crew lost their lives in a mud flat to the west of Broad Channel. They were young and old, male and female, professionals and laborers, housewives and children leaving Idlewild Airport for a destination they never reached. Their aircraft stalled, nose-dived and plowed into Jamaica Bay. No one survived.

Children at St. Rose of Lima School in Rockaway Beach seemed to enjoy a Substance Abuse Day last fall so much, and learned so much from it, that First Grade Teacher Bridget E. Murphy asked them to write letters to let the people in Rockaway know what their school is doing.

Far Rockaway High School's girls' varsity basketball team (16-3) knocked off Forest Hills, 42-36 in the first round of the PSAL citywide tourney. Twelve-year coach Brian Sackrowitz credits his team with excellent defense, balanced scoring and fine teamwork.

30Years Ago... Maybe with all the potholes on the street, we can run a contest. How about a beautiful pothole contest? The only draw back is the fact that no pothole is beautiful.

One local resident called to say that it's good to be back and see the remainder of Rockaway is still in one piece. The return trip from Florida shows us that the weather here is almost warm as down there.

We can't understand why the repaving of Beach Channel drive was scheduled for the summer. While it's true that we'd like to see the job done- we prefer not during the height of our busiest season.

Sheldon Farber, our newly elected State Senator will attend the Ancient Order of Hibernians dinner Saturday night, March 5, at the Knights of Columbus.

We've been thinking about those new two-men garbage trucks. What's wrong with the old trucks using the old system? Remember when a truck would come down the street with one man collecting from each side and the truck riding down the center?

Who are the two police officers that found a new gimmick? They wait beside the synagogue on Beach 67 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard between the hours of 6 and 7 p.m. Then, when anyone passes the light on the corner- tag- they're it! That's not cricket.

40Years Ago... Land acquisition and relocation of the tenants in the first stage section of the Arverne renewal area will begin in June. The area extends from Beach 45 through Beach 58 Streets from the freeway to the boardwalk.

A discussion of rising crime in Arverne has led to assurances that police patrols will be increasing- and soon, according to Assemblyman Herbert A. Posner.

William J. Mills of 727 Shad Creek Road, Broad Channel, last week won $500 in gas station promotion at Stenson Clemm's Shell station in Broad Channel.

Last Tuesday brought the long-awaited opening of the first units of the Surfside and Far Rockaway shopping centers. The Dayton shopping center is now under construction and expected to open in about six months. Waldbaum's is the chief occupant of the Far Rockaway site and a Big Apple supermarket will be the primary tenant in the Surfside area.

50 Years Ago...

Miss Isabella Shmeelk, 88-07 Holland Avenue, Rockaway Beach, was dinner chairman for the 11th annual Fellowship Dinner sponsored by the Protestant Church of the Five Towns and Rockaways, Monday night, in the John C. Green chapel of the First Congregational Church.

The gospel chorus of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 348 Beach 71 Street, Arverne, observed its 14th anniversary last Thursday under the leadership of Mrs. Annie Allen, president, in a meeting at the church.

Fred Hetzel of Beach 90 Street has called a meeting of the Rockaway Fisherman and Boatsmen club to be held Monday night at the Blarney Castle.

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