2007-06-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Rockawayites are gearing up for an overflow of show of strength at city hall on Wednesdays, June 17, when the City Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing in regard to a proposed 200 bed single occupancy shelter for single men in Edgemere- between Beach 43 and Beach 44 streets at Rockaway Beach boulevard extending toward Beach Channel drive. The planner will meet in Room 16 at 10 a.m. How soon after that the matter of the homeless shelter in Edgemere will be brought up is anybody's guess.

Law enforcement officers will carry the "Torch of Hope" through Rockaway this Saturday morning June 6- as a part of an international effort to raise money for Special Olympics. (The public is encouraged to support the program by sponsoring an officer- "Adopt-A-Cop" with a $100 donation to Special Olympics.)

Troy Polius of Beach Channel High School won the City Championship 800-Meter Run last Saturday with a personal best performance of 1:55.00, an upset victory over the favorite, Steve Edden of Clinton, who faded to third, and Kevin Watson of Transit Tech, who has beaten Troy three out of four times.

Thirty-eight children from Public School 183 in Rockaway Beach observed Memorial Day this year in Washington, D.C. For many of them this was their first experience of exploring historical landmarks, and for even more their first trip to the nations capital. They started with a look at the capital, then the Lincoln Memorial, then the Vietnam War Memorial and somewhere along the line such sights as Arlington Cemetery.

Public School 183 students Nathaniel Simmons and Jason Bell were recognized on Friday, June 5, in Fashion Industries High School, Manhattan, as the highest scorers in mathematics in grades five and four (respectively) in Community School District 27.

Rockaway's Fishheads were fried last Saturday, playing three consecutive matches against New York Rugby Club (founded in 1927 and the oldest in New York City) in record heat and brutal humidity.

Twenty-nine year old Patrick M. Galway, whose body was found floating in Jamaica Bay on Sunday, May 31, died from drowning (asphyxiation). This report came from the medical examiner during the week. Two men (one from Ozone Park and one from Richmond Hill) told police that while they were out on the bay in a rubber raft about 10:50 a.m. on Sunday they saw a body floating in the water.

30 Years Ago...

Speaking of memories, do any of the old-timers remember when there was a bus terminal in the Far Rockaway shopping center? The old Winkler's warehouse is being torn down for- you guessed it- a bus terminal. That's what we call progress.

Block associations are being formed in Arverne to participate in the Bristol Meyers "Spruce Up Your Neighborhood" contest, according to a report by Mario Russo, president of the Arverne Civic Council.

Rockawayites beware. Our men in blue are cracking down. Tickets are being issued for bicycle riding on the boardwalk. (Plain clothes men yet). In Far Rockaway a ticket was issued for riding a bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street.

Those fire bells are breaking up that old town of mine. Let's hope we can revitalize before there is nothing left.

40 Years Ago...

The Board of Education plans to give the public schools' first course in oceanography at the new Beach Channel High School. At last recognition is being given to Rockaway's seashore location.

Dredging operations are underway to deepen the basin between Simmis beach and Seagirt Boulevard.

The Board of Education had approved the site of Intermediate School 53, on the property currently used by Public School 39 in Far Rockaway.

The city will take title to the Arverne renewal area property outside Arverne I within 10 months to a year according to Jason R. Nathan, administrator of Housing and Development Administration.

50 Years Ago...

James A. Lundy announced today that he intends to run for a third term as Queens Borough President.

Chester Maskin of Rockaway Park, who received his Bachelor of Science degree from New York University today, was awarded the DePinna Prize for attaining the highest scholastic average in the course of color and design in fashion.

If Beach Channel Drive in the vicinity of B.111 St. looks a bit strange, it is because the overhead trestle, which was used to haul coal from barges in the bay to the Long Island Lighting Company gas plant, has been torn down.

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