2007-06-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Rockawayites began arriving at City Hall about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for a protest against shelters on the peninsula. First on the scene was Mildred Schulman of Rockaway Beach, she and her husband joined Wave publisher Leon Locke and Rockaway Local Development Director Jay Steingold in City hall park to await the buses. Just before noon the first of three buses arrived and Rockawayites began to march around a small area with their placards. Chants of "No way Jose, not here in Rockaway," and "we're a beach resort, not the last resort." Greeted the few photographers who were on the scene.

Rudolph Roland, 38 of 425 Beach 120 street, Rockaway Park, died Wednesday evening, June 17, after his 1985 Kawasaki motorcycle slipped on sand, skidded into lanes for traffic going the other way and collided with a 1976 Chevrolet driven by Brenda Brown, 38, of 29 West 13 road, Broad Channel.

Firefighters agree that Lieutenant Axel Essannason of Engine Company 266 (Rockaway Beach) and Fireman Joseph Murphy of Ladder Company 121(Arverne) deserve citations for heroism for rescues they led during

a fire on Sunday, June 14, in the Hammel Houses (Rockaway Beach) during which a mother and her young son were carried unconscious from their fifth-floor apartment. Estella Bush, 35, and her son, Derrick5, apparently fled to the apartment's bathtub when the fire broke out about 8 a.m.; but in the tub the mother passed out from smoke inhalation, and the child was trapped in water beneath her.

Peninsula Hospital Center is naming its oncology unit in memory of Lillian and Ira Lechtman. A formal dedication ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 24, at 3 p.m. The Lechtman family has been very active in the hospital affairs for many years, through presence on the board and generous philanthropic support, notes Hospital President Julius Granirer.

30 Years Ago...

Drivers should be warned about sinking sensation they might feel when traveling westbound on Rockaway Beach boulevard. The cross street is about Beach 81. Pothole crews have filled the area numerous times but it just keeps sinking.

The 200th anniversary of our country was marked with a parade July 4. We wonder if anyone has given any thought to a parade for our 201st birthday?

Which police officer in the 101 Precinct is giving a "crash course" in how to drive a Cushman scooter? The garbage cans outside the station are in a little worse condition.

Some of the local Republicans are grumbling about the party's choice for mayor. They remember the last time a Republican with liberal leanings was elected. His name was John V. Lindsay.

Loss has been estimated at about $10,000 in a burglary last week at the headquarters of Community School District 27. Burglars had information about the receipt of new Selectric typewriters, each worth about $1,000 and carefully took out only what they are looking for including typewriters and calculators.

40 Years Ago...

The Town Theatre, which local people are beginning to hear about, has been known in Rockaway for half a century as the Columbia Theatre.

Work is moving along on the job of filling the low spot on Nameoke Street in front of the railroad station. Soon there will be no need for the pumps, which have been used to prevent water from collecting, sometimes to a depth of about five feet where the street used to pass under the tracks.

Banking at the Chase Manhattan Banks Rockaway Beach office reverted to turn-of-the-century methods when a power failure Monday morning knocked out the electric equipment in addition to the lights. Conditions returned to normal late in the day.

People arriving at Beach 116 street Sunday morning were greeted by a large police detail and barricades on the ocean block. It was in preparation for the surfing demonstration that went off without a hitch.

50 Years Ago...

Lawrence Waldstreicher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Waldstreicher of the Harbor Bake Shop, is leaving for Van Nuys, California, were he will be employed as a mechanical engineer in jet propulsion.

Public School 47 in Broad Channel will be dedicated next Wednesday under the chairmanship of Vito F. Lanza, Queens member of the Board of Education.

John Mundy and Bell Lytin carried the banner for the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department in the Fourth Annual Convention Parade of the Volunteer Firemen's Association of the City of New York, Inc., which was held last Saturday afternoon in BC.

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