2007-07-13 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

There was no smoking in the police station of the 100th Precinct (Rockaway Beach) on Monday morning, July 6, and with the stacks of beer on the ground floor anybody could easily have added "no drinking." The "no smoking" was real. There were so many confiscated fireworks on the ground floor that officers said they wouldn't have dared to smoke even if they were allowed to. A stray spark could end forever at least a part of the precinct. In one corner, in fact, the fireworks filled an entire jail cell. Furthermore, the fireworks had to wait for the beer (there were better than 700 bottles and cans of it plus kegs) to be moved out. (That police truck was full when it pulled out.)

Bystanders who joined in saving a swimmer in trouble last Saturday, July 4, about a quarter to five in the afternoon, are accusing lifeguards of not doing their part. It was near Beach 134 Street in Belle Harbor that his brother-in-law, David Roffe, and he went in and were carried out by undertow, Howard Sirota told The Wave.

Al Sorrentino, governor of District 725 of Rotary International, installed Harry Haroon as president of the Rotary Club of Rockaway at Rotary's annual installation dinner at the Lawrence Country Club the last Wednesday in June. Installed with Haroon were Joe Stehn as president elect; Howard Gillespie, treasurer; Gene Finkel, secretary, Peter Galvin, sergeant-at-arms, plus Directors Frank Spolin, Bill Blum, Fred Springer, John Kimball and Bernie Bohlinger.

Citing newly released data pointing to significant population growth in

Queens, the Queens Chamber of

Commerce is again stressing that state and city health agencies should abandon any plans for cuts in borough medical care. Specifically, the business organization pointed to the Health Systems Agency of New York's recent consideration of closing several borough hospitals as "an action that would directly imperil the health care needs and safety of large, and increasing, Queens business and civic population," according to Queens Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Sweezey.

On Tuesday night, a standing room only crowd attended the first game that Rockaway Little League ever hosted in the District 27 eliminations to the World Series to be held next month in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Alexandra Bernhart of Belle Harbor appears refreshingly relaxed as she brings her kayak to a picture-taking spot after winning both single and double spots in the United States team that went to the World University Games in Zagreb, Yugoslavia this month, and even more relaxed back on land.

30 Years Ago...

Mayor Beame has reported that 98 percent of the potholes in New York City have been taken care of. They have been taken care of all right, they just moved them to Rockaway.

Speaking of messes, has anyone seen the mess in the Municipal parking lots on Beach 116 Street? After a day at the beach, the slobs decide they do not want certain things to go back to the city. They just toss them, in the lot.

After a few phone calls, the Parks Department sent a crew to the playground at Public School 225. They spent a couple of hours cleaning up the mess. Let's see how long it stays clean.

Recorded crowds again attended Rockaways' Playland this past weekend. We haven't told Dick Geist yet, but we think it may have something to do with his advertising.

40 Years Ago...

Broad Channel Post No. 1404 American Legion has submitted a resolution at the Queens County American Legion convention to extend support to the residents of Broad Channel in their battle with the city to keep their homes.

City Council President Frank D. O' Connor reportedly is planning to return to the beach to see if the waters are safe for bathing.

Bids for construction of the foundations for the new Cross Bay Bridge will be opened next Wednesday by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Captain David S. Stear, USN succeeded Captain John E. McQuary, USN as commanding officer of the United States Naval Air Station New York (Floyd Bennett Field) Friday morning.

50 Years Ago...

Skipper D.D Higbee of the Wilson Line "Liberty Bell" was welcomed to the Rockaways by Richard Geist, manager of Rockaways' Playland and William H. O' Neill, president of the Rockaway Park Merchants Association this week. Higbee, who is serving his second year on this run, brought a boatload of visitors to the beach who were seeking relief from the heat.

A solemn high requiem mass was offered Monday at St. Gertrude's Church, Edgemere, for the pastor, the Rev. Patrick J. O'Connor, who died of a heart ailment at the rectory.

The radio beacon towers have been removed from Undine Island, at the foot Beach 75 Street.

The wedding anniversary of Deputy Chief Robert Russell of the Broad Channel Fire Department and Mrs. Russell was observed Sunday.

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