2007-07-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago... Subway service on the A, C and JFK Express lines was out more than three hours Thursday morning, July 16, after a front wheel of an A train from Lefferts Boulevard left the track under Fulton Street in Brooklyn. Service was disrupted about 4:50 and restored about 7:57. Commuters generally that morning were aware that service on the A and C lines was out and made arrangements to get where they wanted to go by other means.

Jay Freehand and Tom Gillan from the Rockaway Olympic Canoe and Kayak Club represented the United States at the Junior World Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, this month "with fine sportsmanship."

Ninety-three-year-old Helen Laboda was killed on Monday afternoon July 13, when she stepped off a middle of the road divider in Seagirt Boulevard, near Beach 20 Street, Far Rockaway, and was struck by a car traveling in the left lane.

Jack G. Braunstein of Rockaway Beach led a commemoration of the 211th anniversary of Independence Day last Saturday, July 4, in the police station of the 100th Precinct (Rockaway Beach). Braunstein, commander of both Beach Channel Post 6191 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Lt. Arthur

20 A. Amron Chapter 36 Disabled American Veterans, and a vice president of the 100th Precinct Community Council, was joined in the ceremony by Captain Harold Leibowitz, the precinct's commanding officer, Sergeant James Fitzgerald, Police Officers Chris Borbee and Pat Bernardo, and Police Aide Ann Coppola.

Bonnie Lauren Weinberg and Scott Leonard Rogoff are planning a July 1988 wedding. Bonnie Lauren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Weinberg of Hewlett, produced the "Today in New York" show for WNBC-TV for three years. She is currently working for the film company Creative Projects Inc. in Manhattan. Bonnie Lauren, an alumnus of Lynbrook (L.I.) High School, graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan, where she earned her degree in communications.

Medical debris including syringes and vials of urine washed up on beaches in Rockaway this week, leading to the temporary closing of the Beach at Breezy Point and concern from Belle Harbor west. The bulk of the waste was spotted at Breezy Point Sunday afternoon, July 12, about 3:30. Years Ago... 30 The removal of one city ambulance, when there were only two to cover the entire peninsula was unheard of. One ambulance to cover 100,000 plus people. Ridiculous.

Now that summer is in full swing has anyone taken advantage of the offerings at Gateway? No, we don't mean the nude bather watching. The end

30 of Breezy Point is a nice place for a walk. There is a nice view from the jetty.

Wasn't it peaceful during the recent blackout? There were no takeoffs or landings at the airports. Too bad there was no television either

Watch as things in the Rockaways make a marked improvement. Election time is drawing near. Everyone wants to show how much he or she cares.

40 Years Ago... Work on rebuilding the Cross Bay Bridge is expected to go ahead without delay. Nothing has been said about leaving part of the present span intact for the use of fishermen.

The parking lot behind the Rockaway Beach post office makes an ideal place for employees in the office to sun themselves during "swing time" between shifts.

"A country which has developed its technology to the point where it is constructing a supersonic transport should have the resources to develop a muffler to reduce airplane noise," says Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo.

Now that new sand is appearing on the beach in the vicinity of Beach 94 Street, even the skeptics who saw "nothing but water" emitting from the pipeline connected to the dredge in the bay are convinced that there really is sand coming out of that pipe. Years Ago... 50 St Rose of Lima R.C Church is about to launch a drive for funds with which to erect a new rectory on property it now uses for parking. The property is immediately south of the church on Beach 84 Street.

Neponsit's Harold Parrott, who is business manager for the Brooklyn Dodgers, is happy when the team is out of town. It gives him an opportunity to do some cruising in his power skiff, Dodger.

50 Recognizing that millions of people will consume thousands of hot dogs on the beaches, picnic grounds, in parks, cars and homes during the summer, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has declared the month of July as National Hot Dog Month.

Mario P. Russo, 71-10 Amstel Boulevard, will preside at ceremonies dedicating two safety billboards Saturday morning at Beach 71 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

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