2007-08-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 A boat capsized and sank after being hit by a waterspout, rendering one of the eight passengers lost at sea. Sean Patrick O'Hagan, a 24-year-old Belle Harbor resident was presumed missing after the Coast Guard conducted an air and surface search of the water. A memorial mass will be held for O'Hagan on August 1.

Local officials, such as Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, are encouraging all Rockaway residents to stop the construction of a new shelter that will house 200 single homeless persons. The officials suggest writing to the Board of Estimate and attending the August 13 hearing that will propose the new shelter's construction. Officials argue that, with the community's many shelters and mental health facilities, Rockaway has done "its fair share in providing services to the homeless, the indigent and the ill."

A Hispanic male's body was found severely battered on the platform at the Wavecrest-Beach 25 Street stop in Far Rockaway on July 25 at about 6:47 p.m. Transit Police Officer John Emmons said about one-quarter of a subway

Beach Channel High School has had some of its funding restored. Oceanography has been resumed and exploration of some of the islands in Jamaica Bay has been continued.

Sunday was "A" day for the Rockaways. The campaigning Belle Abzug and Gary Ackerman visited our community. This Friday is "B" day with a scheduled visit by Abraham Beame. Wonder if Badillo and Battista will also be here?

The Penny Falls game at Rockaways' Playland has been a boon to many of

20 car went over the man's body, breaking many of his bones, but the operator said his train never touched anything. A woman, who was on a nearby platform at 6:30 p.m., said she did not see the man being hit. Officials have not yet identified the victim and do not know the circumstances surrounding his death.

Pack up the kids! August 6 is family day in Rockaway Beach parks. The Seuffert Band will play on the boardwalk at Beach 116 Street at 7:30 and a fireworks display will follow. Festival activities followed by dancing will take place on the boardwalk at Beach 86 St.

The "original" Manhattan Express Ferry, which provides service from The Wharf on Beach 116 Street and the Rockaway Point Pier to Pier 11 at Wall Street, will be in service again in mid- August. The $9 round trip now features two faster boats, air conditioning, an expanded daily schedule and 50 percent larger passenger capacity. Years Ago... 30 30 the local charitable organizations. Churches, schools and bands, among others, have really filled their coffers and kept the wolf from their doors.

Congratulations to Julie Rapport and her Rockaway Health Council. They kept asking for and finally received permission to have a city ambulance stationed at the 101 Precinct.

A full moon and a storm combined to dirty the beaches. Parks Department crews are doing their best to get the beaches back in shape.

We're still waiting for comments about our columns and columnists. What do you like or dislike? Who would you like to see more from - less from? 40 Years Ago...

40 Martin Martin has not decided how he will use the sign, shaped like a pagoda, on his property at the Beach 116 Street bayfront. He acquired the sign from the New York World's Fair.

The Federal Aviation Agency has limited the construction of new buildings to a height of 350 feet.

Long Beach, California's bid of $3.4 million topped by almost $1 million New York's bid for the liner Queen Mary. Now, instead of a high school in Jamaica Bay, the ship will become a west coast museum.

Wreckers have razed the house on Beach 129 Street near Rockaway Beach Boulevard to clear ground for additional classrooms and other facilities at St. Francis de Sales parochial school. The new building is expected to be ready for occupancy next year. Years Ago... 50 The Board of Standards and Appeals has deferred action for six weeks on a proposal to turn the old Heinsheimer estate at 3401 Mott Avenue, Bayswater, into a day camp/nursery school.

Intense summer heat brought 300,000 beachgoers to Rockaway last weekend.

In the near future, Far Rockaway will have a new $3 million shopping center,

50 which will include a large parking field. The center will occupy the area from the Far Rockaway subway station at Mott Avenue to the new Long Island Rail Road station, which will be built west of Nameoke Avenue.

Hurricane Jackson's Rockaway fans were disappointed when he lost the heavyweight championship fight in the tenth round Monday night.

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