2007-08-17 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The commotion coming from the Tuesday night Bingo match at 85-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard was not in celebration. A portion of the ceiling, which apparently was saturated, came down over the players.

One-hundredth Precinct detectives Donald Moran and Robert DeLeon sensed something "fishy" when investigating a burglary last Tuesday. Moran arrested Hammels resident Theodore Davis after tracing stolen shrimp, scrod, lobster tails and scallops from the Sea Way Fish Market to his home.

Get on your bathing suits and stretch. The annual Rockaway Lifeguard Olympics are being held August 22 at Beach 95 Street. There, the nine shacks on the peninsula will compete in six lifesaving challenges. A complimentary barbecue and awards ceremony at Connolly's will follow the day's events.

Six new sewers in Rockaway Beach and Arverne may be on the way. New York City Department of Transportation chief engineer/first deputy commissioner mailed preliminary plans for the sewers' construction to Councilman Walter Ward. If the proposal passes, construction will begin in the Spring of 1989.

"Please Don't Dump On Us" was one of the slogans chanted at the August 13 protest against the building of a homeless shelter in Edgemere. Rockawayites gathered in large numbers at the Board of Estimate, where the shelter's construction was proposed, to make their voices heard. The Board said they will vote on the Edgemere shelter "at some future time."

Back to school shoes were on sale at The Sand Box on Beach 116 Street this week. The "Blow Out Sale" featured kids shoes at $3, $5 and $10.

More than 500 people showed up for a "Save The Way" concert on the boardwalk at Beach 78 Street on Tuesday. The concert, staged by Dayton Towers, was reportedly designed by area residents to prove that summer concerts could thrive in venues other than Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway and Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park, the traditional locations for summer concerts in past years.

30 Years Ago...

Wednesday night, we won one and we lost one. We won with the capture of Son of Sam and we lost the Panama Canal.

The park (as yet undeveloped) at Beach 116 Street and Jamaica Bay is mapped as "Larceny Park." Wonder if they know something we didn't.

Further signs of the coming of the metric system: the direction signs at Doughty Boulevard and Central Avenue point to St. John's Episcopal Hospital and read 1.4 miles or 2.2 kilometers.

Has anyone noticed the dramatic price difference in gasoline? Regular runs anywhere from 60.9 to 69.9 depending on the station. This is just on the peninsula.

Rain wreaked havoc with the scheduled weekend events. Mario Cuomo did not make his scheduled appearance in Rockaway. This makes his third no-show here.

40 Years Ago...

The Federal Aviation Agency's suggestion to move Arverne I six blocks eastward is being followed to provide a clearer path for the jets arriving and departing from Kennedy airport. At least that's a step toward reducing the noise.

So many surveyors have been operating in the vicinity of Beach Channel Drive west of Crossbay Boulevard in recent months that people pay them little attention. Latest report is that a group would like to erect another middle income housing project in the area. Harry Biggs, a Far Rockaway oldtimer, is being congratulated on becoming manager of the R.K.O. Strand Theatre.

When they became residents of Neponsit Home, not many of them realized they would have, as an added attraction, all those lovely ladies and gentlemen just over the fence at Riis Park.

50 Years Ago...

The Rev. Martin Tully, who was named pastor of St. Gertrude's Roman Catholic Church in Edgemere, succeeding the Rev. Patrick O'Connor, who died July 3, celebrated his first Mass at the church on Sunday.

The Public Service Commission this week dashed the hopes of the Bayswater Civic Association of stopping the Long Island Rail Road from moving its station in Far Rockaway to the proposed one on Nameoke Avenue and work began a few days ago on preliminary steps to the eventual construction of the new terminal and the removal of the old station.

Congregation Derech Emunoch paid tribute to Cantor Joseph Glovitch for his 38 years of distinguished service, Sunday evening.

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