2007-12-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

20 Emergency Medical Service (city ambulance) corpsmen and at least one anti-crime police officer were injured and hospitalized on December 8 in mid-afternoon after they scaled a wall, rescued children trapped by fire, threw flaming material out of a window to the ground and put out the rest of the conflagration.

Helen Lewkowicz of 315 Beach 85 Street, Rockaway Beach, remains in intensive care in Peninsula Hospital Center following surgery which was considered necessary after she was struck by an automobile and carried several feet on the vehicle's hood last Friday, December 11.

Peninsula Hospital Center is offering seniors at Beach Channel, Far Rockaway and Stella Maris high schools a full tuition scholarship for a registered nurse program at a two-year community college.

Deputy Chief of Police Richard Dillion, assistant chief of Patrol Borough Queens, promised last week at a meeting arranged by Councilman Walter Ward at Queens police headquarters that he will do his utmost to support a request by the Councilman for additional police in southern Queens.

Jews will share Christmas Eve Mass at St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church, Beach 129 Street and Rockaway

20 Beach Boulevard, Belle Harbor, at 10 o'clock on Thursday night, December 24, with the Rockaway Catholic-Jewish Council.

Toys for Tots is getting a big boost this Saturday, December 19, in Broad Channel.

New York City Council President Andrew Stein this week committed himself to support of market-rate housing in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Most people remember Rockaway's Playland as a place of temporal value, of instant gratification. However, behind the scenes of the roller coasters, brakers and midway, Queens history was being made. Playland was a major force in developing the Rockaways, ahead of its time in providing rides and entertainment on progressive themes such as space and atomsmashing. It is also a story of one of America's great "carney" families - a clan, the Giest family.

Tom Young won a mistrial and a new date for a hearing in Small Claims Court on Thursday, December 17, when Special Prosecutor Charles Hynes failed to appear to represent the Breezy Point Cooperative. 30 Years Ago... Morris Rochelle, manager of the Pix and Town theatres in Far Rockaway, says local people are attending the movies more often. At any rate, business is better that it was a year ago.

Pat Kelly of the American Irish Association did a great job of bringing order out of chaos when more than 200 youngsters waited to attend the Christmas party which the Rockaway Rotarians sponsored at the association's

30 hall last Sunday afternoon. Pat barked commands just like a top sergeant. How those kids minded him.

When the lights went off in the Peninsula General Hospital auditorium last week, George Wolpert thought there was an emergency - until a cake with lighted candles was wheeled in. Then he remembered it was his birthday.

The annual ceremonies marking the opening of the Community Crib which will be located on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive will be held at noon on Saturday. 40 Years Ago...

40 Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt will be the principal speaker at an Israeli bond testimonial dinner program honoring Dr. Robert Gordis, Wednesday evening at the Park Inn Hotel.

This morning an explosion ripped through a building at the August Bellon Iron Works, 72-11 Amstel Boulevard, causing considerable damage, but leaving no fatalities in its wake.

Joseph Bornstein of the Towne Liquor Shoppe has been lauded by many of his friends for his heroic efforts last week when he entered a burning building in the rear of his store to make certain that children living there had been evacuated.

According to the City Housing Authority, work will soon begin on Redfern II, a low-income family apartment complex in Far Rockaway. 50 Years Ago... A breakfast was given in honor of Nat Boriskin, president of Congregation Derech Emunoh, by the congregation, December 7.

Harriet Dale of Edgemere, winner of the beauty contest sponsored this summer by the Home Curtain Co., where

50 she is employed, has received an offer from the Barbizon Modeling Studio.

Henry Sullivan, formerly in charge of the lunch counter at a Far Rockaway drug store, is managing the restaurant of a tavern on Cornaga Avenue.

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