2008-01-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

North Channel Bridge, between Broad Channel and Howard Beach, was rated this week by the State Department of Transportation as New York City's fourth worst bridge.

Barry Berger of Beach 129 Street, Belle Harbor, is in the trauma unit of Kings County Hospital, severely wounded by an accidental gunshot in a Criminal Court locker room on the 11th floor at 120 Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn.

First Presbyterian Church/Russell Sage Memorial, 1324 Beach 12 Street, Far Rockaway, will begin celebration of its centennial year with 11 a.m. worship on Sunday, January 31.

Thirty students from the Far Rockaway postal district (zip codes beginning in 116) are included in the 10th annual edition of "the National Dean's List 1986-87," published by Educational Communications Inc., 721 McKinley Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045.

Army National Guard Private Willie Flud, son of Elizabeth and Marion Flud of Redfern Avenue, Far Rockaway, has completed basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Two men and a woman were injured on Saturday, January 2, between 4 and 5 p.m., when an automobile leaving the parking lot of Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere was struck by one westbound in Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

"Little Winter Bunny Hoppers" (kindergarten class K-4 at Public School 105, Edgemere) under the direction of Lisa Hodes have raised more than $90 for the Leukemia Foundation by having a Bunny Hop-a-thon.

Trucks driven by Eady-Bell Davis of 13-45 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, and William Morelli of 18 Loretta Street, Inwood, were seized and impounded by New York City Sanitation Police in October for alleged illegal dumping of refuse or debris.

Actors and a stage crew are needed for a production of Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple," to be staged at the end of February in St. Camillus School at 185 Beach 99 Street, Rockaway Beach.

The second annual St. Francis Christmas Tournament concluded last weekend. The tournament, dedicates to outgoing pastor, Msgr. Keane, was a smashing success. When it was over, the hosts had captured the championship in all three divisions.

Years Ago... 30

Just as predicted, the sea reached its icy fingers at Rockaway this week and took away half the beach that engineers had spent three summers pumping in. The sand went away so easily, so smoothly, that even Rockawayites with windows facing the shore did not really notice. All these people knew was that the wind was howling almost beyond what they'd ever heard before.

State Senator Sheldon Farber reported this week that he is considering legislation which would eliminate compulsory attendance in the public school system after 13 years of age.

One Rockaway burglar this week took $10 worth of bubble gum. Police would not reveal his name.

40 Years Ago...

Although Ice has formed in shoal water along the shore of the bay and there has been thin ice on the lake in the bird sanctuary north of Broad Channel, there has been no skating yet. Local skaters are keeping up their hopes, however.

When subway riders were restricted to the purchases of only two tokens at a time last week, nobody remembered that Rockaway riders use two tokens for a one-way ride. They not only had to pay twice as much, but had to buck the line at the change booth both coming and going.

Bill Lichtenberg, head of Lichtenberg- Robbins of Ozone Park, Buick agents in this area, began his business career in Rockaway. He worked as a lad for Izzy Storch whose frankfurter stand in the boardwalk at Steeplechase was famous many years ago.

Years Ago... 50

James J. Corrigan of Rockaway Beach and Irving Mosberg of Laurelton, will view for the State Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of State Senator James J. Crisona, to become borough president, in a special election to be held on Tuesday.

The South Channel bridge over Jamaica bay which has jammed several times in the past year, disrupting service on the Rockaway transit line and

50 causing a considerable annoyance to peninsula commuters, should be repaired by tomorrow, according to a spokesperson for the American Bridge Division of the United States Steel Corporation.

The new $878,000 Far Rockaway terminal of the subway at Mott Avenue will be opened at 11 o'clock next Thursday morning, the Transit Authority announced today.

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