2008-02-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Anti-narcotics police officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway shot a dog on January 21 about 5:30 p.m., after battering down a door at 423 Beach 44 Street, Edgemere.


With a new emergency repair contract approved on January 14 by the New York City Board of Estimate, chronic street flooding on the Rockaway Freeway between Beach 80 Street and Beach 83 Street in Rockaway Beach should be eliminated as soon as construction is completed, which officials say will take place within the next two months.

Fire last Friday afternoon, January 22, heavily damaged a two-story, 45-foot by 65-foot frame building at 11-03 Foam Place, Far Rockaway, which appears to have once been a church.

Early childhood programs at the Robert Gordis Day School of Temple Beth- El of Rockaway Park, located on Beach 135 Street, will begin its spring term on February 15.

Long Island Lighting Co. will paint permanently raised marking on controls of gas ranges and ovens to help gas customers who are visually impaired, blind or deaf-blind use their gas appliances. Those interested should contact LILCO at its Bayswater facility. There is no charge for this important service. This month, with the theft of her third car from her driveway, a resident of Beach 66 Street in Arverne is finding a pattern, and police have promised that they would give her home special consideration to try and find the auto thieves..

Police took a loaded .38-caliber revolver away from a man in Arverne on January 18, after the man allegedly pointed the weapon at another person on the street.

Preparing for a science fair, all six firstgrade classes at Public School 105 in Edgemere visited the New York Aquarium in Coney Island on January 18, 19 and 20. (The first and last day, the weather was cooperative, but on the middle day the group had to contend with rain and cold.)

National Park Service will conduct lifeguard pre-employment tests at Brooklyn College (Plaza Building Swimming Pool) on March 12 and April 23.

Catholic Charities in the Rockaways is cooperating in a borough-wide effort to get together some 1,400 senior citizens to go to Albany with Borough President Claire Shulman on Tuesday, February 2, to lobby for improvements in benefits and service.

30 Years Ago...

Sewer construction has started in Far Rockaway. Seagirt Boulevard will be torn apart soon. Hope it is back in shape by summer.


As bad as it is, there is still much to be said for the ride on the CC train. There is nothing as beautiful as the scenery at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge during the spring and summer.

Whatever happened to our 300-footlong beach? The water is once again going under the boardwalk.

We may be looking for a miracle, but it would be nice if money were appropri- ated for some street repaving.

40 Years Ago...

Public School 114 is listed in a magazine article by Grace Hechinger, writer on education, as one of the public schools where children receive a good education.


Navy reservists in this area were put on standby last week because of the seizure by North Korea of the intelligence ship, U.S.S. Pueblo and its crew of 87 officers and men.

Jack Kerchman, athletic director of Far Rockaway High School, is the Rockaway Rotary Club's choice for its "Man of the Year" award.

Changes in Jamaica Bay are underway in the vicinity of the Cross Bay Bridge, now being rebuilt, where there is a concentration of barges, pile drivers, dredges and other heavy equipment.

50 Years Ago...

Adolf Mayer, 526 Beach 140 Street, head of the wholesale butcher firm of Loeb & Mayer, sailed last Saturday on the S.S. New Amsterdam for a cruise to the West Indies.


A four alarm blaze gutted the interior of the Arverne Paper and House Furnishing Company on Beach 77 Street last week.

Ground will be broken for the new 200-bed Rockaway Beach Hospital on a seven acre tract of land on Beach Channel Drive between Beach 51 Street and Beach 53 Street in mid- February.

Mrs. Walter J. Blum of Beach 127 Street, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Ellen Farrell, also of Belle Harbor, sailed yesterday for a three week cruise to the West Indies and South America on the S.S. Homeric.

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