2008-02-08 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Public School 105 students captured two of the six winning positions in Community School District 27 in the 68th annual New York City Fire Prevention Campaign. (Each school district sends six entries to the fire department for final selection citywide.)


Children at Public School 47 (Broad Channel) present Helen Georges with a plaque for dedicated service as a crossing guard at Cross Bay Boulevard and Ninth Road in Broad Channel. Helen Georges retired on January 28.

Celebration of Purim (when ancient Queen Esther saved the Jewish people) will last almost a week this year at Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park.

Increases in deposits, loans and mortgages helped Columbia Federal Savings Bank raise its net worth to $73,265,458 in 1987, an increase of nearly $8 million over 1986.

Some 150 demonstrators who came in about 100 cars to the Edgemere landfill on Sunday, January 31, and found their way blocked (Department of Sanitation personnel closed the gate to keep them out) were disappointed during the week when a hearing scheduled for a lawsuit calling for permanent closing of the dump was postponed, it is believed to sometime in March. Four people were injured when an '82 Plymouth hit a double-parked '82 Ford truck with a commercial plate on Saturday, January 30, about 40 minutes before midnight, in the front of 71- 15 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne.

Derick Perkins, 22, of Far Rockaway allegedly rammed a car broadside killing the driver while fleeing from police on Wednesday, February 3, shortly after 8 a.m.

Jury selection reportedly is underway in a case in which an unidentified, handcuffed, homeless black man was set afire and died on a deserted patch of the Rockaway beachfront in the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) in 1984.

Members and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Far Rockaway sang in celebration on Sunday morning, January 31, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the church.

Fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old youth in Far Rockaway last Saturday afternoon, January 30, led to a presentation to the grand jury on Wednesday, February 3.

 30 Years Ago...

P.S. 106 has been reopened after a two day closing due to flooding. The new sewer at Seagirt Boulevard should alleviate the problem.


Once again the beach has been completely washed away. For an idea of the total destruction of the beach one should go to the area between Beach 30 and Beach 40 Street. Four girls (ages 14 and 15) were charged with trespassing Tuesday, January 31, when they were found in the men's room of the Holland Avenue subway station.

Far Rockaway is determined to spend that $250,000. They shouldn't waste the money on a closed-circuit TV. They should buy scooters and give them to the precinct.

40 Years Ago...

Surfers next season should be pleased with the facilities the Parks Department will set aside for them next summer beside the Silver Gull beach club at Breezy Point, where parking and refreshments will be available.


The Queensborough Public Library's new building soon to house the Far Rockaway branch, leaves so much to be desired in appearance when compared with the building it replaces. The Park Department says that 1,000 waste receptacles will be placed on the public beaches next summer. Now, if people will really use them!

Last Thursday, the abandoned sedan which had stood at the curb on Edgemere Avenue at Beach 44 Street since before Christmas was hauled away after the scavengers had done their work.

50 Years Ago...

A public park, to be located at Edgemere on Jamaica Bay, drew closer to reality when the Board of Estimate adopted a resolution authorizing an issue to exceed $1,496,564.45 to be used for payment of land acquired in October of 1955.


The Park Inn Hotel, long a landmark closed in Rockaway Park, recently was purchased by Harry Locker for $400,000.

 Michael J. Pomerantz, retired wholesale baker of 179 Beach 66 Street, died in Rockaway Beach Hospital on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Rogoff of Rogoff's toy shop, Beach 116 Street, have returned from a winter vacation at the Nevele country club in Ellenville, New York.

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