2008-02-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

20 Steven Oppenheim, 40, former administrator of the Seagirt Health Related Facility at 1410 Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, February 16, to bilking more that $37,000 from Medicaid recipients and their families, and is facing sentencing on April 14 to up to four years in prison.

Homeowners and other New York City residents can get street trees planted without charge by writing to the community board and requesting a place on the board's planting list.

Rockawayites are mourning Richard P. Feynman, one of the word's best known, and most colorful and imaginative scientists, with special feeling.

Susanna Graves of Beach 123 Street, Rockaway Park, has been named to the Dean's Honor List for the 1987 fall semester at Emerson College in Boston.

Cub Scout Pack 81 is presenting a mini-circus this Saturday, February 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., at St. Francis de Sales gym at Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

20 Michelle T. Loof, daughter of Owen and Peggy Loof of Beach 89 Street in Rockaway Beach, was surprised on January 27 with a sweet 16 dinner party at the Snug Harbor Restaurant in Rockaway Park.

Class 4-A of Public School 105 (Edgemere) is "adopting a humpback whale" from the Whale Adoption Project.

Rockaway Rugby Football Club is continuing preparations for its international trip to England and Ireland. The club will depart March 3 from JFK International airport enroute to London. Several matches are scheduled during their stay in England. Rockaway will play against a "sister" club Old Beckhamians the first weekend of the trip. The itinerary is not fully complete by does include at least five matches.

Residents of North Lawrence and adjacent Inwood are battling plans to open a home for the mentally retarded this spring.

Years Ago... 30

Police raided a Far Rockaway Bottle Club on Saturday night, February 11, after numerous complaints led to convincing a judge to issue a warrant. The Bottle Club was located at 22-30 Loretta Road.

Community Planning Board 14 voted Tuesday night, February 14, to back a proposal by St. John's Episcopal Hospital that it construct an overhead

30 walkway at South Shore, in Far Rockaway, connecting the hospital and the nursing home.

Okay, Rockaway, we're missing a bet, and it was right up there in our sky, too. According to reports the Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has invited Air France and British Airways to exhibit the Concorde supersonic transport at McCarran International Airport. Not only that, but the chamber says it is interested in regularly scheduled SST flights into Las Vegas.

40 Years Ago...

40 Many parishioners of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church attended the celebrated mass last Thursday evening at the installation of the church's new pastor, the Reverend William Bradley, who has succeeded Francis W. Flynn.

The site in the bay for Beach Channel High School is still "in," according to latest word, but no funds for planning and construction has been appropriated yet. Not exactly a "crash" program.

So many Rockaway Park businessmen have complained about losses from burglary and vandalism it seems strange there is not more response to the appeal for membership in the Auxiliary Police.

There may have been some disagreement among local parents groups concerning their likes and dislikes about the public schools, but the Board of Education's move to add 581 students to already over crowded Far Rockaway High School seems to have united all factions in opposition to the proposal.

Years Ago... 50

Corporation Counsel Peter Campbell Brown claims that Queens County has more civic organizations per square foot than any other in the nation. The majority of them must be located on the peninsula.

Very little information is to be had on this item, but we thought it good enough to repeat. Seems that detectives of the 100 Precinct arrested a 10- year-old student of P.S. 44 and charged

50 him with extortion. This was done upon the receipt of a complaint by an adult resident.

Although landowners ostensibly have four hours to clean off sidewalks following the end of a snow storm, few bothered to shovel paths for pedestrians on Monday, and very few worked up sufficient ambition to do their civic duty on Tuesday. Wonder how many summonses were handed out?

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