2008-05-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Shot under the left breast during commission of an apparent robbery on April 17 about 11:30 p.m., a Far Rockaway woman made her way to a friend's house and was removed to a hospital in good condition.

Queens Borough Board last week approved a $2.6 million retail center proposed for a Beach 20 Street, Far Rockaway, block between Mott and Cornaga Avenue.

NYC's Department of Transportation is removing coverings from pilings "supporting" the North Channel Bridge, but critically needed inspection is being delayed because DOT inspectors have their hands full at the Williamsburg Bridge, which is so deteriorated it is closed to all traffic.

Pfc. John G. McLaughlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8540 is continuing efforts to attract new men by putting together "an attractive Memorial Day weekend" from which the National Children's Home and the post's special welfare fund will benefit.

"Stolen Spring," a "popular library romance" by a Far Rockawayite who writes under the name Louisa Rawlings, will be available in bookstores this May.

Direct from the record-breaking 10th anniversary appearance at Lincoln Center, "a Thousand and One Nights at the Big Apple Circus" will take audiences at Cunningham Park (Union Turnpike at Francis Lewis Boulevard, Queens Village) on "a magic carpet ride to the mysterious east" Tuesday through Sunday, May 3-8.

Chris Carabello, a fifth grade student at Public School 104 in Far Rockaway, was a Category A (grades three through five) winner in a NYC Board of Education Racial Harmony Essay and Poetry Contest this spring.

Margarita Garcia, a student in Dr. Frank Norgate's advanced placement American history class at Far Rockaway High School, has been awarded honorable mention in an essay contest, "the United States Constitution: yea or nea?" sponsored by Queens College last November.

Army Reserve Private Wastee Chanderdatt, daughter of Cosilla Chanderdatt of Far Rockaway, has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

With a new award-winning fire prevention game, Kevin Drake, Donald Hobson, Lamont Johnson, Anthony Sussino and Patrick Sussino of class 5A in Public School 105 (Edgemere) have won one of six grand prizes in a NYC Fire Prevention Contest.

30 Years Ago... 

Howard Beach residents were promised this week that their branch of the Queens Borough Public Library will not be relocated.

Queens Borough Board has authorized a $17,500 study of casino gambling possibilities in the Rockaways. Two 10-year-old boys were arrested last week in Far Rockaway for allegedly attacking another 10-year-old Far Rockaway boy with a knife and taking the victim's coat and sneakers.

Congressman James H. Scheuer announced a grant of $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the installation of enter line and edge lighting of runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

40 Years Ago...

There never was a more enthusiastic turnout of St. Camillus band than that of last Saturday when the youthful bandsmen paraded in honor of the silver jubilee of their moderator, Reverend William J. Burke.

The charred remains of Curley's Atlas Hotel have been cleared from the oceanfront at Beach 116 Street. No future plans for use of the famous site have been announced yet.

When the high new bridge replaced the present Cross Bay Bridge, a popular

local haunt for fishermen will be no more. Perhaps that will spear a campaign for a much needed fishing pier in the Rockaways.

Bankers Trust Company is preparing to open its first branch in the Rockaways later this month in the Surfside shopping center where Jacob Dubnoff of Brooklyn will be the manager.

50 Years Ago...

The Men's Club of the First Congregational Church will hold their 37th annual dinner at the John C. Green Chapel.

Sea Scout Ship No. 282, Boy Scouts of America has been organized by St. Virgilius Church.

On Monday, April 21, work officially started on the new Rockaway Beach Hospital on a seven acre tract of land lying along Beach Channel Drive.

Governor Harriman has signed a bill making it an infraction of the law to throw "refuse, trash, rubbish, garbage, litter or nauseous or offensive matter" on a street or highway or along the right of way.

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