2008-05-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

F4E Phantom fighter jets will fly over the Rockaways at least twice this Saturday, May 14, between 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - as U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn (at Floyd Bennett Field) celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Chased by two police cars, the driver of a stolen automobile struck the side of a truck, bounced across Beach 90 Street south of Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach into a car (propelling it into another car which in turn was pushed into another car), bounced back across the street into another car and then backed into a driveway, hoping to get away.

Airman Kim Baez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Enrique Baez of 54-22 Beach Channel Drive, has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Taryn Anita Fouche, daughter of Winnifred Fouche in Far Rockaway, has been selected to compete in the state finals for the title New York's Favorite Pre-Teen (eight - 12 years old).

Thanks to a former actor from the Rockaways, researchers have found that a substance in saliva may prevent the often fatal AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) virus from infecting blood cells. Beclan Gaynor, 25, of Belle Harbor died on Monday, May 9, after colliding head-on with a truck on the Van Wyck Expressway.

Painting by Paul Medina, a grade 4/5 student at Public School 183, Rockaway Beach, was displayed prominently by the Studio-in-a-School at Cooper Union in New York City on April 26, when mayor Edward I. Koch honored the Studio-in-a-School by presenting it with the Doris C. Freedman Award.

Jocelyn Matos of grade 9-1 at Benjamin N. Cardoza Junior High School 198 in Arverne won first place in a "Building a Nation of Neighbors" poster contest this spring.

ARA Services Inc., an outsider contract management group with an international clientele, has taken over food service responsibilities at St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore at Far Rockaway.

Rockaway Little League's 1988 season is off to a fantastic start. There is much enthusiasm among players, coaches, umpires and families.

30 Years Ago...

More than 80 percent of the senior graduating class at Far Rockaway High School is college bound. This report comes from the College Guidance Department of the school. Acceptances and scholarship offers, says Kenneth Kavanagh, the school's college guidance director, have come from college and universities across the country. Public School 114 in Neponsit will have a new playground soon as the result of a community effort. The Parents' Association has developed a unique design for their school.

Paintings, woodwork, stitchery, stained glass and creative writing will be exhibited next week at the Arverne Branch of the Queens Public Library. The exhibits will be brought to the library from the Save-A-Youth Learning Center, sponsored by the Community Church of God in Christ.

40 Years Ago...

Some kids have found a thrill. They ring a bell at the auto teller's window at Chase Manhattan Bank's Rockaway Beach branch. Astop will be put to that, pronto.

The new food market in the Dayton shopping plaza is taking no chances. Last week workmen sank heavy pipe stanchions into the sidewalk, spaced closely enough so that shopping carts cannot be removed. Calling all headhunters! A concrete statue of a woman was left in charred ruins of Curley's Hotel. Recently, passersby have noticed that the statue's head is missing. Now Rockaway Park has a new mystery thriller. The question remains for local police detectives to solve. Whodunit?

50 Years Ago...

The Blue Angels, the Navy's famous jet squadron, will perform an aerial demonstration over the ocean off Coney Island Sunday morning. Maybe next time arrangements can be made for the benefit of strollers along our boardwalk.

Dick Geist, manager of Rockaways' Playland, says the visitors seeing the park for the first time this year have been very complimentary about all the improvements which have been made.

Since the foundation for the new K of C clubhouse, located on Beach 90 Street in Rockaway Park has taken form, many people have been impressed by the size of the structure which is expected to serve the community in various ways.

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