2008-07-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

There is $10,000 for the Arverne- Hammel-Holland-Seaside Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, and $35,000 for the Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty- Project Taco in Far Rockaway, in the city's new budgets, just adopted by the Board of Estimate and City Council.

Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Company responded to a call for assistance from the Coast Guard last Friday morning, July 8, when a cabin cruiser went aground on the Jamaica Bay side of the Rockaway Point jetty and one woman fell down a stairwell.

What started out as a licensed photo session with a model on Monday, July 11, on the beach at Fort Tilden turned into a racial incident (including a black correction officer allegedly attacked with a pipe that was lying around) and is considered a serious crime by Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci for which a Canarsie (Brooklyn) man was arrested and will be prosecuted.

Rockaway Olympic Canoe and Kayak Club enjoyed a fun filled day of racing at the Sebago Canoe Club in Brooklyn.

Two men fleeing from a shooting outside the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway Wednesday night, July 13, about 9:05, collided with three other vehicles near Cross Bay Boulevard and 158 Avenue in Howard Beach, and killed a balloon vendor who was "a fixture" in that area.

United States marshals along with members of SAC (Special Anti-Crack) forces and officers of the 101 Precinct swooped through Rockaway Thursday.

Terra Pearson, 17 (18 next month), and John Griffin, 23, who were in a collision on Sunday, July 10, about 3:20 p.m. in which one vehicle overturned and the driver was ejected, were treated and released at Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere.

Army Private Hope Gilmore, daughter of Geraldine L. and George W. Gilmore of 320 Beach 59 Street has arrived for duty at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Senior Sensations, a double dutch team from Far Rockaway, missed winning the 1988 world championship on June 24 by only 11 points.

Last Saturday, the opening round of the CYO baseball playoffs was rained out. On Sunday, St. Francis de Sales' novices reigned over St. Raphael in the make-up game 10-5.

30 Years Ago...

It was 50 years ago this week that plans for the development of a huge port in Jamaica Bay would be immediately scrapped and the bay transformed into recreational and residential development in a proposition submitted early this week by Commissioner Moses to Mayor LaGuardia.

Seventy residents of the Dayton Beach Park Cooperative in Rockaway Beach, signed up on Wednesday, July 12 to join the co-op's security patrol, in operation in two of the development's five buildings.

Emergency repairs started on Monday morning on both the boardwalk burned on July 1 and the sand washed out during winter storms.

Albert I. Berger, son of Sam and Sara Berger, 408 Beach 141 Street, received a Ph. D degree in history this month from Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois.

40 Years Ago...

A dinner dance is being planned for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Far Rockaway, which occurs next month.

The Belle Harbor Property Owners Association has teamed up with the Green Bus Line to place benches at the bus stops along Newport Avenue.

There's a report that jet flights have been held at Los Angeles because there was no place for them to land at Kennedy airport. We hardly missed them.

Traffic Commissioner Henry A. Barnes last week rescinded an order prohibiting parking in the business block on Neponsit Avenue. Half-hour parking has been restored to the block.

50 Years Ago...

Rockaway airport is no more. The local field which got started after World War I has been shut down.

Rumors are around town that a truly gigantic apartment building is under consideration to take in a large part of the Arverne-Edgemere oceanfront, but no names are being mentioned.

One of the big supermarkets is reported giving serious consideration to a location on Beach 129 Street.

Beach 97 Street is still one of the busiest streets in Rockaway during the summer, and still it is without a traffic light.

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