2008-07-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

20 Touring through the Rockaways without benefit of politicians and/or Parks Department personnel it was clearly evident that a lot of effort is being put forth into restoring the Rockaways as a place for recreation.

Alleged mob involvement topped complaints that multiplied day by day from the moment an International Festival opened on July 7 initially for a month long seven-days-a-week run.

Chanelle Parish, 19, of 51-24 Beach Channel Drive (the Edgemere Houses in Edgemere) was murdered.

One woman died as a result of a collision last Saturday, July 16, at Newport Avenue and Beach 124 Street, Rockaway Park, in which both cars involved hit a brick wall.

Rockaway's six-month-old "soup kitchen," at the Claddagh Inn (which meand "Friendship" in Gaelic), nestled away at Beach 73 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Arverne, is presently serving lunch to 70-80 people every day (proving there is a definite need for the program) , and the people who run is say there is never an incident or complaint. "It is a competent well run program serving 25 at each sitting. People line up in an orderly fashion for their turn at the dining room."

20 Crashes about noon and 4:45 p.m. disturbed the peace of Beach 97 Street and Rockaway Freeway, Rockaway Beach, on Monday, July 18.

Harbor Adam (the police Harbor Patrol unit in Jamaica Bay) found a body of an unidentified man floating on the east side of Fresh Creek (near the borderline between Brooklyn and Howard Beach) last Saturday, July 16, about 7:25 p.m.

Army Specialist Cynthia R. Bail, granddaughter of Tom and Margaret Aiken of Harriman, Tennessee has arrived for duty in West Germany.

George E. Lehning, a member of the St. Camillus Church parish in Rockaway Beach and an usher, on Beach 100 Street in Rockaway B each been honored by the New York City Board of Education for volunteer work with the schools.

Nilo (Sergio) Rodriguez was arrested last Saturday, July 16, the day after Carmen Hernandez, 22, mother of a two-month-old child, was found dead at her residence at 251 Fernside Place, Far Rockaway.

Years Ago... 30

"We got invaded by an army nobody could handle," said Police Officer Jimmy Breslin of the 100 Precinct, based in Rockaway Beach, when speaking of the crowds of people who came to the Rockaways to enjoy the beach last weekend. The crowd was estimated at more than 1.5 million on the 7.5 mile stretch of Rockaway Beach and more than 400,000 in Riis Park on Sunday. Street Crime Unit police officers dressed as decoys arrested a woman, a man and two 15-year-old boys in Far Rockaway on July 18.

Health Systems Agency (District I New York City) has rejected an application for a 295-bed adult home at 316 Beach 65 Street.

New bus service connecting JFK airport with the subway is expected to cost $1 - plus 50 cents for the subway - according to John J. Fetscher, presi- dent of the Civic Association.

40 Years Ago...

40 Times do change. Some old time lifeguards smile wryly when the $20-perday of present day guards is mentioned. They recall that when they were on the job the pay was 45 a day.

Although it was supposed to have been demolished by last weekend, the former bank building at Beach 84 Street and the boulevard was still there Monday with festoons of broken concrete dangling from its upper floors. Before noon, however, the workmen returned and finished the job.

In preparation for a speed-up of trains, the Long Island Rail Road is doing away with commutation tickets that have to be punched on the train. The new tickets will look like passes. They just have to show them.

Years Ago... 50

Although he's fished with other people's tackle before, last Thursday young Jimmy Bulloch of Beach 125 Street went out with his own gear and brought home enough fluke to make good his promises of fish to several of his neighbors.

50 Among many things recalled to oldtimers by the death of John R. Murray, were the post World War I days when he commanded a local company of National Guardsmen which was quartered in its own armory on Beach 81 Street. The building originally was the clubhouse of the Atlantic Athletic Association.

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