2008-08-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Irish stars will shine at their brightest as they gather in record numbers this Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, for the seventh annual Rockaway Irish Festival.

Noel Olmoso Perez, 20, of Beach 24 Street, Far Rockaway, was indicted on Thursday, July 28 (almost at press time) for execution-type slaying on July 1 of two clerks in a Brooklyn convenience store.

Evelyn A. Mauss of Neponsit represented Rockaway this summer as the Eighth World Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War convened in Montreal, Canada, and sought again for a way to prevent a catastrophe it knows it will not be able to cure.

Through negotiations over the city's new expense budget, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman has been able to add $6,000 for Rockaway's Gateway Community Restoration.

Nassau County Museum of Fine Art's education department in Roslyn shared an outreach project with the Child Life Program, Schneider Children's Hospital, a division of Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, earlier this year, while Amanda Mitchell, a seven-year-old resident of Far Rockaway, was a patient at Schneider Children's Hospital; and Amanda left a lasting impression.

Vacant land alongside the Frank Avenue - Beach 44 Street subway station from Beach 44 to 46 Street has been cleared of tall weeds and debris in July instead of September, in response to requests from the Frank Avenue Civic Association of Edgemere.

Peninsula Hospital Center's emergency room has been moved to a newly renovated area.

Rockaway's 11- and 12-year-old allstars are competing in the District 27 championship game for the first time in many years. The boys fought their way through the double elimination tournament of 16 teams with six wins and one loss.

Marvin Eisenstadt of Neponsit was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship at the 41st installation dinner of the Rockaway Rotary Club.

30 Years Ago... 

One year ago Air France and British Airways were asking for a court order to permit immediate landing of the Concorde supersonic transport at John F. Kennedy international airport.

Green Lines Bus drivers were attacked both Sunday, July 23 and Monday, July 24 in the Riis Park area. According to police, the attack on Sunday occurred about 5:30 p.m. when a man with a razor punched the driver and slashed him with the razor, cutting his shirt but not piercing the skin. The attack on Monday occurred about 6:15 p.m. when a driver was sprayed with some substance.

Construction of a walkway between Beach 20 and Beach 21 streets in the Far Rockaway shopping area revitalization section, received unanimous approval last week from the members of the Board of Estimate.

40 Years Ago...

Two more stores are scheduled to open in the near future in the Dayton shopping center.

Several cherry bombs which were exploded in a local store have served to alert police to guard against the possibility of more serious acts of violence being attempted.

When the wreckers got on the job Tuesday they made short work of the formidable looking vault in the wreckage of the former Chase Manhattan Bank building. The land where the back once stood has been leveled off and there is speculation as to what will replace the building.

Some civic leaders are challenging the statement of Mrs. Rose Shapiro, president of the Board of Education, that Beach Channel High School will be completed in 1971. They call it wishful thinking, and point to the time it will take to bring in the fill.

50 Years Ago... 

There are residents of Beach 79 and Beach 80 Streets who are indignant that their block should have been picked for the site of the new school. They claim that theirs is one of the best blocks in the area and that a more advantageous selection could have been made.

St. Camillus Council Knights of Columbus is going to have a handsome clubhouse. This is evident from the appearance of the building now nearing completion on Beach 90 Street. Louis Corwise, an unemployed 21- year-old youth who lives at 14-68 Beach Channel Drive, is being held on $1,000 bail for a hearing on Monday at Ridgewood Felony Court.

Many old-timers met last week at the big bazaar of St. Rose of Lima Church. Some of them, no longer local residents, came from distant points after reading about the bazaar in The Wave.

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