2008-09-05 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 Paul Guglielmo, 21, will be sentenced on Wednesday, October 5, in State Supreme Court, Kew Gardens, for assaulting an off-duty corrections officer at Fort Tilden on July 10 with a steel pipe.

New York City's Human Resource Administration has no plans to house homeless individuals on a ship at Floyd Bennett Field.

Army Reserve Private Mitzie M. Smith, daughter of Beryl D. Finney of 1024 Gipson Street, Far Rockaway, has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Army Sgt. Larry C. Williams, son of Pearl M. and Preston H. Williams of 84-18 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, has arrived for duty in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Cadet Alejandro L. Marriage, son of Soledad Marriage of 2865 Faber Terrace, Far Rockaway, did practical work in military leadership this summer at a six-week U.S. Army ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) advanced program at Fort Bragg, NC.

St. Rose of Lima Parish in Rockaway Beach will welcome the Right Reverend Monsignor James P. Grace on Sunday, September 11, as the pastor to

Although not Rockaway oriented, we were surprised to learn that Mayor Koch supported the idea of a theme park in mid Manhattan. As if it isn't crowded enough already. Maybe we can convert the whole island to a circus.

Bring back the canal that ran from the bay to the beach. That's what some locals are asking. This after the new

40 Years Ago... Fine weather most of the day and a pounding surf added zest to the last big bathing day of the season on Labor Day. Now the crowds will begin to taper off leaving the finest bathing weather of the year to be enjoyed by local residents.

Rockaway civic leaders should visit Inwood Park and see what has been done there in a short time, while Edgemere Park has remained in the talking stage these many years.

After spending more than 25 years boosting for membership in the Daniel M. O'Connell Post, No. 272, American Legion, Joseph R. Buckley, a past commander and charter member of the post, this year again is on the job seeking to put the post's membership over the 700 mark.

Mrs. Rose Werner of Rockaway Park has been making the rounds at

20 succeed the Rev. James Devine, who was the spiritual leader here for 10 years.

Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation revealed last month that the New York City Office of Business Development had approved 10 capital assistance grants as part of the commercial revitalization program run by the corporation.

Blackwater Inn Swamp Rats extended their winning streak to eight games in the JSM Fast Pitch Softball League of Brooklyn. In the last game of the regular season, aging veteran right-hander, Lee Meyer, got strong support for a change as he beat the Cardinals 14 to 6 to even his record at 5-5 for the year. Billy Greer and Pat Pezzolanti led the assault with three RBIs each, but that meant little as the Rats have clinched a playoff spot.

Far Rockaway High School's health clinic that dispenses prescriptions for birth control will open officially on Wednesday, September 7, despite objections voiced by the Rev. Denis Herron, pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea R.C. Church, also in Far Rockaway. Years Ago... 30 storm sewers were installed at Beach 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

One of the officers of the 100 Precinct was at Atlantic City recently. He said business was booming there. Too bad we can't say the same for the casinos at Rockaway.

We are still getting calls about the item that appeared in last Sunday's paper (not The Wave), which showed Congressman James Scheuer conversing with a nude bather at Jacob Riis Park. United States Senator Jacob Javits was greeted enthusiastically by Labor Day crowds as he made a walking tour of the beaches on Monday.

There's a picture window in a house which has been vacant for weeks in the Arverne urban renewal area and the glass has not yet been broken.

Years Ago... 50 Boulevard establishments, she says, "collecting for Rockaway Beach Hospital," a job at which she has been doing well for many years.

Rockaways' Playland missed a contest opportunity this season by failing to capitalize on the hula hoop fad. Maybe next year? Unless by that time the hula hoop goes the way of the Davy Crockett Hat.

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