2008-09-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Stunned congregants became even more solemn than even Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, normally makes them as Rabbi Joseph Weiss interrupted the West End Temple service on Wednesday morning, September 21, to comment on a tragic loss. [Karen Lerman, long-term congregant of the synagogue was killed by a truck.]

James Hamilton's jaw and nose were broken Wednesday, September 21, when he was assaulted outside Martins Corner, Beach 98 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Pvt. 1st Class Lynda D. Ramsey, daughter of Maxcine L. and Eastern Ramsey of 72-21 Burchell Avenue, Arverne, has completed the combat telecommunications center operator course at the U.S. Army Signal School, Fort Gordon, Georgia.

The CPOP (Community Patrol Officer Program) was put into operation on Monday, September 19, in the 101 Precinct, based at 16-12 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, 11691.

Michael Chametsky, who has been involved in the catering field for more than 20 years, has been appointed director of food service at the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA.

Kim Winslow, a clown from the Big Apple Circus' "Clown Care Unit" for four pediatric hospitals for chronically ill children, will perform at the RMAC Fall Festival, Sunday, September 25 from noon to five at Fort Tilden.

Rockaway Catholic-Jewish Council's community interest committee is spearheading a drive to raise funds for Sharei Torah Synagogue in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, a house of worship that was desecrated by vandals this past week.

Pvt. Anthony Green, son of Mae Green of 81-04 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, has graduated from the Pershing II missile electrical and mechanical repair course at the U.S. Army Missile and Munitions Center and School, Redston Arsonal, Alabama.

Rockaway's own Kent Nolan (graduate of St. Francis de Sales, Beach Channel HS and baccalaureate degree holder from State University of New York at Albany), the hard hitting outfielder of the Blackwater Inn Swamp Rats softball team, was appointed Head Football Coach in his second year at Beach Channel HS, the youngest Head Coach in a New York City school.

30 Years Ago...

Who says people don't get involved? We saw a woman fall at Beach 116 Street and Walker Roberts went right to her aid. After checking to see that she was alright, he stepped aside as one of the local policemen took over.

There is talk about sinking old ships to use as groins to hold back the sand. This seems like a good way to rid the Hudson River of these eyesores.

Voting on a cable television presentation for Queens County by the Board of Estimate is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, just days before Community Board 14 is scheduled to meet and possibly consider whether the proposal is advantageous or disadvantageous to Rockaway and Broad Channel.

Why do the streets get dug up right after they are resurfaced or repaved? We know of at least three places where the pavement has just barely hard- ened and there are fresh holes dug.

40 Years Ago...

Opposition to the proposed Title I high rise apartments on Beach Channel Drive in the vicinity of Beach 98 Street seems to be growing.

William H. O'Neill of Neponsit, president of Brooklyn Rotary Club and organizer of the Rockaway club, is to be nominated for District Governor of Rotary District 725.

There are frequent complaints that fish taken from the bay have a petroleum taste. When pollution reaches that point it should be enough to set off an all-out anti-pollution campaign.

Benches that were to be installed at bus stops in the Belle Harbor area last summer never quite made it. Owners of property facing the stops objected to the plan.

50 Years Ago...

The Wave's Looking Backward department last week told of the boardwalk being opened to bicyclists 20 years ago. Times have changed. They don't do that anymore.

Fort Tilden still plays an important part in the defense of New York City. Instead of being a railroad artillery post as planned in World War I, the local fort is now equipped with the Nike Hercules, the last word in missile development.

Some oldtimers are skeptical about the steamers landing at the proposed new pier on the oceanfront. They say that the sandbar running along the coast would make it impractical.

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