2008-10-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

ob Corps activity at Gateway National Recreation Area, including Fort Tilden and Floyd Bennett Field, will be suspended indefinitely on Friday, October 7, and the Gateway Job Corps Center will be closed.

Three attempted burglaries and one burglary were reported from the 200 block of Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, between the close of business on Wednesday, September 28, and when stores reopened after 6 a.m. on Thursday, September 29.

George Muff of 49 West 15 Road, Broad Channel, and his wife Mary Lou escaped flames last Saturday morning, September 24, by jumping off their boat into the Atlantic Ocean.

Mary and Ed Lane of the Rockaway Beach cooperative known as Dayton Beach Park No. 1 Corp. are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, October 5.

Thirteen-year-old Celeste Anne Egan, the only daughter of Carol and James Egan of Belle Harbor, has started grade eight at the Spence School for Girls (an elite independent prep school for young women at East 91 Street just off Central Park East, Manhattan) on a scholarship. Celeste was an honor student at Public School 114 in Belle Harbor and Rockaway Beach Junior

High School 180. Her brother Bryan, 15, attends Xavier High School in Manhattan; and brothers Brendan, 10, and Kevin, eight, attend Public School 114.

Pat McCurry and Pam Nussbaum are exhibiting dollhouse and minitiature collections at the Peninsula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Better than bass (which often are so small - under the legal limit - you have to throw them back) surfcaster Mickey Burke hooked an 11-pound, 28-inch bonita (in the tuna family) Sunday morning, September 25, at Beach 78 Street, Arverne.

Airman Robin V. Williams, daughter of Robert L. and Willie E. Williams of 319 Beach 98 Street, Rockaway Park, NY, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force avionics communications systems course at Kessler Air Force Base, Mississippi.

Private Dwight E. Fraser, son of Valuton H. and Eulyn S. Fraser of 416 Beach 22 Street, Far Rockaway, has arrived for duty at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

30 Years Ago...

After many months of wrangling with the idea that he may be facing a conflict of interest charge, Congressman James Scheuer has proposed that groins be erected to save the beaches at Rockaway.

Four boys have been arrested for forcibly trying to rob a watch from a

10-year-old boy in the schoolyard at Public School 183, on September 29.

Police of the 101 Precinct-Far Rockaway shot and killed a suspect in a holdup and abduction on Friday, October 6, after the suspect grappled for the revolver of one of the officers trying to arrest him.

Cable television for this area may be 68 months in the future-if we get it on time.

40 Years Ago...

Brightly painted cars on the Rockaway transit line were attractive at first, but now that the paint has faded they are a sorry sight.

The boys at the Trouville bar are grooming Dan Ayres to run for Honorary Mayor of Far Rockaway and it is believed that Sam Gallagher will be his campaign manager.

Still standing in the demolished part of the Arverne urban renewal area is a bungalow that is an example of the substantial construction used in seashore bungalows in the early days.

Driftwood has strewn the beach since the bathing season ended. In spite of all the complaints of the beach during the season, somebody must have been cleaning it.

50 Years Ago...

People who attended the hospital's cornerstone laying ceremony last week heard for themselves why the Department of Sanitation band has the reputation of being the finest band in the city. Those boys make music.

Automobile dealers in the Rockaways seem to be unanimous in the prediction that the year coming up will be the best one the automobile industry has ever experienced.

Redfern Houses soon will accommodate many more families. Brick work is going ahead rapidly on the new building being added to the big lowcost housing project.

Old-fashioned church suppers are about to be revived by the women of the First Presbyterian Church, but they will be switched from supper to a luncheon once a month at which they hope to attract business people.

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