2008-11-21 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...


More than $1 ½ million of $20 million available statewide has been allocated for improving the quality of parks in the Rockaway area, including purchasing more than 16 acres for Brant's Point.

More than 200 youths attended the first teenage dance in memory of a slain youth, Rick Backus, on October 22, in the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Hall at 70-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Arverne; and their response raised some $500 to be used toward a scholarship fund in memory of Rick Backus.

Thankful that he already is the apple of his parents' eye and a joy to his whole family, 38 day old James Patrick McCabe is looking forward to his first Thanksgiving.

Dr. Jeffrey Gurock, a leading Jewish historian (published author, editor and scholar), will speak on "Seeking Out the Men and Woman of Yeshiva," on the first night of Chanukah (Saturday, December 3, at 8:30) at Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, 2360 Brookhaven Avenue, Far Rockaway.

Dr. Howard Diamond of Belle Harbor, a physician at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn specializing in family practice, has been awarded the degree of doctor of medicine by St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies.

Rockaway Rotary Wives had many questions for Reva Behr, senior project manager and deputy director of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, when the Wives met this November at Snug Harbour Restaurant in Rockaway Park.

Army Spec. Tracy A. Rhymes, daughter of Geraldine Payne and stepdaughter of Benjamin Payne of 85-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, has arrived for duty at Fort Myers, Virginia.

Pvt. Barry L. Bostic, son of Mildred and Freddie Ross of 1056 Neilson Street, Far Rockaway, has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Norman Wilner, a resident of Howard Beach, is thinking about winter, and has been, while this past summer's heat wave has the rest of New York thinking about air conditioning. He now owns Metropolitan Fuel Buyer's Group, a new and different concept in purchasing home heating fuel.

30 Years Ago...

Half fare for senior citizens has been extended to 24 hours per day on all local routes of the Green Bus Lines and on the Q53 of the Triboro Coach Company, which operates from Woodside to Rockaway Park.


Pantry Pride, the supermarket at 87- 15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, which may have to close forever this week, again is accepting food stamps. The decision to take food stamps as well as cash was made late last week. Meanwhile the store is continuing to sell whatever is left - nothing is being bought or added - for the price that was in effect when the chain went into bankruptcy - at less than a 15 percent discount.

Richard Mohamed, 27, of Rockaway Park was arrested about 30 minutes after midnight on Tuesday, November 14, for allegedly driving an automobile without authorization. The arrest was made at Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue, on the basis of a com- plaint by a woman.

40 Years Ago...


Most of Far Rockaway High School's football schedule was canceled due to the teachers' strike. Saturday a game with Brooklyn Tech is supposed to end the season. The canceled games may yet be played weather permitting.

The Masonic Temple on Mott Avenue, which was sold last summer, may become known as Pythian Temple if successful negotiations can be completed between one of the lodge's and the building's present owners. Construction of Bayswater Park was supposed to be started last spring. It did not. Instead, a study of the park is now being made. This is where we came in-30 years ago.

Local insurance men are pleased that last Tuesday's hurricane was not accompanied by major damage.

50 Years Ago...

Junior High School 180 is expected to be in full operation by the start of the new term in February, by which time much additional needed equipment will be in place.


Some of the people who put on their thinking caps after reading last week in The Wave about the 60th annual meeting of the Exempt Firemen's Association of the Fifth Ward, said they could remember the days when horses use to tear along the boulevard dragging steam fire engines behind them on the way to answer an alarm.

Election Day has hardly passed and already we are seeing signs in the stores indicating that Christmas is just around the corner. Even Christmas Club checks were out early this year.

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