2008-12-05 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...


Five people were sent by ambulance to Peninsula and St. John's hospitals as the result of the second car crash within seven hours at the same corner on Sunday, November 27.

Human remains were found early Sunday partially buried beside a tree off Crossbay Boulevard. The remains, found by a bird-watcher, had been there for some time.

Rockaway Inter-Faith Clergy, a fastgrowing group formed early this year when the Mayor's Office called a meeting to promote racial harmony through greater involvement of community clergy leaders, has elected the Rev. John Mahoney of St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church of Rockaway Beach, as permanent chairman, and the Rev. Marguerite Johnson of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Inwood as permanent secretary.

Keith Stevens, 32, of 13-56 Eggert Place, Far Rockaway, is facing 12 ½ to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Friday, January 13, for raping a 17-year-old girl.

More than a thousand neighbors are expected to attend a Yeshiva Darchei Torah groundbreaking celebration on Sunday morning, December 11, across the street from the Young Israel of Far Rockaway synagogue at Caffrey Avenue and Beach 9 Street.

"America's newest citizen" - Clarissa Rene - is a Public School 225 teacher of special education.

Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, and Arverne- Holland-Hammel-Seaside Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Coalition revealed on Monday, November 28, that they have voted unanimously to consolidate.

Thieves at Beachside Bungalow Colony in Far Rockaway have acquired a taste for fine art.

Christopher Di Carlo, son of Carol Di Carlo of Dayton Towers West in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach, is studying history in London this fall, as a Dartmouth College junior participating in a foreign program.

Five-foot-eight Syracuse University Senior Guard Simone Courtlandt (a Rockaway Park resident and 1985 graduate of Beach Channel) was named Big East Athlete of the Week for the week that ended November 27.

30  Years Ago...

Hammel Holland Seaside Civic Association has asked for a meeting with the postmaster in regard to a proposal to shift letter carriers working out of the post office at 90-14 Rockaway Beach Boulevard to the new post office at Beach 59 Street and Beach Channel Drive.


Two hundred gallons of light oil was leaked onto the beach at Far Rockaway after a barge was aground in the East Rockaway inlet on Tuesday evening, November 25.

Daniel Daly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Daly of Rockaway Beach, was appointed this week, as a fireman in the New York City Fire Department.

Emergency demolition reportedly has been ordered for an L-shaped building at Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive which was fire bombed Saturday night, and so the gutted building that portions are hanging dangerously.

40 Years Ago...


The new Camelot shop on the boulevard at Beach 116 Street is now one of the most attractive looking stores in the local area and its merchandise is equally attractive in quality and price.

Broad Channel voters turned out strong for Richard M. Nixon last Election Day. Perhaps the presidentelect should be recruited for the Save Broad Channel movement.

From the protests being registered, it is hard to escape the impression that these proposed high-rise apartment developments in the Rockaways are not exactly popular with local residents.

There are more empty stores on Central Avenue than there have been at any time since the 1930s, but it is reported that several new businesses are slated to open.

50 Years Ago...

One of the boulevard buses came past the Hammel Houses Monday afternoon, just in time to run over a basketball that had bounced over the playground fence. Just one quick "pop" and the game was over.


Again it's the time of year when people view precipitation with one thought in mind, "Will it run down the sewers or will we have to shovel it off the sidewalk?"

The steel skeleton of the new Rockaway Beach Hospital is now about complete and gives an idea of the size of the new structure.

Fifty local youngsters will be guests of the Rockaway Rotary Club at its Christmas party to be held on December 14 at the clubhouse of the American Irish Society, near Beach 102 Street and Ocean Drive.

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