2008-12-12 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...


Michael and Coleen O'Neill (nee Fleming), who moved to Shirley a year ago, have been the parents of a baby girl, Amanda, since November 8.

Fire early Tuesday afternoon, December 6, did extensive damage to the fronts of the first and second floors of a 2 ½-story frame private dwelling at 332 Beach 44 Street, Edgemere.

Friends of Rockaway, a local environmental group, has called for the Army Corps of Engineers to close East Rockaway Inlet and to build a large dune for flood control along the Edgemere shoreline.

More than 20 seniors registered and anticipating graduation in June 1989 from Far Rockaway High School are completing collegiate-level course work at St. John's University under the auspices of the St. John's High School Extension Program.

Queens Chamber of Commerce President Margaret "Peg" Swezey has joined with United States Attorney Rudolph W. Guiliani in calling for the introduction and speedy passage of a New York State forfeiture law to legally battle drug kingpins.

Trying to make a U-turn on the Rockaway Freeway resulted in a collision on Monday, December 5, about 5 p.m., for an Emergency Medical Service (city) ambulance approaching Beach 105 Street, in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach, with siren blaring and lights flashing.

Five young Brazilian men led by one Brazilian member of Rotary will be hosted by the Rockaway Rotary Club for one week beginning in March.

Army Reserve Private Colleen E. Smith, daughter of Josephine E. Smith and stepdaughter of Johnny C. Miles of 2364 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, has completed an Army administration course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, that included preparation of military records and forms, fundamentals of Army filing, typing and operation of office machines.

Simone Eastman, daughter of Olivia Eastman of Far Rockaway, is one of 523 women in the Barnard College Class of 1992.

30 Years Ago...

Police were called to Beach 75 Street and Amstel Boulevard, Arverne, on Thursday, December 7, to look at body in the trunk. The body was that of a man tied to the side of a trunk alongside a bulkhead in Barbados basin.


More than 30 Far Rockaway merchants (an unprecedented number) attended a meeting of the Far Rockaway

Board of Trade, a division of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, on Tuesday night, December 5. Commitments from at least 35 merchants who intend to stay open until 9 p.m. each Thursday night until Christmas were registered with the board.

Wally Blum, who came in first in three events in the first annual Rockaway Beach "Turkey Contest" (surfing), last month, has been listed as a secondplace winner in the Northeast Surfing Championship held in October in Matunik Beach, Rhode Island.

40 Years Ago...


Last week a local litigant received a jury award of $25,000 in the Civil Court, limited by law to awards of $10,000 or less. What now? The judge has taken the matter under consideration.

By proclamation from Governor Rockefeller, flags on state buildings were flown at half mast last Saturday to mark the 27th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Since Tom Cafferty, the proprietor, closed Rohr's confectionery on Beach 116 Street, local people were deprived of his delicious homemade candies at Thanksgiving and face the same prospect for Christmas.

Mrs. Jean Larkin, local Democratic woman leader, has joined the ranks of local residents who have been wondering for three decades why welfare clients are sent here to live when there is so little work available for them.

50 Years Ago...

There's nothing better for a retail store than keeping up with the times. Sam Rogoff says the customers at Rogoff's are vocal in the appreciation of the added comfort they enjoy this year because of the store's modernization.


Samuel's new Whelan drug store, which is to open at the corner of the boulevard and Beach 87 Street, will mark a new era. It will be the first time in more than 60 years that there has not been a bar on the corner originally made famous by the late Nick Kraus and later by his son-in-law, Dick Smyth.

Usually by this time someone has brought a frost fish to The Wave office as evidence of a good catch. So far this year we have seen none.

Sunday's date, December 7, brought many minds back 17 years ago to that Sunday, December 7, 1941, when the Japs attacked Pearl Harbor.

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