2008-12-19 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...


Tolls at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial bridges would rise from $1 to $1.25 next July under a plan unveiled on Wednesday, December 14, by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Vera Monique Wilkins, 16, was found fatally shot in the face and head, about 1:45 a.m., on Thursday, December 15.

Forty-five second and third-grade scholars - members of the Junior Glee Club of Public School 105 (Edgemere) - are "hitting the road" this month "to spread the holiday spirit."

Fifty-four seventh-grade students at Rockaway Beach Junior High School 180 have qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Advancement of Academically Talented Youth Talent Search.

Bernard Blum, president of Friends of Rockaway Inc., is crying "No!" as the Army Corps of Engineers mulls transporting sand dredged from East Rockaway Inlet (between Far Rockaway and Atlantic Beach) to the mud dump six miles from the coast of New Jersey

There was a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday, December 11 for the new Yeshiva Darchei Torah. Rabbi Yaakov Bender greeted, at a reception held at Young Israel of Far Rockaway, fellow rabbis, local political representatives and members of the community who attended the event. "A new yeshiva building and campus complex is a fulfilled dream and effort by the Jewish community in Far Rockaway," said the rabbi. Rabbi Hershel Billet, Rabbi David Weinberger and Rabbi Yisroel Bloom spoke at the morning reception before the groundbreaking.

Eugenie Body of Far Rockaway has won a Mary Kay car (Pontiac Grand Am) awarded by Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc. to top achievers.

Jean Catania and Allen Minsky lost everything in a fire which destroyed their basement home at 332 Beach 44 Street, Edgemere, early the afternoon of December 6, and are sleeping on chairs pushed together at the office of the Far Rockaway Car Service, 602 Beach 25 Street, Far Rockaway

30 Years Ago...

Robert Rappaport, principal of Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Beach, was shoved and knocked down when he joined other adults trying to break up a black-white fight in the school on Wednesday, December 13. Six students ranging in age from 15 to 18 were arrested.


Amelia Wexler Asche, a member at large of the New York City Board of Education, brought out thoughts running through the minds of many people in the audience at a ceremony Thursday night, December 14, in the Far Rockaway High School, in which the auditorium was dedicated to the memory of Monica D. Ryan, who was the principal of the school for 23 years.

Five promises to improve living conditions (and reduce crime) at the Edgemere, Arverne and Hammel Houses were received on Tuesday, December 12, at a meeting in Manhattan set up by Councilman Walter Ward.

40 Years Ago...


The landfill in Jamaica Bay where Beach Channel High School is to be built will extend 100 feet out into the bay from about Beach 96 to Beach 112 Streets.

There are indications that Public Schools 43 and 44, which were demolished just a few years ago, will reappear in the Rockaways, this time in the Arverne urban renewal area.

Again the Christmas lights displayed on Bill Mann's restaurant on Rockaway Street, are bringing him many compliments from friends and people who pass by.

Because of construction work on the new Cross Bay Bridge, the present bridge will be closed to traffic for several weeks in late winter. Then the people who ask "what was Rockaway like before the Cross Bay Bridge was opened?" will know part of the answer.

50 Years Ago...

There was discussion in Jack's diner, Beach 116 Street, about snow. "I wish it would pile up three feet deep," said one customer. "That would tie everything up and we'd get a day or two off." A letter carrier commented "some people ought to have holes in their heads."


When Jim Dolan heard about the suggestion to take the subway's Rockaway Special to Chicago, he let off enough steam to take it there himself. "Never mind the publicity," he sniffed. "How about some service on the Rockaway line? It took me an hour and three quarters to go from Rockaway to 46 Street."

The Christmas manger scene that has been a fixture for a number of years at Nunley's carousel, Beach 98 Street, is missed this year. The famous ride with its moving horses has been dismantled and will be set up in another community.

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