2009-03-06 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Firefighting took almost an hour and a half, 13 firefighters and one non-firefighter were injured, and flames could be seen as far away as Howard Beach as 17 city units plus volunteers worked as hard as they could to save lives and property at and near 186 Beach 113 Street, Rockaway Park, on Thursday night, March 2, last week.

At least 25 marching and bagpipe bands with antique cars, show dogs, mounted horse units, various Irish, Catholic, fraternal, religious and community organizations expect to be televised as they march in the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rockaway this Saturday, March 11.

Eight officers being hired to patrol beaches and enforce tough new laws against disposals of infectious waste (a condition which plagued our beaches along with all others nearby last summer) will not be available for duty until mid-September.

Four girls from Rockaway who this winter won the national double dutch championship now are TV stars too. Yatte Brown, Mecca Brunson, Shaquana

Wallace and Shawn Stainback, who are coached by Stanley Brown, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation recreations director stationed at the Sorrentino Center in Far Rockaway, were taped on February 24 as an integral part of "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" show. Families on welfare will be removed by the end of the summer from the Beachview Hotel at 243 Beach 19 Street, Far Rockaway, and on the same block the Crossbay Hotel.

Kevin Kelly, a seventh-grade Scholar Research Institute student at Rockaway Beach Junior High School 180, won the school's Geography Bee on January 30, and thereby won chance for a $25,000 college scholarship.

Eleanor Prager of Rockaway Beach has been honored by World Book- Childcraft for outstanding sales achievement.

30 Years Ago...

Rockaways' Playland will open this Saturday for its 51st season. This year, from opening day the park will offer POP (the pay one price policy).

Subway crime burst upon Rockaway, as it did on much of the rest of New York City, during the weekend. It included robbery of a subway booth, at the Gaston Avenue-Beach 67 Street Station and attempted murder on the Rockaway Freeway underneath the station. There was also a purse snatching on a train at the next station (Straiton Avenue-Beach 60 Street) and an arrest for fare evasion in which the Transit Authority computer showed that the suspect had been arrested at least six times for the same crime, and that the last time he had served 15 days in jail.

All the potholes in Queens County will be filled within six weeks. This promise was given to Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes this week by Robert Sohn, New York City's administrative superintendent for highway operations who is in charge of street repairs in Queens.

Congressman James H. Scheuer is continuing his battle to obtain a larger share of Community Development Funds for the Rockaways.

40 Years Ago...

Anything can happen and usually does. But cheer up, St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us and that is when a good many local fishermen traditionally mark the beginning of the flounder season.

"It can't happen here," people were saying just a few years ago when warnings of dope activities were first sounded locally. Well, it can, it has and it is. Now, it is a matter of police record. The wild waves were speaking up real loudly when the high winds raged Sunday and Monday and spray flew high into the air as the big combers crushed onto the beach.

Enlargement of The Breakers, popular Beach 116 Street eating place, is under serious consideration by the Cholakis family.

50 Years Ago... 

"Don't worry about the hotels where they say they don't want you," Harry Golden told a predominantly Jewish audience at the West End Temple last Monday evening. "In those places you couldn't even find an onion roll anyway," he said.

George Loeffler has started something new by buying an old house in Belle Harbor and tearing it down to replace it with three modern dwellings. He says that he found that method cheaper than to buy vacant lots at the prevailing price.

Pastel colors have been used for the walls in the rooms of the new wing of Far Rockaway High School which is to open in about 10 days. The rooms have sound deafening ceilings, too.

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