2009-03-13 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 What was a noisy night at Community Board 14 turned into a battle at the meeting's end when Roy Gwirtzman, chairman of the Gateway Committee gave his report. He stated that the committee would never consent to any kind of theme park, water rides, concert stages or industrial league baseball diamonds.

One leg was thrown ahead of traffic close to a hundred feet; the man's body whirled left into a grassy mall in the center of the boulevard, and his shoes went the other way, into the center of the roadway just a little ahead of where the impact occurred.

Transit Police Officers Patrick Amato and Thomas Birmingham pulled an unconscious man from a blazing automobile late Saturday afternoon, March 11; revived the man, and saw to it that he was transported home.

Rotary Club of Rockaway is accepting applicants for Rotary Foundation Scholarships for the 1990-1991 academic year for study abroad in one of 164 countries and geographical areas where Rotary Clubs are located.


Seven companies of firefighters got a basement and first-floor blaze at 819 Caffrey Avenue (between Reads Land and Beach 9 Street), Far Rockaway, "under control" in about 44 minutes early last Friday morning, March 10.

Airman Shawn L. Brown, son of Claire M. Brown and Charles A. Irons of 20- 53 Seagirt Boulevard, has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He is a 1988 graduate of Beach Channel High School.

Public School 105 at Beach 51 Street and Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere, and McDonald's at 2141 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, are working together to increase school attendance.

No one was injured nor threatened when a 14-year-old seventh grader brought a loaded 9-millimeter handgun to Benjamin N. Cardozo Junior High School 198 in Arverne on Monday, March 13.

Years Ago... 30

Talk that surfaced last week about Rockaway being in line to lose one of its precincts, continued to make the rounds this week, especially after a Police Department report revealed that the 100 Precinct has less complaints and arrests than any other precinct in Queens.

Traffic meters in the Beach 116 Street area, Rockaway Park, may soon be reduced to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. That this matter was under consideration was revealed

30 this week by Joel Gerstel, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. Traffic meter time on Beach 116 Street has been effective until 10 p.m. for a number of years.

What do Rockaway Beach residents do when there is flooding, and neighborhoods in most other parts of the city are upset? This week when there was such flooding, a reporter for a daily paper called the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach. "A desk officer at the precinct, where flooding is usually severe," he said, told him that Rockaway residents "know where the trou40 ble spots are and avoid them."

Years Ago...

Statisticians tell us that our big new storm in February brought down about the same amount of snow as the famous blizzard of 1888, but the drifts were not as high.

It sounded unnatural for former Mayor Robert F. Wagner to say, on his return from Spain where he has been United States Ambassador, that he has no future political plans.

The NC-4, first airplane to fly across the Atlantic, is being shined up for ceremonies to be held in Washington, D.C. in May to mark the 50th anniversary of the flight which started from the old Rockaway Naval Air Station.

Questions are flying thick and fast about town concerning the Rockaway community election to be held on Saturday in four so-called poverty areas. For instance, who decides what is or is not a poverty area and what is a poverty area in the first place?

Years Ago... 50

In a parked automobile near Beach 147 Street, Neponsit, Miss Sondra Rhea Chick, 18, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Chick of 458 Beach 137 Street was shot and killed last Sunday afternoon by her former fiancé, Ira Schwartz, 21 of 320 Sterling Street, Brooklyn.

One of the enthusiastic participants in the Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick's Day dance last Saturday

50 night said it was a fine affair, adding however, that "the Irish must be slipping because there was not one fight the entire evening.

For some of the people at the St. Patrick's tea at the First Congregational Church last Thursday, it was their first visit to Rockaway Beach in more than 40 years, we have been told. There wasn't much that they recognized.

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