2009-05-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Detective Charles Morrison of the squad of the 100 precinct (Rockaway Beach) went to court last Friday, May 5, to see Far Rockawayites Rene Martinez, 20, and Victor Antiguo, 38 brought before the grand jury.

State Senator Andrew Jenkins is urging legislative leaders, the governor and all concerned citizens to proceed cautiously with any attempt at reforming the welfare system with new laws aimed at denying benefits to many needy people.

Vincent Ryan, principal of Public School 183 at 245 Beach 79 Street, Rockaway Beach, is publicizing that a Community School District 27 Astra program for intellectually gifted children, for the 1989-1990 school year is available.

Double elimination for the Rockaway Softball Association's first softball tourney will start on Saturday, June 3, at two locations in Far Rockaway- Michaelis-Bayswater Park (at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 32 Street) and Redfern Park (in the vicinity of the Redfern Houses at the Inwood-Far Rockaway border).

With one week left to go the championship baseball team still is to be decided. Meanwhile, in the May 3 match ups

More than 80 Rockaway Streets are scheduled for resurfacing during the fiscal year 1981-starting on July 1.

About 50 parents and students will represent Junior High School 198, Arverne, at a food fair on Saturday, May 5, in Park West High School, Manhattan.

Bulloch's Servicenter defeated Snug Harbor Restaurant 7-4. Anthony Biondo had a 566 series for Bulloch's.

Five members of the staff of Benjamin N. Cardozo Junior High School 198 in Arverne, who represented the school in the 11th annual Rockaway Ocean Run on April 30, finished the race with athletic flair.

Ricky Pena, 17, of 69-44 Thursby Avenue, and Edgar Torres, 16, of 358 Beach 46 Street, Edgemere, were arrested Sunday, May 7, in Hewlett after undercover police allegedly saw them in a Jeep Cherokee reported stolen earlier that day in Nassau County.

New York's "Big Apple Circus," a nonprofit performing arts organization has announced that "Baby Ned," an 18- month old Asian elephant, will make his debut appearance on the circus' upcoming northeast tour.

Housing Police Detective Edward Henson is investigating a shooting on May 4 about 6:20 p.m. in which a 14-yearold boy playing basketball was wounded.

30 Years Ago...

Contracts for sewer projects in Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway; Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park; Nameoke Street in Far Rockaway, and Beach 4 Street in Far Rockaway are being advertised for bids or processed, according to a report from the office of Borough President Donald R. Manes.

Far Rockaway Postmaster Sidney Schorr is contemplating the acceptance of bids for the operation of a con- tract postal station in Broad Channel.

40 Years Ago...

Officials from the Naval Air Station New York at Floyd Bennett Field, left on a special flight to Washington to attend ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the flight of the NC-4, the very first trans-Atlantic flight, which was made by Naval aviators from Air Station Rockaway in 1919.

Fisherman who use the Cross Bay Bridge as a vantage point are hoping some way will be found to save at least part of the old bridge as a fishing pier instead of demolishing it altogether when the new bridge opens this year.

Seemingly bent on salvaging something from the city's ill-advised takeover of the Atlantic Improvement Company, Robert Moses is proposing the completion of the unfinished apartment buildings at Breezy Point and opening them to low income families.

50 Years Ago...

Parking arrangements for their customers, especially during the summer season, continues to be the topic of discussion among Far Rockaway businessmen.

Another apartment house is soon to make its appearance on the boardwalk at Beach 123 Street, Rockaway Park.

When he hears people talk about the wonderful dinner that was served at the men's dinner at the First Congregational Church last week, Adolf Mayer beams. The beef came from the wholesale meat firm of Loeb & Mayer, which he leads.

Vincent T. McCarthy says there is no truth to the rumor that has been about town for the past couple of weeks, to the effect that he is associated with the law firm of John and Frank Crisona.

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