2009-05-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Rockawayites were incensed this week when city hall revealed its unilateral choice of Oceanview Associates-a joint venture of Forest City Ratner Companies and Park Towers Estates-as the developer of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Harold M. Cornell, a resident of the Rockaways for more than 23 years, has been appointed executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways Inc.

Cory Johnson, 27, a heavy set nurse's aide who robbed and assaulted elderly men and women in Far Rockaway late last year and early this year, was sentenced on Monday, May 15, to five to 15 years in prison.

Terrence Quinn, principal of Public School 225 in Rockaway Park, should be the next chancellor (of public schools in the City of New York); but "we don't want him to leave Rockaway," commented a Public School 225 student leader, sixth grader Ogden Warner, last week after the death of Schools Chancellor Richard Green was revealed.

As a leading sponsor of a city council bill that would overturn regulations promulgated by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development that would require one or twoperson households living in three or four bedroom Mitchell-Lama apartments to move down to smaller apartments when vacancies occur in the buildings in which they live, Councilman Walter Ward was among the first notified last week when the mayor relented and cancelled the regulation.

Police Officers Robert Molter and Eric Reed, who were injured last Saturday night, May 13, when another vehicle struck the police motorcar in which they were patrolling in the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach), were treated and released at Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere. They were not hospitalized.

Peter Patterson, grandson of Marguerite B. Patterson of Rockaway Beach and the last Bernard (Buster) Patterson, starred in a Packer Middle School Theatre play "Run-A-Way Red" by Yevet Crandell last month in Brooklyn Heights.

Gretchen DiGennaro, daughter of Linda and John DiGennaro of Belle Harbor, is representing her school, Fontbonne Hall Academy, at a 1989 Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation (HOBY) New York leadership seminar this week on the campus of C.W. Post College.

30 Years Ago... 

Eleanor and Thomas Tuffy were surprised on May 5 when their children - Karen, Kathy and Tommy - made them a party to mark their silver wedding anniversary. The party included a reception dinner at the North Channel Yacht Club, Broad Channel. Guest included the Tuffy's original bridal party and 130 relatives and friends.

Reports from the office of Governor Carey this week indicated pessimism there about the chances of getting a constitutional amendment permitting casino gambling in resort areas on the ballot this November.

New York State Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink (of Brooklyn) has let it be known that he is having second thoughts about supporting moves to bring casino gambling to New York State.

40 Years Ago...

There'll be some running back and forth Saturday night between the testimonial dinner to Pat Kelly of the American-Irish Association and the installation of Mario Russo for another term as president of the Arverne Civic Council.

Dean Georges reported that the St. Camillus band had played the NC-4 March at the ceremonies here last Saturday. Then he corrected himself, "Oh no. It was the Navy band in Washington. Almost the same thing.

Although there have been assurances that construction would begin shortly on the Beach Channel High School, there were reports over the weekend that the start would be delayed.

50 Years Ago...

The Rev. Martin F. Tully and the united societies of St. Gertrude's Church are doing their part to promote boating in local waters. They've decided on a motorboat as a grand prize at the church's annual midsummer festival to be held this year on August 1.

Stella Maris High School soon will have a wonderful new building, but think what the graduates of the present quarters will have to tell their grandchildren about going to school in part of what was the Great Rockaway Hotel that never opened.

Some motorists are braving broken glass and similar hazards to park on the former railroad station site of Mott Avenue while they take the subway to the city.

Quite a few youngsters who visited Fort Tilden on Armed Forces Day last Saturday got a thrill out of riding about the post in a real Army Jeep.

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