2009-05-29 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere has been awarded accreditation by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations ("a highest-caliber rating," according to Julius Granirer, the hospital's president.)

Elizabeth Tanski, a 22-year-old student who came from Poland to Rockaway Park four years ago, won a beauty contest last Saturday, May 20, that was held in Brooklyn in connection with the Pulaski Parade.

Brian R. Lehmann, grandson of Walter T. Lehmann of Beach 86 Street and Rockaway Beach, has received a full scholarship from Lawrence Country Day School in Hewlett and starting with the fall '89 semester will attend from grades seven through nine, and study subjects such as Latin, French and chemistry.

National Park Service has contracted with Jimmy Branham Enterprises Inc. of McDowell, KY, to suppress underground fires in the Spring Creek area of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge located just west of Howard Beach.

Furman Hart, a Green Bus Lines driver on the Q22 route who risked his life on February 11 to remove an injured driver from a 1987 four-door Plymouth that was on fire near a summertime entrance to Jacob Riis Park, was cited on May 19 by the auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Queens County Council.

Lamont Hester, 16, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, May 30, after fleeing from the scene of an automobile accident at Beach 59 Street and Rockaway Freeway in Arverne.

City University of New York (CUNY) ranks among the highest quality institutions of post-secondary education in the nation according to James Murphy, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the CUNY system.

Jetty Deli continued its winning ways, improving its record to 4-0 after a Tuesday night victory over the Bumble Bees. Veterans Blair Connelly, Robert Meehan, Jimmy Kamma and Sean McKinney provided the leadership for the rest of the rookies on the squad. The team's success can be pinpointed to the vast improvement of many of the first and second graders on the team.

Victor Corchia of Arverne and Stephanie Green, Terrance P. Lynch and Judith Mazitelli of Far Rockaway are being graduated this Saturday, June 3, from Pace University.

30 Years Ago...

Two girls from the Arverne Treatment Center (the home at Beach 62 Street and Beach Channel Drive) were arrested on May 20 for allegedly criminal mischief.


In answer to complaints about overcrowding on the Q-53 (Rockaway-Woodside) bus line, Tri-borough Coach corp. is running additional buses.

More than 20 residents of Broad Channel were honored on Tuesday morning, May 22, at an awards ceremony at the headquarters of the New York City Transit Authority. The awards recognized heroism which followed a fire and explosion on January 16 in a token booth at the IND Broad Channel subway station.

40 Years Ago...

Residents of the vicinity have not taken kindly to a report that a playground is to be created on the lot on Beach Channel Drive from Beach 68 Street to Beach 69 Street. The lot was acquired by St. Rose of Lima Church many years ago as a site for a mission. The site is now owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brooklyn.

When the Hotel Rogers team won the Park Bowling League championship last Wednesday night, Bob Rogers, proprietor of the hotel, was so very busy that night and, because of the pressure, he forgot the event.

Jesse Plaxen of the Town & Country travel agency is in Colombia, South America this week, investigating firsthand some of the offerings the agency is making for vacationers.

50 Years Ago...

The Transit Authority learned something from the operation of the "Rockaway Special" last year. In September, similar specials will be run to Aqueduct racetrack to meet the demands of people who want to travel comfortably and fast.


It's a commentary on human nature these days that the Parks Department finds it impossible to maintain benches on the boardwalk in the Hammel, Holland and Seaside areas

Look for a new Democratic club to be organized in the not too distant future. Its roster will include names of prominent local party members.

Every afternoon buses stop on B CD in the rear of Rockaway Beach Hospital to discharge a large number of youngsters. At first look it appears to be an outing, but it is just a bunch of kids from Rockaway Beach Junior High School, most of them bound for their homes in the Hammel Houses.

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