2009-06-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Four young teenagers from the Tremont section of the Bronx came to Rockaway to spend the afternoon on the beach and discovered the torso of a corpse, while playing under the boardwalk on Beach 35 Street, Edgemere.

Steven Estrella, 28, who literally flew under the wheel of a pickup truck after his motorcycle struck the divider and a light pole on the North Channel Bridge on Monday afternoon, June 12, about 3:30, was dead on arrival at Jamaica Hospital.

Robert S. Fischler, 31, of Fairlawn, NJ, found himself in an International truck lying on its left side on Rockaway Point near Beach 201 Street early Monday morning, June 12, after the truck blew out its right front tire, went out of control, and struck and took down a hydrant.

Firefighter Herman C. "Hank" Bringe of Rockaway Park and Firefighter Edward Moriarty of Belle Harbor were honored on June 7 among 70 of the city's "Bravest and Best."

Robert Ziskind of Belle Harbor has been elected president of the Association of Retired Teachers of the City of New York.

Rabbi Joseph I. Weiss will ride in style! This apparently was the aim of West End Temple congregants who honored the rabbi this spring by presenting him with a new 1989 Lincoln Continental Signature series sedan in grateful recognition of his 40 years of service here.

Hashim Smith and Sherri Lall from Far Rockaway High School and Beach Channel High School's Arnold Rosalis and Nicole Fagnani have won $250 scholarships from the Kiwanis Club of the Rockaways.

Dead dogs and cats are plaguing a local auto shop. That's what Dick Carter, owner of Beach Auto Body at 112- 12 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, told The Wave, as he wished fervently somebody would do something about it.

Paul Louis Sobylak, third grandchild of Doris Moss (coordinator, community relations at St. John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore at Far Rockaway) was born June 2 at Northern Westchester Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces. His parents - Marjerie Moss Sobylak, daughter of Doris and Ira Moss of Neponsit, and Emil Sobylak - live in Chappaqua, NY, where baby Paul has an eight-year-old brother, Karl, and a six-year-old sister, Anya. He also has another grandmother - Rae Sobylak, his father's mother.

30 Years Ago...

Boy Scout Christopher Young of Troop 81, Rockaway Beach, is assisting the Rockaway Blood Bank. He is supervising the distribution of posters throughout the peninsula as an Eagle Scout project.


Hundreds of school children and residents of 14 nursing homes in the Rockaways will be cut off soon from the dental service they have been receiving at the Neponsit Home for the Aged.

Detective Edward Keevan of the squad at the 100 Precinct arrested two teenagers on May 25 in connection with a burglary that occurred on May 1.

Bernard Lanter, M.D., director, Department of Surgery, Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere, has been elected president of the hospital's med- ical board.

40 Years Ago...

William H. O'Neill of Belle Harbor is finishing a successful year as president of the Rotary Club of Brooklyn. The club gained 50 members during the current year.

Mario Russo was greatly impressed by a houseboat on a trailer which he saw in Inwood Park, where there is a launching ramp. He wants to know when the city is going to wake up to the fact that Rockaway should have a marina which would include a launching ramp.

Ladder Company 121, returned to the community after much local protest, arriving just in time. Its equipment was brought into play to help put out a threatening fire in Arverne shortly after the company was brought back.

50 Years Ago...

It is a fine plug for Rockaways' Playland and the Rockaway Subway Special which appears in "Parents Magazine." But shame on you authoress Rita Duaberman, kids don't build mud castles on our famous beach. It's all sand.


A pile driver is now banging away at Nordeck Apartments site and three more are hard at it a few blocks away on the other side of Beach Channel Dirve, driving piles for the Edgemere Housing project.

A brand new sign is soon to make its appearance in Beach 116 Street. It will be placed on the sidewalk of the Lawrence Cedarhurst Federal Savings Association building and will announce the increase of deposit dividends to three and a half percent.

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