2009-06-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Jacob Riis Park will be highlighted with a water-based family-oriented, 2 acre aquatic park with pools of various designs such as a water slide, children's pool and "lazy river," with a separate fast-food, locker, shower and dressing facilities located at the western end of the back beach area between the boardwalk and the golf course, according to an amended development concept plan and environmental impact statement that Gateway National Recreation Area will bring out at a public meeting planned for Wednesday, July 19, at Brooklyn College.

Joint investigation of how a 13-yearold boy was shot while riding an A train in Arverne on Tuesday, June 27, about 8:30 p.m. is being led locally by Detective James Smith of the squad of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach and in a wider area by Transit Police Detective Herbert Fonseca.

Investigators trying to determining who dashed swastikas and anti-Semitic writing in a game room of the Congregation Kneseth Israel synagogue (the White Shul) at 728 Empire Avenue, Far Rockaway, on Wednesday, June 28, and then started a fire are getting full cooperation from the rabbi, Ralph Pelcovitz, and congregational leaders.

Celia D'Apuzzo of Breezy Point feels good and bad - good because she gave birth to a healthy four-pound 14 ounce boy (Daniel) on June 14 and bad because she had to interrupt a fourth birthday anniversary (dinosaur theme) party for her second child (Teddy) to go into labor.

Thomas Ross, 20, of Rockaway, who won this year's Joseph Patrick Harkins Memorial Award at Beach Channel High School's annual awards night on June 21, had to overcome not only personal constraints but pressing family obligation as well.

Five-year-old Shakida Patterson who was shot on June 19 while playing in Redfern Park, in the Redfern Houses complex in Far Rockaway, is recovering well physically, but her mother is watching her carefully, not sure about emotionally.

Richard Ravitch, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for mayor of the City of New York, stopped last month at Brian Piccolo Intermediate School 53 in Far Rockaway, and over coffee and cake spent hours talking to all the Rockawayites eager to see him.

30  Years Ago... 

People in Rockaway this week expressed the fear that Riis Park seems to be barreling into another overcrowded season, such as the one that created the massive traffic jam last summer.


At long-last the roller skating hockey rink in Bayswater-Michaelis Park on Beach 32 Street off Beach Channel Drive, is opening. George R. Stein, chairman of Community Board 14, and Elaine Castas, district manager of Community Board 14, have arranged for ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m., at the rink.

Flag Day (June 14) proved to be a "mad" day at Daly's bar and restaurant in Rockaway Beach. Daly's, proud of the fact that for this day it was flying a new Old Glory, just purchased from the American Legion, was hurt beyond words when someone pointed out that the flag was gone-stolen.

40 Years Ago...


After his home in Belle Harbor was burglarized several times, Rubin Korn installed some electronic protective devices including a police station hookup. One day a workman closed a window improperly and set off the alarm which brought out the neighbors and the police on a dead run.

At least for the present the plaque presented to the people of Rockaway in commemoration of the NC-4's transoceanic flight 50 years ago will remain in the Seaside branch of the Queens Borough Public Library where it has been on display for the past several weeks.

There is some support for a movement to change the location of the proposed Beach Channel High School to a site abutting Riis Park, adjacent to Neponsit, on property already owned by the City of New York.

50 Years Ago...

After the cool, foggy weather on Sunday, the heat wave that arrived Monday morning had the concessionaires bewailing their luck. And it was the same for a lot of other people who had to go back to work that morning.


Far Rockaway High School is going to have boat-building classes. Great for a sea-shore school, but why hasn't the Board of Education supplied the school with a waterfront, so readily accessible on Norton basin?

Chester Robinson and Fred Kohlreiter say they have resigned from the Rockaway Regular Democratic Club. The club's letterhead still lists their names, however. That's the trouble with having so many names on a letterhead. It's too expensive to keep it up to date.

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