2009-07-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Dennis Brown, son of the Reverend James Brown, assistant pastor of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of the Rockaways, was found lying dead on a park bench behind the Carlton Manor building at 71-15 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, on Thursday, June 29, about 4 p.m.

Two drivers were issued summonses on Wednesday, July 5, after a 1 p.m. collision at Rockaway Freeway and Beach 102 Street (in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach), which police pointed out was the third crash this week on the Rockaway Freeway in the 100 Precinct (west of Beach 59 Street in Arverne). In the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) at the same time there were four crashes on the Rockaway Freeway - at Beach Channel Drive and Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway on Sunday; at Seagirt Boulevard on Tuesday and at Seagirt Boulevard on Wednesday.

Two Beach Channel High School graduates were presented with scholarships to Yale University last month thanks to Judge Jean Fox of Neponsit, president of the Yale Alumni Club of Queens.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney M. Streisand of Surfside Park in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach and cousins to actress Barbara Streisand of Beverly Hills, CA, and grandparents to Marc A. Streisand of East Windsor, NJ, joined a small dinner party in May at the Sea-Port Restaurant in Hewlett to celebrate their grandson Mars' 21st birthday and graduation May 31 from Mercer County College in New Jersey.

Beaming, Pat McCurry of Rockaway Beach is letting everyone she meets know that she is a "grandma" of a twoweek old "big girl." Ciara Miaread was born June 23 at Beth Israel Hospital, Manhattan, to former Rockawayite Kathy and Billy Finneran of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Dr. Peter Gavin was installed as president of the Rotary Club of Rockaway, NY Inc. on June 28 at the Silver Gull Club in Rockaway Point.

John J. Allen, son of Cynthia and Jack Allen, who was the valedictorian at a St. Francis de Sales School in Belle Harbor graduation last month, will attend St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, Queens, in September.

30 Years Ago...

It was 70 years ago this week that the Board of Aldermen gave approval to Beach 91 Street and Beach Channel Drive as the site for a new Municipal and Magistrate Court courthouse.


Six teachers in public schools in Rockaway who have developed successful instructional programs in their classrooms have been awarded grants of up to $300 each to enable them to share those programs with other teachers.

Three of the teachers are in Intermediate School 53, Far Rockaway. They are Annette DiMino, Peter Smergut and Benjamin Pitch. At Beach Channel High School the three are John J. Rodger, Henry Silverstein and Stephen S. Yaeger.

Fire destroyed Dr. Norman Brust's office at 62-07 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, Tuesday morning, June 26, about 3 o'clock.

Dayton Beach Park Cooperators have organized to fight a 12 percent rent increase and an equity increase of $60 per share.

40 Years Ago...


People who dine out a lot tell us that there was no holiday rush in some of the mainland eating places. It was so different out here along the cool seashore where the local eateries were jammed with customers.

People do read signs. Almost nobody got lost finding their way over the half of the new Cross Bay Bridge that is open, even if the signs did seem to be taking them somewhere else. When the homeward trek started the new bridge was quite a big help. The bikini-clad barmaids at the Wreck on Beach 98 Street, opposite Playland, is just one of the attractions at the new local nite spot, of course - but they are a big part.

Noel Schwartz and Marvin Schreier, both of Beach 143 Street, are credited with saving a young woman from drowning in the ocean.

50 Years Ago...

People are wondering how long it will be before the Health Department will allow clams to be taken from Jamaica Bay. Clamming in the Bay, although illegal never has ceased altogether.


Rivara's new marina at the foot of Thursby Avenue shows the value of spare time. Working only on weekends, the Rivaras already have a large storage yard, marine railway and docking space for more than 100 small craft. When completed the marina will have room for four times as many boats.

If the ocean drive from Beach 73 Street to Beach 109 Street could have been utilized for parking, several thousand additional cars could have been accommodated here over the last weekend.

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