2009-07-17 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore at Far Rockaway has been granted $20,000 by the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York Inc. for its "kosher dairy kitchen."

Christina and James Cartwright of Broad Channel are hoping that in August they will have a visit from their grandson, Christopher Francis Mele, who was born on July 7 in Riverview Hospital, Red Bank, NJ.

Forty-six Far Rockaway High School juniors who this year participated in the nurse-assisting program at St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore at Far Rockaway, were presented with certificates last month from the New York Department of Education.

Fire destroyed a three-story woodframe 65 by 50 foot Queen Anne-type house on the southwest corner of Beach 95 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, last Saturday evening, July 15, despite an "all hands" operation buoyed by a ladder company and an engine company from Howard Beach.

Leonard Hinton, 26, who was arrested on July 9 after an '88 Chrysler fourdoor sedan he was driving south off the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge struck curb and turned over, was brought before the grand jury early this week, charged with possession of a weapon.

Double dutch teams from Rockaway that swept up all six first places and all six second places in a Southeastern Queens Parents Association tournament at Roy Wilkins Center in Jamaica on July 8, will perform Saturday, July 22, at noon, at Mount Morris Park, Manhattan.

Mike Flanagan started off the first inning with a single, followed by Jerry Scannell with another single. Denis "Flyboy" Reen stepped up to bat and successfully loaded up the bases. Chuck Frost then had a hard hit driving home Flanagan to score the first run of the game for FRHS last week.

Susan Tutundjian Walker has relocated her hypnotheraphy practice from Rockaway Park to Manhattan.

Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating 75 years of continuous service to the communities of Rockaway Point, Breezy Point and Roxbury this August.

30  Years Ago...

Beaches drew big crowds again during the weekend of July 14-15. According to reports, city officials estimated the crowd in the Rockaways at 925,000 and the National Park Service estimated the crowd at Riis Park to number about 65,000.


Thirty New York City public high schools have opened their swimming pools and athletic fields last week to teenagers and adults. Included are Far Rockaway High School, Richmond Hill High School and Franklin K. Lane High School.

Standstill! That's the only word for the Green Bus Lines strike that is hurting senior citizens, businesses and others that depend upon buses in the Rockaways.

At least six people suffered from criminal activity on Sunday at Beach 58 Street and Beach Channel Drive - the corner from which victims are crying even louder after having been robbed and even attached.

40 Years Ago...


Lou Romas, custodian of Far Rockaway High School and past commander of the Daniel M. O'Connell Post no. 272, American Legion, was one of the post's delegates to the Legion's state convention last week at Niagara Falls.

Rockaways' Playland and Richard Geist are synonymous in the minds of most people. The amusement park president engages in many other activities, however. One is the development of a tract of land near Boulder Dam where the roads are names after Rockaway streets.

The new Cross Bay Bridge really is a beautiful structure. It's too bad that the railings are so high they deprive motorists of what would be an inspiring view of Jamaica Bay as they pass over it.

50 Years Ago...

Those big mansions on Morse Court in Far Rockaway, still in their original settings, complete with hydrangeas, are reminiscent of days when gracious living was the accepted thing in Rockaway.


Title One projects have been in the papers a lot recently. Now some local people are blaming poor business on them. These people say that former visitors are staying away from Rockaway because they think the place in being torn down.

Lots of people say there ought to be a law to curb the noise of planes passing overhead and blocking out conversation or TV sound, temporarily. It would help things if the planes could be scheduled to fly over only during TV commercials.

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