2009-09-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Robert Waters, 27, of Rockaway Beach rescued a boy who was being swept out and under on Sunday, September 3, in the vicinity of Beach 90 Street; but because the rescuer was not trained and used unorthodox ways to hold on, he was sharply criticized, not thanked.

Kenneth Jackowski of 50 Cherry Street, Inwood, drove into a fire hydrant at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 124 Street, Rockaway Park, on Saturday, September 2, about 6:20 a.m., after, he said, another automobile cut him off, causing him to lose control.

More than 300 children from preschoolers to teenagers were served this summer (July and August) by a day camp program the Five Towns Community Center Inc. sponsored at Public School 4 (at Wanser Avenue, Inwood) in conjunction with Lawrence Public Schools.

Barbara Ann Arkwright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Arkwright of Rockaway Point, has been selected at Radford University for listing in the 1989 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, a directory published annually since 1934.

The 1989 St. Francis Summer Classic concluded last week with an exciting week of playoffs in the Girls Grammar, Boys Grammar Senior Open divisions. When the dust cleared, The Wave, Surfside 101 Deli and Connolly's joined the Rocka-poco Boomers, the Dribblers and the Melons as this year's Summer Classic champions.

Long Island was invaded with a bang by the 12-year-old all-stars. By winning the prestigious Oceanside Invitational tournament, the boys from the Rock defeat some of the top teams from Long Island. The competition consisted of the runner-up in the Long Island championship - Rockville Center; three district champions and two district runners up.

Far Rockaway High School has been chosen as one of 10 citywide to which Chancellor Bernard Mecklowitz would assign a metal detector team this year.

New York City will stop sheltering homeless families in the Lawrence Hotel, 164 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, by the end of the year 1989.

30  Years Ago... 

Conversion of Rockaway's timber boardwalk to a grade-level concrete promenade, conversion long advocated by The Wave, will be discussed by a representative of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation at a meeting of Community Board 14 on Wednesday, September 12.


Fire at the trestle leading to the Rockaways and the strike by Green Lines had many commuters up in arms. What happens, they asked, if there was an emergency and we had to get home quickly. Taxi fare is kind of high.

Tom McNichols at Tom's Texaco, Beach 112 Street and Beach Channel Drive reports flooding conditions are really bad since they finished the new road. It seems the contractor filled the catch basin with debris, according to Tom. Every time he calls for action the city says see the contractor and the con- tractor says see the city. How typical!

40 Years Ago...


Residents in these parts are all talking about the suggestion to create a floating plane terminal far out to sea, with hovercraft to take passengers to and from it. Just be sure it's out of hearing range and out of sight.

Mechanization is taking over more and more all of the time. Now the sieves used by beachcombers, as they sift the sand for treasure, are being replaced by mine detectors. Could that be called the fortunes of war?

The Department of the Interior now seems to show interest in the proposed animal quarantine station at Fort Tilden. Such a station might conflict with the department's desire to incorporate Fort Tilden into the plans for a federal park in that general area.

Republican Leader Sidney S. Hein is reported to have passed up a judgeship appointment in favor of a place on the Port of New York Authority for which there is no salary. That must be some kind of record in community service.

50 Years Ago... 

Bill McShane, now a world traveler, who spent his recent vacation from Rockaway Beach Hospital on a Caribbean cruise, is a loyal American. He also is a realist and admits he has found better service on foreign ships than he has on American lines.


The brilliant moon Sunday was a bit lopsided, but scientists say it was not because of the rocket which the Russians landed on the moon a bit after five o'clock that evening. The moon had just not yet attained fullness.

There must be a bit of the fireman in a great many people judging by the interested comments of those who watched the volunteer firemen's parade along the boulevard Saturday night. It sounded as though a lot of them would have liked to get into the act.

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