2009-09-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Official dedication of the first Women Veterans Monument (known generally as "the Doughgirl") will take place on Sunday, September 24, at 2 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Rockaway Beach (Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard).

Bettina Baban, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Eugenio Baban of Neponsit, has pledged the Delta Beta chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Miami University, Oxford, OH. Bettina was admitted to the National Scholastic Honor Society for freshmen and awarded a music scholarship to continue studying violin at Miami University.

New York City's Office of Business Development has awarded a $131,875 contract through the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation to continue programs underway in downtown Far Rockaway and on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 74 and Beach 94 Street.

The Otis Wilder Memorial Pro-Am came to a storybook ending as the New York City Rockers had two come from behind victories en route to the tournament championship.

Three United States Park Police officers based at Gateway National Recreation Area have been promoted to sergeant; one sergeant has been promoted to lieutenant, and six officers who were graduated this summer from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in Georgia have been assigned to our area.

Friends and witnesses who were at the scene are praying that the Rockaway Park Hotel security guard at whom a resident threw a cupful of bleach on Wednesday, September 20, about 9:15 p.m. will not suffer permanent damage.

Pat Brackley won two top prizes in "Color - a standard flower show" set up at the West End Temple in Neponsit the afternoon of September 14 by the Shore Garden Club of Neponsit and Belle Harbor.

Far Rockaway High School will send at least 30 students to the Career and Education Expo '89 next month that State Labor Commissioner Thomas F. Harnett describes as "the largest career and education expo for high school and college students ever conducted in New York State." (At the time the Far Rockaway High School count was revealed, there was no response from Beach Channel High School.)

Years Ago... 30

A disaster - is the only way to describe the new paving job along Beach Channel Drive from Beach 141 Street to Beach 116 Street. Drivers who travel easterly wonder why the white marks are on the road at each intersection. That's where previous drivers have had their cars hit bottom as they crossed the intersections.

Some mothers are talking about keeping their kids out of school until the strike is over. They feel that added  pressure will cause the bus strike to come to an end sooner.

That double yellow line which kept the one lane of traffic moving along Beach Channel Drive in each direction has been picked up. That's right, picked up. The line was made of thermal plastic and was burnt off the surface.

The Temple of Israel, oldest Jewish synagogue in the Rockaways, will begin holding conservative services right after Succoth next week in place of Orthodox services which have been held in the synagogue since it was organized.

40 Years Ago...

Since the city has advertised the sale of the Title I site, November 2, there has been a false lack of calm in the community as almost everybody expressed the opinion that "this is it!"

Irving Finegold and the Herbst brothers look for interested crowds at their Pontiac and Oldsmobile show rooms, respectively, to view the new models which are now on display. It may have been just a publicity gag but a lot of people have expressed objection to the invitation preferred by William J. McShane, superintendent of Rockaway Beach Hospital, to Nikita Khruschev to visit the institution.

Years Ago...  50555550

Anthony Pugliese of 463 Beach 139 Street has been elected president of the Property Owners Association of Ocean Beach.

Plans for a $160,000 playground adjacent to Public School 104 have been submitted to the Board of Estimate by Park Commissioner Robert Moses. More than 100 members and guests witnessed the installation of William Katz, Far Rockaway attorney, as president of the Excite Club of Far Rockaway on Tuesday.

Herbert Sheldon of 452 Beach 129 Street was voted the winner of Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts Monday night.

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