2009-10-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Michael Eugene Hickey, who was born last Friday, September 29, about 7 p.m., on the third floor at 7600 Shore Front Parkway (starting in the hall and ending in his parents' living room) is back home this weekend getting all the attention he should, but not so much that his two-year-old brother Jimmie will get jealous.

Quick response by Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Service personnel may work a miracle in possibly saving the life of one of two children tossed from a 10th floor apartment (10J) by their mother. The two children were in total cardiac arrest as they were transported by ambulance to St. John's Hospital. At press time, the female child had died of her injuries. The male was in a little better shape, according to reports from the hospital.

Fire destroyed a waterfront home in Broad Channel - a one-story wood frame private dwelling at 629 Cross Bay Boulevard, between East Sixth and East Seventh Roads - on Thursday morning, October 5.

Picture Properties Inc., a licensed real estate broker based at 90-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Holland section of Rockaway Beach, has added Adam Stiles and Ruth Graves to its staff as part-time sales associates.

Eddie S. Plantilla, son of Dr. and Mrs. Eduardo Plantilla of Belle Harbor, has been named one of the more than 15,000 semifinalists in the 1990 competition for Merit Scholarships.

Teachers at Intermediate School 53 in Far Rockaway have an ongoing problem. Their cars have been stolen and vandalized at an alarming rate.

Arthur L. Stewart, who has been serving as supervisor responsible for national resources planning in the National Park Service and the 57 territories, has been appointed deputy superintendent of the Gateway National Recreation Area.

Pace University, Howard University, Delhi State College and Morrisville State College will interview interested students and/or parents at Far Rockaway High School, 821 Bay 25 Street, Far Rockaway, this month.

Dragon's Den Florist was on top of the heap after the September 27 matches of the Rockaway Park Businessmen Bowling League. The Dragons defeated J.C. Painting 7-4. Robert Lellig bowled a 202 and had a 534 series for J.C.

30 Years Ago... 

The shooting which occurred at Beach 44 Street and Beach Channel Drive seems to be an isolated incident. There is no connection between that and other incidents which have happened recently.


The manhole cover that has been missing from Beach 116 Street near the beach is still gone. The cover was reported missing about two months ago. We were told that there are no available covers. Amazing!

Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the bridge connecting St. John's hospital South Shore Division, at Far Rockaway, with the hospital's East Pavilion, formerly known as St. John's Episcopal Nursing Home and before that as Brookhaven Beach Nursing Home, will be held on Monday, October 29.

40 Years Ago...


These are the days when some of the hardier motorists, who are able to buck the traffic, head for the country to admire the bright autumn colors now at their heights in the woodlands. On the other hand, there are others who just sit around and pine for the day when they can leave for their annual winter vacation in Florida, California or Arizona.

Willy Weber, retired chef, who died at his Far Rockaway home last week, was fondly remembered by two patrons of Grogan's Restaurant, Beach 92 Street and Weiss' restaurant at Broad Channel where he prepared their favorite foods for many years to the delight of local residents.

The contractors are about to resort to blasting to remove the piers which supported the bascule span on the old Cross Bay Bridge.

50 Years Ago...

There's more underground in Rockaway than most of us realize. Who ever expected an explosion from an underground transformer on Central Avenue? Now they're doubling the capacity of the sewage treatment plant at Rockaway Park - and most of that is underground, too.


Local patrons of Aqueduct Race Track who travel by subway are complaining loudly about the long walk they have before they reach the Rockaway-bound platform for the return trip, not to mention the long wait for the train after they get there. Clearly, the Aqueduct service was not designed with Rockaway in mind.

Some individuals involved with the Far Rockaway shopping center say that it will not get underway before 1961. The proposed developers are all maintaining their silence which of course gives rise to many rumors.

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