2009-10-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore at Far Rockaway is training nursing assistants to provide more direct, skilled, hands-on patient care.

Merchants in Far Rockaway are being plagued by burglars during the hours when their businesses are closed. Some merchants have taken extraordinary steps to protect themselves, but still find they are continually being victimized.

Rudolph Giuliani, the Republican candidate for mayor will speak at the October meeting of the Bayswater Civic Association, which will be held on October 29.

Democratic workers handed out flyers for Democratic mayoral candidate David Dinkins in front of Waldbaum's Supermarket on Beach 112 Street last weekend. Included in the group were Steve Cooper, Rey Clarke, and Democratic District Leader Sy Sheldon.

Nicholas Vam Vakas, 68, of 2876 Faber Terrace, Far Rockaway, died Sunday morning, October 15, about 9:01, less than two hours after a 1989 Plymouth he was operating was involved in a head-on crash with an ambulance owned by Hunter Ambulance Co. of Inwood.

Stephanie Saunter, who was born and brought up in Rockaway (and is looking forward to the day when she can return and live out her life here) is putting her indelible mark on Los Angeles (where she is a deputy city attorney), just as she did in the New York City Police Department, where she worked undercover from start to finish.

St. Thomas More third grade boys made the trip to Flushing last Sunday to take on Queen of Peace. STM attacked right from the kickoff creating chance after chance. A J.J. DeMarco free kick opened the scoring and STM led 1-0 at halftime.

Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci has announced the arrest of nine Queens residents who are accused of being welfare cheats. The nine - eight women and one man - allegedly ripped off the welfare system for a total of $222,405, mostly by concealing a salary while also receiving welfare checks.

30 Years Ago...

St. John's Episcopal Hospital, South Shore Division, at Far Rockaway, will dedicate its new pedestrian bridge, connecting the hospital's main building to its East Pavillion (a former nursing home) on Monday afternoon, October 29.

Discount tolls, offered to residents of the Rockaways for the Cross Bay Veteran Memorial Bridge were abruptly stopped, Friday, October 12. Although the TBTA had originally stated that this was to be a temporary thing, no one expected them to stop issuing discount tickets.

Judge Phoebe K. Greenbaum, who was serving an interim term as Justice of the Family Court of the State of New York, City of New York has been reappointed to that position for a full 10-year term by Mayor Ed Koch.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital, South Shore Division, at Far Rockaway, closed its antiquated and nonconforming North Wing on Friday, October 26. There were 65 beds in two sections in the wing. The closing is permanent.

40 Years Ago...

After dropping the first game in the World Series, the Mets won the next four straight to defeat the Baltimore Orioles. It's been a long time since so many smiling faces were seen about town.

The Most Rev. Francis J. Mugavero, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, will be at Rockaway Park on Saturday at 2 p.m. to officiate at ceremonies marking the groundbreaking for the new $3 million addition to St. John's Home and School for Boys at Beach 11 Street and the boardwalk.

It's been a long time since anyone has tried to revive the campaign for an escalator at the Mott Avenue subway station.

50 Years Ago...

When the new public school at Rockaway Park is completed the section will have a real education center with a new school at Beach 100 Street flanked by St. John's Home which, in turn, will be flanked by the new Stella Maris High School.

Far Rockaway businessmen are happy with the support being given by Borough President Clancy to their campaign for a parking field and are hopeful that it may be in operation before next summer. Whitty's Men's Shop on Beach 116 Street displays a life size dummy in the front window. It causes a great deal of comment, has startled a few people who have mistaken it for a man staring at them, and amuses still other folks.

With Nick McKenna's wreckers removing the marquee from the Rivoli Theatre, the building begins to assume its original appearance as the Arion Hall of half a century ago.

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