2009-10-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Rabbi David Cohen, spiritual leader of Congregation Derech Emunoh, Ar - verne, was shot last Friday, October 20, while carrying packages from an automobile to an apartment in the Day ton Towers house at 7400 Shore Front Parkway, Arverne.

Four Far Rockaway schools have been chosen to participate in a citywide "major reform initiative" which will "create laboratories for developing 'corridors of excellence'" and "cluster sch - ools to provide parents with a choice of local programs for their children."

Damage was total for an '87 Mazda pickup which was struck and overturned by an '84 Ford two-door sedan on Monday, October 23, about 5:30 p.m., while both vehicles were in the intersection of Rockaway Freeway and Beach 102 Street in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach.

Community Board 27 was suspended this week after the Joint Commission on Integrity of the Schools (the Gill Com mission) revealed testimony and tapes that indicated that at least five members of the school board engaged in activities (including threats against The Wave) that should earn them some jail time.

Bradley Rodriguez of Far Rockaway, a 10th grade student at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Beach, was honored on Thursday, October 26, at Mc Donald's, 31-25 Atlantic Avenue, Oceanside, LI, as a semi-finalist in Mc - Don ald's Hispanic Heritage Art Con - test.

Half Life - a band "from the Rockaway Beach area" - has entered Musician Magazine's third annual Best Un sign - ed Band Contest.

Stained-glass is flourishing in Rock - away with Patrick Clark, a restoration and design artist, maintaining a basement shop in the west end.

Autumn leaves collected by the De - part ment of Sanitation in Queens Village will be turned into compost and used to cover the Edgemere landfill.

Police Officer Adam Cohen of the anticrime squad of the 100 Precinct (Rock - away Beach) arrested an alleged burg lary suspect Tuesday night, Oct - ober 24, who the officer says ran right into his arms.

30 Years Ago...

It only took eight months, but the order that went in last March to change the meters on Beach 116 Street from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. was finally carried out last week. It takes some time but eventually things get done.

Now that Beach Channel Drive has been repaved, it's only logical that it be ripped up and patched where there were mistakes. The only drawback is that there are no solutions to the problem.

We're still waiting for the manhole cover to be replaced on Beach 116 Street near the boardwalk. What happens when the winter snows set in and the plow pulls off the steel plate?

Rumors are spreading that the strike against the Green Lines Bus Company may not end until April.

40 Years Ago...

Mrs. Ruth B. Clarke, secretary of the Breezy Point Co-op, inc., presided at a Founder's Day celebration last week in a joint meeting of the Brooklyn and Staten Island Soroptomist clubs. She is president of the Brooklyn club.

Some of the fun lovers have probably cooked up an assortment of greetings with which to shower Mayor Lindsay who has weathered four years of the same with apparent enjoyment. After all, this is Fun City.

One of our clients recalls four guns at the old Rockaway Naval Air Station. There were on the bay front, just across the road from the old Coast Guard boathouse. Does anyone re - mem ber whether they were mortars or howitzers?

Another fine weekend brought large crowds to the groundbreaking at St. John's Home last Saturday at Rock - away Park and again on Sunday when Captain Coleman W. Sims, USN, was host of the first "open house" day in several years at Naval Air Station in New York.

50 Years Ago...

People attending a meeting at the First Congregational Church Sunday evening were reminded that the church was organized in 1886, growing out of a Sunday School which had been formed five years earlier.

John Begg (not the bottled kind) came here from Scotland 37 years ago after he finished fighting in World War I in a kilted Scottish Highland regiment.

He's been chauffeuring ever since for a family in Lawrence and now begins to think the job may turn out to be a steady one.

A number of business places along the boulevard in the Hammels section have reported loss by burglary in the last few days. Most of the hauls were accomplished by forced entry during the night.

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