2009-11-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Police officers from the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) are warning motor - ists not to jump a traffic light at Rock - away Freeway and Beach 102 Street in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach because last week alone there were two serious automobile accidents at that spot.

Air Force Corporal Dennis P. Platania, son of Mary and Sale Platania of Ne - ponsit, is voluntarily building a new image and respect for the American servicemen in northern Italy.

Queens Borough President Claire Shul man came to the Harry S. Tru - man Democratic Club last Sunday, Nov ember 5, to talk about the election, charter revision and the state of the Arverne project.

"It was a cry out for attention!" That's what Joseph Good says about a fall his brother William took on October 27 from the top of the building at 81-04 Rockaway Beach Boulevard (the Ham - mel Houses in Rockaway Beach).

Christine M. Gray, daughter of John and Pat Gray of Beach 89 Street, Rock - away Beach, has been named to the dean's list at Fordham College for the academic year 1988-1989.

Alycia Guichard, 17, of 113 Beach 56 Place (Ocean Village in Arverne) was struck by and flung onto the hood of a 1978 Cadillac passenger car on Sun - day, November, about 6:30 p.m., after she allegedly stepped out into the road way after walking around the front of a van on the northwest corner of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 59 Street, Arverne. Then she rolled off and onto the street, according to the driver, James Mitchell, 23, of 82-03 Hammels Boulevard (the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach).

Dena Stokel, 18, was arrested last week at 361 Beach 69 Street, Arverne, as the person responsible for credit card-number purchases with more than 100 numbers all over the country.

Eileen McCorgray, who comes from Rockaway Park to serve as a school crossing guard at Beach 79 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Arverne, was removed to Peninsula Hospital Cen ter, Edgemere, on November 2, after she dashed out of the way of an '87 Ford taxi that collided at about 2:40 p.m. with an '83 Buick sedan.

30 Years Ago...

Rhea Finkelstein, who until this fall was a member of the public relations staff at Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere, has accepted a position as assistant director of public relations for Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn.


William Prout, 18, and Peter Grassia, 17, both of Broad Channel, reportedly pleaded guilty on Monday, November 5, to setting a subway booth on fire on January 16 in which two women were so severely burned that within days they died.

Despite efforts by the owner of a pleasure boat, companions including a police officer, ambulance service from the Point Breeze Volunteers and doctors at the Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere, Paul Mandelbaum, 28, an officer with the police of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, died on Sunday, November 4, after a wave at Breezy Point washed him to sea.

40 Years Ago...


Ceremonies on Veterans Day at the Doughboy monument at Beach 94 Street served to remind many people that the bayonet is still missing from the rifle in the hands of the bronze Dough boy statue. It was removed by vandals years ago.

Talk of a renewed campaign for a subway station is being heard again. People who are interested favor locating it at about Beach 82 Street, the former Hammel "Wye."

Rockaway's only centenarian, Mrs. Cora F. Sprague, who is now making her home with her son, John V. Sprague, in Hollywood, Florida, has recovered to celebrate her 101 birthday next April 13.

Contractors are employing new techniques in demolishing the bridge pier on the old Cross Bay Bridge. Instead of creating shattering explosions, the new method burns through the masonry far below the surface of the bay.

50 Years Ago...

There has been so much talk about the shopping center in the station plaza at Far Rockaway that merchants of the area are not "buying" the rumor now making the rounds that construction will start in two weeks. It does sound too good to be true.


When our early winter arrived yesterday, the lake on Seagirt Boulevard in front of the Wavecrest apartment build ings was frozen solid. Too bad there was so much vehicular traffic. It spoiled a perfectly good skating rink.

Rivara's new marina, now rapidly near ing completion at the foot of Thursby Avenue, will soon be the big - gest thing of its kind anywhere in Ja - maica Bay. It is reported that it will be in full operation next summer and is storing many boats right now.

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