2009-11-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Final decision about whether or not to allow development of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area as officially proposed this year cannot be expected until June, at the earliest.

Fifteen-year-old Robert Thompson ran from the Ocean Village housing development in Arverne, crossed Rockaway Beach Boulevard and on Beach 59 Street between the boulevard and Rockaway Freeway was fatally shot in the head.

Robberies appear to be continuing in Far Rockaway, and in at least one case also affected a barroom on Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, even though police of the 101 Precinct and residents and business people in Far Rockaway were hoping that robberies plaguing the area would stop after Police Officer Joseph Carrano, a member of the pre - cinct's detective squad, arrested a man positively identified on video as a suspected robber.

Uniformed police officers on foot patrol are paying special attention to the expanded Dayton Shopping Center (along Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 84 Street to Beach 90 Street in Rockaway Beach) this holiday season.

With "all hands" response, firefighters spent more than an hour last Satur - day, November 18, to get a blaze at 98- 08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rock - away Beach under control.

St. Francis CYO basketball season is not fully underway with the boys joining in and the intramurals in action. The boys teams went undefeated against all outside competition to highlight this week's results. The Inter - mediate girls suffered their first loss while the Junior girls remained undefeated.

John McEneaney's solid 614-223 and Tom Sarosy's 463 led the Challengers to a 5-2 win over the Bass Busters with four. John Lobody's 527 and Matt Miller's 488 were in for two.

30 Years Ago...

Even though we have seen some broken buses, the new models are ab so - lutely beautiful. Built by General Motors, they are sleek and modern looking. We would like to see at least one in the Rockaways.

Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel, "has a hole next to it large enough, for a child to fall into it and drown," but city agencies are refusing to do anything about it because "they do not go into Broad Channel."

Resurfacing of Rockaway Beach Boule - vard will stop at Beach 126 Street. We hope that the resurfacing will continue westward in the spring.

One day back on the road after an 18 week layoff and we've seen no less than three buses from Green Lines broken down. One was in Howard Beach, one just across the bridge in Broad Channel and one on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

40 Years Ago...

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. J. Jerome Reddy, pastor emeritus of St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor, spends a great deal of time working with the American Legion in Queens which he served for many years as chaplain.

In some respects, Thanksgiving "aint what it used to be around here." For example, the kids used to dress as ragamuffins and go out looking for handouts, something like the modern trick-or-treat.

To Peter Cholakis of the Breakers cooking Thanksgiving dinners is nothing new. He has been doing it for about half a century and he takes great pride in what he dishes out for the customers.

Michelle Ciotti of Arverne and the Town and Country travel agency, was chosen as Miss NC-4 recently from her first trip to Hawaii. She said the experience as Miss NC-4 was great, but if she had a choice she'd have just taken a trip to Hawaii.

50 Years Ago...

In the Far Rockaway business section, Christmas lights again blaze forth, but the committee workers say it has been more difficult to raise money among the businessmen this year. More is needed to pay the cost of the promotion. Lack of funds at Rockaway Park leaves that business section unlighted, except for the enterprise of individual store proprietors.

The snow whitened ground that greeted early risers on Sunday morning brought joy to no one. There was not enough of the stuff to do the youngsters any good and it just reminded the grownups of what might be in store during the months ahead. But it was the earliest snow we've had in some years.

Joe Vogel of Samuel Pharmacy, Beach 87 Street, has been taking walks through the Hammel Title I area. He says he was amazed to see remnants of the Gay Nineties period of gracious living which he never knew existed in Rockaway.

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