2009-11-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

There are no immediate plans to house alternative high school students ("potential school dropouts who wish to succeed") at Fort Tilden headquarters of the Gateway National Recreation Area's Breezy Point unit, which is being considered as the location for the proposed school.

Beach Channel High School students have developed eight 8-foot-square murals (acrylic paintings) in an effort to commemorate the tri-centennial of the Rockaways.

Six-year-old Phillip Cohen (a first grader) has been declared the winner of a candy sale at Public School 114 in Belle Harbor this fall.

Incensed motorists are calling a stopand go signal at Beach 73 Street and Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, a "traffic trap light."

Mario Russo, president of the Arverne Civic Council feels that the plans for the Arverne urban renewal area should move ahead as planned instead of procrastinating about the density issue.

Daily, Social Worker Denise Kaplansky cajoles hotel children to attend school, counsels the children's families and even cooks their holiday dinner turkeys.

Pushers selling killer drugs like crack and cocaine to schoolchildren are the targets this month of Dr. Thomas Bloom/the Smile Saver, a Far Rock - away dentist practitioner who usually wages war on dental pain.

Rockaway received an "unfavorable" rating from 46 percent of its residents polled last month.

Preparing for virtually any disaster, Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere "coped" last week (on Monday) when a bus carrying senior citizens overturned, crashed into an oncoming car and exploded.

Last year McClancy High School established the Sean O'Hagan Award to carry the memory of his name. A young man who died a hero only showing concern for his friends. The award is presented to the senior on the Varsity basketball team showing the most leadership and courage in team play.

30 Years Ago...

It looks as if another flea market may be in the works for the Beach 116 Street shopping area. There is talk of one opening at the site of the old A&P on Beach Channel Drive.

Resurfacing of Rockaway Beach Boulevard has come to an end at Beach 126 Street. However there are crews out there filling the holes and leveling some of the rough spots west of Beach 126 Street.

Rockaway shoppers are expected to flock to the grand reopening of the Beach 20 Street shopping area. All work has been completed and the store owners are going to distribute 40,000 flyers describing the stores and the sales.

40 Years Ago...

When the Thanksgiving dinner crowd arrived at the Rogers Hotel, there were so many familiar faces that it seemed like a reunion of Rockaway neighbors and host Bob Rogers reported that he was delighted with the turnout.

Now that the buildings around it have all but disappeared, the Arverne firehouse shows the need for repairs as the windows in the cupola look untidy.

Walter Patterson, who has played "shamus" for a number of years, has been cast in the role again by Rock - away Rotary Club. He will light the menorah in front of the subway station on Beach 116 Street.

Motorists frequently pause along Beach Channel Drive to watch the gigantic floating crane swing big concrete beams into place as the construction work on the new Cross Bay Bridge nears completion.

50 Years Ago...

Local residents who have been fortunate to have a preview of the new Rockaway Beach Hospital are very enthusiastic. They are impressed by its ultramodern equipment and the size and arrangement of its wards and rooms.

Dave Metzger, who died here last week, was a veteran of World War I. One of his prized possessions was an old-fashioned dollar bill. It was one of many sent overseas during the war in a Christmas greeting campaign promoted by The Wave in which local residents were thus remembered to local servicemen. It meant so much to Mr. Metzger that he vowed he would never spend it.

It took a telephone call to Transit Authority headquarters to straighten out a hassle between a change maker at the Broad Channel station and an irate passenger who had paid 30 cents to get on the train in Far Rockaway and from whom another 30 cents was being demanded in order to leave the station.

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