2009-12-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Admittedly guilty of mail fraud and extortion, James Conway Sullivan, treasurer of suspended Community School Board 27, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when he is sentenced on February 10 in federal court and February 20 in state court.

Emergency Medical Service (city am - bulance) Specialists Phulbert Vulcy and Joanne Miller saved a man's life on Tuesday afternoon, December 5, when they provided both artificial respiration with a bat bag and cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a building in which there was a fire.

Eula Stephens, principal of Public School 42 in Arverne, and Michelle Lloyd-Bey, the school's dean, are proudly displaying awards presented to them this year by Far Rockaway Negro Business and Professional Women.

Angelica Saunders, the first birth at St. John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore at Far Rockaway on the Great American Smokeout Day (November 16), has been designated a "Smoke Free Baby" by the American Cancer Society, Queens Division.

City Environmental Protection Com - mis sioner Harvey Schultz is leaving his job with the city to head the Ar - verne urban renewal project for Ocean view Associates, a project that his department presently has under review.

Rockaway Developmental and Re - vital ization Corporation was chosen last month by Citibank as one of 75 not-for-profit community groups in the New York area to share $570,000 in grants.

Public School 183 in Rockaway Beach was filled with joy the evening of Nov - ember 29 as it was renamed the Rich - ard Green School in Rockaway - in memory of the chancellor of New York City public schools who died last May after only 14 months in office.

Mark Reimoneng, 17, of Ocean Crest Boulevard, Far Rockaway, is dead; an "open-and-shut" suspect has been in - dicted, and as far as the squad of the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) is concern ed, the case is closed.

30 Years Ago...

With temperatures hovering in the 50s during the day it doesn't seem as if Christmas is only two weeks away. However, we'll take the 50s over the snow and ice any day.

There was an interesting sight for those who usually watch the bands of St. Camillus at practice. Sunday, Dec - em ber 2, Father Burke marched the

band out through a hole in the fence at St. Camillus. They proceeded east and west along Shore Front Parkway and returned through the hole in the fence. Upon hearing this, Father McNicholas was overheard to mention that he was "glad I spent $500 on a new gate for the schoolyard so they can march through the hole."

Local merchants are up in arms about flea markets. They claim the markets cut into their revenue and the sellers at the markets have little or no overhead.

40 Years Ago...

The safe deposit vault business in the local banks should be brisk these days. Many people, alarmed by the recent rash of muggings, say they are going to put their valuables in the bank vault.

Joseph Wishnak, a trust officer of the Chase Manhattan Bank, was here on business a few days ago. At one time during World War II he commanded an anti-aircraft battery guarding the Rockaway end of the Marine Parkway Bridge.

Insurance companies who are refusing to renew policies against fire and theft in the Rockaways are advising clients to seek coverage in the insurance pool set up by the State of New York. Some people who have tried it get discouraged by the long delays in obtaining that insurance.

Murray Schwartz, who left the Queens - borough Gas and Electric Company to found the Schwartz Appliance company of 15-18 Central Avenue, Far Rock - away, is celebrating the firm's 25th Anniversary.

50 Years Ago...

Some of the volunteer operators of the post office sound truck that goes around town urging people to mail early for Christmas, have been having a lot of fun. Saul Gidaley, for instance, has been having a running feud with Jack Perlmutter of the Tasty Shoppe for years. He let loose a derogatory blast outside the Tasty Shoppe that left people gasping. "Retraction," he finally announced and proceeded to give the place a buildup.

Last week one of the seven story buildings in the Edgemere Houses project was lighted for the first time. There was only one light on a floor of the building whose sides are still open, but it made an impressive sight after dark.

Buster Patterson left a sick bed and came out in the rain last Saturday morning to be present at the dedication of the manger scene at the foot of Beach 116 Street.

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