2009-12-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Rockaway is about to say goodbye to the pride of its Coast Guard fleet. The 95-foot Coast Guard Cutter Cape Horn (WPN 95322) will be decommissioned on Friday, January 5 during a ceremony at Station Rockaway - in Roxbury just outside the main gate to Fort Tilden.

Joseph P. Wheeler's family surprised him last Saturday, December 16, with a 75th birthday anniversary party at the home of Mary Jane and Theodore Feimer in Roxbury.

Homeowners in Belle Harbor, Far Rock away and Rockaway Beach have been provided with $6,000 in loans in the last four months, claims M. Joseph McNearney, chairman of the Rock away Development and Revitalization Corp or ation's housing committee.

More than 30 ninth-grade Benjamin N. Cardozo Junior High School students are lining up immediately after completing full days of school this fall to punch the clock in the school's main office and go off to work as part of a career internship program which began this year at this school.

Danielle Moss and Timothy Jackson tied for first place on the primary level; Margaret Roohan won on the intermediate level, and Timothy Keenan won on the junior high school level at a St. Camillus Science Fair held November 14 at Rockaway Beach's Beach 99 Street school.

St. Mary's Star of the Sea School in Far Rockaway has chosen 13 pupils as the peacemakers of November, when great strides were made to be kind, gentle and loving to one another.

Twice in four days, Broad Channel's volunteer fire department responded fast this past week to "Code 3" calls.

So impressed is Fordham College with the 1988-89 academic-year accomplishments of Mary Elizabeth Doherty, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kennedy of Beach 147 Street in Ne - ponsit, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Doherty of Beach 92 Street in Rock - away Beach, that after she was named to the dean's list, she was called on to participate in dean's list ceremonies on November 12.

Jonathan Gaska, district manager of Community Board 14, is alerting sch - ools and youth organizations to a New York City Department of Transport - ation Safety Education Unit 1990 Bumper Sticker Contest for teenagers (13-18 years old).

30 Years Ago...

Residents of Far Rockaway are wondering how long it will take to install the new sewers. They say that with the snow, ice, rain and mud they may as well be wintering in Alaska.

Rockaway will be an interesting place for future archeologists. When a plumb ing company was recently digging on Rockaway Beach Boulevard there was about three and a half feet of resurfacing and the old trolley tracks to go through.

It's funny. All the fuss we made about the Concorde supersonic aircraft and now they have stopped building them. At least we will not have to worry about an increase in Concorde traffic.

Rockaway was really feeling the pinch from the recession. Many of the res - taurants are not having specials for Christmas or New Year's. At least they are not advertising the specials.

40 Years Ago...

The Christmas vacation in the public schools this year is longer than usual. That must be some kind of progress.

Nothing has been heard of any change in plans by the Parks Department for alternative steps to get its heavy equip ment to the beach other than those which would demolish the sand wall at the end of Beach 129 Street.

The theory among local residents is that the recent rash of muggings and holdups here were not just casual occurrences, but were the work of an organized group.

Next Wednesday night more than the usual celebration is expected as people say farewell to the Soaring Sixties and look ahead with great expectation to the beginning of the next decade, the more mature seventies.

50 Years Ago...

One day last week the mail brought to the First Congregation Church one of its collection envelopes containing money. Across it was written "found on the street." That's positive proof that there is such a thing as honesty here.

This is going to be a long weekend and there will be another one next week. That usually spells trouble. Stay alive and enjoy yourself. If you do any drinking, play it safe and don't drive.

Winter arrived on Tuesday and touch - ed the ground with seven inches of snow. It was the first time that happened in some years. By mid-day the bright sun had turned much of it to slush, just the thing to keep the late Christmas shoppers at home.

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