2010-01-29 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Warm winter weather has brought out a plague of shootings in the Rockaways. In addition, since press time last week, there has been at least one fatal stabbing and one nearly fatal robbery and beating with a sledge hammer.

Landscapes, seascapes and urban scenes by Patrick Antonelle, “an American Renoir” from Belle Harbor who was described last year in Manhattan Arts as an artist who “seeks to combine nature with the ingenuity of man—architecture—thereby creating a peaceful, workable harmony,” can be seen in Manhattan, where he is completing a show.

This weekend—the end of New York Literacy Week—State Senator Andrew Jenkins is encouraging citizens to consider participating in literacy programs throughout the state.

Lowitt Labs Inc. is selling thermometers for $1.99 and $6.99.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer is help ing the community celebrate “Black History Month” by again sponsoring concerts by the I.S. 53 Gospel Choir and the JHS 198 Cardozo Choir. The concerts will take place at five senior centers in Rockaway.

“New restorative materials are allowing dentists to produce outstanding results for their patients,” Vincent Celenza, DDS, related early this year at a daylong “Contemporary Restorative Materials” dental seminar sponsored by and held at Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere.

Highlighted by the Junior girls victory in the Diocesan quarterfinals, the past weekend was a great success for St. Francis basketball teams. Only losses by the Junior boys prevented an undefeated week.

Use seat belts while driving in national parks—including all parts of the Gateway National Recreation Area! This is mandatory! Use of seat belts is required now within all national parks!

30 Years Ago...  

January 25 was the installation of officers at the Volunteer Fire Department of Roxbury. Under the leadership of the new chief, Steve Colleran, the officers and men are looking forward to a productive year.


New York City Emergency Medical Service denies that the ambulance stationed at Howard Park (the ambulance that serves Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Woodhaven, and serves also as a backup for Broad Channel and the Rockaways) has been removed from the community.

New York City’s Traffic Department has agreed to recommend to the City Planning Commission that the lot at 195 Beach 115 Street, Rockaway Park, be turned into a parking lot for 23 automobiles.

Ellen Donohue, a graduate of Stella Maris High School, has made the Dean’s List at college. Ellen is a freshman at Niagara University where she is majoring in nursing.

40 Years Ago...


Dr. Allan Mirkin’s new optometry office on Beach 116 Street is the latest shop to be added to the street.

If they ever build those long runways out in the ocean to help handle big jet aircraft, it might be a good idea to work in a few fishing stations along the way.

It only takes a little warm weather to make a difference in the appearance of cars on the local streets. Car owners are removing the mud accumulated during several weeks of bad driving and the number of shiny cars on the street is noticeable.

Don’t be alarmed when repaving starts next month on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. The job will take about a year but temporary pavement will be in use from Decoration Day to Labor Day when work is to be suspended.

50Years Ago...

The ornamental entrance to Neponsit on Rockaway Beach Boulevard is marred by the appearance of an electric pole right in front of it. How did the Neponsit Property Owners ever let that one by them?


Now that the first month of the new year has passed, businessmen are trying to learn from it what to expect the rest of the year. Some say business was terrible (we know of businessmen who will never admit that business is good). Others have said it was the best January they ever had. Majority of opinion seems to indicate a good year.

There are a lot of selfish people in the world. Consider the abuse of the shopping cart, a device created for the convenience of the public. But look how many people wheel a cart to their car, unload it and drive off. Before long abandoned carts make it harder to find a parking space. “Why should I care about the person who comes after me?” Get what I mean?

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