2010-02-19 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Parents pleaded for rezoning of public schools in Rockaway during a special meeting at the district office in Ozone Park last week. The great majority of the east end schools are crowded, he said, while others, mostly in the west end, are not. While the speakers were passionate about their beliefs, generally speaking, the meeting often drew more heat than light. School board members indicated that they would have schools supply vacant seat reports and then they would study the problem, especially in light of the fact that there is little chance that new schools will be build to end the east end overcrowding.

A lack of educational success is bringing “punishment” to Brian Piccolo Intermediate School 53 in Far Rockaway. The school has been placed on the New York State list of schools that need remedial help. Records show that only a minority of students are working up to their normal grade level.

Doctor Robert S. Berger will open a 12- lecture Spring ERCA Program in Far Rockaway. These 12 lectures, he says, will cover the “German Cultural Scene—1890-1914” —a period in which “smug German society, so habituated to following without question, aroused dissidents who castigated and satirized them in novels, art and sculpture, as well as in songs sung in cabarets.”

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenager won’t talk to each other since Arnold said that Sly is a “sloppy dresser.”

Winning their first match since joining the league, Pinheads used Gavin Saladino’s 537-218 and Keith Basile’s 427 to snare five from Organized Confusion who had Jack Kase’s 560-227 for the one game.

Funds still are being raised for a Queens Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled to step out next Saturday after a “mass for peace and justice in Ireland” that will be celebrated in St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church.

30 Years Ago...  

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has made a preliminary decision to approve an application for a permit to construct an indirect source of air containment— the Nassau expressway from Cross Bay Boulevard to Atlantic Beach bridge, Queens and Nassau.


Establishment of a “Gateway Cultural Foundation” similar to the Golden Gate Recreation Area’s Fort Mason Cultural Foundation is being requested by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

Thomas Cuite, majority leader of the City Council of New York, will serve as grand marshal in the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday.

Police Lieutenant Brendan King, the dean of police at the 100 Precinct, Rockaway Beach, retired Tuesday. King’s police service goes back 36 years. He spent a year and a half at the 100 Precinct.

40 Years Ago...

Stores in the Dayton shopping center are arranging a weekend of special services in observance of Washing on his birthday.


Alfred Emmanuel Smith, one of New York’s great governors, is the subject of a new biography that details his many summers on Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway, where his signature green bathing suit was as widely known as this famous brown derby.

It was heartening when the cold let up and the rain washed away the snow to discover crocuses beginning to push their way up in sunny location, the first greenery to forecast the arrival of spring.

In spite of signs of approaching spring, one observer has remarked that the daylight is increasing at the rate of about two minutes a day. That allows us more time for snow shoveling before darkness sets in.

50Years Ago...  

Quite a few local people have told “The Wave” that 94-year-old Joseph Gottlieb, the last living founder of Rockaway Beach Hospital, will be given a prominent place in the celebration of the opening of the hospital’s new building in a couple of weeks.


The former Park Inn Baths building is scheduled to open as a nursing home one of these days. Workmen are on the job but the structure is still skeletonlike in appearance.

“Old Timer” is one of The Wave’s column about Rockaway’s past. This week’s column reminds people that the Life Saving Station used to be a mile west of Beach 116 Street, where Rockaway Point is now.

The Sleepwell Bedding Stores now have a branch in Far Rockaway. It is in the location on Central Avenue formerly occupied by Phillips Enterprises and Dave Phillips is managing the new store.

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