2010-04-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Harriet Gumbs of the Shinnecock Nation (“nation” is preferred to the term “tribe”) in Southampton, Long Island, drove the many miles to Rockaway with her sister, Rita Hearn, to discuss “Shinnecock Culture and the Environment” and to relate the topic to Rockaway for a local Earth Day celebration this week.

Twenty-four budding authors from Class 5A hosted a breakfast at Public School 106 (Edgemere) to show off their “first original hardcover novels.”

Steve Yaeger of Belle Harbor has an exhibition of his paintings and drawings on view at the visitors’ center of the Gateway National Recreation Area’s Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, just north of Broad Channel and west of Cross Bay Boulevard.

Approximately 1,200 children have registered for Rockaway Little League baseball. The league is split into a “tee ball,” “pee wee” and “minor” divisions.

Sopranos Kathleen Sullivan and Nancy Lenahan, tenor Theodore Caro and baritone Mark Moliterno helped the Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra score a smashing hit (curtain call after curtain call, and standing ovation after standing ovation) at its 40th annual spring concert last Saturday night at Lawrence High School, Cedarhurst.

Gateway National Recreation Area will host its second annual Floyd Bennett lecture series in Building 272, Floyd Bennett Field, on five Wednesday evenings “to commemorate the spirit of Floyd Bennett,” an early aviator and local legend, who flew over the North Pole.

The New York City Sanitation Department has removed a major threat to the environment and people by its “expedited response action” at the Edgemere landfill.

New licenses for drivers 16 through 18 ½ years old bear the words “under 21 years of age” in red letters along the sides of the drivers’ photos. This information is being circulated by Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer.

30Years Ago...  

New York City Board of Education inspectors are checking compliance by vendors providing school bus service of laws and regulations, including a law requiring buses transporting handicapped children to have dual doors.

The Rockaway Auxiliary of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children is planning to send mentally disabled children from the Rockaways to summer camp, as it has done before.

Rogoff’s Toys clinched first place in the Rockaway Park Businessmen’s Bowling League this week with an 8-3 win over George’s Florist.

Ten teams will open the season this year in the Jamaica Bay Softball League. The season will open on Sunday.

40 Years Ago...

Although some nearby places had snow on Monday, it looks at long last that spring has really arrived. One sign is the Arverne clean-up campaign.

Don’t be surprised if a well-known Rockaway resident becomes the next leader of the Queens County Democratic organization.

The new sewer catch basins at Beach 90 Street and the Boulevard got a real workout during last Thursday’s downpour, and people in the area said they noted a marked improvement.

When the Navy bought the land for Naval Air Station New York the price was $9.5 million. That was in 1941. Last week one report placed its value at $50 million.

50Years Ago...  

Tenants at Rockaway Point feel they are on firm ground in their effort to stall the recently announced gigantic development marked for Breezy Point. Spokesmen say they have no quarrel with the Rockaway Point Development Corporation and are willing to meet the $17.5 million which the corporation has been offered for the property.

People who would like to know whether or not they have green thumbs should take advantage of Rockaway Beach Hospital’s offer of free garden space on the grounds of the new hospital building for “victory gardens.” It is hoped that plantings covering the large area will improve its appearance.

Never mind the calendar or the thermostat. Spring is really here. The best proof of that fact is the swoosh of paintbrushes in the local boat yards. By this time next month most of the craft will be in the water.

The Rockaway Park Bowling League is nearing the end of its season and interest is now divided between the standing of the clubs and the preparation for the big dinner with which the keglers always conclude their activities before the summer season.

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