2010-05-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Officials of the Prince-Wynn Post 260 Veterans of Foreign Wars are being called on again to provide an official New York City needy family food distribution center.

Forty-five enthusiastic, spirited and talented second and third-grade choralers will present a “patriotic salute to Flag Day” when the Junior Glee Club of Public School 105, Beach 51 Street and Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere, entertains the school’s staff, teachers, parents and students.

Aiming to bring together community youth with the newly-arrived Russian immigrants, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula will sponsor a “Kesher” Orchestra concert at the Torah Academy for Girls (TAG), 444 Beach 6 Street, Far Rockaway.

Dayton Towers West Playgroup “graduates” are “free for the summer.” This “news” is being circulated by Rosemary Gurry, a resident of Dayton Towers West in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach.

Young adults stirred emotions for a captive audience of more than 200 when they staged “The Concept,” an improvisational presentation which includes the “Daytop Village philosophy,” during a Daytop Village Inc. open house at its facility at Beach 65 Street in Arverne.

Shaggy Dog, expert dog grooming and bathing, will “pamper your pet with tender loving care.”

Despite Lenin’s “dictatorship of the proletariat,” there were some occasional lights which managed to shine through those dreary, dark days of early Bolshevism in Russia. Mikhail Bulgakov’s 1926 play “Zoya’s Apartment” thrusts deep comic daggers at the corruption which the revolution fostered.

30Years Ago...  

If you don’t like to see nude people on the beach, try to resolve the matter privately. This advice was given to a group from Rockaway who went to court Wednesday to complain that nudists are “cavorting and sunbathing in the nude” at Riis Park and “are turning the once serene beach into a notorious hangout.”

Reconstruction of the boardwalk from Beach 97 Street to Beach 86 Street will start within two weeks, Parks Department officials have announced.

Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz introduced the contingent from the Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272 American Legion of Rockaway Beach on the Assembly floor last month, when the State’s veterans groups visited the state capitol.

Assistant District Attorney Ira Schrieber, a former Far Rockaway High School student, returned to the school on Friday to discuss “the workings of the district attorney’s office.”

40 Years Ago...

Attorney James M. Painton was among outraged bystanders who were fuming at the delay in obtaining an ambulance to come to the aid of a small boy who was struck by a car in Belle Harbor last Thursday evening. Police finally took the lad to Peninsula General Hospital in one of their patrol cars.

Repeated incidents of broken store windows has resulted in the cancellation of some policies by insurance companies which have been covering this type of loss on Rockaway Beach Boulevard properties. Some huge chunks of concrete were unearthed during the demolition work in the Edgemere urban renewal area, but the wrecker’s heavy equipment made short work of it.

The new playground at Public School 183, Beach 80 Street, is great and the kids are making the most of it—except for a few who seem bent on its destruction. Stricter supervision seems to be indicated here.

50Years Ago...  

Some people who have traveled between Arverne and Edgemere during the last few days are thrilled as they pass between the big apartment developments. Others describe the site as awesome.

When that Soviet trawler put in at the Atlantic City Lifeboat Station, it started some local folks wondering if the trawler’s real mission close to our shores could have been to foul up our bathing beaches with marine vegetation dredged from the bottom of the sea and left to drift ashore.

Plans are underway at Rockaway Beach Hospital for the move into its new building at Beach 51 Street. There will be a few days when no new hospital patients will be admitted to the hospital.

The Herbst brothers, who recently forsook the automobile business, are now concentrating their efforts on selling boats and equipment at Motomarine, on the bay at Beach 71 Street.

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