2010-06-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) is opening “housing supermarkets” at 1931 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway and 99-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Community School District 27 is accepting applications for its Astre program for intellectually gifted elementary school children. According to Helene Stein, Community School District 27’s director of gifted and talented programs, the Astre program is available to all eligible children in the district who will be five years old by December 31, 1990.

“Great stage entertainment” at Queens Festival ’90 will include Laura Branigan, Cory Heart, Bo Diddley, and Otis Day and the Nights. More than three million people are expected to participate in festival games, rides and exhibits, and to taste culinary delights.

Sylvia Eliasoff, Stanley Kreinik, Sigmund Kellner, Dr. Irving Chinitz, Oscar Merzel, Betty Zapolsky, Ruth Pagirsky, Dr. Howard Bleier, Henry Gossbard, Dion Hoff and Gail Eisen will be honored during Sabbath morning services at Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park, Beach 121 Street and

Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park. Senior citizens have earned free weekday admission (excluding holidays) to state-operated recreation facilities. This advice is being circulated by State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein.

The Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest will be held on July 4 at noon at Nathan’s Famous flagship restaurant at 1310 Surf Avenue, near the boardwalk in Coney Island.

Fifty-three fifth and sixth-grade students at St. Camillus School in Rockaway Beach received “certificates of accomplishment” for successfully completing a Drug Abuse Resistance Education course taught by United States Park Police, who came to the school for the program.

Lifeguards at Jacob Riis Park may not be able to meet state standards throughout this season. This fear is now being expressed by observers who cannot speak out officially, only relate what they think they see.

Years Ago... 30

Buckwheat, one of the Little Rascals on television, will sing and dance at Lover’s Lane, 88-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard next week.


Controversy grows once again with the argument over building a concrete boardwalk versus the present wooden promenade walk for the Rockaways.

Senior citizens are asking that ropes be installed along the beaches for their protection when going into the water. The practice of installing ropes has ceased in recent years. However, the shortage of lifeguards now in the Rockaways would seem to warrant the ropes.

Peter A. Galvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Galvin, will begin residency as a doctor of medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan.

40 Years Ago...


Robert Moses, master city planner and bridge builder, is expected today at the ceremonies opening the new Cross Bay Bridge. Wonder if he was primed by Henry Waichaitis, head of Community Board 14, as only Robert Moses can do, against the threat of extending the Kennedy airport runways into Jamaica Bay.

More protective metal screens are being installed on stores throughout the community as a move to forestall further vandalism.

Where are those big sweepers of the Sanitation Department? Dirt has now piled so high in some local streets that in some spots it almost reaches the top of the curb.

Rockaway Democratic leader Sy Sheldon led a delegation, including Helen Leonescu, her husband, Irving, assemblyman Herb Posner and Fred Kohlreiter, state committee candidate, at a reception at the Travelers Hotel, LaGuardia Airport Tuesday afternoon, for Ed Wilowski, Democratic candidate for Judge of the Civil Court.

Years Ago... 50

In spite of the threatening weather on Memorial Day, some of the hardier bathers ventured into the water. Beach clubs over at Atlantic Beach had good crowds, but it must be added they have attractions other than bathing.


When the telephone company announced a new Far Rockaway manager a few days ago, it was thought that John Simonds, commercial manager, was being replaced. Then it became known that, in the company’s scheme of things, the Far Rockaway district includes the whole Rockaway area, Laurelton, Richmond Hill, and now the International Airport has been thrown in.

On Memorial Day a record crowd of 10,000 people wagered more than $5 million on the ponies at Aqueduct. That’s more than the Memorial Day visitors left in the Rockaways.

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