2010-07-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Three males are being sought for an attempted robbery in Far Rockaway on Sunday, July 8, about 9:10 p.m., which was discontinued abruptly after a 22-year-old man from Nassau County was shot in the eye.

Bernard J. Blum, president of Friends of Rockaway Inc., wants Duke Kahanamoku Way mentioned in the recentlypublished “New York City’s Waterfront Parks”-a brochure issued by the city’s Department of parks and Recreation as “a guide to 61 city parks located next to major bodies of water with untold riches to offer city dwellers.” Blum recently spearheaded a move to name the beach block of Beach 38 Street after the famed Hawaiian surfer after information was revealed that Kahanamoku, Olympic swimmer and movie star, once came to that street to give a surfing demonstration.

Corey Brown, a resident of 443 Beach 54 Street (the Edgemere houses in Arverne) in his early 20s, was arrested last Saturday morning, July 7, about two hours after a fatal shooting in front of 363 Beach 54 Street (the Arverne houses in Arverne).

Roger Thompson, 23, of 84-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard was arrested on Sunday, July 8, about 3 p.m., for slaying Tommy Hayward, 38, on April 14, about 1 a.m., in front of 14-20 Redfern Avenue where Hayward lived.

Elizabeth Smith, 23, of Beach 91 Street, Rockaway Beach, was injured in a collision at Beach 91 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Wednesday, July 11, about 12:15 p.m.

Nate Archibald, a member of the 1981 NBA championship Boston Celtics, an NBA all-star six times and was named to all-NBA teams five times, will conduct a free basketball clinic on Wednesday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m., for boys and girls 14 years and older at Far Rockaway High School, 821 Beach 25 Street, Far Rockaway.

Years Ago... 30

Fares on all private bus lines in New York City went up Saturday, June 28, at 12:01 a.m., along with the fares on the New York City Transit Authority buses and trains. Fares went from 50 cents to 60 cents.


The Far Rockaway High School swimming pool will be open from July 9 through August 19, Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Managers of the Church Charity Foundation of Long Island, owner and operator of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, have voted to proceed with Phase II (the $25 million phase) in the reconstruction of the hospital’s South Shore Division, at Far Rockaway.

Sanitation Department officials will pick up debris in garbage cans on Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, on Mondays this summer, “therefore giving us a four day pickup.”

Cantor Reuven Caspe will participate in his first service as cantor of Congregation Darchay Noam this Saturday morning, July 5, at the Bayswater Jewish Center, Healy Avenue and Dickens Street, Far Rockaway.

40 Years Ago...


Residents of Belle Harbor and Neponsit are complaining about their neighbors that persist in walking their dogs on the beach. Walking a dog on the beach is against regulations, for reasons that should be obvious to all.

Peninsula Hospital is growing so fast, that George Wolpert, the hospital’s director of development, prides himself on knowing most of the patients, now is finding it hard to keep up with that phase of his work.

Next Sunday is Independence Day. No formal observance is scheduled in the Rockaways, but it would be a good time for a patriotic demonstration, like a parade with floats to remind people of the real meaning of life.

Barney Young, former Far Rockaway businessman, is now the Miami representative of the Town and Country travel agency of Far Rockaway.

“The Happy Nine of Garden Best,” on Beach 116 Street, was listed amid the winners in last week’s State Lottery. They split a $100 prize nine ways.

Years Ago... 50

To the accompaniment of march music played by the Fire Department Band, Mr, and Mrs. Stanley Spirer were the first to move into the Arverne Houses.


Condemnation of 150 feet of land needed to construct a new highway from Beach 9 Street to the Atlantic Beach Bridge will be considered by the Board of Estimate at its next meeting. The road is part of the plan to build a roadway from Brooklyn, through Rockaway, to Nassau County and the Long Island parks.

Funds for sports and extracurricular activities next September have been boosted by nearly $2,000 when the outgoing parent association president presented a check to Monica D. Ryan, the school’s principal.

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