2010-09-17 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Fire marshals blame arson for the twoalarm fire Monday morning, September 17, which inflicted heavy damage of a three-story frame structure at 214 Beach 88 street, Rockaway Beach; medium damage to 216, the building just to the north, and outside damage to 212, the building just to the south.

Thousands attended the seventh annual Rockaway Music and Arts Council’s Fall Festival held this year at Fort Tilden.

More than 150 parents attended joint parent-staff workshops held on September 7 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Public School 104 in Far Rockaway.

Registration is underway for a five week Toddler Learning Center program the Far Rockaway Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library will host at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays from October 4 through November 1.

JASA Brookdale Village Senior Center is reorganizing its “Hebrew Speaking Circle” and forming a “Yiddish Speaking Circle”

Six stranded fishermen were plucked off a jetty at Rockaway Point last Saturday, September 15, at about 8:15 p.m., after they were cut off by a high tide and rough seas.

Volunteers are welcome to join National Park Service rangers who will turn out on Sunday, September 23, to keep Gateway National Recreation Area’s beaches clean.

Years Ago... 30

Beach 46 Steet Association, located off of Norton Avenue in Edgemere, held its first annual block party, Saturday, September 6.

Patient census at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, South Shore Division, Far Rockaway, peaked in August at an average of 97.5 percent capacity.

More than one million dollars in mortgage commitment has been obtained by the Rockaway Local Development Corporation for the restoration of the burned out shopping center at Beach 49 street and Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere.

Nicholas Gentile, son of Pat and Jesse Gentile of Neponsit, has graduated from the Nova University Law School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is now practicing law in the community.

Robert M. Mayer, 1st vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, has announced that Richard L. Geist, president of Rockaway’s Playland will be honored for his outstanding commitment to the commun- ity.

40 Years Ago...

Army First Lietenant Robert K. McClean, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. McClean, 157 Beach 121 street, Rockaway Park, was awarded the Bronze Star during ceremonies near An Khe, Vietnam.

An Alitalia DC-8 jetliner broke apart upon landing at Kennedy Airport Tuesday, sending 10 passengers to Peninsula Hospital with various injuries.

Announcement of the probable relocation of Congregation Derech Emunoh was announced Sunday by Nat Boriskin, president of the Arverne synagogue, at a testimonial dinner held for Dr. Louis Hoffner at the Capri Beach Club, Atlantic Beach.

Next Wednesday in City Hall, the City Planning Commision will hold hearings on the application for the erection of a housing complex of up to 26 stories in height on the site of the former Grove Club in the Sinnis Beach Section of Far Rockaway.

Years Ago... 50

Every section of the Rockaways was represented last Sunday evening at the testimonial dinner which the members of the Wavecrest Civic Association gave their president, Jules Michaelis.

After Monday’s storm, Bobby Mayer was the first to turn on the sprinklers in an attempt to flush out salt water that washed over his Belle Harbor lawn at the height of the wind and tide. One of the mysteries following the visit of the storm was the deep ruts made by automobiles to the landscaped malls of Neponsit.

One aspect of the storm for residents of Rockaway Point was how it would affect the attitude of the bankers from whom they expect to finance a loan to purchase their homes from the Rockaway Point Development Corporation.

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