2010-09-24 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Police and members of the Rockaway community are looking for 15-year-old Shawn Brown, who has not been seen since Sunday, when he was spotted by friends walking on the boardwalk at Beach 27 Street. At that time, he told he friends that he was on his way home, but he never arrived.

A pool party was held last weekend to celebrate the 70th birthday of Judge Jean Caplan Fox, a long-time Neponsit resident. The party, which was held at the Fox’s home on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, was planned and executed by her husband, Dr. Joseph Fox, a local dentist. Also present at the party were the couple’s three grown children, Dr. Philip Fox, Dr. Beryl Fox and Steven Fox.

More than 30 Bayswater residents spent the weekend cleaning up the bayfront at Norton Drive. The cleanup was led by environmentalist Mickey Cohen and Community Board 14 member Harry Warshofsky.

Delicious Openings, a new store featuring gourmet cakes, pastries, soups, salad and specialty coffees will soon be opening at 190 Beach 116 Street.

Congressman Floyd Flake will face a hearing Tuesday in federal court when motions will be heard relating to charges that he evaded $140,000 in taxes over six years by depositing a part of his and his wife’s income in a tax-exempt ministerial fund at his church, the Allen AME Church in Jamaica. He and his wife have also been charged with embezzling $75,000 in federal housing money from a church-run senior citizens’ housing complex.

The demise of the ferry from Inwood to Manhattan follows the end of the Beach 116 Street ferry as a failed experiment in mass transportation. There are many who believe that the boat that was used was just the wrong boat for the bay, but whatever the reason, local residents did not support the ferry. Perhaps when the Arverne Urban Renewal Area project is actually built, there will be a need for a highspeed commuter service to Manhattan that will be priced right for everybody to use.

There have been lots of rumors that Rockaway will soon be split in two when the new City Council lines are drawn this coming January. Lots of local civic groups have begun to lobby their representatives to stop the plan, but there is probably not much they can do, because the Democrats want more minority seats that the party can control forever.

Years Ago... 30

The North Channel Bridge – that part of Cross Bay Boulevard that was once called the Raunt – will be rebuilt and perhaps renamed in the memory of Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo, who served Rockaway for many years.

Two members of the Sebago Canoe club – Adam Freedhand of Neponsit and Alexander Bernhardt of Belle Harbor – have made the national junior team for flat water kayaking and will be traveling to Mexico City with the Olympic team to participate in the Pan American Championship.

New York City Council President Carol Bellamy has reaffirmed her commitment to casino gambling in Rockaway, while saying that she could see it in other parts of the city as well.

Temple Beth El expects that once again its Simchat Torah celebration will spill out onto Beach 121 Street for folk danc- ing activities.

40 Years Ago...

Concern about the nature of housing developments being planned for Rockaway were voiced last week by 125 local residents who showed up for a meeting of the Far Rockaway Taxpayers Civic Association at the First Presbyterian Church.

Paul and Sally Bonelli, proprietors of the coffee shop on Beach 116 Street will leave next week for their winter home in Florida. Borough President Sidney Leviss is attempting to organize local officials into a solid front to fend off the proposed Kennedy Airport runway expansion into Jamaica Bay.

Rockaway’s Playland brings its 42nd season to a close this weekend.

Years Ago... 50

The latest change in the local automobile scene is Wides Motors picking up the Pontiac agency dealership, which was dropped by Feingold’s. Look for further changes in the near future.

Rockaway has had many distinguished residents in the past, but never a college president, until Joseph P. McMurray of Neponsit was named president of the new Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.

Times have changed. When the kids couldn’t get to PS 105 after last week’s flood, they were just distributed among several nearby schools.

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