2010-10-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Idaho Congressman Larry Craig suggested this week that Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, an unused former Naval Air Station, be turned into a treatment center for those with AIDS throughout the nation. “Using Floyd Bennett Field for that purpose would benefit the nation as a whole,” Craig said. “It would be an optimum situation – a site with lots of open space and housing close to a major urban setting.”

The Rockaway Development Corporation was congratulated this week for sponsoring the popular petting zoo at the RMAC’s Fall Festival, which was held at Fort Tilden recently.

Students from two Rockaway schools are participating in a Career Expo being held at the Javits Center in Manhattan this week. The students are from St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School in Far Rockaway and JHS 198 in Arverne.

Broad Channel resident Dan Tubridy will continue to serve as the president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, it was announced this week. Vince Castellano will continue to serve as vice president. City Councilman Walter Ward has initiated a petition campaign in the west end aimed at getting more police to “stop the crime wave that has infected the greater Rockaway Park area.” Ward plans to turn the petition in to Captain Ronald Weisbrod, the CO of the 100 Precinct and to citywide police officials.

Three girls were injured and at least one was charged with assault after a disputed call at a Beach Channel High School - Andrew Jackson volleyball game on Tuesday evening. School officials reportedly tried to cover up the incident, police officers on patrol came across one of the injured players and investigated.

Robert J. Cahill of Bay Towers in Rockaway Beach and Dennis Rooney, a former Rockaway resident who now lives in Long Beach on Long Island, were charged this week in connection with a murder that took place in Hewlett, Long Island. The two were held in lieu of a million dollars bail.

Years Ago... 30

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the $35 million reconstruction/renovation at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore will be held next week.

Residents of Neponsit around Beach 141 and Beach 142 Streets have been reporting to police that somebody is shooting pellets at their car windows as they drive by on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach Channel Drive.

With the demolition of the old Columbia Theater in Far Rockaway and the scheduled razing of the old mansions on the HILI property on Seagirt Boulevard, two more links to Rockaway’s historic days will be gone.

To instill civic pride in Rockaway, bumper stickers will be made available praising the peninsula. One reads, “Big Apple, You’re OK, But We Love Rockaway.” Look in next week’s Wave for information on where to obtain the bumper stickers.”

40 Years Ago...


Some shrubbery was planted at the beach end of Beach 116 Street last week, the first tangible evidence that “Operation Main Street” has come to Rockaway at last.

The parking facilities at the end of the new Cross Bay Bridge have been completely rebuilt and are beginning to show the effects of improved landscaping in keeping with the bridge’s fine appearance.

The wishes of many Rockaway residents were trampled underfoot by the actions of the Board of Estimate last week when it gave its approval to a towering housing project that will be built at Simmis Beach in Far Rockaway.

Talk of reopening Norton’s Creek from the Atlantic Ocean to Jamaica Bay reminds old-timers of the dire predictions of the bay’s ruin as a result of filling in the outlet back in 1902.

Years Ago... 50

Some of the new apartment buildings that have been built on the peninsula recently have had less luck renting apartments than in the past. Owners look to better subway service to provide an impetus for increased population.


A lot of former classmates were pleased by the announcement that Leon Cholakis, star guard of the Syracuse University football team, has brought honor to the Rockaways in the form of a plaque sent by the university to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Cholakis of Rockaway Park. Cholakis was a standout fullback on the Far Rockaway High School team in the mid-1950s.

It seems strange to see many of the homes being built in land areas such as Bayswater, Somerville and Edgemere, areas which were considered unsuitable for housing for many years.

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