2011-07-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The Rockaway Music and Art Council, the same group that sponsors the highly popular Fall Festival, will present a “Salute to Cole Porter” Sunday, July 21, at Fort Tilden. Arnie Mig and his Serenaders will highlight the program.

Two men from Ocean Village in Arverne and another from Brooklyn were arrested last Wednesday after an attempted robbery at the Stratton Avenue – Beach 60 Street subway station. One shot was fired during the event but nobody was hit.

Six candidates running for the new Councilmanic district seat have agreed to speak before the Ocean Village Tenants Association at their candidate’s night on July 15. Among those who have promised to attend are Gregory Meeks, Malcolm Smith, Rey Clarke, David Hooks, Juanita Watkins and Del Green.

Corey Jenkins, who admittedly fired the shot that killed 10-year-old Aretha Hogan on October 6, 1989, when she walked out of her home to go get some pizza, was sentenced to eight to twentyfive years in prison for manslaughter and an additional five years for criminal possession of a weapon.

Many of the federal pension checks mailed to seniors in the 11691 to 11697 zip codes were somehow lost in the mail this month. Anybody who has not yet received their check should report the loss to the office of Congressman Floyd Flake at his local office at 20-28 Seagirt Boulevard.

Those who think that Rockaway no longer draws crowds during the summer months should have seen the traffic trying to leave the peninsula when the rains hit at about 1 p.m. last Sunday. Flatbush Avenue was stop and go, as were the entrances to the two Rockaway bridges.

We are sorry to see Dan Tubridy leave his position as the president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. We believe that his tenure as president saw a real growth in terms of achievement and public acceptance. We wish Norman Lazar, the incoming president, good luck during his term and hope to see Dan involved in other community endeavors in the years to come.

30 Years Ago...

Phase I of the Hartman Y’s five-year multimillion dollar plan to revitalize its Seagirt Boulevard campus has been completed, according to Harry Wertlieb, the organization’s development chairman.

Commitments were offered this week that Gateway National Recreation Area will make toilet facilities, drinking water and parking available to disabled men and women, according to Seymour Sperber, the president of a handicap advocacy group.

The Bethel AME Church in Arverne, which was recently destroyed by a raging fire, was the scene of a fundraiser for the restoration of the building.

A local group has called once again for the wooden boardwalk to be replaced with concrete. A spokesperson for the group says the concrete will last longer, will not burn and will cost less than constantly repairing the present wooden boardwalk.

Despite petition signatures from hundreds of Rockaway residents, the city has decided not to extend the boardwalk from its present end at Beach 126 Street further westward.

40 Years Ago...

Rockaway’s Playland got a lot of coverage in the daily papers this week with pictures of the finalists in the “Miss Rockaway Bikini” beauty contest.

Brother Frank Springman personally signed athletic achievement awards for more than 100 youngsters who participated in the baseball program at the St. John’s Home in Rockaway Park.

Intensive pumping operations early this week raised the bow of the SS Catskill from the bottom of the bay at Beach 108 Street.

International unrest was brought to Rockaway last weekend, when a car belonging to the Russian embassy was the target of a Molotov Cocktail while it was parked on Beach 27 Street. Police have no suspects.

50 Years Ago...

Rail, airplane and shipping strikes have all crippled things for a while. When something important, like horse racing, is threatened with a strike, however, things have a way of getting worked out.

A sudden rainstorm engulfed the beach last Monday afternoon, sending thousands of bathers running for cover. What made things worse is that many reached their cars and tried to leave the peninsula all at once creating massive traffic jams at both bridges. Rockaway would have been in real trouble if the rain had come a day earlier, on a crowded, hot Sunday.

With all the rumors flying around town, we have yet to see one that turned out to be true.

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