2012-05-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Four parades will honor our veterans this Memorial Day weekend. The Broad Channel parade will once again be hosted by the Prince-Wynn Veterans of Foreign Wars. Members of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post of the American Legion will host a Monday parade that will step off from St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Members of the Far Rockaway Post of the American Legion will place a wreath at the memorial triangle on Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 32 Street and the Inwood VFW Post will host a parade on Doughty Boulevard.

Rockaway was a hornet’s nest of tragedy as two separate incidents claimed the lives of four people, while four others were badly injured. The first incident took place in the bay off Cross Bay Boulevard, southwest of the North Channel Bridge, when a 14-foot open top outboard boat hit a sandbar, throwing three occupants of the boat into the bay. Two of the men were declared dead at the scene, while the third was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. The second accident occurred on Monday, May 18, when an ambulette allegedly ran a red light at Beach 62 and the Rockaway Freeway, striking a 1992 Dodge Caravan, which flipped over, ejecting its two occupants.

The District 27 school board trustees have ended a three-month conflict that many believed was race-based by choosing Dr. Beverly Hall as the new superintendent of the district’s schools. The vote was 5-4 in favor of the Brooklyn high school principal. The closed-session vote will be made public at this week’s school board meeting at JHS 180 in Rockaway.

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council has announced its line-up for the upcoming Sunset Picnic Concerts. The first Fort Tilden concert, scheduled for June 21, will feature a Klezmer orchestra. Subsequent concerts will feature the U.S. Army Band, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. All the free concerts are on Sunday evenings.

Charges against Broad Channel resident Dan Tubridy were abruptly dropped by the Queens district attorney this week, after jury selection had been made and opening statements were made by the opposing attorneys. The charges against Tubridy stem from an incident that led to his arrest for “evading the toll” on the bridge.

30 Years Ago...

Legislators and residents of South Queens are poring over maps drawn by the redistricting commission, trying to figure out what district they are in. The Tenth Senatorial District is now a minority district, taking in Far Rock-away, Rosedale, Laurelton and Wood-mere. The new Sixteenth District will take in the rest of Rockaway, but nobody is sure where the line is drawn for that district.

James Conway Sullivan, Rockaway’s Republican District Leader, has called for all Rockaway residents to attend a meeting of the city’s Human Resources Administration to let that agency know that “we want their ill-conceived and ruinous programs stopped in Rockaway.”

Jack Braunstein, a resident of Dayton Beach Park, has been elected to his sixth consecutive term as commander of the Disabled War Veterans of Rock- away Beach.

40 Years Ago...

Fire Lieutenant Ray McDermott, a past commander of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post, American Legion, was to have been the grand marshal of the parade at Rockaway Beach, but he had to cancel due to a bad back that he got sliding down a pole in a firehouse last week.

New owners have taken over Weiss’ Restaurant, a Broad Channel fixture.

A year has passed since the fondlyremembered Folk Festival at Rockaway Park. That was so well done that many believed that it should have been made an annual event. Many still do. Police officials at both ends of the peninsula were bombarded this week with calls from residents coming home from the holiday to find that their belongings were gone. “This happens every year at this time,” one police official said.

The Reverend William C. Burke, moderator of the St. Camillus Band, turned out with four bands for the Memorial Day Parade.

50 Years Ago...

The largest number of fishing boats seen off Rockaway shores for years gathered on both the ocean and the bay shores of Rockaway last weekend.

The fine weather over the past weekend drew lots of people to Rockaway beaches for the first time this season. Many used the subway to get to Rockaway, dragging all of their beach gear with them. Patrolman Joseph Smith, the youth officer for the 100 Precinct, says that there is a woeful lack of recreational facilities for girls in Rockaway. He says that such facilities are greatly needed. It is generally conceded that Wednesday night fireworks bring lots of midweek visitors to Rockaway, but those who coordinate the event are finding it harder and harder to raise the necessary funds to put on the event.

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