2012-06-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Five VIPs most responsible for the great popularity of Rockaway as a summer tourist destination will be honored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways on July 20. Those getting the awards are NYC tourism director Leslie Doggett, US Coast Guard Atlantic Maritime Commander Vice Admiral Paul Welling, City Parks Commissioner Betsy Gotbaum, City Councilman Walter Ward and Gateway National Recreation Area Superin-tendent Kevin Buckley.

Calling for those who voted both for and against her candidacy to “put behind all that divides us, race, territoriality and power,” Dr. Beverly Hall took her place as the new superintendent of Community School District 27 on Thursday night. By a vote of 5-4 Hall was elected to replace acting superintendent Josephine Schwindt, who has been in place since the resignation of Colman Genn.

The new kiddie swings recently put in place by the Parks Department at Beach 86 Street and the boardwalk did not last long. They were stolen from the park two days after they were installed.

Transit police from Transit District 23 in Rockaway conducted a “fare evasion sweep” in the Rockaways on Thursday evening, giving out 42 summonses, with the most being given out at the Gaston Avenue station.

Congratulations are in order to the NYPD aviation crew that dropped onto the Breezy Point jetty last week to rescue three fishermen who were not paying attention to the incoming tide and became trapped. The three could easily have been swept off the jetty and drowned. Police sources say that the copter went so low that the waves were crashing through the copter doors as it hovered over the rocks.

The sale of “graffiti tools” to minors has become a criminal offense in New York City. That includes spray paint cans and oversized markers. The fine for a first offense is $500 and it goes up from there.

We knew that the summer was upon us when we awoke last Sunday and found two cases of empty beer bottles on our lawn. Some of the neighborhood teens were partying Saturday night and left us their empties.

30 Years Ago...

Residents are reminded to fly their American Flags on Memorial Day, May 31. The Daniel M. O’Connell Post of the American Legion will once again sponsor the Memorial Day Parade in Rockaway.

Officers of the Queens Narcotics Squad, called “Ryan’s Raiders” after its head, Detective Sergeant Ronnie Ryan, arrested more than 20 residents in the past week on narcotics charges.

It has been 20 years since the Arverne Urban Renewal Area began to be leveled. For its twentieth century, we would like to see something good for Rockaway done with the site.

Roberto Molina of Far Rockaway has won a Pulitzer Scholarship from Columbia University. The senior at Far Rockaway High School was the editor of the school’s newspaper, The Chat.

40 Years Ago...

Last Saturday night, a large group of young folks stood on the terrace at The Flicks, gazing across the bay, enthralled by sunset and the fairyland view of the Manhattan skyline.

Al Bianco, past commander of the Far Rockaway Post of the American Legion, has received lots of favorable publicity for his post’s support for prisoners of war in Southeast Asia.

Ground has been broken for a nursing home on the site of the former St. Andrew’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, across the street from the Washington Hotel. Far Rockaway High School will hold its 130th commencement this week. The number is so high because the school graduated students in both February and June for many years.

Ramps and steps leading from Shore Front Parkway to the boardwalk at Beach 59 Street, parts of which were washed away in a winter storm, were replaced on the Memorial Day weekend.

50 Years Ago...

With all of the fuss being made about the reopening of the burned-out Far Rockaway library, why isn’t anybody talking about the appearance of the branch of Beach 116 Street? Does that look like a library to you?

Superintendent Mike Borodkin of the public beach here favors a get-tough policy with hooligans. Winkler’s Furniture Store and Warehouse on White Street in Far Rockaway now is the only commercial building in the area graced with parking spaces surrounding the building.

Isn’t it time that somebody got around to replacing the missing bayonet from the Doughboy Statue? It has been missing for nearly ten years now.

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