2012-06-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Citing that the last beach replenishment was four years ago, Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska has written to United States Senators Alphonse D’Amato and Pat Moynihan asking that Rockaway’s beaches be replenished once again for the coming beach season. In his letter, Gaska mentioned that Rockaway had been declared a federal disaster area by President George W. Bush after the October storm last year.

Mayor David Dinkins and Parks Commissioner Betsy Gotbaum have announced a citywide initiative to build 29 new ball fields on abandoned land. The mayor has promised that two of those ball fields would be in Rockaway.

What started out as a trip to the beach for a group of teenagers from Jackson Heights turned violent when they were attacked by three males from Brooklyn. The group, four boys and three girls, were just leaving the beach to take the subway home when they were accosted at the Beach 98 Street station by the three males, who demanded their baseball caps. When the boys refused to turn them over, they were beaten.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has announced that two Far Rockaway men have been found guilty of the murder of a 31-year-old immigrant who was killed in the driveway of his Bayswater home while bringing home Christmas presents last December.

Gregory Meeks, a community leader and supervising judge of the New York State Worker’s Compensation Board, has announced his candidacy for the State Assembly in the newly created Rockaway, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens and South Ozone Park district. Meeks serves on the boards of the Joseph P. Addabbo Health Care Center and Peninsula Hospital Center.

Amy Bassetti of Broad Channel has been named Valedictorian of the 1992 class at Beach Channel High School. She has been awarded a full four-year scholarship to Rider College in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where she plans to study elementary education.

Now that the fees at the parking meters in Rockaway have gone up in price it might be a good idea to empty them more often. It has been quite a while before we could get a quarter into any of the meters around town. They are completely stuffed, but don’t park near an inoperative meter, or you’re sure to get a ticket.

30 Years Ago...

Ceremonies in Rockaway were marred last weekend by both a drowning and a holdup in which a gun was used to take a man’s automobile. In addition, there was a shooting and a suspicious death.

Seven Rockaway groups will take part in a nuclear disarmament rally in Manhattan next weekend. They will travel to Manhattan by train and then march from Pennsylvania Station to the Central Park rallying point.

Tokens can be used on all lanes of both the Marine Parkway and Cross Bay Bridges, whether those lanes are manned or unmanned, according to a TBTA official.

This year’s Memorial Day Parade had lots of marchers. It is a shame that there were few people watching the parade.

40 Years Ago...

Hyman Seiden, who has been at Far Rockaway High School for 42 years, 30 of them as an assistant principal, will be given a retirement dinner tomorrow night at the Steak Pub in Valley Stream.

There are lots of concerns that city planners drafting a master plan for the development of Rockaway have no desire to get local input into the process.

In recent weeks, many people have recalled the beautiful sunsets that could be watched while dining at the Harbor Inn when it was an elite restaurant on a dock in the bay at the foot of Beach 116 Street. That truly was another era.

With the primary election coming up on Tuesday, both the Democrats and Republicans have a leadership fight on their hands.

50 Years Ago...

Eugene Smith, of the Far Rockaway plumbing firm, Smith Brothers, says that he is contemplating moving the business out of Rockaway and over the city line to Nassau County.

Steven Dalsimer, president of Dalsimer Florists, has recently been elected as the president of the Florists Telegraph Delivery Service. Steven Winkler, who owns a storage facility in Far Rockaway, has been named the president of the National Warehouseman’s Association.

Walter Patterson has taken to making deals with local restaurants, providing free parking for customers at his bayfront parking lot.

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