2012-07-13 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Fireworks, the Rockaway Irish Festival, a classic Irish music festival, the Rockaway sandcastle contest, rugby competitions, an open house visit by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, a female lifeguard contest and the first annual Big Apple—Big Wave Surfing Competition are all on tap for Rockaway this coming weekend as Rockaway Family Fun Fest moves ahead.

Senator Alphonse D’Amato is urging the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority to remove or severely discount the toll on the Cross Bay Memorial Bridge for both Rockaway and Broad Channel residents.

Congressman Charles Schumer has announced that he will soon be opening a Rockaway office to better serve his new constituents on the peninsula.

State Senator Jeremy Weinstein, a good friend to Rockaway, has lost his seat to the reapportionment process in order to carve a minority district out of southern Queens. If he wants to stay in the Senate, he will have to challenge another sitting member.

Somebody made off with the wallet and other valuables from the pocket of a Rockaway man who had just been in an automobile accident and was unconscious and lying on Beach 59 Street and the Rockaway Freeway. Police say they have no leads to the sneak thief.

If you listen to the two candidates running for Democratic District Leader – Lew Simon and Sy Sheldon – you would think that they facilitated everything good that happened in Rockaway since the Dutch owned New York City. The took credit for everything except for curing the common cold and ending the Vietnam War.

If you listened to Rudy Giuliani speak to the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce last week, you would have to believe that he is getting ready to run for Mayor once again.

Police are not revealing the identify of a 40-year-old man from Rockaway who was found Monday morning in his car in the parking lot of the Cross Bay Memorial Bridge with a gunshot to his head. A revolver was found on the seat next to the body, police say and they are calling the death a probable suicide.

30 Years Ago... Breezy Point residents witnessed an unusual event this week, as a small plane landed on the beach at Beach 215 Street over the holiday weekend. The plane, piloted by a Greek Orthodox priest from Manhattan, made an emergency landing when its engine failed. Several areas of the Rockaway peninsula are “redlined” for purposes of mortgage money, according to Comptroller Harrison Golden. Those areas include Far Rockaway, Arverne, and Edgemere.

There were long lines at the Marine Parkway Bridge on July 4 as beachgoers flocked to the peninsula beaches.

Quick actions by a local teenager led police of the 100 Precinct to 8100 Shore Front Parkway in the early hours of Saturday night, where the two officers captured the infamous “cat burglar” who had robbed many apartments in the complex in the past few months.

40 Years Ago...

Bishop Francis J. Mugavero of Brooklyn, in a pastoral letter to be read at Sunday services, has called for an end to American involvement in Indochina.

John Horan of Rockaway Beach has been installed as the new commander of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post, American Legion at a dinner held Saturday night.

Rockaway Democratic Party officials left Rockaway this week for Florida where they will support George McGovern and Thomas Eagelton as the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates in the coming election. The Rockaway contingent included Jean Larkin of Belle Harbor, Father John O’Connell of St. Mary’s Star of The Sea Church and student Mark Markowitz.

Congressman Frank Brasco replaces the local draft boards as a tenant in the Far Rockaway Post Office this week.

50 Years Ago...

Quite a few homebound commuters were kept in the dark last week when power to their subway train was lost. They were not told that the power was cut due to a fire at an Arverne Bagel bakery.

The Men’s Club of Derech Emunoh has been busy planning for its annual carnival to be held at the synagogue grounds this week. Former old time residents who visit Rockaway look at the abandoned homes and talk about how good Rockaway looked when everybody took care of their lawns.

The fireworks committee took a chance on the weather last week and won as thousand crammed the boardwalk for a beautiful fireworks display despite the predictions of heavy rains.

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