Alan David's Wonderful Memory
Of Central Avenue

 Another Big THANK YOU to Alan David, Class of 1966
for this great photo taken in 1962.
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Skip - I found a great old slide of Troop 10 Boyscouts marching down Central Ave.  I believe it was Spring of 1962.   I am trying to find some more to scan.

Alan S David

Hi Skip,

I found a website with very old Far Rockaway and Rockaway Beach photos - located at and it looks like they were taken around the 1920s. It includes a picture of a public school in Far Rockaway, which someone on your site said was PS 39.  It looks so Dickensian.  I went to PS 39 for the first grade and part of the second grade.  I had Ms. Burkander, who was a lovely woman and who sang God Bless America and the Star Spangled Banner every Memorial Day at the parade on Central Avenue.  When I was little, I used to confuse her with Kate Smith (remember her?).

Speaking of the Memorial Day parade, Alan David's photo of the parade on Central Avenue (circa 1958) brought back so many beautiful memories.  In addition, one of the Boy Scouts in the photo, second row from the right - third Boy Scout in line - looks very much like my brother, Eddie Degnan, who was a scout during that period, along with my brother Paul (class of 1961).  It is particularly touching because Eddie died 2 years after that picture was taken.  Maybe if I wrote to Alan he could send me a print that isn't as fuzzy so I can see if that scout is Eddie.

Anyway, keep up the good work on the site.

Marguerite Degnan

Hi Skip,   I was reviewing this photo from Alan David, Class of 1966 - I can basically remember the names of the boy scouts, from left to right. :  Front row - left to right: David Kirsch,Alan Silverstein,Robert Perlman (me), and Howard Silverman.  2nd row  -  left to right: Richard Cohen, _________,  Alan Gertler.  That¹s the best I can do.

Robert Perlman,  FRHS class of 1970   Email Address:


I checked the film listings on and it indicated that 'Teacher's Pet' was released in 1958.  As the Columbia played first run movies, I wonder if this photo was taken then.

Thanks as always for your wonderful contributions to the Rockaway website.



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