2001-12-22 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

District Attorney John J. Santucci has announced that he will seek the maximum penalty (25 years to life) for the murder of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. Five men were found guilty of that murder last week. Sentencing will be on January 7.

Police have assured The Wave that there was no racial motive involved in a fight between a Black and a White student at Beach Channel High School this week. Police say it was a simple shoving incident that started the fight.

Larry Cohen of Far Rockaway was presented with a citation by Mayor Ed Koch at police headquarters this week for shooting a burglar who broke into his Far Rockaway home.

Residents of Holland Avenue argued at a meeting last week that the area did not need a third saloon on Beach 90 Street.

James Conway Sullivan, the president of the Sidney Hein Republican Club, announced that the club would most likely back Edward "Ned" Regan, the State Comptroller, for Governor in the next election.

Only 35 tables of ten people apiece are available for the St. Francis de Sales Church Jubilee Gala to be held at Stella Maris High School on January 23, it was announced by Madeline Donahue, the event chairperson.

Bayswater residents have voted to hire a private armed security service to protect the community in the coming year. Residents argue that the police are overtaxed and undermanned and that the service is necessary.

Don’t be surprised to see boxer Jerry Cooney eating at Tiberio’s on Beach 116 Street. The famous fighter and the owner of the restaurant go back many years.

A number of motorists were robbed in the past few weeks at the Veteran’s Memorial Cross Bay Bridge by robbers who bumped their car and then robbed them when they got out to investigate the damage.

The Far Rockaway High School women’s basketball team is looking forward to a winning season this year. Starters on the team include Cynthia Hoffman, Kelly Cooper, Linda Champion, Annette Hoffman and Patricia Carter. Other players include Susan Hoffman and Ellen Rosenbloom.

Two of the big scorers in the YMHA league this year are Dougie Knight and Teddy Shiff.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

When the famous St. Camillus Band takes part in the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami, Florida this week, it will be the band’s fifteenth appearance at the parade. Once again, the band will be led by the Reverend William Burke.

When Walter (Shamus) Patterson lit the first candle in front of the train station on Beach 116 Street, a purse-snatcher fled from the station with the owner and a transit cop in full pursuit. Walter joined the chase, mindful that his hands were still full of the green stuff he was using for decorations. The purse-snatcher was apprehended a short time later.

Chet Maskin is used to having people visit him at his Far Rockaway home without calling first, but when they arrive in a car by driving across his lawn, knocking down his aluminum awning, stopping just short of his car, which was parked in his driveway, he draws the line. The driver of the car had an accident with another car and lost control. It is lucky that the Masking children has left for school just a few moments before the incident.

Dean Georges was taken completely by surprise when his friends gave him a bachelor’s farewell party last Thursday night in the ballroom of the Breaker’s Restaurant on Beach 116 Street.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

It is no compliment to the public library branch on Beach 116 Street that it was mistaken last week for a laundry by a passerby. It is time that the library had a building of its own.

One of the buildings that will remain on Beach 102 Street to face the new Title I site will be the former Rockaway Beach Police Station, which was in use until the cops moved at the turn of the century to the present station at Beach 94 Street.

The American-Irish Band leaves next week for Miami and the Orange Bowl Parade. This is the band’s first major parade and it was a hard job to raise the funds necessary to make the trip.

St. Virgilius Church in Broad Channel will make good use of its new auditorium this Christmas season. Many basketball games are scheduled, as well as a teenage dance.

Police Captain John Mink was an interested spectator at the Christmas party given last week by the Rotary Club for 150 youngsters at the Irish-American Hall.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Parking meters are coming for the Rockaway Park shopping area, and many of the merchants are happy about the prospect, believing that the meters will cut congestion at the curb. Of the 60 questionnaires that were returned, only four said that they did not want the parking meters.

With the arrival of cold weather, West End residents are again hoping that the Parks Department will flood a portion of the Riis Park parking lot for ice-skating.

The Chanukah luncheon and card party of the Ladies Auxiliary of Ohab Zedek on Tuesday was well attended and enjoyed by all.

It was a merry pre-Christmas Eve last week at the Neponsit Hospital as nine members of the Rockaway Symphony Orchestra entertained.

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