2002-08-03 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Shocked friends and neighbors mourned the loss of Patricia Shea at a Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church. Shea, a Rockaway resident, was found strangled in Prospect Park in Brooklyn at the beginning of the week.

Home Curtain Company, a long-time Rockaway manufacturing firm located at 51-01 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, will close its door for good this week. The company’s CEO told The Wave that it was no longer economically feasible to manufacture in Rockaway and that the plant was being relocated to the southern part of the country.

Danny Pagan of Bayport Place in Far Rockaway has been indicted for the murder of a Chilean immigrant in February. Pagan was picked up by detectives of the 101 Precinct for questioning on a local robbery and it soon became evident that he was involved with the murder, in which the man was stabbed more than 30 times.

A woman whose car was stolen from the Riis Park parking lot got quick action from TBTA police, who stopped the car crossing the Marine Parkway Bridge and quickly arrested the man who was driving the stolen car.

Doctor Horace Herbsman, the director of surgery at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, has been elected president of the Brooklyn Surgical Society for 1982-83.

Emergency Medical Technicians attempting to rescue a 19-year-old woman from the surf at Beach 36 Street were assaulted by her companion, who was pulled from the surf and given artificial respiration. The man threw bottles at the EMT’s, forcing them to abort the rescue. The woman’s body had not been found at press time.

With gasoline prices on the upswing once again, many local residents are holding on to their homes. Where else but Rockaway can you have city living and a vacation home all at the same time?

"Casino gambling is not only desirable, it is vital to bring Rockaway back to a viable community," John Fetscher, president of the Hammel-Seaside Civic Association told the reporter on a Channel 7 News program last weekend.

At a recent meeting, Community Board 14 voted against a number of city plans, including the placement of severely retarded youth in Ocean Village and to the placement of a skilled nursing facility at 146 Beach 59 Street. It voted in favor of a new building for the JASA organization in Far Rockaway.

City Council President Carol Bellamy will speak this week at a community-wide rally for Israel, to be held at the Beth-El Community Center on August 8.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Harvey Finkel of Bayswater attended the informational meeting on the Arverne Urban Renewal Area held by Borough President Donald Manes last week and came away dismayed by what he heard. Finkel says that the plans are to turn Rockaway into "another Disneyland," with hundreds of thousands of tourists coming to Rockaway by high-speed ferries. Finkel calls the plan, "grandiose at best."

Discussions are under way between the Rockaway Park Merchants Association and the Department of Transportation for changes in the parking lot on Beach 116 Street. Under the proposed plan, the city would be required to acquire land now owned by private interests.

The new Rockaway Industrial Park has already effected a transformation at the foot of Beach 80 Street, where a new fenced-in and clean site replaced the unsightly automobile graveyard that was there previously.

Mark Harwood has opened a Rockaway Park store in addition to the two that have been opened for years in Far Rockaway. The new Bell Boy Cleaners is in the Waldbaum’s shopping plaza on Beach 112 Street.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Bullet holes through the windows of a sedan at Leon’s Body Shop are evidence of the police’s quick action in stopping an auto theft last week.

One indication of the changes in Rockaway is that many local businessmen are taking summer vacations. At one time, it was considered impossible for that to happen.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Guerra of Broad Channel celebrated their 23rd anniversary this week.

Tom Fitzpatrick’s new compact car is finished inside and out in bright red. That’s an appropriate color for a man who was a battalion chief in the fire department for many years.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Hammel Housing Project, which has faced many obstacles and stoppages, faces another this week when all of the demolition workers in the city go on strike.

The new sewage control plant recently opened on Jamaica Bay will reportedly stop all the pollution in the bay, which will soon become part of the national park system.


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