2002-09-28 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The city’s Housing Authority will auction off several sites in Rockaway this week. The majority of the sites are on Brookhaven Avenue in Far Rockaway and Beach 46 Street in Edgemere.

Three EMT’s delivered a baby to Catherine Jackson of Beach 84 Street last week when the three arrived on scene and found the woman ready to deliver. The three, Andy Cruz, Pat Gibbons and David Leich, delivered a healthy 8-pound, four-ounce little girl to the woman.

Retention of a site on Thursby Avenue in Arverne for an enclosed salt dome was proposed during a meeting of the borough board last week.

Mark Wolf, the son of Ian Wolf of Rockaway Park, has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Elaine Castas, the district manager for Community Board 14, will speak to the members of the Rockaway Health Council at its next meeting.

District Attorney John Santucci has announced the conviction of Raymond Taylor of Far Rockaway, who was on trial for viciously beating and almost killing a 83-year-old woman from Arverne. Taylor is scheduled for sentencing on October 26, when he is expected to be sentenced to 25 years to life for his crimes.

The body found last week on the beach at Beach 95 Street has been identified as James Haggerty of Forest Hills. Police officials say that they suspect a suicide in the case. Haggerty’s body is the fourth found on Rockaway beaches in the last three weeks. One was a Howard Beach resident who died while swimming, two others from a boating accident and the last was found in a Broad Channel inlet.

Work is underway for the reopening of the roller rink in Rockaway Park.

Turnout for the primary elections last week were very light and long-time poll watchers say that it was the lightest election day in memory.

Far Rockaway resident Miguel Cartegana was shot dead last Wednesday as he rode the A Train through Brooklyn, heading for home. According to police, he was shot between the Utica Avenue and East New York stations.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Mayor John Lindsay stopped at the bird sanctuary in Gateway National Park nearby Broad Channel last week to check out the park. Despite the fact that many Rockaway residents drive by the park each day, few stop in to see the wonders it holds.

Two more long-time Rockaway residents are off to retirement in Florida. The two are Al VanLoan of Far Rockaway, recently retired from Chase Manhattan Bank and Dr. Lew Dick of Arverne, an official with the Department of Parks.

During the fine weather this week, many fishing boats could be seen off the shore of Rockaway fishing for bluefish, which reportedly have been running very well lately.

There was a bit of excitement on Beach 116 Street last weekend, when a man went to return a purchase and was reportedly refused by the storeowner. The storekeeper reportedly pulled a gun on the shopper and police of the 100 Precinct were called to bring the incident to an end. Police officials, however, say they know nothing of the incident.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

There has got to be something wrong with the people who run Fort Tilden’s publicity. The Wave found a man this week who had been living in Rockaway for several years and had never heard of Fort Tilden.

There’s nothing like a local issue to drive politicians to distraction. The latest issue is the Arverne beach fill program. Morty Certilman says that it is a waste of money, but Milty Jacobowitz says that it is a lifesaver for Rockaway.

Now that the Far Rockaway Seahorses have started the football season, many of the team’s rooters will have a place to go on Saturday afternoons.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Somerville Honor Role of those local men killed in World War II will be dedicated on Sunday. The memorial is located at Beach 72 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Mario Russo and his committee members have been working hard to ready the memorial for the dedication ceremony.

Protecting the exclusive residential character of the west end, the Rockaway Civic Club has been active in opposing all efforts to obtain variances from zoning regulations, according to the club’s lawyer, Milton Newman, who reported to the membership at the Washington Hotel last week.

Joe Fusco will close his shoe store next week, after being located in Hammels for eighteen years. He is being forced to relocate by the proposed Hammel Housing project.

Nat Licht is now associated with his brother Harry Licht, in his real estate and insurance business on Mott Avenue.

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