2003-06-13 / Columnists

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Years Ago...

A murder in Wavecrest Garden housing development shook the neighborhood. Walter Frye, 50, was found in his own apartment, stabbed to death, with his legs and hands bound behind his back.

Governor Mario Cuomo signed a bill that ended nude bathing, in among other places, Riis Park. It remains to be seen, however, whether the Federal United States Park Police, who police the area, will be able to enforce a city law without a federal law being in place as well.

Beach Channel High School’s tennis team won the city championship in tennis. They were undefeated for 13 consecutive games.

The "Salute to the Flag" annual celebration in 116 street was a well attended kick off to the summer season, attended by the Parks Commissioner, the Queens Zoo, and included the US Army Marching Band.

3,000 people jammed Beach 20 street for the neighborhood’s first "Festival of Life," which included music by Spectrum of Sound, games, rides, food from around the world, and a karate demonstration.

Buses from Brooklyn to Riis Park were set to resume operation on June 26.

A man who was arrested for attacking a member of the transit police in Howard Beach, was, after some debate, declared sane, just high on angel dust, and brought to jail after being checked out of the hospital.

Beth-El Temple Church of God celebrated its twenty- third anniversary with an dinner-dance this week.

A proposition for building new homes in Arverne was raised in a meeting at the American Legion Hall on June

The Broad Channel AmericanLegion Post hosted the annual county parade last weekend, with 10 bands and many military units joining Legion units from all over Queens.


Years Ago...

Democrats will stage a repeat performance of the primary election when they go to the polls next Tuesday to decide between Abe Beame and Herman Badillo as the party’s candidate for Mayor.

It is reported that district leaders Sy Sheldon and Helen Leonescu will soon go to a higher court if they fail to win a decision in their bout with the MTA to end the double fare for Rockaway.

Editors marveled at adults on a subway car standing by while a group of teenagers did some energetic interior redecorating, otherwise known as spray-painting graffiti.

There are no scheduled observances of Independence Day planned for this year, but fireworks most likely will take place at Playland.

A lawsuit over double fares charged to people going to Rockaway was prepped to go to appeal.

Rumors about a new bank on 116 Street persist despite a lack of evidence.

A campaign was underway to keep the Health Services Agency open on 115 Street.


Years Ago...

Former State Senator Fredric Hammer was a candidate for District Attorney.

A shopping center on Beach 32 began construction and raised some eyebrows.

Several local shopping centers that have been in the talking stage for several years remain to be built, but construction of a large shopping center has suddenly started on Beach 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive. These are days of rapid changes in Rockaway.

St. Marks Avenue was not open for traffic, causing annoyance while the Boulevard was closed for repairs.


Years Ago...

Rabbi Joseph Weiss of the West End Temple attended a rabbinical conference in Denver.

William Millstein was named Republican Captain of the 57th Election district.

Patrolman Sam Gallagher of the 100 Precinct celebrated his 27th Anniversary as a police officer this week with a celebration as the precinct house.

Mrs. Jacob Kaplan was recovering from surgery at Polyclinic Hospital in Manhattan.

Happy Lewis of the Weisman Lumber Co. is appearing as the headliner at the Zebra Club in Levittown.

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