2003-06-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward What The Wave Said 20

What The Wave Said
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Years Ago...

A police officer was the victim of a beating and attempted robbery during an undercover sting that was supposed to trap a group of drug dealers as they sold grass on a Rockaway str eet. Officer Thomas Drogan, engaged in a drug transaction that was recorded for the sting, was directed into the lobby of a local apartment building to pick up the drugs and collect the evidence. He was surprised by the dealer and three other men, who proceeded with the task of beating him and stealing his money. They were arrested by Drogan’s backup.

A number of Far Rockaway civic associations, calling themselves the Unified Task Force, met with the Queens District Attorney and other agencies in an effort to discuss problems, drugs and prostitution in the area.

Mayor Koch is reportedly in favor of bills pending to keep bridge tolls in Rockaway at 60 cents, rather than raising them to the city standard.

A fund developed to bring children from Northern Ireland to the U.S. in an effort to bring them out of a land in turmoil to a land in peace overflowed. They were able to double their service.

The Free Nicky Kelly Coalition held a benefit at Pier 92. Nicky Kelly is a political prisoner in Ireland who was jailed without trial, on evidence that has since been overturned.

Public School 47 in Broad Channel was renamed the "Chris Galas Elementary School" in a small ceremony on May 31. Chris Galas was a local wife and mother who died suddenly.

Beach Channel High School’s 10th annual spring concert and art show included 250 works of art and music by over 120 students.

Far Rockaway High School received a $20,000 grant to develop its staff and improve reading and writing skills in its student body.

St. Gertrude’s Church held its eighth annual Operation Survival dinner and dance to benefit the programs they run including a teen club, clothing drives and counseling.

Seven local firefighters were injured Wednesday, June 15 in a fire at 8800 Shore Front Parkway. An electrical fire was not noticed at first because the flames started inside a closet. The blaze destroyed several apartments and caused extensive damage to the outside of the building.

New York City’s Board of Estimate is currently debating the merits of allocating $43 million to reconstruct and expand William A. Shea Stadium at Flushing Meadows. Budget officials have given the Jets a clear signal that they will go ahead with a plan to keep the team in New York.

One Q22 rider has been having a rough ride-- he was hit twice by objects thrown into the bus’.

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Years Ago...

Senator Jacob Javits joined Mayor Lindsey in an inspection tour of the beach to see for himself the need for federal funds to protect it.

Thomas M. Byrne will succeed John J. Howley as President of the Rockaway Rotary.

Former POW Captain James Mehl was welcomed back to Rockaway at the American Leigon at a reception in his honor. Mrs. Ellen Sandler ran the event.

Piles of sand excavated in preparation for construction of the addition to the Rockaway screening plant will be used to fill in marshland on Beach 73 Street.

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Years Ago...

The park on the oceanfront promenade with game areas had been dubbed O’Donahue Park by the locals, but has no official name.

The Wavecrest Civic Association came to the aid of the P.S. 42 Parents Association in the battle for more traffic signals along the Freeway.

Assistant School Superintendent Edwin Pitt was expected to receive a flood of protest letters about the potential placing of two schools for problem children in Rockaway

Since the city began charging fifty cents to park in Seaside, and there is so much extra space, people began lobbying for it to be free after 8:00 at night.

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Years Ago...

A baby boy, Lawrence Vincent, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Flurh of 68 Street.

A surprise birthday party was given for Linda Eckert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Eckert of Burchell Ave on Sunday.

Rose Marie Walsh was christened at St. Rose of Lima church with the Reverend Edward Glynn.


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