2003-06-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Years Ago...

Police in Rockaway began participation in a program that would sentence offenders less than 16 years of age to community service and counseling instead of jail time

The 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park, in concert with Community Board 14, began a crackdown on drugs and gambling in Rockaway. The new crackdown is expected to last for several weeks and result in many arrests and the closing of a number of illegal activities.

An Auxiliary Police task force was being suggested at a community meeting as a way of curbing auto theft by putting more uniformed personnel on the street during high-rime hours.

The Big Apple Games, which includes both contests and clinics for high-school age athletes, was set to start on June 27.

The annual beach cleaning campaign has been scheduled for the 25 of June.

Congressman Joe Addabbo gave an address at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel this week.

James Conway Sullivan, a member of Community Board 27, resigned from the NAACP after an argument with the president of the local chapter.

An elderly man reported missing after he did not return from evening services at his synagogue was found on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn by police responding to a call that he was missing.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club’s annual three-mile run is scheduled to take place on June 25.

Bess Myerson, then commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, addressed the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce on June 20.

A bizarre display advertisement paid for by "Mr. Spatz" promises a $20,000 reward "Offered for the arrest and conviction of two middle aged men & one woman. Wanted for using laser-based bugging equipment on me for 24 hours a day. This equipment obtains your thoughts and provides inner voices from them to me."

A piece in Beachcomber likens the noisy Concorde to a local Green Line bus. It says number "212 sounds like a space shuttle on takeoff."


Years Ago...

A new park was built in Arverne near the Somerville basin, and many locals are suggesting that a marina be built next to the park.

James Brenner, assistant manager of the Chase Manhattan Bank, was inducted into the Rockaway Rotary Club.

The permanent assignment of a traffic officer was suggested for the intersection of 116 street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard due to the heavy flow of traffic during the summer months.

The 75th anniversary dinner for Far Rockaway High school went very well, and Homecoming next fall is expected to be even better.

The Motor Observation Patrol, a local organization in the 100 precinct, was credited with breaking up several street incidents.


Years Ago...

A car belonging to Brother Kobie of St. Johns Boys home was robbed, a case that was solved when a boy was apprehended wearing one of the brother’s coats.

Signs posted to make visitors aware that local roads are not speedways seemed to start making a difference in safety.

Locals were recruited for the war on crabgrass in the west end. It was suggested that pulling weeds would be great exercise for anyone who felt themselves in need.

A cigarette butt was believed to be responsible for the burning of the Flag in front of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club.

The lack of parking space last weekend was considered annoying, but a good sign for the local businesses.


Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Brandes of Rockaway Beach are accepting congratulations on the birth of a son.

Barbara Ann Dunton, was married to George J. Lovejoy of Richmond Hill on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Mordecai Zakin of Roosevelt Street celebrated their wedding anniversary with a dinner party at the Forest Hills inn.

A road trip across the country reunited three generations of Hadlers, William F, of Beach 90 street, Will G of Oakland California, and his son, who was heading for Europe.

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