2003-08-29 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Audrey Pheffer has filled the position in the 23rd Democratic Assembly District—which was held for a number of years by Helen Leonescu, who died the Fourth of July weekend.

Rockaway’s own crime fighting duo, Hagar and Hawk aka Transit Police Detectives Richard Farnworth and Andrew Moscheto, made the front page after busting two 20-year-old men following an armed robbery.

OTB has stopped operating at their Beach 20 Street location. Signs have been posted in the office windows encouraging gamblers to use other locations, and a spokesperson says there are no plans to open a new location on the Rockaway Peninsula.

Ten companies have been subpoenaed in connection with an investigation to find out who dumped hazardous materials at the Edgemere Landfill. The investigation is being conducted by New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams.

Peninsula Hospital Center will get the peninsula’s first CAT scanner. The cost of the equipment and construction to accommodate it will total about $1.5 million.

Some 30 children were injured when their day-camp bus flipped over on the Van Wyck Expressway. The most serious injury reported was a broken leg.

One advertisement promotes "Rockaway’s own video club" coming soon to Beach 116 Street. Meanwhile, playing at Surfside Cinema is Hercules starring the hulking Lou Ferrigno.

John Quadrozzi has been elected to the board of Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere. Quadrozzi is president of Quadrozzi Concrete Co., in Arverne.

A 400 pound Sunfish washed up at Rockaway Point, near the Silver Gull Club. Gateway National Recreation personnel said the old fish came ashore to die.

Richard C. DeZego of Belle Harbor has been appointed assistant vice president and assistant secretary of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. DeZego joined the bank in 1970 and became an officer in 1981. The appointment was announced by bank president George F. Ulich.

30 Years Ago...

Dr. Irving Frohman said that when he observed dense smoke coming from the Ocean recently, it reminded him of the beginning of one of the Seaside fires. This time the smoke was from a motorboat that had caught fire just off the beach.

Some of the local environmentalists are furious because material from the demolition of the Rockaway Beach National Bank building was dumped in areas along the bayfront where disposal of such materials is supposedly prohibited.

Reckless bicyclists and fishermen straddling the seawall along Beach Channel Drive have been causing motorists to become alarmed.

An end of summer heat wave materialized this week. No records have been broken but Consolidated Edison and the Long Island Lighting Company both made a five percent cut in power to conserve energy.

40 Years Ago...

The Rockaway Point residents who have formed the Breezy Point Co-op are getting attention from city officials who don’t want them to lose their homes to a proposed park site.

There was freshwater bathing along the oceanfront recently when a broken water main flooded a wide area adjacent to the boardwalk and Beach 101 Street.

We’re waiting for the announcement from the Post Office as to where the new site of the Rockaway Beach station will be. Many residents already seem to know.

It was semi-officially stated that the new park along Seagirt Boulevard, which has always been known as "O’Donohue Park," will be named something else.

With all of the noise disturbances coming from overhead, some have wondered if anybody has ever kept track of the number of times, in one evening, that jets passing over have drowned out the sound of conversation, the radio or television.

50 Years Ago...

The Sisters of the Order of St. Virgilius have returned to the covenant at 12 Noel Road, after a short vacation.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Murphy of West Road have returned from a three-week vacation spent in California.

Mr. and Mrs. William Gasman and daughter Karen Marie of 1515 Cross Bay Boulevard, spent one week at the home of Mrs. Gasman’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Howell, of Setauket, Long Island, recently.

Miss Ann Young of 54 West 18 Road celebrated her 17th birthday on August 31 with her family and friends at her home.

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