2003-09-19 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Almost 30 marijuana plants, each about four feet tall, were discovered to be growing in a backyard in Arverne. A NYPD special conditions unit approached the landlord of the property – no arrests were made, but the plants were taken to the 100 Precinct.

Katherine Hepburn, Nick Nolte and Matt Dillon have visited the peninsula recently to work on different film projects. They were spotted in the area near Beach 145 Street and in Breezy Point.

New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch will speak when "The Miracle on South Shore" is dedicated by the Right Reverend Robert C. Witcher.

Teenagers were arrested for two unrelated shootings in the Hammels Housing area of Rockaway Beach. In one incident, an 18-year-old Arverne resident fired several shots from a pistol into a group. In another incident, a shotgun was fired and someone was injured.

Seething neighbors want the police to do more than just arrest a Far Rockaway boy they think murdered a "saintly" deacon in the neighborhood. Joseph Hladky, 15, was arrested for allegedly knifing Herbert Smith, 68.

Should Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo switch and vote for the MX missile? In a card the congressman is distributing, he is asking that opinions be sent his way.

Thieves who broke into a Jacob Riis Park parking lot office last week, recently, took four guns as well as thousands of dollars. Police think the money was toll collections from the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Drownings were reported just five days apart in Far Rockaway. The two victims were identified as James Bludson, of Jamaica, and Arthur Hicks, of Hollis.

Playing at Surfside Cinema: "Staying Alive," with John Travolta, surprise box office smash "Flashdance" and Eddie Murphy’s first film, "48 Hours."

30 Years Ago...

Residents and merchants of Beach 129 Street remain vigilant in their effort to rescind the certificate of occupancy issued to the Sanzer Yeshiva at 505 Beach 129 Street.

Walter J. Blum faced the TV cameras Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium to impart over the air what Belle Harbor thinks of broadcasting football games that are sold out. He said fans at the stadium are real participants and get the "feel" that mere tubewatchers do not.

Police lines have been set up around 122-20 Ocean Promenade, the oldest apartment building on the boardwalk, following reports that concrete has fallen from the face of the building.

Support for a planned volunteer ambulance corps continued to grow this week as more than 125 local residents have pledged to give a few hours each week to improve emergency medical care here.

40 Years Ago...

Adolf (Otto) Mayer has completed 55 years with the wholesale butcher Loeb & Mayer and for that Borough President Mario Cariello wanted to honor him at Borough Hall a few weeks ago but Otto was too busy.

Old Public School 44 on Beach 94 Street in Rockaway Beach has joined Public School 39 in Far Rockaway as buildings believed by the Board of Education as outliving their usefulness.

There has been a delay in the installation of those traffic lights at Beach 62 Street and Rockaway Freeway, however, Arverne parents are confident that it will be only a short delay.

Construction on the new Gustave Hartman Y on Dickens Street in Far Rockaway has begun. Over $800,000 has been raised with about $50,000 still needed to complete the project.

Ground is expected to be broken soon to begin construction on a new edifice for St. John’s Baptist Church at the corner of Beach 74 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The church’s present building at Beach 83 Street will make way for the Dayton housing development.

50 Years Ago...

Dennis Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Harris of 92-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, left on Monday for Syracuse, where he will start his junior year at Syracuse University, where he is majoring in physics.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lane of 320 Beach 90 Street, spent part of their vacation visiting Mrs. Lane’s aunt, Mrs. Walter Lane of Patterson, New Jersey. While there they celebrated Mrs. Lane’s birthday.

Mrs. Vera McDermott of 27 West 14 Road, leader of Girl Scout Troop 4621, celebrated her birthday on Septem-

ber 16.

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