2003-11-07 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Rockaway Beach needs more express buses to and from Manhattan! Martin Gottlieb, Green Lines’ operation director, sent that message to City Councilman Walter Ward.

One woman died and two men were charged with driving while intoxicated on October 29, in Rockaway Beach. The death resulted when the man driving lost control and ran into an elevated railroad pillar at Beach 79 Street and Rockaway Freeway.

Jail cells thrilled most of a bilingual education class from IS 53 when they visited the police station of the 101 Precinct. Captain Bernard Weber acted as the tour guide for the visiting neighbors.

A Belle Harbor man died as the result of a house fire. The man was rushed by local firefighters, responding from several local houses, to Peninsula Hospital Center and then choppered to Cornell Burn Center. The victim was in his early to mid 30s.

Many Rockaway and Broad Channel residents hope to eliminate the requirement that each community board district have at least 100,000 residents. Proposal 11 seeks to remove the requirement. Residents are expected to support the proposal on November 8.

Ronald Rollman shot and killed Sharon Hill in August 1982 and will be sentenced by Criminal Court Judge John J. Clabby. A jury returned the guilty verdict – second degree murder. Hill, who lived near Beach 94 Street, was shot 11 times. Rollman was a close friend of her family.

A four-legged thief stole a glove from men working at the police station. The canine caper took place on a recent morning – a woman finally stripped the sleuth pooch of the glove and returned it to the growling workman.

Evidence against two men who are charged with being involved with a recent burglary at the Milk Farm at 701 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel, was presented to the grand jury this week. A 20-year-old resident was charged with the crime.

30 Years Ago...

Abraham Beame, summer resident of the Rockaways, won election to become the next mayor of New York City. However, on the ballot the long awaited transportation bond issue was shot down.

The Manhattan Symphony Orchestra will be in concert at Far Rockaway High School for one performance only.

Although our firefighters are out on strike, there seems to be a lull in serious fires as supervisors man the equipment. The hospital workers are also striking, which has caused Peninsula and South Shore hospitals to call for volunteers.

Congressman Frank J. Brasco pled innocent in federal court to conflict of interest charges involving alleged improprieties in attempts to secure trucking for the Post Office in Manhattan. The congressman was freed without bail. A trial date has not yet been set.

Supreme Court Judge James J. Crisona, a longtime resident of Neponsit has sold his home and plans to reside in Manhattan.

40 Years Ago...

Some of the stores are ready for occupancy in the new shopping center in the Ocean Village development. It is the first expansion of commercial space in Rockaway in the last few years.

A sign has been erected at Beach 74 Street and the boulevard where the new edifice of the St. John’s Baptist Church is to be constructed.

People opposing the construction of the new high school at the former Public School 44 site have been forming an opinion to have the building on another site. No agreement has been reached.

Although the rain we experienced last weekend was a welcome relief and bolstered the reservoirs, it caused the postponement of the Far Rockaway vs New Rochelle football game. The field was too muddy to play ball.

50 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Max Fell of Beach 133 Street will soon leave for Mexico on their long awaited honeymoon.

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Trieghaff of 170 Beach 90 Street celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary recently.

Erich Bressler and family of Beach 136 Street are home after vacationing at Hopewell Junction, N.J.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Whitty who have been vacationing in Florida for several weeks have returned to the beach to prepare for the holidays and to decorate the Lindy Shop.

Sharon Ann Haynes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Haynes of 306 East Road, celebrated her fifth birthday with family and friends.

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