2003-11-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Six Transit Police officers, from district 23, received Distinguished Duty Medals during Valor Day ceremonies held at the New York City Police Department headquarters, in Manhattan. The entire unit received a honorary citation.

A Bayswater man was injured when a gun-wielding robber, who was scuffling with his female target, misfired his weapon. Three males, one with a gun, another with a knife boarded the A-Train and demanded the purses of two women. The gun went off as one of the women fought back against the creep that wanted her purse.

Interfaith services will be held on Thanksgiving by three Rockaway Churches: the First Congregational Church, the Presbyterian Church, and Bethel AME Church.

A number of local subway stations will get better public address systems – hopefully making it easier for riders to understand important information. Among the 73 stations that will benefit from the city’s $5.7 million project are Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue, Broad Channel, and Rockaway Park-Beach 116 Street.

A Wave editorial asks "Why Not Secede?" and says "it is time to evaluate whether Rockaway should stand alone." The editorial says there are several ways for Rockaway residents to gain their independence from New York City – and that maybe they should consider doing it.

Gertrude and Sidney M. Streisand, of Surfside Park in Rockaway, gave their granddaughter, Robyn Gaye Streisand, a surprise 21 birthday party. The event was held at the Merry Pedlar in Floral Park.

One man from the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway was shot and killed, possibly by police, at about that same time as another man was found

shot dead in an elevator of the same houses.

Anyone interested to know how the police make arrests and process suspects should attend an upcoming 100 Precinct Community Council meeting. A "dramatic simulated arrest" will take place at the meeting, and afterwards refreshments will be served.

Playing at Surfside Cinema: "Amityville 3-D" and "A Christmas Story." The tag line for "Amityville" reads, "In this movie you are the victim." That makes us wonder if moviegoers got caught up in the 3-D action, or if the movie was so bad it was criminal!

30 Years Ago...

The American Irish Society’s 25 Annual dinner dance drew a large turnout recently at the American Irish Clubhouse, 1 Shamrock Drive, at the foot of Beach 80 Street. The society’s president, Pat Kelly, was honored for being its spark plug for the last quarter-century.

There is a sign in the Beach 129 Street business block property announcing that the Dennis S. O’Connor Funeral Home is the owner. The property was the scene of a fatal Christmas Eve fire several years ago.

Buster Klotz wound up in Peninsula Hospital, suffering from smoke inhalation, after part of his car’s dashboard caught fire. It seems a defective dash-mounted cigar holder is responsible for the incident.

Master of ceremonies Ed Schreiber and the entire cast of the St. Rose of Lima Players who presented their 11 fall show "A Musical Tour of the U.S.A." are receiving complements on their production.

Look for the Arverne Civic Council to push for the development of a civic center where people of all ages could get together on a daily basis.

40 Years Ago...

Homes are to be constructed at the site of the old Jamaica Bay Yacht Club, located on Beach 88-89 Streets.

Businessmen along the Hammels section of the boulevard are concerned about the widening of the roadway as construction of the hi-rise apartments continues.

Harold Wile, the manager of the Robert Hall clothing store, on Beach 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive, says that the firm’s big brass was very pleased by the reception given at the recent opening.

The last of the St. John’s Baptist Church, on Beach 82 Street, was demolished. The church’s new edifice is rising on the boulevard at Beach 74 Street.

50 Years Ago...

Local school kids will be touring the World’s Fair Exposition at discounted prices promises the fair’s chairman, Robert Moses.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bennett, Sr., of Beach 145 Street, will observe their 54th wedding anniversary soon.

Christmas lights are in place on Central Avenue ready for the Far Rockaway holiday shopping season.

Broad Channel resident Alex Fiore, Jr., celebrated his birthday with a host of friends recently.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Umgeiter, of Cronston Avenue, will host a family reunion on Thanksgiving day.

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