2004-07-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
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Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

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Years Ago...

The Wave wishes to thank its loyal readers, subscribers and advertisers who have been responsible for our continued growth. As an expression of our gratitude, we have arranged with Rockaways’ Playland to offer heavily discounted admission tickets.

Police foot patrol has been expanded to midnight in the Dayton shopping center from Beach 84 to Beach 90 Street, along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. In addition, a special burglary unit is alert to what’s going on in the shopping center and in the Dayton Beach Park housing complex adjoining the shopping center.

Six lifeguards who were on a break chased and caught a man who was snatched a bag from a beachgoer. The incident happened near Beach 116 Street.

General Oil Distributors at 1 Sheridan Boulevard, Inwood, where a 21-year-old Queens College senior was shot to death on June 30, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

Police took the case of the fourth and final suspect in harassment and assaults on the beach in Belle Harbor to the grand jury this week. The suspect surrendered and was identified by the complainants.

The New York City Board of Education as one of eight sites has selected far Rockaway High School for Computer Summer School. Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 can earn two advanced high school credits in a number of courses.

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Years Ago...

Opening up both sides of Beach 80 Street for parking between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Shore Front Parkway came just in time. The extra space was put to good use during the long, busy Fourth of July weekend.

Knowledgeable baymen say that the abundance of crabs in the bay this summer is proof positive that the water in Jamaica Bay is making a comeback.

Chalk up another one for the Motorized Observation Patrol. They blew the whistle on a character who was in the act of making off with a car and its female occupant in the Edgemere section of the night of the Fourth.

Congressman Brasco has called for an immediate investigation into a shortage of manpower and equipment at Queens’ beaches. He charges that bathers here could "be swimming at their own risk."

Maybe the recent bike race that was held on Shore Front Parkway and Beach 108 Street didn’t draw the biggest crowd along the beach, but it furnished a score or more young participants who participated in the race with plenty of excitement.

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Years Ago...

This year’s renting season has been a disappointment to many people and nobody seems to know the reason for it. At first, it was thought to be due to the World’s Fair, but most property owners now rule that out.

Some observers believe that a heavy veterans vote will be tallied for Sheldon Rosenblatt who is very popular with the ex-servicemen. He will run against the Democratic incumbent, Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox.

The largest yacht see in this part of Jamaica Bay in some time tied up last week at Rivara’s Marina for caulking and minor repairs and remained for a few days.

It was hot enough here in Rockaway during last week’s heat wave yet people who sat along the beach found the on-shore breeze chilly.

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Years Ago...

A court test to secure an injunction against the collection of tolls on Southern State Parkway and a suit to halt diversion of toll money collected by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority was started this week by the Rockaway Committee for the Elimination of Tolls. Paul T. Love of Belle Harbor, chairman of the committee, asked for an injunction halting collection of tolls on the parkway until the work is completed.

Seaside residents renewed their demands this week that traffic lights be installed at the Freeway and Beach 108 Street. Citing the recent accident in which a car and truck collided at the intersection, a resident pointed out that a petition was filed with the Department of Traffic calling attention for the need for lights.

Protests against the plan to extend the Arverne-Hammel Title 1 Housing Project to Beach 90 Street instead of Beach 88 Street as originally planned were registered at a meeting of the planning committee of the Rockaway Beach Property Owners and Civic Association this week.

A 20-year-old resident of Beach 100 Street was killed this week when he was struck by an auto on the block where he lived. Whoever hit him dragged his body more than 30 feet. Police are investigating.


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