2004-08-13 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20

Years Ago...

Daytop Village rehabilitation center caused worry in the Rockaways after the state approved their “entry level” drug rehabilitation program.

Chamber of Commerce president Robert M. Mayer responded angrily to a journalist’s suggestion that Rockaway would benefit from low-rise projects from Nehemiah.

A con man was caught after trying to scam The Hebrew Kindergarten & Infants home with promises of cheap TVs and stereos.

Five beachgoers were taken to the hospital after a sandbar gave way and scared swimmers and onlookers with drowning fears.

A nurse was charged by a grand jury with assault and falsifying business records, for allegedly hurting an 80 year-old patient then covering it up.

Jack Smith, a Far Rockaway resident about 30 years old, is recuperating from serious injuries suffered last Saturday, when he got into an altercation with three employees of the McDonald’s restaurant at Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive.

30

Years Ago...

The barnacle encrusted hull of the old steamer Catskill, which recently was raised from the bottom of Jamaica Bay, has moved its berth slightly west of where it was tied up to the bulkhead near Beach 109 Street. It has also been turned around, it’s first movement in several years, but it still lies there along the bulkhead.

Informality at the worship service in the John C. Green Chapel of the First Congregational Church was emphasized last Sunday morning when a well-fed cat wandered in through the open doors, looked over the congregation, then jumped on the Communion table and leisurely made it’s way out of the auditorium.

The search is being continued for clues in the apparent murder of a newborn infant found floating among the rocks in the Bay at Beach 89 Street. It’s length of time in the water made identification difficult, making an autopsy necessary.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arnold L. Fein has given builders of the controversial nursing home on Cornaga Avenue and Beach Channel Drive permission to proceed with the work. He ruled that the work had proceeded to the point where it no longer fell under the Board of Estimate’s ban.

40

Years Ago...

During the tension that was stirred up last week surrounding Vietnam, more than one local man of draft age looked up his draft status.

Joseph Seier, besides running the iron works, is taking time to promote the October appearance of the Singing Sisters of Halifax at St. Mary’s Lyceum to aid the youth work of the Catholic Youth Organization.

If the City Sales tax ever gets before the City Council, Councilman John Santucci, who in fact wants to see the sales tax abolished entirely, will favor its reduction.

The former Wave building finally became a heap of rubble on Monday, but not before the wreckers used up a few cables in the process.

Joe Fitzgerald has disposed of his interest in the Last Stop Inn, which

is soon to open under new management.

50

Years Ago...

The first tenants will move into Hammel House coincident with a gala ceremony marking the cornerstone laying and opening of the project on September 20.

Joseph Michelson of Jay and Jay Furs, 113-07 Boulevard, Rockaway Park, congratulates Mrs. Murray Kastenbaum, winner of the ranch mink stole valued at $850, which was awarded last Wednesday by the furriers. It was the third annual award conducted by Jay and Jay.

The Rockaway Beach property owners and Civic Association went on record opposing the removal of the Fifth District Municipal Court to Jamaica, citing worries about vacant buildings and the influx of new residents moving into the projects.

The search for the prettiest and most talented girls in Rockaway will be climaxed Saturday with a parade of beauty to be held on the Boulevard followed by a selection of the Sample Dress Queen at Feingold’s Pontiac showroom in Far Rockaway and a display of fashions and talent.

The purchase of land in Hook Creek, Inwood, Lawrence and Far Rockaway right of way for the Nassau Expressway was authorized by the state, the first move proposed on the expressway since 1946.

A 61-year-old construction worker was killed Monday when a 40-ton crane toppled over and pinned him to the ground during a pile driving operation on the new railroad bridge in Broad Channel.

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