2004-09-24 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Police in plain clothes hid in a stairwell and tackled a burglary suspect as he went by on the boardwalk and Beach 116 Street last Friday. The subsequently found out that the man lives in the same Rockaway Park home where three others, all accused of similar crimes, also reside.

Striking healthcare workers who walked out of the Brookhaven Health Related Facility at 250 Beach 17 Street are accusing the administrator of the home with hiring aliens who sleep on the floor on mattresses as scabs.

Daytop Village’s community advisory board “will soon find itself out of step with the community... It does not have the power to prevent one singe act of the officials of Daytop Village!” This view comes from State Senator Andrew Jenkins; and it was sent last week to Robert A. Bosman, Chief Counsel of the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse’s Division of Substance Abuse Services.

Vandals broke into the main sanctuary of Congregation Shaare Zedek in Edgemere making off with three Torahs, sacred religious scrolls, and a silver pointer worth a total of about $10,000.

Two police officers from the 100 Precinct were injured attempting to breakup a street fight in front of 2141 Mott Avenue. Police said they were surrounded by a pack of unruly youths who they were trying to break up. Pushing and shoving ensued and officers used their flashlights to defend themselves, they said.

Hammel Houses has been allocated $112,600 by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for modernization and upgrading elevator cabs and lighting, and for mildew correction and control.

30 Years Ago...

Beach Channel High School now has about 1900 students. The school will not be represented on the gridiron for at least two years, according to a faculty member. There is great interest in hockey among the students – another argument in favor of an ice skating rink in Rockaway.

Failure to comply with work rules has resulted in more than 43,000 people being dropped from the welfare rolls, according to an announcement from Governor Wilson. There is a fairly general impression hereabouts that there still are too many undeserving recipients who make it difficult for needy cases to receive assistance.

Borough President Donald Manes, who succeeded his friend Matthew J. Troy as Queens County Democratic Leader, now sees a united Democratic Party in the borough. That contest he views as “a thing of the past,” adding, “now we can go on to win in November.”

City busses were again in service transporting subway riders from Holland Station to Howard Beach owing to lack of service on the Transit Authority’s Rockaway line north of Broad Channel where the weekend construction work is still in progress.

40 Years Ago...

State Labor Commissioner Frederic E. Hammer of Belle Harbor is busy arranging for the Rockaway visit of Republican State Senator Kenneth B. Keating, at the Republican clubhouse, 95-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on October 5.

Beach 90 Street and the boulevard will soon be one of the most well lit corners in town. Two of the new style streetlights will be installed there.

Henry Waichaitis says that the Broad Channel Civic Association, of which he is president, will devote much of its next meeting to the residents’ plans to purchase from the city the land on which their houses have been built.

The new Rockaway Beach post office did some business last Saturday and received a complaint. One of the early patrons did not like the box service – he found more bills than checks in his!

50 Years Ago...

“Our present building is entirely inadequate and a new structure is needed if we are to adequately provide for the hospital needs of our community,” said William F. Brunner, President of the Rockaway Beach Hospital.

Frank Finnerty, the holder of a world’s swimming record for 100 meters, went to the aid of another swimmer Monday afternoon on the beach in Neponsit but he was too late to help.

Broad Channel will retain its present school and will get a new one within a year or two, parents, civic leaders and other were informed recently.

Seaside property owners made it clear they will oppose the proposed Title 1 Project for Seaside to the bitter end at a meeting at which plans were made to attend hearings before the Board of Estimate to voice their protests.

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