2004-10-22 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Three detectives are trying to find out how a good steady family man, a cook who commuted by subway to work in Rockaway from Richmond Hill, could end up a corpse in the weeds a short distance from Cross Bay Boulevard about where Broad Channel blends into the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve. The 52-year-old man, who was identified this week, was stabbed in the heart.

Don Spencer, the leading ranger of the Breezy Point District of the Gateway National Recreation Area has enlarged the haunted house that made boys and girls from 3 to 13 years old shiver last year, added wagons filled with hay so there will be three ready to give children horse-drawn rides. He’s also bringing a Swami who will tell fortunes for young and old.

Walter J. Roberts has been elected president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and will be installed at a gala dinner-dance in the Washington Hotel. Roberts is a lifelong resident of the Rockaways.

New York State’s Department of Labor is relocating from Cedarhurst to Far Rockaway. Their current office at 565 Willow Avenue will be closed on October 31, and their new Far Rockaway location announced shortly, according to the department’s Office of Communications.

Toxic smoke, created by burning PCBs, can pour into this area whenever there is a fire in the Long Island Lighting Company’s Barrett generating plant in Oceanside or in a storage site in Jamaica for contaminated equipment, according to State Senator Carol Berman.

Years Ago...

30 Representative Frank Brasco was sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to five years in prison and fined $10,000 on his conviction for conspiring to help a mobster get a post office mail-hauling contract in return for $27,000 in bribes.

A dozen youngsters, ranging in age from 9 to 16, smashed through the front glass doors and entered P.S. 105 at 420 Beach 51 Street, Edgemere, at about 5:30 p.m.

Queens Assistant District Attorney Ronald Harnisch has been appointed Law Secretary to New York State Supreme Court Justice Moses M. Weinstein.

The Rockaway Citizens Committee For A Single Fare, a local advvocacy group, has requested an urgent emergency meeting with David L. Yunich, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

40 With the advent of the big Urban Renewal program there is increased sentiment in favor of extending Shore Front Parkway right along the oceanfront instead of slanting it into Edgemere Avenue to reach Seagirt Boulevard.

Congressman Emanuel Celler said the new Rockaway Beach Post Office is the result of many years of effort. Evidently nobody told him that the office has been servicing the community in various locations for more than 70 years.

Mott Avenue was jammed with people Sunday morning awaiting the arrival of Senator Kenneth B. Keating for an appearance at the Maimondies Institute.

Far Rockaway High School’s Seahorses gave a good account of themselves during the first half of last Saturday’s game with New Dorp. But the second half showed they do not do so well in the mud.

Former City Magistrate Corning G. McKennee was a guest at the Rockaway Beach Post Office dedication Sunday afternoon. At one time he was a letter carrier at the office during his summer vacation from school.

50 Years Ago...

The Rockaway Beach Property Owners’ and Civic Association lost no time this week in securing the assurance of successful candidates in Tuesday’s election that they will assist taxpayers in the area of assessment for Hammels sewers to obtain relief.

The Parents Association of Public School 43 will meet in the school at Beach 110 Street and Boulevard. Mrs. Maurice Pomerantz, president of the association urged parents to make a special effort to be present at this meeting. The guest speaker for the evening will be Mrs. A. Feldman, who is a trained professional psychologist.

Two local bars and a beverage distribution business were burglarized recently. The Ould Shillelagh Café, 87-02 Boulevard, was broken into October 25 and police said $200 in cash was removed from the premises.

About 40 members of the 100 Precinct Auxiliary Police attended the reorganization meeting in the stationhouse. New officers were appointed and were advanced in rank.

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