2004-12-03 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Three young murderers may reap 25 years to life in jail when they are sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Sol Dunkin on January 3. All three were convicted on November 30 of robbing and murdering a 62-year-old tile setter as he was leaving a building in the Edgemere Houses.

Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust Company’s branch on 104-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard is celebrating its fifth year as the first MHT branch in the Rockaway’s by sponsoring a free holiday show for children on December 15.

Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo has received a commitment from Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Robert R. Kiley that 24-hour-a-day train service in Rockaway will have continued support. The MTA’s inspector general recently released a report recommending that NYC Tranist close 13 stations on the IND Rockaway line during off-hours.

Surplus butter and processed cheese will be distributed on December 11 in Broad Channel. For this distribution, as for others recently, Prince-Wynn Post 260 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Shad Creek Road, has been declared an emergency feeding station.

Open-water swim training for Coast Guard boat crews based at Coast Guard Station Rockaway never stops, especially not for seasonal changes (cold weather).

Years Ago...

30 Mayor Abe Beame seems to be obtaining widespread backing of the people in his effort to balance the city’s budget. Nobody likes to see loss of jobs, or curtailment of services in many fields, but it is something we have all seen coming. The mayor deserves credit for facing the situation and the assistance of widespread belt tightening which he has requested.

Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes and the private bus companies operating in Queens jointly announced they have developed a special program under which all private bus lines in the borough will be offering reduced fares during the holiday season.

Dr. Martin Abend, the noted commentator of Channel 5, will speak on “Israel and the Middle East” at the concluding session of the Adult Institute of Jewish Studies, at the Temple Beth-El Community Center auditorium on Beach 135 Street.

As matters stand, Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center’s South Shore Division is expected to withdraw its application to build a new site straddling Lawrence and Far Rockaway, along Doughty Boulevard and Seagirt Boulevard.

40 Years Ago...

Quite a few people who went to Rockaway Park to see the windows, which had been painted in the annual Rotary Club contest, were disappointed to find the junior high school students’ work had been removed. A chairman said they would remain intact longer next year.

A Far Rockaway man of modest means is paying an area hospital $60. for each day of his infirmed wife’s stay.

In the plans for the new housing project in Edgemere, which is to be resubmitted for approval for federal funds, are 320 apartments especially designed for the elderly.

In the excitement of the season’s final football game with DeWitt Clinton High School, a Far Rockaway student spectator ran onto the field and tackled a Clinton player. That’s learning the hard way that this costs the home team a touchdown.

50 Years Ago...

Edna Keene, communications chairman of the O’Connell Auxiliary American Legion, in view of Membership Month, reports the following: “We want you to know about our American Legion Auxiliary because we are proud of our organization and would like to share the reward of membership with you. The 1,000,000 of us enrolled as American Legion Auxiliary members constitute the largest patriotic organization of women in history.

The Neponsit Property Owners Association will urge the city to either retain Neponsit Hospital in the Department of Hospitals or turn it over for educational purposes, Irving A. Kass, president, reported to members this week.

A preliminary conference to make plans for the formation of a Joint Civic Council of the Rockaways was held by the Rockaway Beach Property Owners’ and Civic Association. The first general meeting is slated for December 14 at Beach 66 Street.

Broad Channel parents scored an major victory when the Board of Estimate restored $200,000 to the Capital Budget for the construction of a new school in the community, which will replace the wooden P.S. 47 building.

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