2004-12-17 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

“We wish you a Merry Christmas! We wish you a Merry Christmas! Wish you a Merry Christmas!” from all of us at The Wave.

One hundred thirteen rookie police officers who were graduated from the police academy reportedly are assigned to several Queens precincts, including the 100 and 101 in the Rockaways. Borough Commander William Fitzpatrick has assigned them to shopping centers, and high robbery and narcotic areas.

A 46-year-old resident of a rooming house on Beach 120 Street, Rockaway Park, fell from the north side elevated platform of the Seaside subway station on Beach 105 Street and landed in the path of a van. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Not suspicious!” That determination came from the medical examiner in regard to a man who was found decomposing by a resident of Beach 100 Street, who returned this week from a two-month stay in a veterans’ hospital.

Representatives of Rockaway community organizations met in the Blue Room of City Hall with Deputy Mayor Stanley Brezenoff, Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz, City Councilman Walter Ward, Queens Borough President Donald Manes, Deputy Borough President Claire Schulman and John LcCicero, special assistant to the mayor.

30 Years Ago...

The plan to erect one, two and three-family homes in the urban renewal area of the Rockaways enunciated by John Zuccotti, chairman of the City Planning Commission, Roger Starr, administrator of the Housing and Development Administration and Paul Gibson, Deputy Mayor at a Community Board 14 meeting last month, has been enthusiastically received by many of the civic organizations who have espoused this type of renewal.

John J. Fetscher, president of the Hammel Holland Seaside Civic Association has chided Mayor Beame on the need for a railroad link to JFK Airport at this time of austerity. Beame’s austerity budget will probably mean the end to drainage plans and surveys for Broad Channel.

For the 18th time since 1954 the St. Camillus Senior Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps will perform at the gala King Orange Jamboree parade in Miami on New Year’s Eve. The band will also have the singular honor of leading this parade, which will be televised nationally.

A Belle Harbor man, seriously injured when he was mugged in the 42 Street station of the Eighth Avenue Subway, is expected home at the end of this week following a two-week stay at Peninsula Hospital Center.

40 Years Ago...

Between 50 and 100 spectators watched from the boardwalk at Beach 105 Street Saturday afternoon as an occasional break in the fog gave them a glimpse of the freighter from Santo Domingo, which ran aground and was stuck about 200 yards offshore for a few hours.

The Franciscan Order is indicating interest in procuring a local site for a Catholic boys high school. Several locations have been mentioned as possibilities.

Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox left for the special session of the State Legislature to deal with reapportionment. Although he was instructed to pack for three days in Albany, our assemblyman, who is experienced, packed for four.

Irving N. Klein, who is building the shopping center at Beach 49 Street to Beach 50 Street on Beach Channel Drive, says that besides a Waldbaum’s market, there will be three other stores in the center, which he expects to be ready by spring.

50 Years Ago...

A half-pint stickup artist and his taller sidekick executed a speedy holdup of the proprietor and two clerks at the Lowitt Pharmacy and escaped with $300 in cash.

In a crowded hearing chamber yesterday afternoon Seaside property owners registered their opposition to a Title 1 project in the area at the hearing on the Master Plan before the City Planning Commission. John Finn, attorney for the Seaside Property Owners’ Association, submitted a brief stating that the proposal is to transform a public recreation area, which the city has spent millions of dollars in developing as a public beach into a private housing area.

Ambulances from both the Rockaway Beach Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Far Rockaway, were among the first to arrive at Idlewild Airport after the crash of the Italian Airlines plane.

The tragic plane crash at Idlewild could have been averted if aeronautics authorities had listened to State Senator Milton Koerner and Rockaway civic workers who protested against low flying over the peninsula.

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