2005-05-06 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Part of an “A” train fell on the head of a 20-year-old student and cut him badly enough to require stitches. Transit Police did not reveal the student’s name, but said a piece of metal (the victim said it was a ceiling plate) struck the young man’s head while the train was in the Broad Channel station.

Charges of police brutality at the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach are being investigated by Assistant District Attorney Gregory Lasak, chief of the homicide bureau of the office of Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci, and separately by the review section of New York City’s Housing Police.

Police used their radio patrol car (without waiting for an ambulance) to rush an injured man they found on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge gasping for breath right to Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere. Further helping to save the man’s life, hospital personnel were waiting and treated the man, who was by then unconscious, immediately, even reviving him before the officers left the hospital.

Thanks to Sylvia Davison, a past president of the Far Rockaway Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, the organization had a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial on Sunday about the same time President Ronald Reagan laid a wreath in a cemetery in Germany in which Nazis are buried.

Community Board 14 will discuss a plan for development of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area proposed by its committee on planning, during a regular monthly meeting in the American Legion Hall at 301 Beach 92 Street.30 Years Ago...

Rockaway organizations joined together to map plans for the bicentennial observance during a recent meeting of the Bi-Centennial Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

Rockaway Park Public School 114 students, parents and teachers planted shrubs in their school garden and then helped clean up beaches near Gateway National Park on April 25, 1975.

The Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways, under the leadership of

Sy Sheldon and Gerdi Lipschutz, recently presented a donation to the 101 Precinct Community and Youth Council.

Rockaway community leaders, who were cheering a week ago because $1.3 million in federal funds would be channeled into the Far Rockaway business section, are finding that these things take time. It has been stated that at least a year will be required for the preliminaries before actual construction can begin. Nevertheless community leaders and merchants are optimistic that there will be real cause for celebration next year that may tie into celebration here of our nation’s bicentennial.40 Years Ago...

Local property owners are prepared to join those in other parts of the city to oppose the 20 percent increase in real estate taxes, now being talked of as a possible means of raising greatly needed funds for the city.

Police Captain Harry Berkowitz says that the summer reinforcements in the 100 Precinct will arrive earlier this year than usual. He hopes to halt outbreaks such as occurred last spring before they really get started.

After a car had demolished the display window at the Yancovitz shop on Beach 116 Street, arms, legs and other parts of mannequins were strewn on the sidewalk. “This looks worse than the war,” was one bystander’s comment.

Since he was The Wave’s “Meet Your Neighbor” subject last week, Ben Brown of the Beach Rexall drug store has received much comment. Besides that, many other Connecticut natives living in the Rockaways have made themselves known to him.

50 Years Ago...

Don’t let those cold evening breezes fool you – summer is definitely on the way. We have it on authority of Billy Brandenberg of Hammel who says a sure sign is that his freckles always pop out and that his face peels whenever the vernal season is ready to shift into high gear for the summer. So who goes by weather reports.

Muriel Rubin, “Miss Sunshine of Rockaway Beach” who spearheads the March of Dimes campaign in this area, was one of those present at the premiere of “Daddy Long Legs” last week. Proceeds of the new show went to the March of Dimes.

They hope you’re coming because they’ll all bake cakes, said The Rev. Joseph A. Grogan of St. Francis de Sales Parish, State Senator James J. Crisona, Walter Patterson, Joe Connolly and several other Rockaway men. The occasion is the cake sale to be held in conjunction with the Father’s Day Communion Breakfast for Boy Scouts.

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