2005-08-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Angry, belligerent and shouting, more than 700 Rockawayites crammed into the auditorium of Public School 114 in Belle Harbor Wednesday night, August 14, to rally against proposed moving of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) patients to the Neponsit Home for the Aged. This rally followed by little more than a day meeting with New York Mayor Edward I. Koch in which the community was promised there would be no attempt to move AIDS patients into the home before a public hearing that cannot be held until court cases in regard to the matter are settled.

Broad Channel will have a Mardi Gras this summer! At what residents of the “South Queens island” are describing as “the very last minute” (earlier this week) the Broad Channel Athletic Club and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department got together to form a Mardi Gras committee, and to prepare for the annual event.

This week, television and radio as well as newspapers will let New Yorkers know Crime Stoppers is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying and locating the person or persons who shot and killed 22-year-old Regina Carter at Tams Concessions (Northern Fried Chicken) in the Rockaways’ Playland complex on July 15. Crime Stoppers will pay a $500 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the killer in this case.

Wilbert Decker, 19, of Brooklyn was stabbed in the chest last Saturday night, August 10, about 8:30, during a gang fight at Jacob Riis Park. United State Park Police Officers Kevin Grogan and Richard Mursky, who where on patrol, were called to the scene. Decker sustained a chest wound as a result of a stabbing. He apparently was a victim in a dispute between two neighborhood groups, they reported.

Panic about a substance that came from Long Island Lighting Co. equipment on a utility pole at Beach 128 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway Park, Tuesday morning, August 13, at about seven o’ clock, turned out to be ovvereaction.30 Years Ago...

The beach in the vicinity of Beach 40 street, which eroded to the boardwalk last year, is beginning to acquire some sand. It comes from the dredging to widen and deepen the channel in Rockaway inlet.

With all the talk of beach erosion these days, it is hard to believe that in the days when the boardwalk was first built, the Atlantic waters always washed the sands underneath the boardwalk. The beaches were filled in a couple of years after the boardwalk was completed.

It will only cost a single token to ride on the subway here after the first of the month, but that will not shorten the trip to the courts in Jamaica.

The Rockaway Park businessmen have engaged several boys to augment the work of the Sanitation Department on Beach 116 street. They get the rubbish into plastic bags all right-and there they sit seemingly unnoticed by the Sanitation Workers.

40 Years Ago...

Pile drivers have been taken from the site of the Beach 73 street vest pocket housing project, indicating that at last work can start on the foundation of the new building.

Al and Bea Paul closed their Tides luncheonette last Friday for a week’s vacation, but they announced to everybody, “we’re not going anywhere.”

A manhole cover in Beach 84 street has been knocked from its base, allowing a stench of sewer gas to become a nauseating nuisance to employees and patrons of the Chase Manhattan Bank’s office. The Public department has promised quick action.

Prudent drivers keep the doors of their cars locked. Importance of this practice was illustrated a few days ago when two men entered a car which had stopped for a traffic light on Seagirt boulevard and robbed the driver.

50 Years Ago...

Rockaway Music and Arts Council got off to an encouraging start last Wednesday at a meeting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Slavin, 510 Beach 126 street, with a capacity crowd attending.

The annual regatta of the North Channel Yacht Club of Broad Channel was held August 14. Commodore Charles Koencke and his flag officers, Commodore Charles Prigge, Rear Commodore August Waillant, Fleet Captain Harry Plotnick, started the races at 1:30 p.m.

Queens District Attorney T. Vincent Quinn could not be nominated for re-election because he is under indictment in two federal courts for violation of federal statutes, County leader James A. Phillips told a capacity crowd at the Democratic rally last night at the American Legion.

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