2005-12-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Add 12 police officers to the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) and 11 to the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway). They will be there the first week in January. No one has applied for a transfer, so it appears that these officers will be added to the ones already serving in the Rockaways. Because of the unrelenting pressure from The Wave for more officers for the precincts in the Rockaways, this information is being rushed to the community through this newspaper by City Councilman Walter Ward and Inspector Francis Wallace, commander of the police division which includes the 100 and 101 Precincts plus three more in South Queens precincts.

All it took was one look at a fire Sunday evening in the Rockaway Beach block bounded by Beach 98 Street, Shore Front Parkway, Beach 99 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard for Chief Joseph Stein of the 47th Fire Battalion to feel it was suspicious. There were blazes inside two buildings, but no burning on the outside.

Gasoline leaking from a tanker as it was delivering fuel to the Sunoco tank farm on Avenue U Brooklyn almost created havoc early Thursday morning. As The Wave was going to press it was learned that a spill into Mill Basin at Avenue U. Two reporters were quickly dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival they were surprised to find no major leak had occurred.

A 16-year-old Beach Channel High School Student has been arrested for robbing a fellow student on a school bus December 4 while the driver sat by threatened and powerless.

It’s five years since our Sister Maura Clarke was murdered in San Salvador. This week, in their column, Harry and Margie McGurk remember Maura as a girl growing up in Rockaway and as a woman with a mission.

30 Years Ago...

The U.S. Army recruiting station at 2092 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, offered thanks this Thanksgiving because it’s a years since the last non-volunteer was separated from the United States Army.

After editorializing about problems with fires in the Rockaways two major fires broke out the following day.

Seems to be a lack of Christmas spirit this year. There are quite a few stores with no decorations for the season. To add to this, has anyone seen the sidewalk Santa anywhere on the peninsula? Saving us from total neglect of the Christmas season are the Christmas trees at Mott and Central Avenues in Far Rockaway and on Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park.

Local property owners are up in arms over the proposed landing of the SST at Kennedy Airport. Some groups would like to have a guarantee from the government in regard to broken windows, cracked plaster and the like.

Democratic District Leader Sy Sheldon has added to his many local honors a plaque awarded by Rockaway District Boy Scouts of America for his fundraising assistance. Sheldon will lead the scouts’ fund drive in the Rockaways when it is held in February.40 Years Ago...

Local businessmen, who say business has been disappointing until now, are all set to handle the last-minute rush before Christmas when a lot of people discover there are local stores.

Milton W. Jacobowitz has been made the choice of the Chamber of Commerce nominating committee for the office of president.

The handsome crib scene on Beach 116 Street is being used by local amateur photographers as a background for taking Christmas pictures of their children.

Borough President Mario Cariello is continuing his campaign to obtain more power for the office of President of the Borough of Queens to make the office more effective.

50 Years Ago...

Warning that watchfulness is needed to assure keeping the Fifth District Municipal Court in Rockaway, Municipal Court Justice Abraham Marguilies urged the Rockaway Beach Property Owners Association to keep an eye on the developments in the expressed desire to move the court out of Rockaway. He made his remarks as he installed the officers of the association.

John F. McCaimbridge was elected for the third consecutive term as President of Broad Channel Chamber of Commerce at the meeting held in his office. Elected with him were John Drean, vice president; Gus Colberg, treasurer; Mrs. Helen Moonet, secretary; Carl Turner, sergeant at arms.

Mrs. Richard Ahlert of the Hammel housing project and Mrs. Marie DiBaio of Beach 86 Street were installed into the Ladies Auxiliary of Rockaway Aerie, No. 1544, F.O.E. at a meeting at Eagles Hall, Beach 8 Street.

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