2006-03-24 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Sy Sheldon Democratic leader of Part B in the 23rd Assembly District has invited Councilman Peter Vallone, the council's majority leader, to speak at a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 27, at 8 p.m., at the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways, 92-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Police who worked around the clock (40 hours or more without a break) to arrest the slayer of Frank Faust (know as Bill), a retired St. John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore Division retired Surgical supply technician, are charging with murder a cab driver who reported initially that he saw the crime and was robbed by the same perpetrator.

Wednesday afternoon with Wave Publisher, Leon S. Locke, were Councilman Walter Ward; Queens Parks Commissioner Michael McDonald; Rockaway Director of Parks, Bill Miller; Annette Sangiorgio, aide to Senator Jeremy Weinstein; neighborhood residents Mario Russo, Bernie Bulm, Tony Toman and Phil McManus; Planning Board Historian Craig Beachrow and a few others. The meeting was called to address two items: a new park for Arverne and a plan to restore the historic Cornell Cemetery in Far Rockaway.

Charles Clink, 28, a resident of the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway, faces a maximum term of 25 years to life imprisonment when he is sentenced on Monday April 21, for an execution-style slaying of a Queens College student who was working late at night in an oil depot across the street (and across the city line) from his home in December 1984.

30 Years Ago...

The beautiful pine tree that was partially uprooted by high winds has been righted. The owners of the home on Beach 131 Street are to be commended for taking such pains.

Reminder, for an entertaining evening, the Leventrit Competition finalist will be performing at Beach Channel High School. Sunday evening, April 4. Tickets will be available at the door.

Bids are in for the demolition of the skeleton of the Intermediate School 44-Public School 43 complex on the oceanside of Edgemere avenue in Edgemere.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways has appealed to Dr. Robert P. Whelan, second deputy commissioner of the Department of Health of the Sate of New York, to take an active role in keeping the hospital in Beach 19 Street as a functioning unit of the community.

This week a rabbit was seen running across Beach 100 Street. We hope this will not be a forerunner of the many Easter rabbits and chicks that are turned loose after the holiday.

State Senator John Santucci and Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz are co-sponsoring a bill to roll back the 50 cents toll to 25 cents.

Police locked up a man with a shotgun in Arverne on Friday, March 19. Officer Steven Kenny reported that he went to the 300 block of Beach 70 Street in answer to a complaint and found the man with a Shotgun and a gaming device.

Mrs. John Rogers has been installed as president of the ladies Aid Society of the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach.

40 Years Ago...

Rockaway Park is soon to have the area's first health food store. It will be on the boulevard near Beach 116 Street. Proprietors will be Ed and Marian Brower.

The proposed Arverne urban renewal program is one of three in the city, which Mayor Lindsay marked for top priority in request for federal funds.

At the present rate, fires in the area of Edgemere condemned for the housing project may get the demolition work done before the bulldozers arrive.

Traffic congestion on the Cross Bay Bridge last Sunday was a reminder of what to expect during summer. It revived talk of another road across the bay.

50 Years Ago...

Frank Himes of 803 Cross Bay Boulevard is a patient in St. Joseph's Hospital, Far Rockaway, where he will undergo surgery this week.

Ms. William Gasman of 15-15 Cross Bay Boulevard won a canned ham at the square dance on Friday evening.

Mrs. Charles E. Herndon of 186 Beach 90 Street is chairman of St. Patrick's Day Dance and Corner Beef and Cabbage party to be held Saturday evening in the American Irish Hall.

Mrs. Violet Hochford of Malverne formerly a resident of Arverne, and former cashier at the Gem theatre, is a patient in South Nassau Community Hospital in Rockville Center, for treatment of injuries sustained in a recent fall at her home.

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