2006-07-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Mary Ventura, 20, of Flatbush, Brooklyn, will spend from six years to 20 years in jail for pushing a Breezy Point woman in front of an oncoming subway train. She was sentenced July 9 in Manhattan Supreme Court by Justice Robert Haft.

Parishioners of St. Virgilius R.C. Church in Broad Channel are proud as peacocks about the fact that their pastor has been elevated to monsignor. Most people apparently learned about the elevation when they saw the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Kieran Martin in a prelates honor list the Most Rev. Francis Mugavero, bishop of Brooklyn, published June 26. When a clergyman's name appears in a prelates of honor list that indicates that the priest has been elevated to monsignor.

Construction of storm, sanitary and water mains on Beach 121 Street and Beach 122 Streets from the U.S. bulkhead to Ocean Promenade has been included in the city's fiscal year 1986/ 87 capital budget as an amendment promoted by City Councilman Walter Ward.

With a promise to "return to the business of education only," Attorney George Russo of Ozone Park has been elected president of Community Board 14. With support for the same aim, Goldie Maple of Far Rockaway is taking over as vice president.

"I want you! I want you bad!" allegedly said the 17-year-old youth as he pressed against the 21-year-old woman he grabbed from behind and pushed against a metal fence. Moments later, the youth had a bullet in his buttocks - put there by an off-duty police officer the woman was friendly with.

30 Years Ago...

Everyone who swims in Rockaway should be extremely careful. Due to cutbacks, lifeguards are being placed as much as four blocks apart in some areas. Many submersions have been reported this season.

The Citizens Committee to Elect Dan Tubridy to the Assembly for the 22nd Assembly District has offered to provide volunteers to the city to clean up the beaches on the Rockaway Peninsula.

Word is that some unscrupulous doctors are charging their patients for an ambulance call even though the patient is being transported by PVAC. Everyone is reminded that if they see an ambulance charge on their bill and they have been taken to the hospital by PVAC they should not pay the bill. PVAC service is free.

What is becoming of the Rockaways? One of the PVAC ambulances was out for repairs at a location in Far Rockaway. When the crew came to pick it up, someone had destroyed the overhead emergency light with a brick. Result - $200 in damage.

Another aspect of the decline of the Rockaways is the fact that the American flag, which flew in front of The Wave office was stolen - while the office was open.

The 100 Precinct is more like a schoolhouse than a police station. The police had to hire 42 kids to work there during the summer.

40 Years Ago...

Two right-angle turns within a short block on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Seaside will be eliminated as part of a major a street change shown on a new street map of the area between Beach 92 Street and Beach 102 Streets, extending from Beach Channel Drive to Shore Front Parkway. A hearing on the change was ordered by the City Planning Commission at its meeting yesterday.

The hold on the Rockaway Courthouse has changed twice since the building was removed from sale early this year. The original was requested by the Parks Department at a Board of Estimate hearing at which a request to allow the Department of Real Estate to sell the building was to be considered. Since then it has gone from Parks to the Department of Education and back.

Belle Harbor, in the vicinity of Beach 125 Street, was flooded with American Express travelers checks late Tuesday afternoon. There was $47,000 worth of them and they were negotiable at the time they fell out of the back door of a bank van.

50 Years Ago...

The Parks Department will find funds to purchase the oceanfront from Beach 9 to Beach 19 Streets which will be developed into a park. The 25-acre site will just about complete Commissioner Moses' plan for a peninsula-long recreation area.

The Rockaway Park-Rego Park rapid transit link proposal will get an airing at the September Transit Authority hearing.

City housing officials expect to take title of the Edgemere Houses property in December.

Lake Wavecrest was in full bloom Saturday. The water was three feet deep at Beach 25 Street.

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