2006-08-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago... Police of the 100th Precinct were called to the Little Cricket Marina on July 30, when Harbor Adam police brought in the body of George Boyce, 21, whose body was found in Jamaica Bay. George Boyce, 87-43 115 Street, Richmond Hill, was reported missing on July 27 after he and his friends went swimming from a boat in Jamaica Bay and he never surfaced from a dive. (Initially, the missing person report was filed in the 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill.)

Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci's office is preparing to present to a grand jury the case of Gannes Persaud, who was arrested July 25 after United States Park Police found 32 individual packets of cocaine in his automobile and a United States attorney refused to allow federal court involvement. Persaud was arraigned on July 26 in Criminal Court, Kew Gardens: charged with criminal possession in the third degree of a controlled substance and with weapons possession (two knives), and released on $1,500 bail for an APC (all charges) return to court.

Fireworks by Grucci will follow a Seuffert Band concert and conclude Rockaway Tricentennial/Family Day August 7. This assurance comes from Walter Roberts, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, which is cooperating with the City of New York's Department of Parks and Recreation in making this a stellar day.

30 Years Ago... Leader of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church, trustees and other members of the parish will turn over shovels of earth on August 8 for a new church building.

Seven Far Rockaway associations have arranged for a mass meeting August 8 in regard to "community planning board refusal" to schedule a public hearing in Rockaway on New Haven Plaza, a proposed housing development.

Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Inc., has obtained a court order for a member of the association to be allowed to observe religious services of Bible studies at a "synagogue" limited to 20 people at a time at 229 Beach 136 Street.

Fifteen-year-old Thomas Tuffie of Broad Channel was credited with saving a woman's life on Saturday. According to reports the youth was making weekly collections on his newspaper route when he found Nellie Shoal of East 18 Road swimming near her dock. After telling her he was collecting, he waited five minutes, turned back and saw her floating face down in the water. He jumped into the water, turned her over, grabbed the nearby dock and shouted to a passing fishing boat for help. She was taken to Peninsula Hospital by ambulance and reported in good condition.

40 Years Ago... Attorney Judah Gribetz of Beach 140 Street, Belle Harbor, was sworn in last Thursday as federal housing administrator for the north east region.

Steps to implement the Rockaway seawall project to guard the peninsula against flooding are being taken by Congressman Emanuel Celler. The project, which is being advanced by the Army Corps of Engineers, entails the construction of a concrete seawall along the length of the Rockaway boardwalk.

A new Democratic club is being formed in the West End, for the purpose of getting grass roots representation for the community. Seymour Sheldon, an unsuccessful candidate for district leader is heading the campaign.

Rockaway and Coney Island are the subjects of Mayor Lindsay's "Resort Amusement Advisory Committee." Representing the Rockaways are: Richard L. Geist, President of Rockaway's Playland; I. Bernard Hirsch, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways; Police Captain Thomas Hutchinson, 100 Precinct; Henry Jacobs, Walter Martin and Henry Zeitlin, Rockaway businessmen.

50 Years Ago... Rockaway's rapid transit system has been carrying an average of 176,000 riders weekly during its first five weeks of operation.

The newly formed Far Rockaway Rotary Club will hold its charter night dinner October 3, at the Park Inn Hotel, Rockaway Park, according to club president Milton Koerner.

Some 40 members of the American Irish Band of Rockaway will be individually rewarded for their efforts at the Feis at Fordham University when they walked off with honors for the second year in a row.

More than 100 special aerial shells made especially by the Interstate Fireworks Company for the Rockaways will be fired next Wednesday evening off the foot of Beach 98 Street. An average of 300,000 people throughout the peninsula attend the fireworks show weekly.

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