2006-08-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Mayor Edward I. Koch came to Rockaway this week to flail the holder of the seat in the Sixth Congressional District and endorse a competing candidate in a primary election on Tuesday, September 10. He endorsed the Rev. Floyd Flake, who lost by a hair (after absentee ballots were counted) on June 10, and blasted Congressman Alton Waldon Jr. (for "stealing the election").

Two 17-year-old youths who were involved in a head-on collision on Rockaway Point Boulevard on August 25, 1979 , have been awarded $1.1 million. The estate of Richard Duffy, a passenger who died after several days in a coma with a brain injury, was awarded $770,000. The estate of Todd Poskitt, a passenger who suffered a fractured pelvis, femur and ankle, was awarded $400,000. Thomas Dukes Jr., who was driving, was judged seven percent negligent, with the city 93 percent negligent.

Rockaway Coalition for a Drug Free Community has scheduled a "Say No To Crack" rally for Sunday, August 24, in the Nordeck Houses' parking area opposite the Junior High School 198 yard in Arverne. The rally, initiated by the Community Advisory Board of Daytop Village and coordinated in conjunction with the Gustave Hartman YWHA Community Crime Prevention Advisor Coalition with support from the 100th and 101st Precincts, in addition to the Queens Borough president's office (represented by Jerry LaMura), is planned for 1:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Cutter Laundry brought in the body of a 51-year-old man Sunday morning, August 3, who it was presumed was a fisherman they had been looking for for two weeks. Coast Guardmen reported that the body was found about 5 miles from the Ambrose light and tentatively identified as Francis K. Woodward, who had gone fishing and was reported missing approximately two weeks earlier.

30 Years Ago... Aftermath of Hurricane Belle. Parts of our new beach are gone. Millions of dollars wasted. Nothing unusual. Believe it or not, the best street for driving during the recent hurricane was Beach Channel Drive.

Patriotism must be on the increase in the Rockaways. This bit of information comes to The Wave from Walter Blum. Mr. Blum has had a beautiful American flag flying in front of his home. The flag was stolen. This flag, along with flags from the front of The Wave office and editor Leon Locke's home make three that are missing in our area. There are either some nogoodniks in the area or patriotism is on the upswing.

Fear of muggings and killings has so reduced attendance at the Temple of Israel, Beach 84 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, that there was no minion (quorum) for services on Sunday morning.

For those who miss the column, Looking Back At The Wave, it will return shortly. Mr. Hubert Murray was writing the column until his recent death. We will continue soon. 40 Years Ago... Rockaway residents, visitors, and political leaders were out in large numbers Sunday when City Council President Frank D. O'Connor launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor at Donohue Park and other parts of the peninsula.

Top national leaders in Young Israel will be present Sunday for Young Israel of the Rockaways groundbreaking ceremonies. The carnival, being held on the Young Israel grounds, was mobbed Sunday with the appearance of WPIX-TV personality "officer" Joe Bolton.

Frank Andriano was elected president of the Broad Channel Volunteers (firemen) at a meeting at the firehouse.

The Rockaway Park Zionist District drew a crowd of nearly 1,000 to its sponsorship of the film, "Cast A Giant Shadow," at the Park Theatre in Rockaway Park. Emma Marcus, widow of war hero Mickey Marcus, was on hand to receive a copper-engraved Declaration of Israel's independence.

50 Years Ago... Formal agreement by the Transit Authority to release for parking field purposes land adjacent to the Beach 116 Street subway station was reached at Borough Hall Tuesday.

The 50th anniversary celebration of St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Belle Harbor, will be celebrated Monday.

The long sought change in postal designation for two of Rockaway's post office branches becomes effective September 22. "Hammels" station will be known as "Rockaway Beach" statiob and the Rockaway Park branch will once again be named "Rockaway Park."

A petition seeking a site and the money for a city hospital in the Rockaways has been submitted to the City Planning Commission, notes Jules Lipitz, head of the upstart group of west enders who want a city hospital.

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