2006-09-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

For a "grande parade," go to Broad Channel on Monday, September 1. The Broad Channel Mardi Gras ' "grande parade" will begin at 1 p.m., either at O'Sullivan's Pub, 901 Cross Bay Boulevard, or Grassy Point Lounge, 18-02 Cross Bay Boulevard, with Dan Caccio as mayor; Bob Green and Eileen Glade, king and queen, and Kimbell Fecht, most popular teenager.

James Harvey, 29, a resident of the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach, was shot in the right shoulder last Friday afternoon, August 22, as he stood in front of the Hammel Houses building at 81-04 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. He was rushed to Peninsula Hospital Center by Emergency Medical Service and admitted in critical condition.

Westrich's Delicatessen & Restaurant, 194 Beach 116 Street, was padlocked August 26, allegedly for sales tax violation. Reopening was expected any minute when The Wave went to press. The closure notice was in two parts: (1) "Warrant Agent's Levy" and (2) "notice of Sale." It referred to "Article 21-1141B... Sales Tax."

Activity at Dayton shopping center proves that as part of a campaign to refurbish the premises, the owners of the center-Ocean Breeze Ventures-have pledged cooperation to the Rockaway Local Development Corporation.

A grand jury looking into payroll irregularities in Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz's staff heard testimony this week that Mary E. Robles, who has been on the Assemblywoman's payroll for three years never had to do any work to earn her $11,000 a year wages. At the time she was on the payroll, Robles said, she actually worked as a secretary to Democratic power broker Richard E. Rubin, who worked in turn for former Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes. While Lipschutz has steadfastly refused to comment on the grand jury, sources say that she will refuse to testify when her turn comes. The grand jury is also looking into charges of mail fraud and tax violations in connection with the fraudulent payroll scheme.

30 Years Ago... Robbers tied up a 67-year-old woman at her home in Beach 120 Street and removed jewelry from the premises. They posed as utility workers to gain entrance.

For everyone who has been treading fearfully when entering the 100 Precinct stationhouse-because for most of the summer there was a hole in the stairs-relax. Not only was the hole fixed on Friday, but there are now three brand new steps in place.

Two men with bags over their heads robbed the subway booth at Broad Channel Monday, August 30. They got away with $27 in cash and 3,000 tokens.

Revitalization is moving ahead quickly in Far Rockaway. LILCO has already placed new poles in the ground along Mott Avenue in the shopping area. Pretty soon the area will be unrecognizable, sources say.

40 Years Ago... Anybody who complained about the heat during the summer should have stood on Beach 116 Street where the Jamaica Savings Bank flashes the temperature and time throughout the day. People heading from the subway station to the beach usually commented, "Look how much cooler it is out here."

The weather was fine on every weekend during the summer season-until the rain arrived Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Still, the season was heavily on the plus side. While the plumbers were picketing the local housing projects, other trades were working on construction, which did not involve plumbing.

Paul and Sally Barelli, who made many friends when they ran Sally's Diner on the Beach 116 Street shopping strip, nearby the firehouse, have resumed operation, to the delight of many people in the area.

50 Years Ago... Mr. and Mrs. Cy Brick, of the House of Brick, and their daughter, Judy, have returned from a week's vacation at Cape Cod.

Mrs. Mary Gilbert, 540 Beach 131 Street, was the lucky winner of a mink stole in the annual giveaway conducted by Jay and Jay furriers, 113-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Wavecrest's civic groups, headed by Jules Michaelis, will press for bulkheading on the Jamaica Bay shore from the Cross Bay Bridge to Edgemere, which he disclosed this week, "is absolutely necessary for alleviating floods here during rainstorms and hurricanes."

Approximately 5,000 spectators attended the "Bands On Parade" first presentation at Seaside last Thursday. Some of the highlights of the evening were St. Camillus Senior Drum Corps, the American Irish Band of Rockaway, the St. Francis de Sales Corps and the Daniel M. O'Connell post American Legion band. More than 25 bands participated in the concert.

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