2006-12-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Eleven-year-old swimming champion Jimmy Henning sports a New York Mets hat as he prepares to check out of University Hospital in Brooklyn just three weeks after he underwent surgery for the removal of a brain tumor. With swimming helping his recovery, he hopes to be back in school by the first of the year.

Yvonne Van-Ulsing, 21, who was shot in the eye Monday morning, December 1, by a white man in a ski mask who robbed Sidney Blank, 60, of Neponsit by taking about $5,000 in cash and about $15,000 worth of bearer bonds out of his safe, is in stable condition in Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn, but she may lose her eye.

"Bang!" went the money. Some of the loot fell out; most of the rest of the money in the bag was covered with dye, and one bank robber was partially marked by dye. That was the most dramatic moment in a robbery at Citibank, Beach Channel Drive at Beach 113 Street, on Wednesday, December 3, about 12:50 p.m.

Chasing an alleged burglar over the Gil Hodges Memorial-Marine Parkway Bridge to Breezy Point and then running after him on the beach to tackle him was too much like a movie for police to be comfortable. That's what they said Tuesday, December 2, after they had the suspect locked up.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital's south Shore Division doctors will hold a picket-line protest outside the home of Long Island's Episcopal bishop, the very Reverend Robert Campbell Witcher, on Sunday afternoon, December 7.

One Stop Photo Shop on Beach 115 Street and Beach Channel Drive held its grand opening this week with free sittings with Santa Claus for Christmas photos. One of the major services that day was the transfer of old photographs to videotape as a holdiay gift.

Selma Kaplan was once again elected as the President of Temple Beth-El on Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Belle Harbor. Kaplan is the first female president in the long history of the synagogue. Harvey Greene was elected first vice president, Dion is the second vice president and Seymour Kantrowitz was named third vice president. The elections were held on November 25.

30 Years Ago... Ex-Rockawayite Dr. Joyce Brothers (she was raised here and went to school here) will be a commentator soon on WNEW-TV (Channel 5).

Leaves litter. Remember leaves are officially classified as litter by the City of New York and Sanitation Commissioner Anthony Vaccarello warns merchants and property owners that failure to sweep leaves from sidewalks, or sweeping them into the gutter, can lead to summonses with fines ranging from $10 to $25.

Where were our finest when car windows were broken on the north side of Rockaway Beach Boulevard, from Beach 105 Street to Beach 123 Street? That's a long stretch for no one to see anything.

Burglary increased 22 percent in the 100th Precinct in November as auto theft (grand larceny) increased 14 percent, and robbery decreased 13 percent. Reported crime in the 100th Precinct decreased about 15 percent. 40 Years Ago...

Schwartz Appliances, 1518 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway, was burglarized for the second time in as many weeks. Radios and portable televisions were missing, reported police.

St. Camillus Band has been engaged to perform three times during New Year's weekend at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Demolition work is underway on the old Public School 43, located at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 111 Street. The school has been replaced by Public School 225 at Beach 110 Street. P.S. 43 is the last of the three school buildings which were started by the former Village of Rockaway Beach and finished by the City of New York following consolidation in 1898.

City officials are thankful that the site for the proposed South Queens High School on Beach 101 Street and Beach Channel Drive involves transfers of property under city ownership and not under private ownership.

50 Years Ago... Dr. and Mrs. Archibald O.M. Wood of Cornaga Avenue, Far Rockaway, have recently returned from a vacation trip to Cuba.

Carl Rappaport will be installed as president and Jack Braunstein will be reinstalled as chairman of the board of the Rockaway Beach Property Owners Association at a dinner dance at the Washington Hotel, Sunday evening.

James Doherty of 84-18 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Hammels, has received a certificate of good citizenship from the State of New York, accompanied by a personal note from Governor Averill Harriman.

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