2006-12-29 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Sister B. Blackwell of Huntington Station, L.I., was so horribly injured when an ’86 Chevrolet she was driving east on Beach Channel Drive in the vicinity of Beach 104 Street in Rockaway Beach last Saturday, December 20, crashed that she did not come out of the surgery recovery room at Peninsula Hospital Center until Monday, and then was moved in critical condition (with a resuscitator) into special care.

No matter how negotiations for funds for transit capital improvements go, there will be no request to hike the tolls on the bridges connecting Rockaway to the rest of Queens and Brooklyn.

Seething wrath in connection with an assault on three workmen (and one death) Monday night, December 22, when the men were on their way home from construction in Broad Channel is sharply increasing racial tension, especially in South Queens, this week.

Missy was found under the boardwalk on Rockaway Beach last week, shivering, starving, one eye just hanging loosely in a pus-and-sand-filled socket. Is there a family who would give her a place in its heart? This question came from the person who found Missy, a sad little pup who seemed to have been abandoned, and couldn’t quite understand what had happened.

The Wave recently instituted a new policy, printing the local precinct’s blotter each week. So far, the new column has received mixed reviews. One resident called to say that “maybe the SOB’s would think twice before committing a crime now that their name will be in the paper. On the other hand, some who wrote and called said that the column will cause lots of family hardships and that people will lose their jobs if their name appears in the blotter. While the verdict is still out as to the futuer of the column, for the present, we continue to print all of the names we receive for the blotter each week in the public interest.

30 Years Ago... Personnel at the Lawrence Nursing Home, 350 Beach 54 Street, found the body of Evsey Aleshin, 86, early Saturday morning, December 18, on the first floor roof. It is suspected that he fell from the fourth floor roof.

Plans for rehabilitation of the old Rockaway Beach courthouse suffered a setback with the announcement that the submitted plans for renovation were ineligible as not meeting the criteria for federal funding under the Community Development Act.

The new John Adams Democratic club is taking shape very rapidly. Officers have not yet been elected, but keep watching in the coming months.

We are still watching the battle of the bus stop. The signs on the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 91 Street keep moving back and forth. We don’t know where they will be next.

40 Years Ago... Mrs. Ada Zakin of Far Rockaway, who has advocated a junior high school in Far Rockaway, feels her efforts have not been wasted, now that approval is being sought for Intermediate School 53 to be built on the site of old Public School 39.

There was mild excitement in Rockaway Park a few days ago when two ambulances from Peninsula Hospital and one from the Broad Channel Fire Department sped along the Boulevard. It was just a coincidence; there was no disaster.

Our Neponsit neighbor, Sam Levenson, is enthusiastic about local interest in two big concerts being sponsored

by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council. They will feature Mischa Elman, violin virtuoso, on January 21, and the duo-pianists Gold and Fizdale on April 1.

Peter Cholakis, proprietor of the Breakers restaurant, Beach 116 Street, presides over the kitchen and leaves the management of the front end of the business to his sons, John, Nick and Leon, the former Syracuse football star.

50 Years Ago... David C. Liebler, principal of Public School 44, is again in charge of the evening recreational center at Public School 114, whose offerings are so popular with a great many local residents.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Brucato, 69-57 Thursby Avenue, are the parents of a daughter, Doretta Marie, born at St. Joseph’s Hospital, December 22.

The 56-member St. Camillus Band completed a six-day, 2200 mile southern swing last night when they stepped from a chartered DC6-B at Idlewild Airport.

One of the busiest men in the Rockaways is John J. Barry, Sr., 170 Beach 87 Street, a senior member of the Police Department bomb squad, who inspects suspicious packages received by public officials and is hard at work, trying to spoil the “Mad Bomber’s” attempts to annihilate New Yorkers.

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