2007-02-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Community School District 27 is undergoing truancy sweeps. Hal Parker, the district attendance supervisor, explains, "In order to combat the problem of truants roaming the streets and loitering in playgrounds. Community District 27 has coordinated a procedure with the police truancy patrol unit… the district attendance staff and the police truancy patrol unit will conduct sweeps through out the district on a regularly schedule basis."

Police Officer Liz Smith, the new community relations specialist of the 101st precinct (Far Rockaway), is organizing a sports program for which with Bob Lane she is looking for groups and gyms that will help keep young people off the streets.

It's Girl Scout cookie time! Some 37,000 girl scouts are selling cookies in New York, and will continue to sell them through March 15. "It's an especially big year for us because we're also celebrating the 75th anniversary this year," Kathy Gallo, director of public relations for the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York Inc., told this newspaper last week.

Youth in action, a teenage group that meets in the 101 Precinct police station in Far Rockaway, will get together Friday night, February 13 for a "Pre-Valentine Dance!"

Fireman Bob Murphy went right into the flames (and came out coughing) last Saturday night January 24, when Engine Company 266 (Rockaway Beach) was called to a boardwalk fire that somehow got started in bitter, 20-degree weather.

Congressman Floyd Flake said that following in the footsteps of Joe Addabbo is "an awesome responsibility" but he is encouraged by the support he has received locally and in Washington to meet what he terms "the enormous task of a transition of this magnitude."

30 Years Ago... Captain Germano has his staff on its toes. The captain was seen visiting the 101 Precinct and later attending the installation at the democratic club. He had Detective Joe Smith to show him around.

Because of the icing conditions, New York Harbor is closed to water traffic in the evenings.

David Love, deputy administrator of the city's Departments of Transportation, submitted final plans for parking fields on Beach 19 Street and a bus terminal plus parking spaces on Beach 21 Street, to the Far Rockaway Shopping Area Revitalization Committee on Tuesday, February 1.

One police officer was left with ringing in his ears and cervical sprain on Monday, January 31, about noon, when Richard Hardy, 22 of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, was arrested at Dayton Towers as the "cat burglar." Officer Robert Brooks of the 100 precinct, who made the arrest with the help of Officer Edward Hanlon, suffered the injuries when he got into the patrol car with the prisoner.

More than 100 people showed up

Sunday at the 101 Precinct community council meeting. The turnout there is usually very good. Let's see if we can't have the same at the 100 Precinct.

40 Years Ago... If business seems a bit slow just now, there's no reason to be discouraged, says Bob Rogers, proprietor of the Rogers Hotel, Rockaway Park. He thinks that this condition is normal for Rockaway at this time of year.

Light bulbs along the Holland station platform have become targets for stone-throwers who seem to delight in hearing the bulbs pop.

Mario Russo, Arverne's famous picker of names says Shore Front Parkway should be called" delayed parkway." Referring to sewer stench in his neighborhood he once declared that Somerville should be called "stinkville."

Construction has started on a new chocolate manufacturing plant on Beach 96 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The site was formerly used in part by Weisman lumber company as a parking lot.

50 Years Ago... Assistant District Attorney Frank Crisona delivered a lecture on the dangers of dope addiction at the January meeting of the young regular democratic club.

The tentative assessed valuation of ordinary real estate in the Rockaways for the 1957-58 fiscal year shows an increase of $4,799,225 over the last year, the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways reported this week.

Mrs. Walter Schumacher of Cross

Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel

won the monthly award meeting of

the Mother's Club of St. Virgilius parochial school in that island community..

Marvin and Joel Nadler of Rockaway Park served as ushers at the wedding of their cousin, Joseph Rogoff, to Miss Leila Sue Schatzberg of Laurelton, Long Island.

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