20 Years Ago...
Three men were arrested Monday night in a gambling raid that busted open the illegal "wire room" that they were operating out of a Rockaway Beach apartment. According to Suffolk District Attorney James Catterson, the raid was the culmination of a three month long investigation of an illegal gambling operation. Eleven individuals have been arrested to date in connection with a three county crackdown. The investigation, Catterson said, included the use of court authorized electronic surveillance. Detectives from the district attorney's rackets squad executed the search warrants Monday night.
There's good news in reported car thefts in the 100 Precinct. The numbers are significantly down for the first three months of 1997, at 35, as compared to 44 for the same period last year. And, three arrests have been made to date. The bad news is that grand larceny auto is still among the top crimes reported in Rockaway, and they continue to be reported on a fairly regular basis.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by former Mayor David N. Dinkins, presented a $50 United States Savings Bond from the District Attorney's office to Muesa Walter, the author of the winning essay in Far Rockaway High School's anti-violence essay contest. Mr. Dinkins was on hand to talk to students during the second annual "Say No To Violence Week," a celebration of the community's efforts to prevent youth violence. The district attorney's office coordinates an anti-violence program year-round in six Far Rockaway schools.
Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) has begun its 1997 season with The Harlem Dance Theatre coming to the Rockaways. Because of cutbacks in art and music in the schools, RMAC has added a new dimension to its yearly program- school based performance for local students. Dance Theatre of Harlem performed in both Beach Channel High School and Far Rockaway High School on April 2.
George Manas, age 14, of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League of New York and a resident of Belle Harbor, along with his team the Brooklyn Italians, won first place in the Enzo Ferrari Soccer Tournament held in Modena, Italy last week. The Brooklyn Italians, representing the United States, defeated five teams including the previous two-time winners on their way to the first place finish. George attends Xaverian High School and is the son of Jeanne and James Manas.
30 Years Ago...
Beach Channel Drive is being torn up between Beach 77 and 80 Streets for a new sewer and the noise is disturbing nearby residents. Another part of the price of progress.
After receiving a number of phone calls about furniture advertised for sale in The Wave by somebody else, a lady called to complain. The phone number in the ad was correct. People had just been dialing wrong. Another person now knows how many people read The Wave's classified ads.
State Senator Moseberg and Assemblyman Herb Posner have been working hard for passage of another Early Acquisition Bill. They feel it may yet be needed to back up federal efforts to supply funds for the Arverne urban renewal.
40 Years Ago...
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Laudati Jr., of 420 Beach 69 Street, was christened Robin Anne, Sunday afternoon in St. Camillus R.C. Church, with the Rev. William F. Burke officiating.
The Regular Republican Club of the Rockaways was formed at meeting last Wednesday evening, which was held by the Republican Club of the Rockaways, Inc., the Peninsula Republican Club and the Far Rockaway Club.
Francis E. Bennett and son, Edward, of Beach 116 Street were on hand Thursday at International Airport to welcome back his wife, Marie, who had been visiting their son and daughter-in-law, Lieutenant and Mrs. Francis G. Bennett and grand- children in Puerto Rico.
Donald W. Kahn, 413 Beach 137 Street, was listed among 31 Cornell University students who have received graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation.
50 Years Ago...
Fifty or more members of the last man club of the 24th Company Rockaways' Own, in World War I, attended the annual reunion and dinner held Saturday night at Anthony's Tavern, Inwood.
The trees planted in the circle, the Boulevard and Beach 120 Street, by the Belle Harbor Garden Club, are beginning to sprout.
St. Camillus' auditorium was crowded last Friday night when the confraternity dramatic club gave a presentation of the three-act comedy, "Mama's Baby Boy."