2007-05-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Rockaway residents who saw police hold down a man (and hold up traffic) on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 115 Street, Rockaway Park, on May 7 can assure themselves that the force used was necessary. The suspect, who was wanted here for robbery, was known to be fleet footed. In Forest Hills, Queens, it shortly turned out, the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant for murder committed while robbing a liquor store.

Detectives Kevin Crumlish and Thomas Flaherty of the squad at the 101st Precinct (Far Rockaway) are investigating an alleged shooting on Sunday morning, May 10 about five minutes to two o' clock at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 40 Street, Edgemere. A 39-year-old man from the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway told police he was driving on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 40 Street when he saw a black man about 37 years old fire a .22-caliber, black handled gun at him. He drove to the police station at 16-12 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, and filed a complaint, which was given the number 3292.

Students of the Rockaway occupational Training Center for Young Adults With Handicapping Conditions will sell crafted items of Lucite, ceramics, wood, needlecraft and baked goods at the center's annual spring fair on Tuesday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the rear yard of the center at 510 Beach 20 Street, Far Rockaway.

Whistles of approval came from all over the auditorium, in addition to the usual hand clapping calling for repeated curtain calls, when 17-year-old cellist Allison Eldredge finished her rendition of Dvorak's cello concerto with orchestra, during a Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra Concert on May 2.

A sign-carrying and boisterous crowd of over 400 residents shouted out their determination not to accept a shelter for 200 single males that the city is planning to construct in Edgmere. The site bounded by Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 43 Street to Beach 44 Street is currently city-owned property and within walking distance of a day care center which enrolls many pre-schoolers, Public School 106 and the Beach 41 Street housing project.

30 Years Ago...

Sorry to say that the Marine Parkway bridge has been patched up. This instead of a complete resurfacing. At 50 cents a shot one would think there would be enough money for a total resurfacing.

From the look of things there were more pro-gambling casino people at the rally than there were anti. Senators Patterson and Levy left Rockaway with the idea that this area was ideal for casinos.

Don't forget the big anti-SST rally at Beach Channel High School Wednesday evening. We expect to see a huge turnout of Rockaway people.

Plans for a giant motorcade to John F. Kennedy airport on Sunday were completed on Wednesday night, May 19, despite the fact that fewer than 500 showed up at a "rally of thousands" at Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Beach.

The St. Camillus band won 14 trophies at the Brooklyn-Queens CYO competition held at Floyd Bennett Field, Sunday.

40 Years Ago...

Finishing touches are now being given the landscaping at the vest pocket housing at 71-15 Beach Channel Drive in Arverne.

The two-story brick structure of the St. Mary Star of the Sea convent in Far Rockaway was dedicated last Thursday by the Most Rev. Joseph P. Denning.

Neponsit's Raymond Reisler has joined the ranks of Rockaway residents on the bench. He was appointed a judge of the Criminal Court by Mayor John V. Lindsay.

Directors and employees of the former Rockaway Savings Bank were given a party last week by the Jamaica Savings Bank. The occasion marked the 10th anniversary of the Jamaica Bank's acquisition of the Rockaway Bank.

An architect's contract has been signed by the city for stage one of Bayswater Park, according to a Department of Parks spokesman.

50 Years Ago...

Photographers were forbidden by Fire Department officials to use flashbulbs while photographing a trench being dug on the Boulevard and Beach 92 Street due to a larger concentration of gas fumes caused by a gas leak on Wednesday.

Did one or more of the city's departments goof in the sales and purchase of the site of Junior High School 180? The property was sold at an auction by the Real Estate Bureau to the Seaside Beach Corp., a client of William F. Brunner

.The Nike I guided missile will be on public display Saturday at Fort Tilden.

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