2007-06-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Seventeen-year-old Ernest Sam Thomas, a third-floor resident of 22-10 New Haven Avenue, Far Rockaway, is charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the fatal shooting Sunday evening, June 7, of 15-year-old Nicole Deveraux, a Far Rockaway High School sophomore who lived on the sixth floor of the same building.

Expect an RFEI (request for expressions of interest) on the Arverne Urban Renewal Area in early July! This hope was offered Tuesday night, June 9 by Robert Reach, director of development, services, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, during a regular meeting of Community Board 14, in the American Legion hall in Rockaway Beach.

More than a simple inaccurate map led to a gas main rip on May 7 that led to the evacuation of hundreds of people from nearby buildings and a subway station. The Long Island Lighting Co. map that Welsbach Electric Corp. (a contractor installing a power line for street lights) claimed was off about 30 feet was mismarked, LILCO reported this week, but it was not a map that was certified accurate. It was a map showing where it was believed a gas main was located. It was issued to a contractor- -O'Connell Telecommunications Systems- to investigate, and confirm or correct.

Albert Taylor, 22, of 1430 Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway, was arrested Wednesday, June 10 as part of a ring accused of stealing luxury automobiles from Manhattan parking garages, altering vehicle identification numbers, typing new VINs on to counterfeit titles and selling the vehicles. Dawn Doran, also 22 and also of the same address, is equally accused and is being sought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department's Auto Larceny Task Force and Manhattan Auto Crime Division.

"If it works don't change it!" This message was offered to the 80th annual meeting and election of directors of Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere on Monday night, June 8, by President Julius Granirer. Granirer, who has served as president of the hospital for 18 years, told all assembled in the institution's Perlberg Auditorium that the past year brought significant accomplishments and improvements, and more can be expected in 1987.

30 Years Ago...

Coordinated efforts have turned around deterioration of Wave Crest Gardens as a desirable housing development and made the future look bright.

Congressman Benjamin Rosenthal of Flushing, who has offered a bill to include Flushing Meadow-Corona Park in the Gateway National Recreation Area, reportedly took federal officials on a tour of the park on Sunday, June 12.

Rockaway Beach Boulevard was being measured for repaving in the Holland Area. Let's hope the city has enough sense to alleviate the flooding conditions before the street is repaved.

New improved quarters for Transit Authority Police at Beach 116 Street are a delight. This should have a huge impact in ridding the area of drunks and winos that frequent the subway station.

Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz is hoping for a speedy approval in the State Senate of the bill (passed by the Assembly) to amend the Public Authority Law to create a bridge toll reduction fund for Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge- -enabling the issuance of reduced rate ticket books at a fee not to exceed 25 cents a ticket.

Community groups were elated this week when the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan reversed a lower court ruling, and specified that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has the right to ban the Concorde supersonic transport as long as the ban is "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory."

40 Years Ago...

Housing officials, who talked about early acquisition and coordinated planning to speed the Arverne urban renewal program, might have told us that their timetable was subject to change without notice.

Sunshine and warm weather finally got together last weekend to bring the first big crowd of the season to the Rockaways.

Mrs. May Fetscher, president of the Rockaway Peninsula Democratic Club, is preparing to go to Scotland to join her husband John, who has been working in Edinburgh for several months.

Sidewalk inspectors have shown much interest in a tall crane, which has been used for several days on the job of erecting the new library building at the corner of Mott and Central Avenues.

50 Years Ago...

Hubert D. Murray, Publisher of The Wave, will be the guest speaker at the annual election meeting of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, to be held next week in the Washington Hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kragel Sr., 14-25 Cross Bay Boulevard, recently entertained a number of friends and relatives at a barbecue.

More than 1,300 people attended the second annual show of the Daniel M. O'Connell Post, No. 272, American Legion that was held last weekend at Far Rockaway High School.

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