2007-06-29 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

John Loughlin, who drove into and flipped another car the morning of April 12, leading to the death of Marigrace Carroll and serious injury to two other young people, was indicted and arraigned last week on charges which include vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular assault in the second degree (two counts) and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. There will be a hearing on Wednesday, July 1, in Section K3 of the Queens Criminal Court.

Representatives from St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore, Far Rockaway High School and the National Council of Negro Women, who attended a kickoff ceremony for a new adolescent pregnancy prevention program at the hospital in Far Rockaway, were instrumental in inspiring 40 students and their parents to participate in the program.

School Board 27 voted in favor of a resolution naming Coleman Genn as the district's new superintendent, at the Board's monthly meeting last week. Just a week earlier, the current superintendent, Marvin Aaron, stated at a dinner that "it ain't over till it's over." As resolution number 72 was passed 8-to-1 (vice president Goldie Maple abstained), it was obviously over. District 27 had a new superintendent as parents in the audience gave the board a standing ovation. A prolonged applause echoed through the hall as Coleman Genn was approved for appointment effective July 1.

Midshipman Selectee Jose Manuel Rodriguez of 24-11 Beach Channel drive, Far Rockaway, is on his way into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Jose, the son in Ramon and Demetria Rodriguez, graduated in May from the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI, where he successfully completed training for selection to the Naval Academy. He is a graduate of August Martin High School, where he excelled academically and in school government.

Out of the sky fell a huge metal part! Bill Boyce and Tom Haas, employees of the Seaway Marina, Thursby Avenue at Beach 72 street, Arverne, saw it fall from a silver airplane with blue trim that had just taken off from John F. Kennedy International Airport, and land in nearby Bayfield avenue about 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 25.

30 Years Ago...

Two Far Rockaway men face up to seven years in prison after they were convicted of shooting a pistol at a 707 jet as it landed at Kennedy airport. The two men are Ernest Stackhouse, 37, of 438 Beach 40 Street and James A. Young, 33 of 14-15 Mott Avenue.

District Attorney John Santucci was a guest speaker at the 101 Precinct Community Council. He told of one defendant having 500 adjournments, each time he claimed he had a heart condition and was hospitalized. The DA said he does not go along with this. He can see organized crime putting ads in the papers: "Help wanted. Hit men with cardiac conditions." No one would ever be brought to trial.

Joel Gerstel, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, is calling for a good cleaning and a coat of paint in the waiting room of the Rockaway Park/Beach 116 Street subway station.

Does anyone remember when there were six pothole crews assigned to Rockaway? Holes were filled as fast as they appeared. Now there is one crew and each time they need a new load of asphalt they must travel to Ozone Park.

40 Years Ago...

RKO-Stanley Warner Theatres, owners of the newly built RKO twin theatres on Rockaway turnpike in Lawrence, have turned down the request to reopen the recently closed Strand Theatre on Beach 20 Street, Far Rockaway. The building continues to house a beauty parlor and the 101 Precinct PAL.

Mr. Ernest Brown of Edgemere, president of the P.S. 106 Parents Association has called for the construction of a large, modern school building to replace the existing school at Beach 35 Street and the oceanfront. Mr. Brown cited over crowding and the lack of essential facilities, such as cafeteria, gymnasium and playground for the children.

Far Rockaway High School's second graduation exercise effort on the football field turned into a shambles Friday when a sudden change in the weather blew large clouds of sand and litter throughout the crowd. The program was temporarily halted while the audience retreated to the school building until the weather front had passed.

50 Years Ago...

Transit Authority planners are seeking the advice of the owners of Rockaways' Playland on a proposed "subway express" to the beach to run on weekends this summer.

Work on the Far Rockaway subway station is progressing on schedule, according to Transit Commissioner Charles L. Patterson. The station is schedule to be in service by the spring of 1958.

According to Construction Coordinator Robert Moses, the Board of Estimate should be approving Title I redevelopment for Hammels next month.

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