2007-11-30 / Community

Looking Backward

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20 Years Ago...

20 Robert Roulston, 33, is facing a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on January 25 for murdering Police Officer Scott Gadell of the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) on June 28, 1986.

Violinist Corine Stilwell and cellist Soma Kim will solo in a "Double Concerto of Violin and Cello - Op 102" during the 38th consecutive annual Winter Concert of the Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra, as they did, with excellent audience reception, on seven occasions during July in Rumania and Hungary.

Drunk driving is blamed for a crash last Saturday, November 21, about 6 p.m., which took the life of Barbara Meyer, 46, of 264 Beach 127 Street, Belle Harbor.

Lawrence Mayberry, a fifth-grader from Public School 197, Far Rockaway, was judged as this year's Community School District 27 elementary school winner in a district poster contest, and on Wednesday, November 25, was presented with a $50 bond and certificate.

More than 150 people keenly interested in Mitchell-Lama housing regulations overflowed an open meeting sponsored by Beach Channel Veterans

20 of Foreign Wars Post 6191 and the Queens Borough Public Library the afternoon of November 19 in the Peninsula Branch library at Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach.

Steven Rozenshtein, a senior at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Beach, has been selected by the executive board of the Queens district attorney's office to be chairman (and moderator) of the Youth Forum Debate Committee.

Under the direction of Moe Scheingold, Public School 105's fifth-grade science club is making instruments to establish a weather station.

Far Rockaway High School will begin its second season of the MAX (the Musical Arts eXperience), a collaborative music project sponsored by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Department of Education, Victor Herbert's Dropout Prevention program and the New York Committee for Young Audiences, on Tuesday, December 1, in the auditorium of the school at 821 Bay 25 Street, Far Rockaway. Years Ago... 30 Complaints by a subway station attendant that she was menaced by a pitchfork led to the arrest on Saturday, November 12, of Melonia Kelly, 23, of the Hammel Houses.

Whether the Concorde supersonic transport is not as noisy as was feared, or the operators of the plane have figured out how to make the sound dodge listeners (human or mechanical) means nothing to people in Rockaway 30 who watched "the birds" come in this week.

Sidney Baumgarten of Far Rockaway, known best as Mayor Beame's assistant, is at the top of the list this week in names submitted to the Queens Bar Association, for possible appointment as a Family or Criminal Court judge.

Harry Wexler, 62, of Beach 147 Street had to be rescued by police on Tuesday night, November 22, after he lost control of his car, while it was in a garage across from Madison Square Garden. The car crashed into a crowd of people waiting for cars. 40Years Ago...

40It would be a small matter to have an area of the municipal parking lot at Rockaway Park flooded so it could be used for ice skating during the winter.

Pedestrians, and unwary motorists, too, become wrathful when a car passing through those new puddles of water on the boulevard, near Beach 80 Street, gives them an unexpected shower.

According to spokesmen for the De- Matteis organization, Surfside Apartments are 90 percent rented, Dayton Beach is 100 percent sold and Dayton Towers is 85 percent sold. That represents a lot of new families.

From time to time, steam locomotives are exhibited in various parts of the country and railroad buffs flip. Whatever happened to those cute little locomotives that used to pull the elevated trains in Manhattan? Years Ago... 50 From Seagirt Avenue after dark, what appears sometimes to be a "Sputnik" low in the northern sky, is the lighted cross on the top of St. Joseph's Hospital which glows brilliantly and seems to be in motion if watched from a moving star.

Working on laying the new four-foot water main under the bay is attracting

50 a number of sidewalk inspectors of the hardier type. It's cold out there on the Cross Bay Bridge, even if it is a fine place to watch an interesting job.

Max Horn made his first venture into the field of journalism. He compiled and wrote the material for last week's issue of the Far Rockaway Rotarian, bulletin of the Far Rockaway Rotary Club.

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