2007-12-07 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 andeven people arrested this week in the 101 precinct (Far Rockaway) are believed to be responsible for at least 70 car thefts in the precinct.

West End Temple's Contemporary Group is sponsoring a children's Chanukah party on Sunday afternoon, December 20, at the temple, at Beach 147 Street and Newport Avenue, Neponsit.

Police Officer Louis Gorrassi of the 100 precinct (Rockaway Beach) suffered hand burns Sunday night, November 29, about midnight, when he helped push a car out of a garage aflame.

Rapes and robberies are plaguing the area around Beach 22 Street, and residents are asking the police to beef up patrols in that area.

Shoppers by the numbers are calling the offices of The Wave to complain about the lack of lighting at the renovated shopping center at Beach Channel Drive and 113 Street.

Nancy Averys and Palma Surasky, who were involved in a head-on crash in Beach Channel Drive about 500 feet west of Beach 146 Street, Neponsit, last Saturday morning, November 28,

20 about 3:50, are in critical condition in intensive care units in Brooklyn's Brookdale Hospital and Kings County Hospital, respectively.

Steps to set up guidelines to help avoid radical disruption in areas of sewer construction (especially construction slated for spring 1988) were taken Wednesday night, December 2, at the Washington Hotel in Rockaway Park.

Alleged impersonation of a police officer led to arrest in the 100 precinct (Rockaway Beach) last month for William Kelly of 155-14 Bridgeton Street, Howard Beach, and Donald Gardiner of 1601 East 29 Street, Brooklyn.

Army Pvt. James J. Avelin, son of Terry Barrett of 121-16 Ocean Promenade, Rockaway Park, has arrived for duty at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona.

Wave Publishing Company, Rockaway's Newspaper since 1893, and The Forum of South Queens, has set December 11 as the tentative date for moving to its new headquarters. Years Ago... 30 Another grand opening that is scheduled soon, is that of the remodeled Surfside Cinema. This time let's support our local theatre. The prices are not nearly as high as those charged in theaters off the peninsula. The opening will be December 4.

It took a medical examiner's report last week to corroborate that a man died because he was not aware enough of what he was doing to his head.

30 According to police, Michael Digilio apparently died when he slumped down his head on his chest, cutting off his breathing.

Bad sewers and catch basins have been at fault for many fender benders. The cold snap has caused many puddles to freeze. This has caused many drivers to go sliding along into anything in sight.

Fire on Thanksgiving morning destroyed the back supply room of the shorefront clubhouse of the Ozone- Howard Little League in Ozone Park. 40 Years Ago...

40 The deck on the boardwalk is showing its age in places. Nail heads protrude so that walking becomes hazardous. Perhaps slabs of reinforced concrete would be the solution.

New construction is underway at Martin's Corner, Beach 98 Street, in preparation for some new attractions.

The route of the rebuilt Cross Bay Bridge is becoming apparent from Broad Channel. A line from the bridge abutment, through where the pile driver is working, would pass to the east of the present bascule bridge across Beach Channel, to meet the Rockaway shore just where the present bridge is located.

The Columbia Savings office at Beach 86 Street and the boulevard was the first of the local institutions to break out the Christmas decorations. With the assistance of Dean George, the office staff did a beautiful job. Years Ago... 50 Contract bids for Redfern Houses II will be accepted on December 10, it has been announced recently by the New York City Housing Authority. The low-income project will be designed especially for the aged and large families, and it is the first development of this nature.

At the climax of a successful season, the St. Camillus Band has received an

50 invitation from the Orange Bowl Committee to participate, for the fourth successive year, in the Orange Bowl Parade, held in Miami on New Year's Eve.

Hydraulic fill will be used to restore the beachfront between Beach 9 Street and Beach 52 Street, as the result of a decision made by the Board of Estimate last week.

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