2008-01-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What started with adjoining drivers making comments that could not be heard in the other cars ended up the morning of December 24 with one man having his bumped-around car stolen.

Jeremy Newman, 62, who was shot on Tuesday, December 29, about 5 p.m., near his home in Bayswater, is in stable condition in St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore at Far Rockaway.

Inwood residents are gearing to thwart erection of a $10 million, 108- unit, four-story hotel alongside the Section E portion of the Nassau Expressway under construction which front at Burnside Avenue and back at Douglas Street, where working people have homes.

Dayton Towers has completed arrangements for the Rockbeach Realty Corp., led by Joe Eisenberg and Gary Solomon, to operate the Dayton Plaza Shopping Center in Rockaway Beach.

With Francine R. Fertig, Far Rockaway High School Law Club members toured the City University of New York Law School, spoke to members of the faculty and student body, and participated in a law class discussion one day last month.

Although we were hit with less than three inches of snow enterprising youngsters still managed to gather enough snow to build an igloo in Beach 118 Street.

Police Captain John Kelly, former commanding officer of the 101 precinct, based in Far Rockaway, will join

40 Years Ago...

For about three weeks a wrecked automobile has stood on Edgemere Avenue at Beach 44 Street. Is that so vandals can remove the car pieces?

The New Year began on a happy note. The snowfall was light, there was no transit strike and Mayor Lindsay says the 20-cent transit fair will be maintained "for the foreseeable future."

Since the completion of the traffic interchange at the Rockaway end of the Marine Parkway Bridge, the

Six years of Republican rule in Queens County ended New Year's Day when Supreme Court Justice James T. Hallinan swore in Borough President James J. Crisona of Neponsit.

The appointment of Jean Caplan Fox, 129-11 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, as a member of Local School Board, District 49, Borough of Queens, was announced by the Honorable James J. Lundy, formed Queensborough president, last week St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore Outpatient Alcoholism Program is the recipient of a $145,000 grant from the New York State Task Force on Integrated Projects for Youths and Chemical Dependency.

Homes with piles of seasonal gifts, especially homes where the residents are celebrating in other locations, are proving so alluring to burglars that Police Officer Bill King, crime prevention specialist of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach), is repeating warnings and advice he sent out months ago.

"Once Upon a Mattress," a comedy hit which starred Carol Burnett on Broadway, will open Saturday, January 9, at 8 p.m., at the Sam Levenson Theater of the Gustave Hartman YM-YMHA, 1800 Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway.

United States Congressman Gary Ackerman is reminding all Rockaway and South Queens residents that "the sultry days of summer may seem far off, but to get the jobs at Gateway National Park, your application must be in by January 15."

Years Ago... 30

Borough President Donald Manes on Monday, January 9, when 25 Queens residents are put to work through a federal aid program to man sidewalk vacuum cleaners.

Detective Sergeant Thomas White and Detective Bert Alvins of the 100 Precinct Investigating Unit plunged into the ocean on Wednesday, January 4, to save the life of a woman who fought them and pleaded with them to let her down. entrance to Fort Tilden has been moved from Beach 169 Street to the north side of the reservation opposite the Coast Guard Station.

State Senator Irving Mosberg resigned to take office last Saturday as Civil Court Judge. A special election will be held next month to choose his successor as state senator.

Years Ago... 50

50 Rockaway's new $700,000 institute for special education at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 64 Street will open its doors for the rehabilitation of children on January 27.

Hammel property owners who have buildings within the proposed Title I slum clearance area many take one step further in their five-year wait for the city to condemn their property after the next meeting of the Board of Estimate on January 9.

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