2008-01-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Members of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association learned more than they expected Monday night, January 11, in Public School 114 (Belle Harbor), when Police Captain Philip Erickson, commanding officer of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach), included in his talk his year-end report (in effect a "state of the precinct" statement). . Rockaway Senior Citizens Council is seeking men and women 60-years-old and older to sing, dance, play musical instruments or do dramatic readings at a Second Annual Senior Cabaret scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, at 2 p.m.

Five Stella Maris High School students won plaques from the Police Athletic League this winter for essays on the theme "Stories My Grandparents Told Me."

Sheila Baptiste, Margaret Byer, Cheryl Campbell, Margaret Doyle, Verone Medly, Nilda Milo and Margaret Pascal, all nurses aides at the Neponsit Health Care Center, were graduated early last month from a 100-hour (17-day) nurses aide training course.

Rockaway Council 2672 Knights of Columbus will hold its annual chalice party on Saturday, February 13, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at 333 Beach 90 Street, Rockaway Beach. of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) collared an alleged chain snatcher on Tuesday, January 12, when he returned to the scene six days after the crime.

Summer was setting when Jill Eisenstadt of Neponsit splashed on to the literary scene with a first novel, "From Rockaway." A new summer is now somewhere ahead, but the path to it is blanketed with so much snow that if there is a "From Rockaway" ripple anywhere, you can't find it.

Colman Genn, superintendent of Community School District 27, and Robert Spata, principal of Rockaway Beach Junior High School 180, will talk about "New Innovative Programs at JHS 180" at a general membership meeting of the Parents Association of Public School 114 on Tuesday night, January 19, in the auditorium of the school at Beach 135 Street and Cronston Avenue, Belle Harbor.

Jeremy Newman, 62, who was robbed and shot on December 29 near his home in Bayswater, is paralyzed from the waist down (the bullet hit his spine) and may remain paralyzed for life. (He is scheduled to undergo rehabilitation).

Years Ago... 30

The ice and snow has taken its toll. We were informed that one or two of the New York City ambulances were towed from the peninsula due to their involvement in fender benders.

There is talk about rebuilding the North Channel bridge (between Broad Channel and Howard Beach). Hopefully, the toll will be moved to this new bridge so Broad Channel and the Rockaways are united.

Residents of Beach 135 Street (the beach block) were hotter than high voltage heaters during the weekend, because they were without power. One resident of the block told The Wave that the power was disrupted Friday night when a transformer blew.

40 Years Ago...

When a four inch sewer line froze at Fitzgerald's Hotel, Beach 109 Street, Jack Fitzgerald wrapped an electric blanket around the pipe and thawed it out.

"Any accident you can walk away from is a good accident," says Assemblyman Herbert A. Posner. Last week he returned from Florida recovered from injuries sustained in a Christmas Day fall and was at his desk in the Assembly Chair in Albany.

When coal was in general use as a heating fuel, local residents would worry about the bay freezing over in cold weather, preventing the coal barges from supplying the local coal yards. It's all different now. By the way, have you tried to buy a coal scuttle around here lately?

Rockaway may bail out Lindenwood. A group of local doctors are reportedly negotiating to reopen the Howard Beach Hospital, which closed two years ago, shortly after it opened.

Years Ago... 50

Daniel, Michael, Timothy, Patricia and Kathy Tubridy, children of Mr. and Mrs. John Tubridy of 546 Cross Bay Boulevard, are confined at home with the measles, The Wave recently learned.

The cold snap over last weekend brought the first ice of the season to the shallow parts of the bay.

50 The three-alarm fire which gutted the A&P market on Mott Avenue last Saturday morning was the worst fire the Rockaways have experienced in the last two years.

Meyer Weiss of Weiss' restaurant, 16- 14 Cross Bay Boulevard, returned this week from a vacation with his son in Texas.

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