2008-01-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Just west of Seaside Avenue in Rockaway Beach, the 1987 Chevrolet police radio patrol car spun around out of control and slammed into a utility pole on the north side of Beach Channel Drive.

James Gulley, an eighth-grade student at Benjamin Cardoza Junior High School 198 in Arverne, came in third in this year's Community School District 27 Spelling Bee.

Raymond Caballos, son of Maria Caballos of 81-01 Hammels Boulevard, has been promoted in the U.S. Army to the rank of specialist.

Drug Buster Training will be given and telephone numbers will be issued to all who attend the 101 Precinct Community and Youth Council regular monthly meeting on Sunday, January 31, at 9:30 a.m., in the police station at 16-12 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway. The phone number can be used for confidential information.

Sassy Patti LaBelle will open Westbury Music Fair's 33rd season with seven performances from Wednesday, February 17 through Sunday, February 21.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is giving 10 trees to each person who becomes a foundation member (contributes $10 or more) during January 1988.

Tenants still living in eight apartments in the building at 175 Beach 68 Street - in the midst of the vast, desolate Arverne Urban Renewal Area - may get their water turned on again, if what's involved costs no more than Attorney Louis Somma says it does.

Action by owners of the property at 245 Beach 137 Street has resulted in its removal from auction sale.

The presentation to the grand jury of the case of a vicious beating of a young man in Rockaway Beach on January 7 has been delayed until Thursday, January 21. The delay, the court said, is due to the fact that the victim is being allowed sufficient time to recover so that he can be brought from the hospital to the court, where he is expected to testify against the man who beat him.

Carol and Michael Hagstedt of East Rockaway, L.I., are eager to let all of Rockaway know that their daughter Elizabeth has a sister, Tracey Lynn, who was born December 1 at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream.

Years Ago... 30

Death was ruled accidental in the case of Diona Durant, a six-year-old boy who was struck by a car on January 6 as he was crossing Rockaway Freeway about 100 feet west of Beach 56 Street.

Remember the 15-year-old Manhattan boy who went racing through that borough's busy streets with a 50-foot-long Greyhound Scenicruiser? Do you know what they did with him, after the police finally were able to catch up with him? They sent him to St. John's Home for Boys in Rockaway Park.

Rockaway was mentioned late this week as one of the hardest hit areas in the city, in the storms which struck early this week.

Community reaction has come quickly and sharply to a proposal by Alan Sagner, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to run express buses on the right of way promised to Rockaway for its connection to Manhattan through the subway in Queens.

40 Years Ago...

While the search continues in Broad Channel for the two missing boys believed to have drowned under the ice in the bay, efforts are being redoubled to save the Broad Channel community from condemnation.

Recent attacks on local residents riding the subway are leading to increasing demands for police protection against rowdyism and worse offenses on the trains. City Councilman John J. Santucci, Democratic nominee for state senator in this district, is expected to be a shooin next month in the special election.

The return of winter following a week of spring-like weather has most of us shivering harder than ever.

Years Ago... 50

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department has begun negotiations for the purchase of a two-story dwelling adjacent to its firehouse on Noel Road because of present cramped quarters.

Gustave M. Berne, developer of Wavecrest Gardens, Far Rockaway, flew to Miami recently to celebrate his mother's birthday. Assistant District Attorney Irving Mosberg of Laurelton was elected to the State Senate in Tuesday's special election against James J. Corrigan of Rockaway Beach.

Harry D. O'Connor has been elected president of the St. Rose of Lima Holy Name Society at its annual election of officers.

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