2008-02-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Mayor Edward I. Koch is threatening to reduce police by 11 percent in the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) and by 6 percent in the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) if a bill to augment city employees' pensions is passed by the state legislature.


Police on patrol followed smoke to a suspicious fire at 67-18 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, about eight minutes to three on Monday morning, February 8; removed five people from a house that was threatened; and arrested an area resident who was observed leaving the scene.

Parents of public elementary and junior high schools in the Rockaways are considering two sites for a new Public School 43.

Far Rockaway High School boys clinched the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) II basketball title on Tuesday, February 9, with a 67-57 victory over Andrew Jackson High School on the Hickories' home court.

New York City is going to install a traffic light at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 90 Street in Rockaway Beach, where there is no sidewalk on the north side of Beach Channel Drive, thus thwarting use by pedestrians who have been clamoring for years for a light to help them cross busy Beach Channel Drive at Beach 91 Street or Beach 92 Street. Gang wars over territorial jurisdiction erupting at five city housing projects and a state-built complex in the Rockaways will dissipate when redeveloped Arverne Urban Renewal Area recreational facilities are put into operation, predicts New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch.

Housing Police skidded on icy North Channel Bridge on Wednesday morning, February 10, and struck the divider in the middle of the roadway, damaging the rear of their radio patrol car.

Four Rockaway residents will lead the 148th Emerald Ball - the longest continuously held event of its kind in the nation - next Saturday, February 20, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Park Avenue at 50 Street, Manhattan.

Airman Luther E. White, son of Linda Turner of 320 Beach 59 Street, has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Amy Maran, an 11th grader at Stella Maris High School in Rockaway Park, has been "published." Her short story, "AStorm," written when she was in the 10th grade, was chosen for publication in the 1987 "Young Writers' Annual," a publication issued by McDougal, Litell and Co.

30 Years Ago...

Three days after the big storm and it still looks as if it happened yesterday. When will they learn to push the snow into the bay?

Green Line bus driver Arnold Ruskin was punched, kicked and struck on the head with an unidentified object on Saturday morning, February 4, about midnight, when he allegedly refused to move the bus after about 14 persons got on and refused to pay any fare. The assault occurred in the vicinity of Carlton Manor, Beach 72 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Pothole repair crews are out in force again. They started once more by throwing salt and sand throughout the streets to alleviate the mess.

40 Years Ago...

Rumored possible closing of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway has stirred up a tempest of protest. Nobody knows how it is proposed to improve police protection here by operating only the 100 Precinct.

Plans are about ready for the start of construction on a 40-room addition to Peninsula General Hospital.

Is the talk about extending runways from Kennedy airport into the bay delaying the filling of the Beach Channel High School site? Some people say it is, but others just laugh.

Milton E. Jacobowitz is said to be losing interest in continuing as Democratic leader of the Rockaways and Broad Channel. If he quits, what a scramble there will be.

50 Years Ago...

The detention of four youth alleged to have stolen miscellaneous merchandise from the counter of the Kaycee variety store, 83-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Hammels, during the dead of night, points up the fact that newspapers are not allowed to identify culprits under the age of 16. It just seems to be common sense that parents of children should know the identity of those who stray from the straight and narrow. The department of Public Works isn't driving wells along the side streets of Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the vicinity of Beach 92 Street. Battalion Chief Griffith reports that the department is seeking the source of gasoline seeping into a manhole at Beach 92 Street. The chief said soil samplings are being taken every five feet to a depth of 60 feet in the seemingly endless search which has been going on for many years.

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