2008-02-29 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Andre Binaird, 21, of Brooklyn, has been indicted for the fatal stabbing of Gregory Foster, 35, in the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach on December 19.

Criminal strike-connected tugboat mischief was feared the night of February 18 when the manager of General Marine Corporation reported that "an unknown person threw some sort of incendiary device" from the North Channel Bridge onto a barge that was being towed.

Norman Shaw, 37, of 38-08 Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere, was charged with attempted murder of a police officer after his 9-millimeter Walther apparently failed to fire Wednesday morning, February 24.

To encourage tree planting, the National Arbor Day Foundation is giving 10 shade trees to each person who joins the non-profit foundation during February 1988.

Prince-Wynn Post, No. 260, Veterans of Foreign Wars, has once again been called upon to act as an emergency feeding station. The Broad Channel based VFW post and its Ladies Auxillary, will distribute U.S. Government surplus foods to the needy of the area, Saturday, February 27. The distribution will begin at 10.

Brian Kenzik has been named Police Officer of the Year in the 100 Precinct.

On your 1987 tax return, federal law now requires you to show the Social Security number for each dependent you claim who is five-years-old or older.

Parents expressed gratitude to Judith Schroback, assistant principal of Public School 197 in Far Rockaway, on February 10, after she talked to a joint meeting of Project Child and the Parent Advisory Council at P.S. 197 about "Family Living and Sex Education."

Rockaway's medical society is on the verge of resurrection. Specialization killed the society about 15 years ago, but this same specialization us spurring its rebirth.

30 Years Ago...

Chalk up another loss for Rockaway's gambling aims, si, si. In a bid for tourist money, the government of Spain reportedly has lifted its 53-year ban on gambling and issued licenses for 18 casinos. Not only that, but most of the casinos expect to be in operation by the start of the summer season.


Garden sites, large enough to provide substantial food for a family of four, will be available this spring at Gateway National Recreation Area. More than 250 gardens are available free of charge by Gateway and the New York City Gardening Program of Cornell University's Cooperative Extension.

In a letter to at least one Neponsit resident, Texaco has expressed "extreme regret… of the damage caused by the severe winter in the area… We are concerned that you or your family may have been personally affected by this unfortunate incident," said G.S. Loturco, credit manager. "If we can be of any help by extending additional time to pay your account, we would welcome the opportunity to be of assistance," he added.

40 Years Ago...


It will be 40 years ago tomorrow that the late A. Joseph Geist acquired the former Thompson Park which he renamed Rockaway's Playland.

Decision is not expected for several weeks in the libel case brought by Democratic Leader Milton E. Jacobwitz against Assemblyman Herbert A. Posner. It was argued last week in the Court of Appeals in Albany.

Our new State Senator John Santucci thinks it may be a good idea to find some other way than a special election to fill a vacancy in the State Senate. He was appalled by the seeming lack of interest in last Tuesday's election.

The Far Rockaway business section will lose another well-known establishment next week when Joseph Katz closes the Max Bruer Curtain Shop on Central Avenue and moves his business to Cedarhurst.

50 Years Ago...

There will be some changes on Beach 116 Street this year. Rogoff's will move into the store now occupied by Garden Fresh, doubling the size of its present quarters. Garden Fresh will move to the ocean block, next to the Breakers Restaurant.


Thursday night's wind and rain storm was the indirect cause of a fire which destroyed the roof of Motor-marine, a subsidy of Herbert Brothers Oldsmobile agency, located at 363 Beach 71 Street, Arverne, and caused the loss of marine equipment.

Lois Merri Rosenblatt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Rosenblatt of 20-39 Seagirt Boulevard, will celebrate her birthday this Friday.

The railroad trestle at Nameoke Street, formerly used by the Long Island Rail Road in its run to Far Rockaway terminal, is in the process of being demolished.

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