2008-03-07 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

 Beach 15 Street was quiet between Heyson Road and New Haven Avenue. It was Wednesday about 12:30 p.m. The passing up and down the block of a maroon Plymouth Grand Fury unmarked squad car served as a beacon to the dealers that something was about to happen. When the car drove the wrong way down Beach 15 Street, the lookout, a burly black man wearing jeans, a blue sweat shirt with a hood under a gray sweatshirt, ran to the back of the house on Beach 15 Street to warn the dealers.

Two residents of the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach and one from Jamaica, Queens, were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1 and 2, for the murder of a college student who was on a bus two weeks ago near Hammel Houses.

Twelve-year-old Allison Ohle of Breezy Point, an honor student at Rockaway Beach Junior High School 180, has completed a year without watching television.

Gustave Hartman YM-YWHAis forming a Jewish teen council to plan dances, other social and cultural events, and forums for ages 14-18. The council will act as a planning group to explore and decide on activities that would be of interest to this age group.

Passenger ferry transportation in the Rockaways, from pre-Civil War origins to Brooklyn-Queens service in the heyday of the Rockaway Boat Line Co., is the subject of a film and lecture sponsored by the Queens Historical Society and the Seaside Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library next Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m., at the library, 116- 15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park.

Poet Jackie Sweeney Thaler will conduct an all-afternoon workshop on Thursday, March 10, at the Robert Gordis Day School of Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park, 445 Beach 135 Street, Belle Harbor, to develop pupils' and teachers' thinking skills and creativity in the area of poetry.

Army Reserve Pvt. Eartha Harrison, daughter of Beryl and Vivian Harrison of Walcott Avenue, Inwood has completed basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

No injuries were reported after a firebomb set off a 20-minute blaze on the deck of a gasoline tanker tied up off Doughty Boulevard in Inwood on Monday night, February 29.

30 Years Ago...

High winds Sunday night caused it to look as if it just got through snowing. The freeway between Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive was closed westbound and had to be plowed out again Monday morning.

 Many civic organizations are printing up their own bumper stickers. These are in support of casino gambling. It seems as if everyone has banded together for one common cause - well, almost everyone.

Except for stolen cars, crime is down in all categories in the 100 Precinct, in Rockaway Beach, even though crime was low last year, which is being used as a comparison.

A return to trolley cars may be a good idea. Rockaway already has the holes for the tracks. All that needs be done is that a few pieces of asphalt have to be

40 Years Ago...

 The rolling equipment at Rockaway's Playland got a shaking down all last week in preparation for the amusement park's opening last Sunday.

From Broad Channel comes word of a Republican "sleeper" campaign this year for Assembly and Senate. ABroad Channelite will manage the Assemble campaign, based on "performance, past, present and future."

Quadrozzi, the Arverne cement yard is pouring tons of concrete for the piers under construction in the bay for the new Cross Bay Bridge.

Lucille Cohan says she was thrilled, when visiting Representative Emanuel Celler's office in Washington a few days ago, to see her favorite newspaper, "The Wave," opened on top of the Congressman's desk.

50 Years Ago... 

At Broad Channel a trench has been opened in Cross Bay Boulevard, just north of the toll gates, in connection with the new water main. Concern is now expressed as to whether or not the construction will be completed before our summer rush sets in.

 Some business people who maintain a parking lot would be outraged if customers of another store used their lot. Not so with Sy Brick of the House of Brick. "Sure," he says, "I know people use our lot when they shop in the supermarket next door, but a surprising number of them stop in our store, too."

What is an ill wind? During last Thursday night's storm, a wall behind the Winkler building on Central Avenue was blown over on top of several of Mel's Chevrolets. Everything was fully covered by insurance, we understand.

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