2008-04-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Two second alarm fires burned out of control until after 8 o'clock Wednesday morning, killing four people (three were young children), injuring another six, including two firefighters, and destroying the homes of two families. Fire apparatus from as far away as Tillary Street and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and the Whitestone section of Queens were sent in to assist in containing the blaze.

Fire companies from throughout Queens and Brooklyn, using more than 25 pieces of equipment and more than 100 firefighters, assisted in extinguishing Wednesday morning's blaze of a 2 and one-half story wood frame house at 11-14 Gipson Street, Bayswater. One firefighter from Engine Company 265, Arverne, was slightly injured and removed to Peninsula Hospital Center.

While firefighters were battling the second alarm fire in Bayswater, Wednesday morning, a firebox was pulled near Beach Channel Drive and Beach 44 Street, Edgemere, at 6:57. As three fire companies started to respond, the fire dispatcher received a telephone call reporting a house fire at 498 Beach 44 Street.

Army Reserve Private Maxine Edwards, daughter of Daphne Richardson of 529 Beach 64 Street, Arverne, has completed basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

With the alleged murderers of Christian Anaele indicted and being held for a court hearing, not yet scheduled, the office of Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci is sending out formal commendation for 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) detectives who, with "expert police work and attention to detail," made the arrests possible.

James C. Sullivan of Rockaway Park participated as one of 1,200 conferees in the 21st annual National Congress on Aviation and Space Education held in Los Angeles on March 24-28.

Rockaway's Rugby Football Club recently returned from a victorious overseas tour of England and Ireland. The club played five matches against English and Irish clubs in London - West Wickham, Dublin and Galway. An excellent time was had by all. In fact, former team president Jim Altherton said, "We had so much fun, it required plastic surgery to remove our smile."

Workmen's Circle Peninsula Branch 1073 will "commemorate the six million who perished in the holocaust" during a luncheon meeting on Sunday, April 10, that will be followed with a theater party.

Employers wishing to train employees in specific microcomputer programs may have courses tailored to meet their needs through the Brooklyn College Office of Adult and Community Education.

30 Years Ago...

Rebuilding of the boardwalk, ramps and stairway, from Beach 97 Street to Beach 108 Street, started this week. The total cost will be $911,000.

 Fears of huge traffic jams on the Marine Parkway Bridge have caused officials of Gateway National Recreation Area to revise estimates of the number of persons that will visit the park during the course of the year.

Casino gambling and the possible impact on the future of the Rockaways will be discussed at a meeting of the East End Auxillary of Peninsula Hospital Center on Wednesday, April 19.

Cleanup efforts have begun to rid Rockaway beaches of about 500 gallons of oil which washed up on the beach between Beach 20 and Beach 130 Streets.

40 Years Ago...

Black top is being applied to the parking lot at the Dayton shopping center in anticipation of a grand opening later this month.

One development on the political scene last week was the floundering of the attempt to unseat Assemblyman Moses Weinstein as leader of the Queens County Democratic organization.

Preparation for the season is going on at the Silver Gull beach club at Breezy Point, which is going to have surfing added to its activities during to coming season when the Parks Department will make an area adjacent to the club available to the surfers.

If the Dayton tenants cannot afford the 15 percent rent increase which now faces them, there is talk of storming City Hall. That failing, there is the possibility of blocking traffic on the Cross Bay Bridge. There is a comforting thought.

50 Years Ago...

Lieutenant Robert G. Dawson, USNR, 23, son of Mrs. Robert Dawson of Beach 142 Street, was recently designated a naval aviator and received his wings at graduation exercises at the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Ground was broken on Sunday following the annual communion breakfast for the new $70,000 home of Rockaway Council No. 2672, Knights of Columbus on Beach 90 Street just off Beach Channel Drive.

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