2008-04-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Murder decreased to three in the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) in 1987, to put this precinct almost at the bottom in the borough.

Lila Rodriguez of Hessler Avenue in Arverne allegedly was so preoccupied by an automobile accident she saw at Beach 65 Street and Beach Channel Drive that she drove into the side of a police radio patrol car.

Poly Prep Country Day School Seniors Bradley Cooper, Erika Baccio and Samantha Di Gennaro (residents of Neponsit, Belle Harbor and Breezy Point) have won New York State Regents Scholarships.

Sixteen-year-old Ishmael Sanders of Far Rockaway appears to be heading toward a promising pro-boxing career, if he decides to go this route in a couple of years.

Five students in Ruth Siegel's 5A class in Public School 105 (Edgemere) won the first prize in the 68th annual citywide fire prevention contest for schoolchildren this spring.

New York City's Human Resources Administration has specifically omitted Community District Q14 from a solicitation for providers of services for case management services to pregnant and parenting teens.

Dante P. Butler, son of Jacqueline Butler of 131 Beach 56 Place, has been promoted in the U.S. Army to the rank of specialist four. Planning for a 71-bed expansion of the Neponsit Health Care Center was dealt a serious blow this week when Community Board 14 refused to approve 41 of the health-related beds.

St. Francis de Sales "Boys of Summer" got off to a hot start in the 1988 CYO baseball season, winning four out of five opening day games last Saturday.

New York Yankees and the Rigolletto jeans company have inaugurated a high school essay contest with $4,500 available in scholarships to the winners. The program, which is being held in coordination with the New York City Board of Education, is based on the theme, 'Why I Want to Be a New York Yankee.' It is open to all New York City high school students, grades ten through 12.

30 Years Ago...

Windows of Public School 225, Rockaway Park, have been repaired, but the roof is still leaking, the fence and flagpole rusting, and tiles falling and in need of repair.


Mail fished out of Jamaica Bay last week turned out to be checks to Con Edison, for electricity and gas. It all started in Broad Channel when somebody saw Con Edison payment envelopes floating around, a Con Ed spokesperson told The Wave. That was Thursday morning. Before the morning was over, representatives of Con Ed, postal inspectors and four police officers were in Harbor Launch 6 (based in Howard Beach) looking for mail in the water. The mail sack was found on rocks behind McDonald's and sacks of mail with rubber bands around the stacks were found floating behind Beach Channel High School.

Eighteen hundred fifty one dollars has been allocated for eight different kinds of repairs at Public School 183, Rockaway Beach.

40 Years Ago...

The Beach 101 Street intersection with the freeway has been the cause of great concern since an accident a few days ago caused the death of a 10-yearold child.


Property owners in the Five Towns are rallying to fight a proposed housing project at Silver Point. They say they prefer creating a county park instead, which will be less burdensome to the taxpayers.

A Long Island Lighting Company pole on Beach 116 Street near the boardwalk is charred from top to bottom, a reminder of the heat generated by the burning of Curley's Atlas hotel early this month.

According to a Parks Department spokesman, it is almost useless to hammer down the nail heads protruding from the decking of the boardwalk. That has been done so many times that the nails no longer hold. A new deck is the answer when the department can find the necessary money.

50 Years Ago...

Morty Grossman will be lionized Saturday night with Leo Nagin and Allen Sylvane for their services rendered to the West End Temple.


Ground was broken on Sunday following the annual communion breakfast for the new $70,000 home of the Rockaway Council No. 272 Knights of Columbus on Beach 90 Street. John T. Clancy was elected to his sixth one year term as president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Attorney Sidney Schorr of 1455 Granada Place, Far Rockaway, last week assumed his new post as an official referee for the New York State Workmen's Compensation Board.

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