2008-05-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Members of the special Anti-crack Squad moved into the Rockaways Wednesday in response to calls from Captain Harold Leibowitz, commanding officer of the 101 Police Precinct in Far Rockaway. Leibowitz was responding to complaints of concerned citizens of the area, who were upset at the increase in drug sales at the two addresses. The specialized unit went to 2017 Cornaga Avenue where they made three arrests and confiscated approximately 20 vials of crack, a pipe and $250 in cash. The team was led by Sergeant Henry Lemons and the arrests at 2017 were made by Police Officer Rocco Pobecomo.

Edardo Aquilla, 42, of Far Rockaway was arrested Wednesday morning, May 18, in connection with the murder of Samuel Pledger, 28, whose body was found in Beach 21 Street 100 feet north of Cornaga Avenue about a half hour after midnight on May 10.

Leases have already been signed with Fayva Shoes and Kings Pharmacy bringing the two chains to the Dayton shopping center at Rockaway Beach Boulevard between 84th and 90th streets. Work on the Fayva location, next to the beauty salon, is almost completed and the shoe store is expected to move in within a month or two.

Completion of a sewer project in Broad Channel's Cross Bay Boulevard, making possible repair of a roadway that is "a hazard to the motorist and pedestrian alike," is stalled despite "an applicable

solution reached between the city, state and contractor more than a month ago," Councilman Walter Ward reported last week to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch.

Elisa and Michael Marino of Rockaway Park are the proud parents of Michael Angel - that new tot in the neighborhood whose grandmother, Genevieve Cavaretta, says loves this place.

Brenda Lynn Rogue, a native Far Rockawayite, has been selected from among hundreds of applicants to compete for the state title of Miss New York.

Shavuot (Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks - marking when God gave Moses the 10 commandments) is being celebrated this weekend, by Jewish people.

Far Rockaway High School boys allowed Franklin K. Lane to take first place in Queens I PSAL (Public School Athletic League) baseball last Friday, May 13, when Lane smashed out an 11-2 victory.

"Bluefish" are just inside the Reynolds Channel inlet (between Far Rockaway and Atlantic Beach) at daybreak and sunset," and "fluke are starting," came word last week from the area.

30 Years Ago... 

More than 50 Beach Channel High School seniors and juniors have been placed in various 10-week career experiences - ranging from hospitals to airlines to law offices to banks - in the Career Bridges Program of the school.

Hammel Holland Seaside Civic Organization is unanimously in favor of legislation to mandate a 14-digit identification number on each handgun manufactured in the United States, and to have thefts of such guns reported within 24 hours, after knowledge of such theft.

New York State's Senate has approved a bill introduced by Senator Sheldon Farber which would allow the issuance of reduced toll tickets for crossing the Cross Bay Veteran Memorial Bridge. A similar bill was passed unanimously last year by both houses, but was vetoed by Governor Carey.

40 Years Ago...

Gene O'Rourke of Belle Harbor spent the last year on a world tour and gathered enough information to fill a book.

Potholes in most local streets are reaching the point where they are not merely annoying, but a menace to safety.

There have been some early season swimmers this year, but the cool weather has caused their number to fall below what is considered normal.

Memorial Day is Monday. Be sure to fly the American Flag from your home or place of business.

50 Years Ago... 

Just a few warm days brought out so much traffic that Far Rockaway merchants expressed concern about the conditions they expect to see in the summer and began to ask each other what happened to the municipal parking field that was under discussion a few months back.

Since the plan to use the Strand Theater for Far Rockaway High School's commencement exercise fell through the school auditorium will be used for the purpose, but there will have to be two programs, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

World War I veterans who march in the Memorial Day parade this year may not like to admit it, but 40 years have passed since their service to their country made them eligible for this honor.

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