2008-05-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

20 What The Wave Said Years Ago...

Cheryl Skinner, 30, fell between cars of a moving subway train in the Rockaway Park-Beach 116 Street station on Thursday morning, May 26, about seven o'clock.

John McCarthy, 21, of 110 East Seventh Road, Broad Channel, was arrested on Sunday, May 22, after he allegedly struck a 23-year-old woman in the head and body with a hammer.

Detective Donald Moran has arrested Rodney Harris, who allegedly struck a 24-year-old man in the face with a gun on April 16 and threatened to kill the man if he ever came back to Rockaway.

Beach Channel Drive High School leads the city in high school artwork selected for this year's Lever House Exhibition, in the Lever House building at Park Avenue between 53rd and 54th streets in Manhattan.

Benjamin N. Cardoza Junior High School 198 in Arverne has won her third award this school year for her artistic talent.

Christina Nicastri was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics during Haverford College's 151st commencement ceremonies, on May 15 in Haverford, PA.

Jocelyn Matos of Grade 9-1 at Beach 116 Street's refurbished boardwalk comfort station will be ready in June, ending major disruption that has been an eyesore since the beach season last year.

Four Nassau Community College students from Far Rockaway were awarded more than $1,100 in scholarship money at the college's sixth annual scholarship and awards reception on May 11.

St. John's Episcopal Nursing Home in Far Rockaway has received a second perfect score from the state Health Department.

Chemical Bank has granted general support through its 1988 Housing Opportunities Program to three non-profit organizations in Queens: Allen AME Housing Corporation, Jamaica Center Housing Action Group and Star of the Sea Inc.

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Years Ago... Jewish Community Information Council, chaired by Rabbi Rubin R. Dobin, of Lawrence, has called for worldwide protests against the anti- Semitic test of the 1980 passion play in Oberammergau, West Germany. The Jewish Community Information Council has called the test "flagrantly" anti-Semantic.

Lawrence A. Landsman of Rockaway Beach has been named by Hofstra University to receive the university's Bovenaan Award. The award is in recognition for outstanding contributions to student activities and scholastic achievement. Police officer John Cliggett of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway was removed to St. John's Hospital, South Shore Division on Tuesday morning before 3 o'clock, when he tripped on curbing while searching for a missing seven-year-old girl, later found dead.

Delores Taylor, 38, of 51-49 Almeda Avenue, in the Edgemere Houses, was found strangled on Friday, May 26, about 2 a.m., when a police officer brought to the location came through a door that was partially open.

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Years Ago... 71-15 Beach Channel Drive, the Arverne "vest pocket" apartment project, is a fine building. Its tenants have organized patrols to keep things orderly. But Al D'Agostino, custodian of the building, says that recently vandals have succeeded in removing every light bulb from the top to the bottom of one of the stair wells. Signs in some store windows announce that a new business will open soon. That's a poor choice of words because in most cases "soon" ceased to be possible a long time ago.

Years Ago... 50

The Wavecrest Civic Association wound up its regular meeting for the season last Thursday evening in the auditorium of P.S. 215 where a crowd of about 200 people heard Magistrate Peter M. Horn speaking on the working of the court and its handling of juvenile delinquency.

Rockaway's $57,000,000 housing projects definitely advanced last week when the Slum Clearance Committee received word that federal approval had been given to the Hammel Title I project. The Wave was notified of the approval last Friday.

People of Broad Channel are realizing how fortunate they were that last Wednesday's fire did not become a holocaust as it destroyed three homes and badly damaged a fourth in the vicinity of West 13 Road.

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