2008-06-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago... 

What appeared to be a case of hit and run (witnesses saw the woman dragged about 10 feet) at Beach 69 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Arverne, on Monday, May 30, between 4 and 4:15 p.m. turned out to be a case of sexual assault. (The woman was thrown out of the car.)

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cape Horn, homeported at Fort Tilden, recently completed a successful week on search and rescue patrol in the vicinity of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The Cape Horn left Rockaway May 15 and returned on the 23rd. During the week she responded to three search and rescue (SAR) cases and made port calls in Nantucket, Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Provincetown. All ports of call were in Massachusetts.

"Critical but stable!" That was how on Tuesday, May 31, a spokesman for North Shore University Hospital described the condition of a three-year-old boy who was struck by an automobile on Saturday, May 28, between 3 and 4 p.m.

Transit Police arrested six alleged robbers on Thursday morning, June 2, after the running suspects were cut off by police officers from the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) at the Gaston Avenue- Beach 67 Street subway station in Arverne.

Seymour Sheldon, Democratic leader of Part B in the 23rd Assembly District, has been invited by James Fox, New York director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to attend a seminar relating to the drug problem that is so pervasive in our society.

John Guzzeti, 17, of 451 88 Street, Brooklyn, was arrested Monday afternoon, May 30, after he allegedly obstructed Police Officer Paul Brennan of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) from writing a summons outside 135 Beach 141 Street, Belle Harbor.

So smoothly was a stolen '85 Chevrolet Celebrity, that was driven into the sand about Beach 120 Street, Rockaway Park, Sunday afternoon, May 29, pulled out and put back on the street that police apparently have no record of it happening.

30 Years Ago...

Members of the Parents Association of Public School 197 have written to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn to protest the condition of the building that the hospital allegedly owns.

Police of both the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) and 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) are strictly enforcing three beach rules: No dogs on the beach; no bicycle riding on the boardwalk between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.; and no motorized vehicles on the boardwalk. Prince Wynn Post 260 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Broad Channel has started what is described as "the most vigorous and most concentrated" membership drive in the 59-years history of the post.

Proposals to install television cameras on Beach 20 Street from Mott Avenue to Cornaga Avenue, has been rejected by the city because it felt that "a microwave operation would have a serious environmental impact."

40 Years Ago...

Although they are thrilled by the convenience of the new Dayton shopping plans, there are still people who cannot quite believe it because it seems too good to be true.

Computers have invaded many fields of business, but not many people are aware that a computer now mixes concrete at Quadrozzi's yard at the foot of Beach 73 Street.

St. John's Home provided a novel twist for the Memorial Day parade at Rockaway Beach when, in addition to its brass band, it presented Michael O'Hara, a 15-year-old stilt walker who marched the entire route dressed in an Uncle Sam costume.

William J. Blum of Belle Harbor is receiving congratulations on his second hole-in-one which he achieved at the Huntington Crescent Club golf course.

50 Years Ago... 

There is a frantic scramble among boat owners these days to get their craft into the water. Many of the skippers were delayed by the rain in their work of preparing for the season.

Conscientious property owners who have these new fangled springs to keep their garbage can covers from being lost, now complain that the springs are being lost. Probably they mean to say "liberated." Life expectancy of the springs is becoming shorter than ever as property owners can testify.

O'Connell Legion Post's band has succumbed to the exodus of many oldtime residents from the community. The band has lost so many of its members that it could not take part in last Friday's parade.

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