2008-06-13 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Housing Police who responded to a radio run of a dispute last Friday morning, June 3, about 4:45, found a crack house (with packaging actually underway) in a fifth-floor apartment at 71-15 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne (Carlton Manor).

Fred Kohlreiter of Far Rockaway has succeeded Charles Cipolla of Rosedale as Democratic leader of Part A in the 23rd Assembly District.

Playing with what they thought was a toy they found, a 10-year-old boy shot his seven-year-old brother on Sunday, June 5, about 11:55 a.m., in front of 70- 02 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne.

Four Point Breeze Fire Department volunteers and Walter Travis pulled the body of a 65-year-old man from the water off Breezy Point last Saturday night, June 4, about midnight, after a 21-foot sailboat carrying three people capsized and sank.

Dr. John Stathis of Rockaway Park has completed continuing education requirements to retain active membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians, a national association of family doctors formerly called the American Academy of General Practices.

Sights of children in Far Rockaway, Jamaica, Hollis and St. Albans serving as pushers of narcotics and as prostitutes is driving Renaldo (Rey) Clarke, a 41-year-old resident of Far Rockaway, to declare his candidacy for the office of State Senator, New York.

Five-year-old Steven Polizzi of Rockaway Beach, who last Saturday, June 4, about 3:49 p.m., was struck by a car which did not stop, remains in critical condition in Schneider Children's Hospital, a unit of Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, to which he was transferred right from the emergency room of Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere.

Edgardo Robles, a 17-year-old Brooklyn resident, is in stable condition in Peninsula Hospital Center, Edgemere, after his head hit a signal while he leaned out of a C train window between Howard Beach and Broad Channel last Friday morning, June 3.

30 Years Ago... 

Funds for improving elementary school class size and street crossing protection were approved on Tuesday, June 6 by New York City.

Jerome Levenberg of Far Rockaway will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for State Assembly of the John Adams Democratic Club Thursday evening, June 15.

Betting on where casino gambling bills are going to go is like betting on ocean water and where each wave will break.

Ed O'Malley, executive director of the Community School District 27 drug prevention program has announced his candidacy for Democratic state committeeman in the 22nd Assembly.

40 Years Ago...

Quite a few local discotheque fans are finding themselves at loose ends after fire ravaged the Guys and Girls Rendevous on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 115 Street.

A pile of structural steel on the freeway at Beach 67 Street Thursday morning made a lot of drivers believe that it is dangerous to drive too close to a heavily loaded truck.

Surf fishermen report catching striped bass, few of which have been large enough to keep and none worth entering in a contest since that 33 ½ pounder was taken last month at Beach 123 Street by nine-year-old Joseph Nellon of 447 Beach 130 Street.

Twisted wire fence along Edgemere Avenue near Beach 45 Street shows where fire chief Griffith's car was forced in an accident Sunday morning. Happily no one was hurt.

50 Years Ago... 

Dr. Nathaniel Winston is the new president of the Rockaway Rotary Club. Dr. Burton F. Salpeter was president two years ago. They were seen skimming over the bay on the Salpeter yacht and some folks were wondering just what advice the skipper was giving his passenger.

Weekend stories about condemnation of property for Edgemere Park almost seemed to sound like the charges that were hurled about Marine (once called Larceny Park) at Rockaway Park. Among the differences are the fact that the Edgemere tract is, for the most part, above water, also that the city already has its landfill operation under way. Marine Park is just water.

A touch of realism was added to a fire drill at Public School 42 a few days ago. While the children were marching outside the building, fire apparatus arrived outside the building in rsponse to an alarm on Beach 68 Street. The firemen got a bang out of seeing the excitement on the faces of the youngsters who, for a moment thought there was a fire in the school.

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