2008-07-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Delores Brown's hands were severed Saturday night or early Sunday morning, June 25-26, with an axe, not a machete as daily papers reported.

Negotiations are underway at three locations in Rockaway for a surge of retail activity, reliable sources informed The Wave as this newspaper went to press.

Airman David D. Williams, son of Geraldine Smith of 20-49 Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway, has been graduated from a six-week U.S. Air Force administrative specialist course at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and thereby has earned credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

Grand juries in both Queens and Brooklyn are looking into charges that Gregory Hector, 26, of Edgemere is responsible for three murders (possibly more) and assorted other crimes (often including stabbings).

Replacing the North Channel Bridge (Cross Bay Boulevard over Jamaica Bay between Broad Channel and Howard Beach) is going to cost more than $58 million. (The New York State Department of Transportation estimate was $40 million - $70 million).

Skills training, vocational exploration, educational internship, field trips and group counseling are being offered this summer at Junior High School 198, 365 Beach 56 Street, Arverne, to atrisk junior high school students.

Eleven and 12-year-old boys were taken into custody, and transported to the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) police station, on Monday morning, June 27, about 10 minutes to nine o'clock, for allegedly stealing a 1987 Toyota.

Two people (a man and a woman) arrested Thursday night, June 23, for felonious possession of a controlled substance (allegedly 7 ounces of crack) were brought before the grand jury on Monday, June 27.

Four people in the other car were injured when Denise Jackson, 36, of 8100 Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach, allegedly drove through a red light at Beach 54 Street and Rockaway Freeway, Arverne, about 3:30 p.m. last Friday, June 24.

30 Years Ago...

Two arrests were made Tuesday, June 26, at a supermarket on Rockaway Beach Boulevard for grand larceny. The pair allegedly picked the pocket of a 73-year-old woman. Arrested were James Davis, 16, of Far Rockaway and Gregory Dunn, 17, of Rockaway Beach.

Lil Cricket steak house at 164-49 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, was literally a pile of ashes after a fire early Wednesday, June 28.

Demolition got underway Thursday, June 29, at Beach 115 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard on an abandoned apartment building which had been broken into on numerous occasions.

Rockaway's Fourth of July weekend started in a blaze - that destroyed about three blocks of boardwalk from Beach 27 to Beach 30 Street.

40 Years Ago...

One of the best acts in town is the feud between Jack Perlmutter, proprietor of the Tasty Shoppe, and his head waitress, Mary Ritondo. But is it an act? Customers with long memories recall that she once pushed a cream pie in Jack's face.

The angle of the new Cross Bay Bridge as viewed from Broad Channel, begins to look like the take-off for a sky ride.

Local Democrats who didn't care for the feuding between their leaders, Milton Jacobwitz and Helen Leonescu, are wondering how they will fare with Sy Sheldon and Mrs. Jean Larkin as leaders, each of whom represents a different faction.

Phil Samuels, who heads the dining room staff at Weiss' restaurant in Broad Channel, says that if you can't recall the singing waiter at Baxter's Iron Pier and Huntley Smith's restaurant in Seaside, you're not a real Rockaway old-timer.

50 Years Ago...

It has been six years since the Daniel M. O'Connell Post, No. 272, American Legion, sponsored the Rockaway Mardi Gras that was so well received back in 1951 and 1952. Many of the visitors who were here for the American Legion convention last week recalled the Mardi Gras and wished that there might be another this year.

William J. McShane, now on leave from the public relations department of Rockaway Beach Hospital, is a man who has taken some big jumps. His first was in a parachute while training as an executive officer in the Air Force during World War II. His latest is a jump behind the Iron Curtain during his current vacation trip in Europe.

Acting Postmaster Charles B. Buonora was the only candidate in the recent examination for Postmaster of Far R2.333sful.

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