2008-07-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

20 What The Wave Said Years Ago...

Three local firefighters entered a burning 12th-floor apartment in Rockaway Beach about 3 a.m. Sunday, July 3, removed a man from a bathroom floor and in a hallway applied Cardiopulmonary resuscitation; but the man died. (That's what residents of the building say; the fire department stopped keeping track after 24 hours, and the building's management refuses to confirm or deny if the man is dead.)

Ronnie Tester, a resident of Beach 19 Street, about 40 years old, was found Tuesday morning, July 5, in a lot near Augustina Avenue and Bayport Road, Far Rockaway, bludgeoned to death.

Rockaway, particularly the 100 Precinct (all of the peninsula and Broad Channel west of Beach 59 Street in Arverne) gave New York, and citizens everywhere, a splendid example last weekend of how enjoyable a holiday can be.

Peninsula Hospital Center is asking the New York State Department of Health for permission to reactivate 20 medical/surgical beds for use during the busy summer months.

Last week this newspaper reported the possibility of a Green Bus Line strike by drivers and mechanics. The members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1179 ratified a three year contract which will guarantee the members a three-year contract including a five percent increase next year, six percent that following year and five percent in 1991.

Every bride who will be using her husband's name, and everyone else changing his or her name, should contact a Social Security office to have his or her name changed in Social Security records, and to apply for a Social Security card showing the new name.

Detectives were still too busy at press time to discuss investigation of shots fired early Wednesday morning, July 6, in the 300 block of Beach 46 Street Edgemere, about the same time an automobile parked nearby was set afire and an incendiary device thrown at what appears to be a targeted house.

Eight unidentified male blacks struck and robbed a man who was walking on the beach at Beach 16 Street in Far Rockaway about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

Years Ago... 30

Transit Police started helicopter patrol this week of the Rockaway line, together with rail routes in Staten Island and open-cut rail routes in Brooklyn.

Rockaway and Broad Channel residents figuratively felt the blows last weekend as Governor Carey went out personally and swung a sledge hammer to demolish toll booths on the Southern State parkway. This was done despite the fact that he has twice used his veto power to stop reductions on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge - which divides two portions of Rockaway.

Four Arverne residents were arrested over the weekend in connection with the robbery of a 13-year-old on a northbound A train. Cornelius Fields, Calvin McKitens, Jeffrey Brown and Sherman Davis were arrested and charged with robbery. They allegedly tried to steal a tape deck from the 13-year-old.

40 Years Ago...

If our neighbors in Nassau County condemn the Silver Point tip of Atlantic Beach for a county park, at least they won't have to pay millions of dollars for unfinished buildings as the City of New York must do in its acquisition of Breezy Point Park.

Last week an impending strike by city lifeguards seemed to threaten the enjoyment of the beach on the Fourth. The lifeguards settled their differences and were on the job, but nobody thought to do something about the weather. It simply was not ideal and the beach crowds did not show up.

Asked how he likes working with his brothers, Nick and John, in the Breakers Restaurant, which their father, Pete, made famous, Leon Cholakis, former Syracuse University football star, replied, "Well, it's different from football."


Years Ago... 50

Rogoff's ran into trouble getting electric service for the air conditioning plant in its new store. Nevertheless many people attended the opening celebration last Tuesday evening and others have since called to admire the newly enlarged toy store.

The tar on the beach caused some annoyance to bathers on Sunday. Ships' captains say they don't discharge oil sludge where it might be washed ashore. But many bathers with tar on their feet will attest that it gets there just the same.

The Rockaway Special subway train was not filled with passengers bound for Playland exclusively when it made its initial run last Saturday. Others bound for Rockaway Park gladly paid the $1.55 for a comfortable, non-stop ride from New York, we are told.

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