2008-08-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

 Two people were wounded and a third told police a gun was aimed at him but not fired during a shooting on Thursday, July 28, about 5:15 p.m. on a northbound A train at the Edgemere station (Beach 35 Street).

Long forgotten fines by Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere for violations long corrected were reported last week by the State of New York Department of Health.

One youth was killed and three teenagers were wounded Monday, August 1, about 11:57 p.m., when shots were fired from an Edgemere Houses parking lot in Arverne.

St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church congregants will bid their pastor, the Rev. James Devine, farewell on Sunday, August 28, after a mass at 12:30 p.m.

Officer Kevin Harrigan, who plays on the internationally recognized Police Olympic Basketball Team, has taken over the duties of the youth officer in the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach).

More than 11,000 "poor kids" from throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island - many of them residents of welfare hotels - are enjoying "an alternative to the streets" this summer (through August 26) at a day camp operating in the Breezy Point Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.

Accidental drowning apparently led to the death early this week in a Jamaica Bay tributary of Henry John Thomas, 194-14 Nashville Boulevard, Springfield Gardens, Queens.

Twenty-one Simcha girls in a day camp unit at the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA in Far Rockaway are looking forward to a picnic boat ride on Tuesday, August 9, on the $30 million yacht owned by real estate kingpin Donald Trump.

Lemar Larsen, 17, a Far Rockawayite held on $10,000 bail for allegedly robbing a store in Atlantic Beach at which he had worked, was given a hearing on Wednesday, August 3, in Part 9 of the Nassau County court in Mineola.

Rockaway women took fourth place in the fourth annual All-Women Lifeguard Tournament hosted by Gateway National Recreation Area at Jacob Riis Park on July 27.

30 Years Ago...

Sewer work on Seagirt Boulevard is being blamed for telephone poles collapsing all over the block on Beach 32 Street between Seagirt Boulevard and Seagirt Avenue Monday, August 7 starting about 10:45 a.m.

Three men were injured on Wednesday, August 2, when a man identified only as "Big O" fired a shotgun blast in the Beach 44 Street, Beach Channel Drive area.

Dogs of Rockaway, if you have to go, you stand a better chance of getting away with it in the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) than the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway). At best, enforcement of the new law that requires dog owners to clean up after their pets is limited in the 100 Precinct.

"Gateway will not create problems for the residents of the community." This assurance was forwarded to the community through The Wave this week by Herbert Cables, assistant director of external affairs, for the Gateway National Recreation Area.

40 Years Ago...

Absence of the wrecking crews from the Arverne I area toward the end of the week started people thinking that the announced resumption of demolition was just another false alarm.

Last Tuesday, John Howley and Milton Jacobowitz found themselves to be opponents in a Civil Court case. Later in the day, they met in Supreme Court where Howley opposed Jacobowitz's attempt to obtain a new Democratic primary election. No verdict in either case.

One day last week a plane was reported being nine hours late when it landed at Kennedy airport. Very few transcontinental railroad trains ever got the far behind schedule.

50 Years Ago...

There'll be another vote on Bingo in the November election. This time it's a local option, upholding or denying the recent approval of the Board of Estimate.

Local automobile dealers tell us that this has been one of the best used car seasons they have had in some time. We're not clear whether the public is becoming more price conscious about new models or is spending money to buy better used cars.

There are local businessmen who say Rockaway won't really know the effect of the local wave of apartment house building for another 10 years. By the, some declare, "we'll be another Brighton Beach," and they don't sound as if they relish the prospect.

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