2008-09-19 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 What is fast becoming the largest fair of its kind in the New York City area, RMAC's (Rockaway Music and Arts Council) Fall Festival continues to add to the day's festivities.

Alleged illegal removal of clams from polluted Jamaica Bay led to the arrest on Wednesday, September 12, for John W. Cameron Jr. of 2053 Gates Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens, and Marcie Bender of 79-16 Main Street, Kew Gardens Hill, Queens.

Dead in the driver's seat was Graham E. Smith, 20, of 167 Beach 118 Street, Rockaway Park, when what was left of a 1979 Datsun was pulled away from a concrete wall enough so the body could be extracted.

Prince-Wynn Post No. 260, Veterans of Foreign Wars, has been called upon again by the General Services Administration of the State of New York to distribute United States government surplus foods to needy residents of the area.

"Sniper on Beach 65 Street!" - that's what telephone calls cried to the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) on September 8, about 6:45 p.m.

Helen Smith, whose husband Allan, 63, was killed July 13 when he was

Bulldozers and firefighters are working on an old landfill site in Rockwood Park-Spring Creek (adjoining Howard Beach) after discovery this week by Councilman Walter Ward that not only do fires burn there continuously, but that the site is the source for a good part of the odor that is plaguing the Howard Beach area.

40Years Ago... Isn't it about time for local conversation to begin about an outdoor iceskating rink at Riis Park?

Sam Gallagher, who established a record for delivering babies before he retired from the 100 Precinct, says one expectant mother became indignant last week when she learned that he was no longer on the job and she would have to go to the hospital for the big event.

Feeling that Silver Point may shortly become a Town of Hempstead park,

Police have been giving more attention to speeding cars along Seagirt Boulevard recently. Strange how the offending drivers fail to notice the approach of the cops, even when the latter "splash through the lakes in the streets after a rainstorm sending clouds of water high into the air.

From time to time "tomatoes" appear before the bench at the courthouse.

20 struck by a car in which Kevin Charmichael, 22, of Jamaica, Queens, and Prince Shabazz, 19, of Brooklyn were fleeing from a shooting in the area of the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway, is suing New York City for $25 million.

Car-O-Liner Collision Ltd., formerly at 1016 Beach 19 Street, Far Rockaway, has had its repair shop registration revoked following a hearing conducted by the Department of Motor Vehicle, according to State Motor Vehicle Commissioner Patricia B. Adduci.

Kevin L. Jackson of Far Rockaway was among 34 Port Authority Police officers graduated last month at the Vista International Hotel at the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Shock is continuing to roll through Rockaway following the murder of Rose Vera, 35, in a Mister Softee ice cream truck Thursday night, September 1, even as Raymond Forbes, 16, of 1410 New Haven Avenue and Vyrek Blake, 18, of 2394 Mott Avenue, both in Far Rockaway, are held for the grand jury.

Years Ago... 30 All efforts to reduce crime and to increase safety on the streets will fail without the death penalty, said Senator Sheldon Farber.

It seems a strange coincidence that we should wind up with two new police captains within two months. First, Captain Molinari replaced Captain Philben at the 101 and at this point in time, now Captain Germano leaves the 100. some of the patrons are eyeing nearby Atlantic Beach clubs for beach facilities next year.

While the Highway Department is making up its mind to do something about the lake on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Dayton Park, how about the Sanitation Department equipping a truck with a squeegee to push water into a sewer?

Years Ago... 50 What a lot of people don't know is that other luscious tomatoes - the eating kind - are cultivated in the yard.

The race of the Columbia and the Sceptre off the coast of Newport, has oldtimers recalling the race of the Columbia and the Shamrock in the early 1900s which was visible from the Rockaway shore.

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