2008-10-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Dubos Point at Beach 63 Street north of DeCosta Avenue in Arverne officially became a city park on Thursday, October 6.

"This is a tragedy. It should never have happened to such a loving, good family," said police investigating the death of Isaiah Ingram, 25, (allegedly shot by his father, Elijah Ingram, 53, following a dispute) on Monday, October 3.

Police broke into a Dayton Towers East apartment from which a man had called after five o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, October 4, saying he had a gun and was going to kill himself. But police did not even find the weapon.

Mr. and Mrs. William Wiese, and John Lay have another grandson, Brian William Wiese.

Thieves have removed 1,210 linear feet of railings from the boardwalk in Rockaway, Department of Parks and Recreation officials reported on Wednesday, October 5.

W.H. Blum and Sons shut out Rockaway Video 11-0 in the September 28 match-ups of the Rockaway Park Businessmen's Bowling League. Lou

Napoli bowled a 207 and had a 553 series for Blum. Joseph Festa bowled a 217-201 and had a 608 series for Video.

Rockaway leaders were stunned this week by a report that a Farmingdale, L.I. trucking firm could be lured into relocating in Arverne if the birds there can be lured to some other location.

Peggy Thompson, 23, of 433 Beach 40 Street, Edgemere, is the woman whose bullet-riddled body was found last Saturday, October 1, at the edge of the ocean at Beach 48 Street, Edgemere.

Robert G. Spata, principal of Rockaway Beach Junior High School 180, is inviting all parents of eighth- and ninth-grade students together with all parents of JHS 180 students to a high school information night on Wednesday, October 12.

Police officers from Far Rockaway's 101 Precinct clinched the title on Tuesday, September 29, with a 3-1 nail biter in the third and deciding game of a best two of three.

30 Years Ago...

Two men from Far Rockaway were arrested Saturday, October 7, after they allegedly broke into a cab of a subway train and tampered with the public address system. The men, Robert R. Rivera, 21, and Ronnie Perwell, 17, were charged with criminal tampering and criminal mischief.

The last time any plane landed at Floyd Bennett Field was when President Richard M. Nixon came in on Air Force One. However, says John J. Fetscher, president of the Hammel, Holland, Seaside Civic Association, his observations lead him to believe that the planes taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport are still being ordered to allow for air traffic to and from Floyd Bennett Field.

Complaints from police officers at the precincts in Rockaway that their manpower has been reduced dangerously were confirmed this week in a report from Police Budget Director, William Kelly.

40 Years Ago...

In spite of strong protests to high places in the Queens Democratic party, Mrs. Jean Larkin, Democratic woman leader of the Rockaways and Broad Channel, was politically outmaneuvered, but it was just the first breeze in a hurricane that is brewing within the local organization. It's time to batten down the hatches.

Beginning with the rain and wind that arrived last Thursday afternoon, followed by the sharp decline in temperatures over the weekend, there was sufficient cause for local residents to conclude that winter is on the way.

Interest is being expressed by several parties in the former Chase Manhattan bank site at Beach 84 Street and the boulevard, which is now controlled by the Dayton Beach Park cooperative.

50 Years Ago...  Rockaway will have a plank road by the end of the week. Actually the "Planks" will be 12 by 12 timbers covering the excavation in the boulevard west of Beach 92 Street. The excavation was made during the search for the mysterious gasoline leak. If no further gasoline collects, the permanent pavement will be replaced.

On October 5, Graceann and Walter Blum were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Elizabeth Ellen Blum, who was born at St. Joseph's Hospital, weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces and had the tiniest feet ever. Elizabeth was welcomed by big sister Suzanne and proud grandparents Walter and Grace Whelan of Brooklyn and Nellie Blum of Belle Harbor.

West end real estate owners and business people are hoping that the attempt to locate the Air Force's new $1.5 billion a year-purchasing base at Floyd Bennett Field materializes. They foresee new local residents among the personnel at the base.

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