2008-10-17 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Automobile accidents at Beach 73 Street in Arverne (one involving a fire truck) and a suspicious fire at 1018 Grassmere Terrace in Far Rockaway appeared to have ties last Friday, October 7.

Members of the Rockaway Park Senior Citizen Center at Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard were recovering from their second burglary when early this week they were robbed for the third time.

Eddie Hutchinson, 29, of 57-07 Shore Front Parkway (Ocean Village in Arverne) allegedly chased his wife, Denise, 31, into the eastbound roadway of the Rockaway Freeway in Rockaway Beach on Wednesday morning, October 12, kicked her, stomped on her and finally stabbed her in the chest a number of times, killing her.

Army National Guard Private Luis A. Amaya, son of Maria C. Guerrero of 1820 Cornaga Avenue, has completed basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Robert G. Spata, principal of Rockaway Beach Junior High School 180, has reactivated a high school admission preparatory program that focuses on academic skills needed to succeed on Parochial Schools Cooperative and New York City Specialized High Schools Admissions examinations.

Cyrus Johnson, 17, of 82-02 Hammels Boulevard (the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach) was arrested and indicted last week for robbery second degree (on August 28) and assault first degree (a shooting on May 29).

Rockaway Chapter National Council of Jewish Women has established a scholarship fund at Far Rockaway High School as a memorial to Karen Lerman, a chapter member who died in an automobile collision on September 21.

Fire in an A-line subway tunnel just north of the High Street-Brooklyn Bridge station in Brooklyn following a water main break below Columbus Circle in Manhattan caused major delays Wednesday afternoon, October 12, for A, F and JFK Express trains.

Fire department officials are upset because no one reported an airplane fuel spill (that incidentally occurred over Arverne) on Monday, October 10.

Thirteen-year-old Patrick Tubridy of Broad Channel (a Rockaway Beach Junior High School 180 student) will play the role of plaintiff on Nickelodeon's newest show, "Kids' Court," this Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16.

30 Years Ago...

Two boys (11 and 12 years old) and a girl (13 years old) allegedly forcibly took currency from a 12-year-old boy at Beach 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive, on Saturday, October 7, at about 4:15 p.m.

Suddenly, beachcombing is against the law - specifically for those who usemetal detectors - and permits are revoked. That is the situation facing this activity at Riis Park, where beachcombing with metal detectors has been an ongoing activity for at least 14 years.

We wonder if the merchants are going to decorate the streets for the holiday season? It may be a good business practice to get the shoppers to stay and spend in Rockaway.

40Years Ago...

There is some complaint among property owners who are being asked to negotiate with the city for the sale of their property in the urban renewal area because they have to go to Manhattan for the purpose. "Isn't that what the big urban renewal office in Arverne is for?" one asked.

Small boys a few days ago thought they had a prime target in the drivein teller's window of the Chase Manhattan Bank's Rockaway Beach office until nearby school authorities took a hand and the stone throwing ended.

Boatmen who used to moor their crafts more or less as they pleased, now have to obtain permission from the Captain of the Port of New York before they can place a mooring in local waters.

50 Years Ago...

Housing Commissioner Joseph P. McMurray is urging his friends to spread the word to others to vote for the state housing bond issues which will be on the ballots as amendments to the state constitution at the general election next month.

Governor Averill Harriman told the crowd at the Edgemere Houses groundbreaking last Thursday that as a boy he spent many happy seasons on the beach at Rockaway where his father had a summer cottage about the turn of the century. It was in the Wavecrest section.

Calculating machines are humming in Rockaways' Playland these days as Dick Geist, vice president of the park, is evaluating figures compiled from a survey conducted among riders of last summer's Playland Special on the subway.

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