2008-10-24 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Eight-year-old James Lee of 40-20 Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere, died in Peninsula Hospital Center after he was run over by a 1979 Dodge van with livery plates on October 12 about 3:25 p.m.

Groundbreaking for the new North Channel Bridge will take place on Tuesday, October 25, at 1 p.m., at the north end of the present bridge connecting Howard Beach with Broad Channel.

Simulated crash of commercial passenger plane in Jamaica Bay in vicinity of Beach Channel High School will disrupt traffic patterns and bring a massive amount of activity to the area on Thursday afternoon, October 27.

Three of four Housing Police officers were injured last Friday evening, October 14, about 7:25, when they arrested a group of men including three for possession of controlled substance and loitering (allegedly using controlled substance).

Sixth grader Carrie Berger daughter of Debbie and Barry Berger of Belle Harbor, won a Public School 114 (Belle Harbor) spelling bee last Friday, October 14, and will represent her school in an upcoming Community School District 27 bee. Carrie, who studied hard for her championship, and received lots of support from her teacher, likes animals (especially domesticated animals) and is interested also in outdoor activities such as bicycling, swimming and horseback riding.

Police of the 100 Precinct, Housing Police, two ambulances and two fire companies responded when a 13-yearold boy riding a moped was struck by an '87 Chevrolet van last Saturday, October 15, about 12:50 p.m. at Rockaway Freeway and Beach 92 Street, Rockaway Beach.

Alert Police Officer Richard Heuther of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) arrested a teenager trying to break into an automobile last Saturday, October 15, about 11 p.m.

Elizabeth Rudin, 17, a graduate of Public School 114 in Belle Harbor and a senior at Hunter College High School, has been selected as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Only 15,000 students nationwide are tapped when Merit semi-finalists are named each fall on the basis of their performance in the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test).

30 Years Ago...

Clashes between residents of Rockaway and the Gateway National Recreational Area increased sharply this month, despite the evidence that there was some cooperation by Gateway personnel.

Rockaway's Ad Hoc Committee for Casino Gambling will meet openly October 25. The meeting will be held in the clubhouse of the Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90 Street.

For residents of Rockaway Park who have waited impatiently for their new library-at Beach 117 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard-the roof fell in. It wasn't a physical falling in. It was a minor matter, something someone noticed in the drawings, said a spokesman this week for the city's Department of General Services. But it was enough to require that the drawings be sent back and corrected.

40 Years Ago...

Last Saturday the police slowdown reduced patrol cars in the 100 Precinct by half. Fourteen of the cars, each which contains a single policeman, were reduced to seven cars, each carrying two men.

While many people were jubilant over the local parade Friday afternoon in support of the teachers strike, there were others who felt no pride in what they considered a sorry spectacle for children to watch.

"Daddy, what does it mean to strike it rich?" "Well son, it means that all these people who are striking hope to keep the strikes going until they become rich."

50 Years Ago...

Boatyards in the area are filling up with craft to be stored for winter, but recent warm weather shows there are still many afloat.

Not all the business moves have been made in Rockaway Park. There still are several in the talking stage, and some new openings are scheduled for next month.

Although the proposed Nordeck Houses were quickly rented, the signs that there are now apartments for rent is explained by the failure of some would be tenants to meet the requirements and the cancellation of agreements by others.

Consensus of opinion along the boulevard these days is that actual condemnation of property for the Title I housing projects will not get under way before spring. Of course nobody actually knows, but plenty of folks are airing their hunches.

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