2008-10-31 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Two arrests have been made and a third is imminent in connection with an assault on October 17 in which a Beach Channel High School football player was badly injured, requiring more than 200 stitches in his right leg.

Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation has given a capital assistance grant of $3,890 to Stanley Mintz, owner of Five & One Stores Inc., a Key Food supermarket at 20-20 New Haven Avenue, Far Rockaway.

Twins were born on October 11 to Jerry and Kelly Schweiger of Rockaway Point, so sometime in November or December Kathleen Murfitt and Michael Schweiger will be godparents to Gerard Thomas Jr., and Karen Montemorano and William Heinemann will be godparents for Jason Walter.

Former Far Rockawayite Marine Private First Class William E. Johnson is serving at Marine Corps Service Support Schools, at a Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he recently took the corps' enlisted supply basic course.

Police Captain Philip Erickson, commanding officer of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach), wanted to leave no doubt this month that Steven J. Dorn deserves being named Police Officer of the Month for September 1988. Beginning the week of December 11, the C train will provide local service from Rockaway Park-Beach 116 Street to 145 Street, Manhattan, throughout every business day.

All windows in doors on the Wavecrest-Beach 25 Street and Edgemere-Beach 36 Street subway stations were replaced this month within one week of a request by the Citizens' Coalition.

LSD is being sold to schoolchildren in a form of tattoo called "Blue Star" - a small sheet of white paper containing a blue star the size of a pencil eraser which can be removed and placed in the mouth, or absorbed through the skin by handling the paper.

Rockaway Park Zionist District will honor Samuel Forrest, Mitchell Raab and Alan Sash - its summer 1988 participants in a ZOA (Zionist Organization of America)-Masada tour of Israel - during an annual breakfast on Sunday morning, October 30, on behalf of the American Zionist Fund.

30 Years Ago...

Robbery arrests have increased more than 30 percent this year in the 100 Precinct, based in Rockaway Beach, despite the fact that there are fewer reported robberies.

Parishioners at St. Rose of Lima Parish have been afforded the extraordinary privilege of being able to welcome a former parishioner as their new pastor. The assignment of Rev. James T. Devine, as Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church, Beach 84 Street, has brought much joy and excitement to the community.

Frank Mascari has been arrested by the Brooklyn Burglary Squad for possession of approximately $1 million worth of jewelry, Persian rugs, mink coats, antiques and other items. He is no stranger to Rockaway since he was arrested here in April 1977 by the 100 Precinct anti-crime unit.

40 Years Ago...

How'd you like to be awakened in the middle of the night by a prowler in your bedroom, admittedly on drugs, and demanding your money? It happened to a Bayswater couple.

Assaults are mounting in the area of the park centering about the entrance of B. 67 Street, Arverne, subway station. More than 300 neighbors last week signed a petition for more police protection. Construction of the Rockaway Beach end of the Cross Bay Bridge is responsible for an annoying traffic condition. The annoyance will be temporary of course, but have you noticed what a beautiful thing the new bridge is becoming?

50 Years Ago...

One of the good things about fall in the Rockaways is that there are fewer banged up cars at the police station. Smaller crowds may not be desirable in some quarters, but they bring fewer accidents.

There has been so much talk about slum clearance in the Rockaways that the impression is being given that slums are all we have left here in Rockaway. Municipal Court Judge Abraham Marguiles, as president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, has issued a well-founded protest to this idea.

In spite of all the advance notice that was given that daylight savings time was ending Sunday, some of the local churches tell us that some people showed up an hour ahead of time last Sunday for services.

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