2008-11-14 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

People throughout Rockaway are upset by an Election Day choice of the Make Mine Silver & Gold jewelry store for daylight of robbery.

Alexander Jones, a resident of Far Rockaway his whole life, is glad he was on the beach on Sunday morning, November 6, when he spotted a man clinging to a bobbing boat in apparent distress.

Anti-crime police ran up seven flights of stairs in the Hammels project in Rockaway Beach last week to apprehend an armed, dangerous murder suspect, posing no danger to anyone other than themselves.

Thomas and Patricia Cavanagh of Broad Channel, and Patricia and Pat Killick of Rockaway Beach are ready and waiting to greet their newest grandchild, Johanna Ashley Cavanagh, when she comes home from South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, to Rockaway Beach this weekend.

Trying to make an arrest at Beach 64 Street in Arverne on Saturday evening, October 29, led to a prisoner escaping and being recaptured, a police officer trapped in a house in which a suspect in a "shots fired" report was barricaded, a police patrol car stolen and recovered after a long chase which included at least five vehicle accidents, injuries to four police officers and one sergeant, five arrests and the issuances of three summonses.

Many members of the Hammel Senior Center fear the traffic at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 90 Street in Rockaway Beach, and are afraid to cross the street.

Republicans are overjoyed with the votes Rockawayites gave them in an election on Tuesday, November 8, particularly with the votes for Vice President George Bush for President of the United States over Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.

It was a rough week for the St. Francis girls with one win in five games. Three of those losses came at the hands of OLPH. The boys intramurals continued with four fine games while the boys CYO teams had their final week of preparation for this weekend's season openers.

Years Ago... 30

Shocked Rockawayites are openly shedding tears this week, following the death of Irving Leonescu, the firebrand in Far Rockaway politics who enjoyed being introduced as Helen's husband. (Helen Leonescu is Democratic District Leader of Part A in the 22nd A.D.)

Two armed men representing themselves as police officers raped a woman parked in a van in the Riis Park parking lot on Tuesday, November 7. The woman was in the van about 11:30

30 p.m. with a male companion, police were told, when two men approached, said they were police officers investigating narcotics violations, produced bold police shields and asked to be allowed to enter the van. Upon entering the van, one brought out a .38-caliber revolver, escorted the woman to the back of the van and raped her.

Transit police charged a 15-year-old boy arrested on November 3 at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Beach, with grand larceny-in connection with the theft of train passes. According to police, "a bunch of passes" were stolen at the school and the boy was found to have them.

40 Years Ago...

40 Vice President Hubert H. Hymprey and President-elect Richard M. Nixon, at their first post-election meeting last Friday in Florida agreed to work together for a united America and called upon their followers to do the same.

Broad Channel has had its telephone service knocked out twice because of construction work on the new Cross Bay Bridge. Two weeks ago a barge anchor did the trick. Last week a dredge fouled the telephone cable which is buried at the bottom of the bay.

The election of Emanuel Celler for another term in office as Congressman in this district brought joy to many local people, especially Milton Jacobowitz, who has been a supporter of Celler for many years.

Years Ago... 50

Since so many of his local friends learned via this column that Nathan Dlugatz is a much better than average singer, he is getting requests for appearance at local affairs.

Assemblyman Jack Fox's attempt to secure the abandoned anti-aircraft installations in this area for the Boy Scouts, is continually winning more local support in the Rockaways.

50 In the past the Rockaways have often welcomed publicity, but some of the news features in the dailies gave the impression that the Rockaways are just one big slum. People here don't go along with the philosophy of the late P.T. Barnum who said he didn't care what the papers said about him as long as they spelled his name right. The implication of recent articles is resented here.

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