2009-01-02 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 Parks/planning representatives of the Department of City Planning and of the Audubon Society will continue a public hearing relating to an application by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for Dubos Point Park during a Community Board 14 regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, January 10, in the American Legion Hall at 301 Beach 92 Street, Rockaway Beach.

Daniel Carter, 20, of 106-33 177 Street, Jamaica, is being held for the grand jury in connection with fatally shooting Kevin Johnson, a sixth floor tenant at 71-15 Beach Channel Drive (Carlton Manor in Arverne). Johnson was shot in the back of his head while in the lobby of his home building on December 28 about 10:50 p.m.

Residents of East Sixth Road in Broad Channel unanimously dispute an "Oil Clear on East Sixth" claim published on Thursday, January 5, with attribution to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Jasmine (not Jazamin as The Wave said on December 24) was a nice Christmas gift for the Davis family of 320 Beach 100 Street (Bay Towers in Rockaway Beach).One person (the


driver in a car with a passenger) claimed injury on December 29 after he stalled on Rockaway Freeway at Beach 73 Street in Arverne, and was struck by another car turning left.

Thelma Boykin's body was found about 2:50 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, in a Beach 40 Street courtyard of the Beach 41 Street Houses in Edgemere.

Rockaway shot out the final week of 1988 with three murders plus a bullet in a man's head that could bring the tally to four.

Investigation of Angela Williams' death by gunshot the morning of December 29 is continuing.

Rose Moss has been appointed director of the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA's enriched housing program.

Nervously into the month of the annual Three Kings Party, the American Legion's Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272's Adopt a Disabled Veteran for the Holidays campaign could use a helping hand.

Years Ago... 30

Three Rockaway Beach boys walking along the shore found the body of a man wedged into rocks of the jetty at Beach 81 Street and the ocean on Wednesday, January 3.

Fire in a vacant building of the Hebrew Institute of Long Island, Beach 17 Street and Seagirt Boulevard,

30 Far Rockaway, on Wednesday night, December 27, turned into an "all hands" blaze.

Despite slight reduction in complaints, robbery arrest in 1978 in the 100 Precinct, Rockaway Beach, surged about 76.5 percent.

Three families had to be relocated when a fire destroyed a house in Broad Channel at 111-113 Noel Road, on Tuesday morning, January 2.

40 Years Ago...

Signs in the window of the former Bohack market on Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway announce that the building will soon reopen as the headquarters of a Bingo game.

In spite of the drains recently installed in Rockaway Beach Boulevard, those "finger lakes" although diminished in size, still exist in the Beach 79-84 Street area when there is a heavy rain.

Glass bottles with raised letters identifying them with the Henry Sierichs and George Bennett bottling works, which operated here until circa World War I, are intriguing to people who have been picking them up around recently demolished buildings.

Now that our astronauts have returned from 10 orbits around the moon, it may not be long before these daring Earth-beings land on the planet Mars and open up new markets for products from Earth.

Years Ago... 50

Some of the calendars distributed by Walter H. Blum & Sons show a fire truck of rather ancient vintage which is labeled H&L 137, a greeting to the firemen in the Rockaway Park firehouse.

Police and firemen did a good job Tuesday afternoon when the wind tore loose a 13,000 volt wire on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 96 Street. Traffic was detoured off the drive until the damage was repaired.

50 Passersby on the subway trains and the Cross Bay road have been casting longing looks at the frozen lake north of Broad Channel which has the appearance of a very likely skating pond.

A good many Christmas trees, which were dismantled last Sunday and put out at the curb for collection, were blown about the streets by the gale force winds which came during the night.

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