2009-01-09 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...


Fears that illegal parkers would keep fire equipment from reaching an emergency scene as quickly as possible turned out to be real last Friday night, January 6, at old Beach 88 Street, Rockaway Beach, which can be reached by vehicle only from Beach Channel Drive.

James Conway Sullivan, Thomas Manton and Sister Mary Beatta were elected grand marshals of the 1989 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rockaway (scheduled for March 11) during a meeting on Monday, January 9, of delegates representing Irish organizations throughout Queens County.

Alleged murderer Robert "Cutty" Williams was brought before the grand jury on Wednesday, January 11, thanks to leads lured by a "Crime Stoppers" appeal published exclusively in The Wave.

Benny Watts of 54-81 Almeda Avenue (the Edgemere Houses in Arverne) drove a '79 Ford right under a Seaman's '89 Volvo delivery truck on Wednesday, January 11, about 3 p.m., as the truck was making a left turn from Rockaway Freeway to Beach 47 Street, Edgemere.

Army Reserve Pvt. Derek T. Davis, son of Willie-Jean Davis of 320 Beach 100 Street, has completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

"Subway service to Rockaway Park is at a sub-human level. For years we have put up with the oldest trains in the entire system. They are cold in the winter and hot in the summer. We are tired of waiting at the Broad Channel station for over 30 minutes while up to three 'A' trains pass bound for Far Rockaway. This is an intolerable situation that must end immediately! We need more 'C' trains, and they should be of a quality befitting human beings, not cattle!" This is the statement subway riders are agreeing to with signatures on petitions being circulated by Rockaway Improvement Association, 125 Beach 124 Street, Apt. 5G, Rockaway Park 11694.

Most recipients of Supplemental Security Income in New York received a cost-of-living increase in their checks this month, John Remus, district manager of the Social Security office in Far Rockaway, revealed this week.

30 Years Ago...

Airmail to Iran may be delayed. The warning came this week from Sidney Schorr, postmaster in Far Rockaway. The Postal Service cautions, he said, that because of a curtailment of air transportation service to Iran, airmail to that country may be delayed.


Replacement of the sorely needed supermarket at 87-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard (the store in the Dayton Shopping center vacated when Pantry Pride went bankrupt in the fall) ran into an unexpected snag this week when Royal Farms, a Brooklyn firm with a $150,000 bid, reported that it could not come to terms with the landlord.

Community School District 27 is questioning how a proposed request for funding 12 summer high schools will service the needs of deficient junior high school students.

40 Years Ago...


Some Rockaway men have returned to Rockaway from service overseas and they have had very interesting experiences which entail some classified information which they are unable to talk about until they receive government permission.

Within a few hours after the discovery of the fire last Friday morning in the synagogue of Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Far Rockaway, unfounded rumor was spreading about town to the effect that the fire was of suspicious origin.

There must be a lack of communication between the Miami Chamber of Commerce, the weathermen and the TV broadcasters. Imagine televising a football game which showed it raining in Miami last Saturday.

50 Years Ago...

Postmaster Charles P. Buonora has a sound film in color which he uses in talks to acquaint local groups with the progress the post office is making with new equipment.


The Rockaway population in Florida is growing rapidly as predicted, but it is interesting to note how many local people are going farther to the south and visiting ports in the West Indies and South America.

Cold weather over the weekend brought quite a few skaters to the lagoon north of Broad Channel where the Parks Department permitted daytime ice skating.

Pack ice jammed between the railroad trestle and Cross Bay Boulevard between the beach and Broad Channel, but it has not frozen solidly enough to hamper navigation of the larger craft plying the bay.

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