2009-01-16 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Allegedly carrying handguns while running, Sean Parrish, a five-foot-nine 17-year-old from 410 Beach 54 Street, and Vernon Hill, a six-foot-one 18- year-old from 441 Beach 51 Street (both addresses in the Edgemere Houses in Arverne), were arrested Tuesday afternoon, January 17, about 4:30, thanks to joint police work involving 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) and Housing Police officers.

Dean Waugh, 23, of 554 Beach 64 Street, Arverne, is being held for the grand jury for allegedly shooting and killing Angela Williams, 24, a resident of Springfield Gardens, Queens, while she was in the vicinity of where Waugh lives on the morning of December 29.

Rockaway Freeway rates sixth place in the city in traffic fatalities, according to a New York City Department of Transportation listing of selected major arterial streets in 1987.

Artwork Public School 105 (Edgemere) children created under the supervision of Art Teacher Terri Karen Boccio to commemorate the birthday anniversary of the late Dr. Martin Luther King is on display at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center , 57-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Arverne.

After 37 years of police work at the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) Detective Joseph D. Smith, the precinct's community relations specialist, will leave on Tuesday, January 31, to begin terminal leave and in a few months retirement.

Eleventh graders at Beach Channel High School interested in taking a "College Now" course (which allows 12th graders to take college freshman courses for simultaneous high school and college credit) in the fall 1989 term will take a placement test in April.

James Dempsey, 29, of 316 Beach 88 Street and Edward Donnelly, 49, of 312 Beach 101 Street, both Rockaway Beach, were arraigned Wednesday, January 19; charged with mail-order and credit card fraud, and released on bond.

New York City's police department's firearm discharge unit has not issued any report yet about who fatally shot a man who allegedly came at 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) officers with a knife early Monday morning.

30 Years Ago...

With the arrest of Linda Kraus, 18, of Broad Channel on Wednesday night, January 17, suspects in the critical burning of two token booth attendants in the Broad Channel station was brought to three.

Dredging of the East Rockaway inlet, off Far Rockaway, and depositing the dredge material in the beach areas from Beach 149 Street to Beach 1930 Street has been proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District.

Two families (17 persons) had to be relocated on Friday, January 12, when fire destroyed the Dock Inn (tavern) at 72-03 Amstel Boulevard, Arverne.

Victor Brown, 17, of the Hammel Houses, in Rockaway Beach, was arrested on Tuesday, January 9, in connection with a robbery that reportedly took place in a hallway of the houses.

40 Years Ago...

 The cold weather that we have been having has helped make people aware that there could have been some good skating at Jacob Riis Park-if a rink has been flooded.

All Americans listened with great interest to President Lyndon B. Johnson's State of the Union message to Congress Tuesday night. President Richard M. Nixon's inaugural address next Monday will draw equal interest.

People often comment that the new Ambrose Channel light, which replaced the historic lightship last summer, and is visible from the boardwalk, looks like one of those off-shore oil well drilling platforms.

Heavy equipment was removed from the renovation job on the Cross Bay Bridge several days ago, but will return in a few weeks, when the overthe water phases of the construction resume.

50 Years Ago...

The Rockaway area is to be made the subject of the counsel of the Queensboro Tuberculosis and Health Association next Tuesday. It seems there are in the Rockaways some people who have Tuberculosis and don't know it.

 From the looks of things, between the construction of Edgemere Houses and Rockaway Beach Hospital, Beach Channel Drive will be in for a job of repaving in that area by the time the buildings are completed. Traffic is diverting around excavations in the street right now.

Since the Parks Department got things straightened out to permit ice skating on the lagoon north of Broad Channel, the weatherman has failed to cooperate.

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