2009-01-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Gateway National Recreation Area is trying to float a new plan for Jacob Riis Park which includes a restaurant, a hockey rink, roller skating, a dance area and a small water park, but no amphitheatre.

More than 30 post cards attached to balloons sent out last week by sixthgrade students in Brian Piccolo Intermediate School 53's mini-school to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday anniversary have been returned.

Why was there 50 percent more violent crime (murder, rape, robbery and assault) in the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) in 1988 than there was in 1984? Some police blame drugs; others point to the public housing projects.

Under the direction of Teacher Lisa Hodes, K-1 kindergarten children at Public School 105 (Edgemere) have raised more than $100 for the Special Olympics.

Haven Manor Health Related Facility, 14-41 Gateway Boulevard (formerly Greenport Road), Far Rockaway, has won a $123,160 grant to help patients with dementia improve their independence and their interpersonal relationship in conjunction with the Interborough Developmental & Consultation Center Inc.

Plans for a murder in Rockaway masterminded from a cell at Rikers Island, and discovered with an arrest on December 2, were revealed on Wednesday, January 25, by Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci.

Robbery complaints decreased six percent in the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) last year (1988) while anticrime police officers (who initiated 78 percent of the precinct's robbery arrests) increased the number of their collars 24 percent.

Paul Kitchner, 42, an airport driver for a firm at John F. Kennedy International Airport was arrested last Friday, January 20, and charged with murder in the second degree.

Pvt. Barry L. Bostic, son of Freddy L. and Mildred Ross of 1056 Neilson Street, has completed an Army food service course at Fort Jackson, SC.

30 Years Ago...

Blasts of dynamite will level the 16- year-old high-rise building skeletons at Breezy Point. The entire demolition procedures should take about two minutes and will be carried out about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 25.

Fliks is gone. Furthermore, although nobody will say for sure, the building at 113-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, will not be used for movies-not even G-Rated movies.

Hook and Ladder Company 121, at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Arverne, has a new tower ladder aerial truck.

Neville Smith, 17, of Rockaway Beach was arrested on Sunday, January 21, for allegedly breaking light bulbs and a tissue dispenser in a toilet at the Playland/Beach 98 Street subway sta- tion.

40 Years Ago...

Property owners in the Arverne renewal area are expressing frustration over the continuing uncertainty as to when their property will be condemned.

BP Sidney Leviss has been in the Rockaways so much since taking office that there is talk of making him an honorary citizen of Rockaway.

His friends in the Rockaways are hoping that there is good foundation for the current report that Milton Koerner is in line for appointment to an office in one of the state bureaus.

There's one train out of Penn Station every Saturday night that carries passengers to Far Rockaway without making them change trains at Jamaica.

50 Years Ago...

Acting Postmaster Charles P. Buonora is planning to repeat this year the program he inaugurated last year whereby youngsters are encouraged to visit the post office and become junior postmasters.

Although several business concerns have acquired new sites in anticipation if Title I condemnation, none of them has yet started construction.

Numerous old landmarks in the Rockaways are unnoticed these days. For example, the building that served as Far Rockaway's post office at the turn of the century is behind the modern façade of Smith Brothers plumbing shop on Central Avenue.

Although the Rockaway skyline has changed considerably in recent years, the gas holders in Inwood and Rockaway Park remain outstanding after dark with those red lights which warn approaching planes to give them a wide berth.

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