2009-01-30 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Marshals are investigating a suspicious fire in a house at 100 Beach 131 Street (adjoining the beach in Belle Harbor) that erupted between six and seven o'clock Sunday night, January 29.

Sex Crimes task force police who on Tuesday, January 21, arrested a 32- year-old resident of Wavecrest Gardens in Far Rockaway as the man suspected of three sex attacks (including rape of a girl on an area rooftop) in one week last month, will be kept here, at least for a while.

Representatives of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, the New York City Office of Business Development and Dan Associates, owners of the Dayton shopping center in Rockaway Beach, cut a ribbon on Tuesday, January 31, to unveil a newly expanded and renovated shopping mall at Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 84 and Beach 90 streets.

Merchants in the Beach 116 Street (Rockaway Park) shopping area openly expressed fear this week of a move by St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore at Far Rockaway to establish a medical outreach center at 115-04 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Apparently strangled by violent crime Far Rockaway this week was promised added police protection including three modular plain clothes narcotics police officers (21, with seven in a unit) who will patrol from 2 to 10 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. with overlapping shifts seven days a week plus two Queens Narcotics radio cars with two officers in each car who will patrol for 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Rockaway has become a haven for crack users and dealers. The isolation of the peninsula and its proximity to the wealthy suburbs of the Five Towns, Atlantic and Long Beach make it a perfect place for crack dealers to set up shop.

Under the direction of Teacher Mary Crandall, class 2-3 students at Public School 105 in Edgemere are concentrating this February (Black History Month) on the late Dr. Charles Richard Drew, focusing especially on his life and his contributions to society.

Rockaway Improvement Association has collected more than 4,000 signatures on a petition striving to improve 'C' train subway service to Rockaway Park. (Circulation of the petition began on December 15, according to Richard Horan, director of the Rockaway Improvement Association.)

30 Years Ago...

Metropolitan Transportation Authority has categorically denied pressuring the New York City Department of City Planning to extend two Brooklyn bus lines to Riis Park in the summertime.

If studies prove that extending the Train to the Plane service to Howard Beach and the Rockaways at the reduced price paid by employees of John F. Kennedy International airport would not be a burden, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would consider such an extension.

At least eight people were injured and three stores and a hotel damaged in a three-alarm fire on Tuesday, January 30, about 6:15 p.m. in Ellen's dress shop, 207 Beach 116 Street.

40 Years Ago...

Local storekeepers, who have been playing a losing game with vandals, are interested in the protective advice which Mayor Lindsay says soon will be given by police.

The Peters family is going to unveil its completely transformed Newport Inn, Beach 130 Street and Newport Avenue this weekend. Some brand new atmosphere in Rockaway.

Contractors rebuilding the Cross Bay Bridge brought back the gigantic floating crane last week and more huge concrete stringers have been dropped into place atop the bridge piers.

Supreme Court Justice Edward Thompson, who is a former City of New York fire commissioner said, after observing pictures of the Shaaray Tefila fire, in his opinion arson could not possibly have been involved.

50 Years Ago...

With the departure of James J. Crisona for the Supreme Court bench, to be followed by the replacement, on February 15 of Borough Works Commissioner Vincent T. McCarthy, Rockaway finds itself without representation at Borough Hall.


Washington's Birthday, traditional opening of the summer renting season may just be another day this year in Seaside and Hammels where there is uncertainty whether or not bungalows and apartments will be for rent in the area of the housing projects.

Impending condemnation for the Title I housing projects is responsible for some local property owners foregoing their customary Florida vacations this year. There are staying home to "wait for something to happen."

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