2009-02-06 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

 Some 5,000 firefighters came to Rockaway on Monday, February 6, to say "goodbye" to a fallen comrade, 36-yearold John P. Devaney of Breezy Point, who they agreed "was everyone's best friend."

Paris Young, a 19-year-old male black, was found Tuesday afternoon, February 7, lying face down on the floor of a store at 20-01 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, bleeding from the mouth, apparently shot in the face.

Firemen stopped a robbery at a jewelry store in Far Rockaway during the afternoon on February 2, and held the man they cornered for police.

Mass for Peace With Justice in Ireland will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church, Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Belle Harbor, at noon on Saturday, March 11, before marchers assemble for the 1989 Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rockaway.

Rockaway's Edgemere Houses tied for second in New York City's 1988 list of most murderous public housing projects. (In Queens, Edgemere was first).

St. Francis de Sales swim team finished up its season with a loss to St. Sebastian 56-48 in a meet that saw a tie in the Bantam 25-yard breaststroke and a tie in the senior 100-yard medley. A number of swimmers then participated in the CYO Olympic trials held Sunday, February 5 at St. Sebastian.

Keith Stevens, 32, of 13-56 Eggert Place, Far Rockaway, was sentenced last week to 10 years to life in prison for raping and sexually abusing a 17- year-old girl the morning after Martin Luther King Day in January 1988.

Rodney Johnson, a senior at John Adams High School, will be interning at The Wave, for the spring 1989 semester. John will graduate high school and go on to college.

Pvt. Eric L. Ellis, son of Sarah A. Morrow of 409 Beach 51 Street, and Freeman H. Ellis of Manhattan, has completed basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

Bulloch's Servicenter just snipped Shear Headquarters, 6-5 in the February 1, matchups of the Rockaway Park Businessmen's Bowling League. Peter F. Bagley bowled a 230 and had a 551 series and Gene Hanretty bowled a 205 for Bulloch's. Louis Romas bowled a 201, 252 and had a 603 series and Robert McCabe bowled a 201 for Shears.

30 Years Ago...

New York City's Bureau of Water Supply is considering closing the Fifth Ward Water Main Repair Shop at 20- 16 Nameoke Street, Far Rockaway.

Almost one year to the day that a near blizzard dumped 17.7 inches of snow in the area, Rockaway residents, along with other residents of the New York metropolitan area, breathed a sigh of relief as what had been forecast as a major storm fell far short of the threat.

Firemen who were called to a blaze that demolished two bungalows on Tuesday night, February 6, about 10 minutes past 10, not only fought the fire but found a man who appears to have set the fire. Fireman Robert Schulz, aide to Chief John Kelly of the 47th Battalion, Rockaway Beach, turned over Douglas Booth, 27, of Rockaway Beach to police of the 100 Precinct.

40 Years Ago...

Perhaps it is because there is only one station of the Long Island Rail Road in the Rockaways - the one in Far Rockaway - that there has been no talk here of a commuter strike, even though the service is not as good as that which they complained about 20 years ago.

James Fried (pronounced "fried,") master of Olympia Mason Lodge, has a brother-in-law named James Rice, who is a past member of the lodge. Much was made of the "fried rice" combination by punsters at the lodge's recent installation of officers

There still are a number of local residents nursing bumps and bruises resulting from falls because of the slippery traveling due to last Wednesday's freezing rain.

50 Years Ago...

One of those foreign midget cars whizzed along the street big as life, its bumper bearing the slogan, "Help Stamp Out Cadillacs."

William Stillwagon of Atlantic Beach, an old-time Far Rockawayite whose family used to be in the bathhouse business in Atlantic Beach when it was known as Hog Island, has a quantity of material pertaining to Rockaway in the old days.

Children of parents who used to stand at the curb, wide-eyed, when the horses tore along the boulevard dragging the fire apparatus behind them, rarely blink an eye when the shiny, red modern apparatus rolls by in response to an alarm.

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