2009-02-13 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Working together, Parks Enforcement Patrol and 100 Precinct anticrime officers collared two men allegedly stealing aluminum boardwalk rails on Wednesday, February 15.

Money - lots of money - is needed to beat the toll on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Green Bus Line driver Furman Hart risked his life last Saturday morning, February 11, to remove an injured automobile driver from a vehicle that was on fire.

Detective Henry Rogers (more often called Hank) closed 15 years of active investigation with the squad of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) last Friday, February 10, when he began vacation and terminal leave preparatory to retirement.

Eartha Frederick was honored Friday night, February 10, by the pastor - the Reverend Dr. Wade Richmond - and the congregation of St. John's Baptist Church in Arverne.

Gateway National Recreation Area's Jamaica Bay District is accepting applications from the public for community garden plots at Floyd Bennett Field.

Police Officer Joseph Ruiz, an active member of the anti-crime squad of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach), was reassigned last Friday, February 10, to a specialized narcotics unit in New York City.

Albert Jordan, 21, of 567 Beach 65 Street, Arverne, is being held for the grand jury, charged with two counts of sodomy in the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) and murder in the 105 Precinct (Queens Village).

Queens Borough Public Library has provided its Peninsula branch at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, with an electronic magnifier that makes its collection more easily available to library users who have difficulty reading ordinary print.

St. Rose of Lima Rookie girls team will for the third consecutive year vie for the Diocesan Championship at 11 a.m., Sunday, February 19 at St. John's Prep.

30 Years Ago...

Approximately 100 pints of blood were donated to the American Red Cross last week at 103-00 Shore Front Parkway, in the Dayton Towers West development.

Angry Broad Channel residents hollered without consideration of consequences during the weekend when one of their neighbors died because of the ineptitude of the 911 emergency system.

Use of rubble from two high-rise buildings at Breezy Point that were demolished last month by explosives has been suggested as the base for a surge breaker off the Rockaway shore.

Fifteen Rockaway residents talked Tuesday night, February 13, against extending two Brooklyn bus routes to serve as conduits to Riis Park and Breezy Point.

40 Years Ago...

A few local residents who found walking difficult along the snow clogged streets were able to make it to the beach where there was easy walking on the hard sand at the water's edge.

When the telephone service was interrupted during the height of last Sunday's snow storm, residents of Belle Harbor were first annoyed, and then grew alarmed until service was restored late in the day.

Mail trucks could not get through the snow clogged streets on Monday and Tuesday. So the postal workers just waited at the main office and at the sub-stations for the mail that failed to arrive until yesterday.

Rockaway's invigorating fresh air prevailed on Monday and Tuesday to the enjoyment of snow shovelers-until the planes resumed their flights in and out of Kennedy airport leaving their trails of air pollution.

50 Years Ago...

Residents of Beach 79 and Beach 80 Streets are finding out that even after the city takes title to property there is a period of suspense.

The championship tan brought home this far this year by Florida returnees belongs to Sam Rogoff.

"Prepare for a sunny day," reads a Chase Manhattan Bank sign on Amstel Boulevard. Very fittingly, the smiling figure in the illustration is gazing at Herbst Brothers Motorama across the street where there is an attractive display of boats.

It is expected that an announcement will be forthcoming shortly from the people who are expected to develop the new shopping center on the former railroad station site in Far Rockaway.

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