2009-02-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 Tactical Narcotics Team officers came to Rockaway Monday night, February 19, to patrol from Beach 90 Street in Rockaway Beach east to the Nassau County line.

Keith Tabb, 20, of 315 Sutter Avenue, Brooklyn, is being held for the grand jury after allegedly shooting to death a gypsy van driver at Beach 54 Street and Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, on Sunday morning, February 19, about 7:15.

Conversion of the New York City Transit Authority railroad bridge at North Channel (between Howard Beach and Broad Channel) to a fixed structure is under consideration.

Angela Sweeney, a student at Stella Maris High School in Rockaway Park, has won a second prize in the seventh annual Tolerton and Hood Essay Competition at Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio.

This year, family health care is available in a new location in Rockaway - at 260 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, "across from the firehouse," relate Doctors Michael D. Mundy and Theresa A. Lochner, who opened the facility.

Don't worry if you get parking tickets - if you get them in Atlantic Beach (within sight of Rockaway). According to a recent report, it is illegal to issue parking tickets in Atlantic Beach. The law Atlantic Beach is using to issue tickets is not valid. Atlantic Beach could pass a new law, which would be valid, but it has not yet done so.


Working under the auspices of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, the Rockaway Museum is beginning to take shape. Initial steps have been taken to get funding for the proposed museum. State Senator Jeremy Weinstein has informed the group that monies are available for initial projects.

Milton Ruskin, a 13-year resident of Rockaway Park, has come up with a novel way of learning geography, painlessly. She has created United States and World maps in the form of laminated placemats. These maps can be used at the kitchen table at home, on desktops at school, on the coffee table in the living room or wherever one chooses to place them.

Ralph Kelly, 29, of 411 Beach 54 Street (the Edgemere Houses in Arverne) was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, second- and third-degree assault (including assault on a police officer), and reckless endangerment after he allegedly fired a random shot into the air in Woodside, Queens, on Tuesday, February 21. Years Ago... 30 Teenagers turned out in huge numbers for a Broad Channel Youth Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 20. Rev. Coleman Costello agreed to propose to the City of New York that they provide $40,000 for a Broad Channel teen center with a staff and equipment.

Permits will be issued to disabled individuals, regardless of age, to drive into parks when they are closed to automobile traffic. The disabled will be allow- ed to park in designated areas.

40 Years Ago... Vandalism in the Far Rockaway business section has now reached the point where businessmen are holding formal discussions on the possibility of hiring private patrolmen for the area.

Older persons are advised not to shovel snow, but to leave that work for younger persons. Which might lead an older person to inquire, "Just where do you find these younger people?"

Several years ago Rockaway Rotary Club lost most of its collection of several hundred Rotary banners from around the world. They were removed from a hotel where a district conference was in progress. History repeated itself two weeks ago when the club banner regularly used in its meeting room, disappeared following an area conference in another nearby hotel where it had been displayed.

The parking lot at O'Donohue Park was a dumping ground for truckloads of snow hauled off local streets last week. The designers of the park probably never thought it would be used for that purpose. Years Ago... 50 No office in the Rockaways is more beautiful than that of the West End Realty Company on Beach 116 Street. It's just as lush as anything on Madison Avenue and Fred Springer, the boss, asks, "Why not, it's where I spend most of my time."

Postmaster Charles P. Buonora has discovered in searching through some old post office records that there was a

50 Rockaway Beach post office which became Oceanus post office before reverting back to Rockaway Beach.

Four motorcycle cops caused mild excitement on Beach 116 Street a few days ago when they parked their steeds opposite the Chase Manhattan Bank and walked across the street to the bank. Then they turned into Jack's Diner. It was lunch hour, that's all.

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