2009-02-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

20 Close to 50 automobiles were involved in accidents on and near the North Channel Bridge on Wednesday morning, March 1, about seven o'clock. Most drivers blamed slippery road conditions, but construction-blocked lanes in both directions surely contributed.

Three people were arrested last Saturday, February 25, and charged with grand larceny auto, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of controlled substance, after United State Park Police Officer Scott Powers approached an illegally parked van in a parking lot south of the North Channel Bridge, and was locked out.

Tenants of the Loyard (an apartment house at 122-20 Ocean Promenade, Rockaway Park) are installing extra door locks and checking windows, warning young children not to run up and down stairs without being supervised, and avoiding the basement where the building's washing machine are located in the wake of a rape-robbery attempted murder Sunday morning, February 26, possibly about five o'clock.


Harmonie Schwartz, a student at Rockaway Beach Junior High School 180, was presented with a citation and a bond on Friday, March 3, as the director of the winning entry in this year's borough wide Woman's History Contest.

Sidney Rubin, a certified social worker on the professional staff of the Jewish Community Services of Long Island, is forming an eight-week therapeutic support group for single men and women ages 35-60 at the Far Rockaway branch of JCSLI.

Queens Chamber of Commerce President Margaret "Peg" Swezey has been appointed to serve as a member of the national advisory council of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Rockaway Raiders of the S.I.T.T.L. (Staten Island Touch Tackle League) has two players elected to the Central Division All-Star team, and took home a third-place trophy.
Years Ago... 30
Seven stray dogs were picked up in Rockaway on Wednesday, February 28, in response to reports that people were afraid to go anywhere, so fearful were they of being bitten. The roundups were made at Beach 17 Street, Beach 19 Street, Beach 28 Street and Healy Avenue.

Police chased a vehicle from the parking lot at the south end of the North Channel Bridge to Knapp Street in Brooklyn on February 12, after a

30 naked woman was forced out of the car. The chase ended at the Knapp Street exit when a police car from the 106 Precinct lost sight of the car.

Beach 19 Street and Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway, is going to get a push button traffic light system; and the mall in the middle of Seagirt Boulevard will remain, preventing cross traffic and left turns except for buses.

Beach curfews between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. were opposed on Sunday, February 25, by the president of the 101 Community and Youth Council, Mar- tin Siegel.
40 Years Ago...

40 If burglars gain access to Far Rockaway stores through the roofs, it might be a good idea to place observers high up in some of the taller buildings in the area.

Local streets were just about clear last Saturday when Sanitation trucks dug out the snow remaining packed along the curbs and moved it to the middle of the street where passing traffic soon ground it up. The going was very sloppy for a time.

While he was on the police force, Sam Gallagher officiated at the birth of numerous infants. It came as something of a shock when he learned that Patrolman Arthur LaMonica, son of Charles, the Park barber, was one of the kids Sam made to toe the line in Beach 116 Street.

The groundhog saw his shadow and we've had winter ever since. Now what about Saturday, which will be March 1? Will the month come in like a lion or lamb? We could use an early spring.
Years Ago... 50
It's time for the fishermen to start looking over their gear and start dreaming about the big one again. St. Patrick's Day is only a few days off and that's the day, according to tradition, that the flounders in Jamaica Bay start biting.

Caribbean cruises are more popular among local business people for winter vacations this year than they have

50 been. Won't be much longer until those "habla Espagnole' signs become a common site in local store windows.

Action by the Building Department has brought about the demolition of some of the buildings which have made the greatest contributions to the making of slums here, not to mention the contribution they made to some owners pocketbooks.

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