2009-03-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

RMAC (Rockaway Music & Arts Council) is diversifying in its quest to bring something for everyone in the Rockaways. Most recent was the children's' concert held at Public School 114 earlier this month. Although not all children were in agreement about the concert, it was a new beginning.

Rockaway Rotary Inc. and Sweet 'n Low are sponsoring the 11th annual Rockaway Ocean Run - six miles on the boardwalk on Sunday, April 30, starting at 11 a.m.

Grand jury investigation is under way in Queens of charges that more than a dozen city and housing police officers savagely beat Harlan Bryant, 35 (a dietician at Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere) and his family on March 3, and then arrested them on trumpedup charges.

John Catone, 14, of Beach 91 Street, an eighth grade student at JHS 180, thought he found a chinning bar at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 88 Street. Actually, it was a brace for the new utility pole placed on the south side of the boulevard. Usually these braces are angled to the ground, but because there had to be room for people to walk by, this one was stretched across the sidewalk.

Three shootings in one precinct in one day (Tuesday-Wednesday, March 21- 22, in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway) made it impossible for police to provide complete information immediately to the press.

Michael McNerney, son of Mary Lou and Joe McNerney, 119 Beach 92 Street has been named to the dean's list at the University of Notre Dame for outstanding scholarship during the fall semester.

Reports of gunshots raced through the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach the night of March 16-17, but neither Housing Police nor precinct police admitted to having heard anything.

United States Park Police Officer John J. Gott has been presented with his unit's Officer of the Month Award for two actions he took in February.

Years Ago... 30

One woman, who seemed to be alone, held up the Chase Manhattan Bank at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 85 Street about 10:15 a.m. Thursday, March 15, and got away with an estimated $6,000 to $7,000.

Norman D. Stevens, MD, is offering a reward of $200 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who damaged his fence. Dr. Stevens' office is located at 117-18 RBB.

Responding to steering by City Councilman Walter Ward, the city's legislative body this week approved 31-6 a resolution calling upon the state legislature to legalize casino gambling in the Rockaways.

Harry Heller has been named to replaced Joe Bloch, who resigned as vice president of administration at the Peninsula Hospital Center.

40 Years Ago...

The designers of the new Beach Channel High School should visit the site when a good, stiff norther is blowing across the bay and the temperature is in the teens. That's part of the heating problem they''ll have to solve.

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is preparing for bigger crowds here next summer. The toll gates at the Marine Parkway Bridge are being enlarged to speed the flow of traffic.

When the remainder of snow finally melted, it was a pleasant surprise to find such early harbingers of spring as crocuses and hyacinths flourishing in sunny locations.

The so-called "vest-pocket" housing project on Beach 73 Street and Beach Channel Drive now has a name. It's Carleton Manor. That's a fine choice. It not only perpetuates the original name of the street, which was Carleton Avenue, but "manor" implies a certain dignity which the fine building merits.

Years Ago... 50

Although rumors to the contrary exist, the establishment of a shopping center on the site of the former Long Island Rail Road station at Far Rockaway is now almost a certainty, we are told.

Some of the bars that used to line Seaside Avenue have relocated in the Seaside area, but the proprietors of others plan to leave the Rockaways or go into other lines of business here.

Business in the local drugstores should

50 be booming if the headaches of the property owners whose assessed valuations have been boosted are as acute as they claim to be.

If they change the Title I plans to permit 16-story buildings instead of the announced eight-story structures, would that be high enough to keep planes bound in and out of Idlewild and Floyd Bennett Field from flying over the Rockaways?

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