2009-04-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

20 While residents throughout the city are expressing concern about a machine gunning in Arverne on Monday night, April 10, about 10:32, Rockaway citizens are thankful Police Officers John Condon and Frank Feeley of the 100 Precinct (Rockaway Beach) spotted the getaway car and were able to arrest two suspects.

Anthony Thomas, 21, of 442 Beach 46 Street, Edgemere, was arrested last Saturday, April 8, and charged with manslaughter second degree in regard to apparent assault leading to headcrushing death for John T. Seaman, 31, of Far Rockaway, when he was struck by a livery taxi on Friday, April 7, about 11:50 p.m.

Rockaway's leaders appear obviously pleased this weekend because only toprate developers were found when proposals for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area were opened and revealed on Wednesday, April 12.

Counting has been suspended on how many automobiles were damaged (windows smashed and body parts dented and broken) last Friday night, April 7,


or early Saturday morning, April 8, between Beach 127 and Beach 142 Streets, mainly between the ocean and Cronston Avenue.

Emergency Medical Service (the city's ambulance corps) gave its highest award (the Medal of Honor) on March 31 to two emergency medical specialists, Alex Cesare and Stanly King, who are based at the Rockaway outpost.

Hobie Townsend, 27, of 116-80 Guy Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, the last of four men suspected of murdering Danny Lomax, 20, of 411 Beach 54 Street (the Edgemere Houses in Arverne) in 1986, has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore officially added to its parking space on Monday, April 10, with what Keith Safian, the hospital's administrator, calls "the new Beach 20 Street parking lot."

Years Ago... 30

New plans have reportedly been completed for the Nassau Expressway, for which a right-of-way was cleared in Lawrence and Inwood when Nelson Rockefeller was governor, but was never completed.

Two people died and at least three others are in serious condition as a result of a fire about midnight Sunday night, April 8, at 305 Beach 70 Street.

Another parking lot is on the way for the Beach 116 Street shopping area. Linda Henley-Reade of the economic development department of the borough president's office told members of the Rockaway Park Redevelopment, Inc. that the borough president has given a high priority to converting the space at 195 Beach 115 Street into a municipal parking lot.

No suffering has been reported in Rockaway because of the barge strike, which has caused garbage problems in other parts of the city, since the barges normally haul much of the garbage. In Rockaway, garbage is always hauled by truck to a landfill site, so the fact that there were no barges made no differ- ence.

40 Years Ago...

Contractors for Peninsula General Hospital's expansion program jumped the gun last Friday and commenced excavation and pile driving two weeks ahead of scheduled ground breaking ceremonies.

Whatever happened to the Public School 183 playground which was supposed to open a long, long time ago?

The new Cross Bay Bridge is still under construction and already hoodlums with red paint have managed to deface some of the concrete work. And it's hardly more than a block from the 100 Precinct police station.

Vandals shot out the floodlights on the exterior of the Lowitt laboratories in Arverne, Sunday night.

Years Ago... 50

The Monis liquor store was forced to move across the boulevard when the site was cleared for the first Hammel housing project. Now the Hammel Title I project will compel the owners to seek a new location again.

There are still some old timers who remember the junior hook and ladder company that used to take part in the parades of the Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Department more than half a century ago. One of them is Lawrence F. Heer who was a foreman of the junior company.

In spite of the rumor that the Home Curtain company is about to leave town, business is booming at the firm's Arverne plant.

There has been a sudden increase in the membership roles of the Republican Club of the Rockaways.

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