2009-04-17 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Charles Brown, 31, is being held for the grand jury in connection with a fatal shooting about four o'clock Sunday morning, April 16, on the ground floor at 2337 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, where Brown lives.

Four honor students represented their classes this spring as Benjamin N. Cardozo Junior High School 198 in Arverne honored 100 at an afternoon assembly for attendance.

Gregory Hector, 27, a resident of the Edgemere Houses in Edgemere, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison in Brooklyn on Tuesday, April 18, for admittedly murdering Sharon Owens and her son Anthony Owens last year.

Police Officer Carmine Amalfitano, 24, of the 101 Precinct (Far Rockaway) was cleared on Monday, April 18, in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man early on January 16 in front of 20-11 Cornaga Avenue, "a drug-prone location."

The New York State United Teachers annual convention was held last week in Niagara Fall. NYSUT represents York's public schools, colleges, universities and health care facilities. They are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the AFLCIO.

Geoff Who, 18, of 149 Beach 137 Street, Belle Harbor, was arrested on Tuesday, April 18, and charged with one count of burglary and numerous counts of criminal mischief (in connection with the smashing of more than 50 windshields the night of April 7-8 between Beach 127 and 142 Streets).

Boxes weighing about 50 pounds each, containing traditional foods eaten by Jewish people during the annual eight-day Passover holiday, were packed at the Waldbaum's shopping center at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 113 Street, Rockaway Park, on Sunday morning, April 16, by Lt. Bernard Wiener Post 258 Jewish War Veterans, and then delivered door to door to people in need.

30 Years Ago... 

Rockaway Youth Council, in conjunction with the Telephone Pioneers of America, will sponsor street Olympics in various areas of Rockaway this summer.


"She robbed the bank (the Citibank branch at Beach 113 Street and Beach Channel Drive), she walked right by me (I could have tackled her) and she left." That was the view of the bank robbery about 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, brought back to The Wave by Leon Locke, the editor. "I saw her go in back and saw her come out, and I didn't know what was going on. When I did find out I chased out back thinking I would give chase, but she was gone," he said.

Police will enforce a beach curfew that will go into effect on May 15, prohibiting loitering or remaining in any park (beach, boardwalk or recreational area) between 1 a.m. and one half hour before sunrise.

Renaming the Broad Channel subway station in memory of two clerks who died after a fire bombing here this year has been rejected by the New York City Transit Authority, which operates the subway system.

40 Years Ago...


Debris has been cleared from the site of Congregation Shaaray Tefila's synagogue on Central Avenue which was destroyed by fire last winter and is to be replaced by a new edifice for which funds are now being raised.

Sources, usually reliable, declare that a branch of one of the larger food market chains is expected to open in Rockaway Park before the summer.

Local residents who helped prepare the famous NC planes for the first trans- Atlantic flight 50 years ago at the Rockaway Naval Air Station include Roy W. Mackenzie of Belle Harbor and William Shaw who also was a Belle Harborite for many years before moving to his present home in Brooklyn.

As expected, traffic on Beach Channel Drive came to a halt numerous times on the busy Sunday because of the construction of the approach to the new Cross Bay Bridge.

50 Years Ago...

After some delay, it now looks like the Nordeck Houses cooperative apartments at Arverne will get underway any day. A construction shanty is now on the site.


Fort Tilden was a key point in the protection of New York City during World War I. Now it is playing an important part in our present scheme of security. The fort is being prepared as a testing site for guided missile fuel.

The start of the general face-lifting of buildings in the area of the Title I housing projects was made last week. A new front was begun at Gilroy's Bar and Grill on the Boulevard at Beach 90 Street, just opposite the end of the proposed Hammel-Holland program.

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