2009-05-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Operators of a carnival set up on the site of old Public School 44 (between Beach 92 and 94 streets at Holland Avenue in Rockaway Beach) have been issued a violation for being in an area where carnivals are not permitted.

Eric Rodriguez, 24, and Luce Rodriguez, 18, residents of the Lawrence Hotel at 164 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, were brought before the grand jury on Tuesday, May 2, charged with assault first degree, assault allegedly so severe they could have killed their four-month-old son, Eric Rodriguez Jr., on April 25.

Despite opponents' "last gasp" in Broad Channel on April 27, the tolls on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge were raised the next day, Friday, April 28, effective July 16 at 3 a.m.

Seven teams from the Sorrentino Recreation Center in Far Rockaway will compete for the New York City double dutch championship this Sunday morning, May 7, in Bronx Community College.

Scores of mature adults from diverse racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds have gone back to college in the Rockaways. Since early February, when Touro College in cooperation Services for the Aged offered an extension program on the premises of the JASA Brookdale Village Senior Center at 131 Beach 19 Street, Far Rockaway, leading to an associate of arts degree.

About 100 Girl Scouts from the Rockaway Peninsula participated in a Community Service Day on April 22 by picking up litter and garbage from an empty lot adjoining the Blanche Day Care Center, 41-05 Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere.

Frederick Lewis, a male black 20 years old from Far Rockaway, was shot and killed Tuesday morning, May 2, about a half hour after midnight, while sitting in an automobile parked opposite 247 McBride Street, Far Rockaway.

One bullet hit a man's belt buckle, saving him from serious injury and possibly death, last Friday evening, April 28, at the Holland-Beach 90 Street subway station.

Telling passenger a to behave himself triggered an assault with a large safety pin on a 35-year-old conductor on a northbound C-train at or near the Seaside-Beach 105 Street subway station last Friday, April 28.

30 Years Ago...

Four boys ages 12 and 13 years old (two from Brooklyn and two from Far Rockaway) were arrested on April 17 and charged with a robbery in Far Rockaway.

With expression of full faith in Ada Zakin and her Far Rockaway shopping area revitalization committee, the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways this week donated $1,000 to the revitalization.Local civic leader and restaurateur Dan Tubridy has been chosen to receive St. Gertrude's first Man of the Year Award. Richard M. Green, a student at Beach Channel High School, has won a National Merit Scholarship worth $1,000. He is one of 80 winners in New York State, seven of them in Queens.

40 Years Ago...

County Republican leader Sidney S. Hein and his famous cigars have returned to the local scene after an absence of some years. Party boats from Sheepshead Bay and Canarsie have been having fair luck catching flounders in Silver Hole. That's a famous fishing spot in the bay off the Somerville section of Arverne.

Defacers of public and private property seem to know no bounds. They have scrawled on the beautiful white columns Federal's main office on Central Avenue in Cedarhurst.

Complaints have been registered with The Wave about the lack of adequate street lighting on Rockaway Beach Boulevard around Beach 105 Street. People are reluctant to venture on the street after dark for fear of being struck by a passing car.

50 Years Ago...

In spite of some of the recent "positive" reports of condemnation in the Title I areas, there has been none except for a few decrepit buildings ordered to be demolished for health and safety reasons.

In these days when almost everybody is tax conscious, it's strange that protests against increased valuation were filed on only 706 real estate parcels of the nearly 14,000 parcels in the Rockaways.When the Donegal Pipers come to town for Rockaway Rotary Club's Las Vegas night at St. Francis de Sales hall, May 30, Jeffrey Green will lead the bagpipe section. Jeff is the only Jewish bagpiper in the United States.

Last week's fire at the Mandelbaum residence on Beach 145 Street caused more damage than any other fire there's been in Neponsit.

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