2009-06-05 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Residents of East Sixth Road, Broad Channel, had just begun to recover from the ordeal they suffered last December, when an old Con Edison transformer ruptured, spilling PCB-laden oil all over nearby houses, yards, and cars.

Approximately four shots were fired as approximately 100 youths were involved in a violent fight near the Ocean Village apartment complex at Beach 59 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Arverne, last Friday afternoon, June 2, about five minutes after two o'clock.

Eighteen half-pound sealed cans of ether were discovered last Friday afternoon, June 2, about 1:20, in the basement at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Arverne, premises police describe as a New York City Health Department clinic.

TNT (Tactical Narcotics Team police) will leave Rockaway this month despite a plea from Councilman Walter Ward directly to Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward to keep the team here another 30 days.

"No criminality was involved" in the death of a 35-year-old man found dead in an automobile parked on Beach 74 Street between Shore Front Parkway and Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Arverne on June 1 about 4:30 p.m.

Columbia Savings Bank & Loan Association is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The association was formed in 1899 to sell shares, loan money on "prudently selected" mortgages and return a profit to its investors, and it has been in continuous operation since that time.

Jill Eisenstadt, author of a controversial best seller, "From Rockaway," returned to her Beach Channel High School classroom on Friday, June 9, to speak to Stanley H. Barkan's creative writing class.

Parents of an 11-year-old fifth grader in Far Rockaway are complaining that Community School District 27 is discriminating and turning away the exceptional students.

Residents of Arverne again are publicizing how strongly opposed they are to a Daytop Village drug treatment facility at 316 Beach 65 Street.

Grand Jury investigation of how a church pastored by Congressman Floyd Flake used federally granted funds was revealed this week when officials of the church were subpoenaed to testify.

Frank (Born) Pruitt, 19, who was sought for shooting and slaying Jaar Bellamy, 18, of 5132 Beach Channel Drive and Tyrone Lee, 21, of 5124 Beach Channel Drive (both in the Edgemere Houses in Edgemere) on April 21 about a quarter after midnight, was arrested last Saturday, June 3, in Baltimore.

30 Years Ago...

Orphans were treated to their annual outing at Rockaways' Playland on Thursday, June 7, by the New York City Fire Department's Holy Name Society of Brooklyn and Queens.

New York City's Department of Environmental Protection has applied for a permit to replace a 24-inch (diameter) cast iron storm water outfall at Jacob Riis Park with a 48-inch rein- forced concrete storm sewer outfall.

40 Years Ago...

Because of the size of the holiday crowds, the Cross Bay Bridge approach at Beach Channel Drive, narrowed because of the construction work, kept police busy trying to prevent traffic snarls during the holiday weekend.

Now that Broad Channel residents' five-year leases with the city are approved, civic leaders in the Channel are preparing an active campaign to enable the residents to buy the land and pay taxes, instead of rent, to the city.

Summer made an early appearance last weekend when the mercury hit a new high of 97 degrees on Memorial Day. There have been hotter Memorial Days here, but they fell on dates other than the 30th of the month.

50  Years Ago...

After one delay following another for some time, the Nordeck apartments are at last under construction. That is encouraging to people who have been waiting for the Title I housing projects at Seaside and Hammel. So far all they have known is delay. Now they feel that there may be some hope.

Although people who should know what they're talking about insist that the Far Rockaway shopping center on the site of the old railroad station will become a reality, nothing to indicate that to the public has happened yet.

There's to be no such thing as a regular boat ride between New York and Rockaway again this season. It seems too bad, because a lot of people liked to travel that way and patronage for the line could have been built up.

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