2009-06-19 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Steven Estrella, 28, a motorcyclist who crashed into the center divider of the North Channel Bridge and then into a light pole on June 12 about 3:30 p.m., was mangled and dead before his body literally flew into the side of a pickup truck going in the opposite direction.

Firefighters had to saw through a roof at 132 Beach 138 Street, Belle Harbor, on Tuesday morning, June 20, to get at a blaze that roared up from a second-floor bedroom in the rear to the cockloft.

Seven youths arrested on May 23 by Housing Police in Rockaway Beach and charged with attempted kidnapping, assault in the first degree and possession of a weapon are free on bail, held only by a court hearing date which has been postponed at least once.

Miss Piggy, a year-old real live pig who was living with the Stroke family on Beach 72 Street and Governor Avenue, left her home on June 11 to take up residence in Ocean City, NJ.

Marcus Fry, who allegedly shot at a Housing Police officer on March 5, 1988, at the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach, was rearrested on June 5, when Housing Police Officer Stephen Badamo saw him in criminal court in Kew Gardens and recognized him.

Victor Bell, 27, of Far Rockaway was charged Sunday, June 18, with beating an 87-year-old stroke victim and starting a fatal fire in the man's bedroom.

Kathy Quiles and her new son (born last Friday, June 16, on a C train) were both doing well when they went home to the Lawrence Hotel at Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park from St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore at Far Rockaway last week.

Stanley H. Barkan, a teacher of creative writing at Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Beach, is a poet honored for the second consecutive year.

Saul McCoy, 19, son of Portia and Arthur McCoy of Far Rockaway was graduated June 15 from DeVry Tech Institute with a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science, and is going into computer programming. He is also a graduate of Far Rockaway High School.

Steven Ried, 32, of 54-41 Almeda Avenue (the Edgemere Houses in Arverne) was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison last week (June 15) in connection with a shooting on May 14 on a walkway outside of 54-49 Almeda Avenue (also the Edgemere Houses in Arverne).

30 Years Ago...



Three men still have a boat they bought last Friday, thanks to Joseph Quinn of 137 Beach 133 Street, Belle Harbor. As related to The Wave by several sources, Quinn not only swam through pitch-black waves (about midnight) to get to the boat, but also latched on a line from a Coast Guard cutter and returned home from the cutter by swimming again through the pitch-black water.

More than 300 people crowded into the new Sadie and Sam Goody Youth Wing of Congregation Darchay Noam, the Bayswater Jewish Center, for the dedication of the wing, on June 10.

Rockaway ranks 25 in 59 areas of New York City in arson. This fact was emphasized Monday, June 18, at a luncheon meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. The emphasis came from Deputy Fire Commissioner Bill McLaughlin, the guest speaker.

40 Years Ago...


Branches of the Jamaica Savings Bank at Rockaway Park and Far Rockaway have been complimented for distributing free decals of the American Flag which were made available in time for Flag Day.

With a federally funded program underway to remove debris from New York harbor, people in this area are hoping that the work may eventually reach Jamaica bay, where among other things, abandoned barges have been rotting for years.

50 Years Ago...


Bill Brunner, who was a member of the famous New York Nationals basketball team, says the game may be faster these days but he wonders what today's players would do if there were no backboards behind the baskets from which to carom the shots into the hoop.

Graduation classes in the Rockaways are getting so large there is not enough room for the exercises in the local auditoriums, so Walt Whitman auditorium at Brooklyn College had to be used by Junior High School 180 in Rockaway Beach. The question is, why should one city should have to pay another for the use of an auditorium?

Grace Bliss of the State Housing Department office used to be with the city's Slum Clearance office and has been familiar with every one of the local housing projects, but last week when she attended the groundbreaking for Nordeck Apartment, it was her first visit here. Rockaway has another fan.

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