2009-07-24 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Sharp police officers in Brooklyn quickly spotted the car of a 46-year-old Arverne woman who was forced into the vehicle while wiping it off, punched and choked for approximately 30 minutes and fled as her attacker was going through her purse.

With thousands of people from New Jersey and Connecticut (as well as the entire New York metropolitan area) flocking to our peninsula Rockaway is turning into a true summer festival this week.

One man was shot dead and one man was stabbed Wednesday evening July 26, a little before eight o'clock, at 82-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard (the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach).

Mary Palmietto, owner of a Baskin- Robbins Ice Cream store at 189 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, welcomed students from a summer primary program at Public School 225 last week, showed the children how cakes are created and decorated, and treated each child to a sample of his or her favorite ice cream.

Caring workers are feeding Rockaway kids this summer at Public School 42 in Arverne, Intermediate School 53 and Public School 215 in Far Rockaway, Public School 105 in Edgemere, Beach Channel and Far Rockaway High Schools.

Why are federally funded Blanche Community Day Care Center, 41-05 Beach Channel Drive, Edgemere, and Hammels Arverne Day Care Center 216 Beach 87 Street, Rockaway Beach, located in a floodplain?

Women of childbearing age, infants and children under the age of 15 should not eat any fish from waters which have been shown to be contaminated, State Senator Andrew Jenkins advises.

Thomas Rhynes, 38, of 84-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard (the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach) was arrested on Wednesday, July 19, about 1:10 p.m., for shoplifting at 88-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach (Kings Super Pharmacy).

Rosie McKennan, a former nurse's aide at Resort Nursing Home, 430 Beach 68 Street, Arverne, was sentenced Monday afternoon, July 24, to 15 years in jail for physically abusing a 102-year-old female resident at the facility in February 1988.

30 Years Ago... 

Many complaints were received by The Wave during the past weekend regarding the shift in Concorde's flight path. Although the planes now take off four to five times a day, they seem to go directly over the Belle Harbor-Neponsit area. Residents are up in arms.


Members of the 101 Precinct Community and Youth Council will operate charity and bazaar booths in Rockaway's Playland, Beach 98 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard four days in August.

Beach 116 Street's boardwalk mall has been cleaned up and painted, according to the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

Retail Liquor Stores Association has thanked Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz for her support in opposing the sale of wine and liquor in supermarkets and grocery.

40 Years Ago...


Equipment and crews are assembled in force at Beach 35 Street and Far Rockaway Boulevard where a major pumping operation has been in force for several days in order to get into a manhole to make repairs. No scuba divers have made an appearance.

Although some people are doubtful, it is true that the Brooklyn Rapid Transit elevated trains ran from Brooklyn Bridge to Rockaway Park during several summer seasons. The fare was 15 cents each way.

Nobody in official position will confirm it, but rumor persists that acquisitions of additional land north of the Freeway may add "Arverne III" to the urban renewal area.

50 Years Ago...

News releases from Rockaway Beach Hospital refer to its president, William F. Brunner, as "former Congressman." Titles which also might be included are "former President of the Board of Alderman," "Sheriff of Queens County," and "Assemblyman."


Oldtimers recall that Rockaway clams and oysters used to be known as the finest in the world before it was forbidden to take them from Jamaica Bay because of its polluted water. Those bivalves are still in the bay, but the clams and oysters local people eat are imported from Great South Bay and other places.

It's a strange thing that some of the local business people who used to make only token contributions towards the cost of weekly fireworks here on the grounds that the fireworks "didn't pay" now say business has fallen off because there are no fireworks this year.

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