2009-08-07 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


One teenager drowned on Sunday, August 6, near Beach 67 Street, and one near Beach 9 Street came so close to drowning he still is in a coma.

"This is a tragedy. It should never have happened to such a loving, good family." That's what investigating police said last October, and that's still the dominant view now that Elijah Ingram, 54, of Edgemere faces 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Monday, August 28, for slaying his son Isaiah Ingram, 25, for being disrespectful.

Outstanding in baseball being played this summer at Beach 102 Street and Beach Channel Drive (in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach) are 1989 graduates of St. Camillus School seven or eight blocks away.

Rockaway Little League's baseball program has just completed its 35th season. More than 1100 boys and girls were involved on Tee-Ball, Pee Wee, Minor and Major levels; girls softball and junior boys.

Catherine Murphy, youngest daughter of Terry and Frank Murphy of Beach 89 Street, Rockaway Beach, will join the accounting firm of Coopere & Lynbrand as a staff accountant in September. In November, she will take the CPA examination for certification as a certified public accountant.

Bessemund Avenue and the intersection of Westbourne Avenue and Waterloo Place, all in Far Rockaway, will be reconstructed and resurfaced thanks to funding under lump-sum allocations added to the city's new capital budget.

Requests from elementary, intermediate and high school principals, and drug-education coordinators, are pouring into the office of Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci, asking that assistant district attorneys talk with students, teachers and parents about legal ramifications of drug use and dealing.

30 Years Ago...

Some places of business are heeding the President's decree that all air conditioners must be set no lower than 78 degrees. Others are not. There is much relief when one walks into a store that is ignoring the order. The cool temperatures are wonderful.


Quite a crowd turned out at one of the local eating establishments Saturday for a cocktail party to help the cause of casino gambling. Most of the folks in Rockaway want to see the casinos and hotels dot the peninsula. This would be a far better sight than the empty lots which are there now.

Two near misses at Kennedy airport during the past weekend have us shuddering. One crash near the Rockaways could just about wipe out the entire east or west end of the peninsula.

"Stop when the school bus stops!" Starting today, this rule applies to all of New York City, as well as the rest of the state and most of the country. The law requires that a bus stopped with its red lights flashing may not be passed in either direction - even if it is on the other side of a divided highway.

40 Years Ago...

What does Long Beach Hospital have that Peninsula Hospital does not? An emergency boat landing float in Reynolds Channel, which will be dedicated tomorrow.

It seems almost sad to see the old Cross Bay Bridge in the process of being demolished after its long years of service.

It was a surprised lady who got into her bed in a local nursing home and found a man there - fast asleep. He'd left early from a party at the home and got off the elevator at the wrong floor. When she started to scream, it was his turn to be surprised.

The Transit Authority blames clogged catch basins for the backed-up water which flooded the subway in Manhattan a few weeks ago. Perhaps it's a good thing that the subway tracks in the Rockaways are elevated.

50 Years Ago...

Ben Brown of the Beach Drug Store caused some embarrassment recently at a monthly meeting of the Rockaway Rotary Club when he asked a Long Island Lighting Company representative, who was a guest speaker of the day, why dangerous electric wires in the Rockaways are not run underground.


There's a family that gets a mess of forbidden hard clams from the bay occasionally in a unique way. They let their small youngsters frolic at low tide in the water over some old clam beds. The kids occasionally duck under and come up with a clam which they hand to their elders.

It must be the weather. Tempers have flared recently on Beach Channel Drive and along the Freeway when there have been crashes. None of the mishaps resulted in much damage to the vehicles, nor did the fisticuffs mar the physical appearance of the drivers.

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