2009-08-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Michael E. Beham, a 55-60 year old resident of 40 East 9 Street, Manhattan, died Tuesday night, August 29, after a 1987 Dodge van stolen at gunpoint from the Beach 54 Street-Beach Channel Drive area in Arverne rolled over on his 1987 Dodge four door sedan while he was traveling south on the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

Broad Channelites' knowledge of Jamaica Bay made it possible for the Coast Guard to find a 13-year-old boy with a flipped boat Sunday night, August 27, after midnight.

Approval by the New York City Board of Education on Wednesday, September 20, is expected to start construction this fall of a mini-school at Public School 47, 9 Power Road, Broad Channel, and make it possible to build a new Public School 43 at Seagirt Avenue and Beach 28 Street, Far Rockaway.

Elijah Ingram was convicted on August 7 in Queens Supreme Court of slaying his son Isaiah, 25, after the son allegedly asked his father to leave their apartment, complaining that the abusing his mother.

College juniors can join the Navy and receive full pay and allowances without putting on a uniform or setting foot in a Navy building (except to collect a pay check twice a month) until after graduation. At that point they become officers and are required to serve four years on active duty.

Passengers who were on a Green Lines Q21A Brooklyn-bound bus on Sunday, August 27, when a rock smashed through the windshield are fearful that the same thing is going to happen to a far-less-protective private automobile.

Narcotics Anonymous has added Recovery Under the Stars to its meetings in Rockaway.

About 50 friends from near and far helped Sylvia and Tuure Lensu of Inwood celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, August 20.

30 Years Ago...

There are now at least two empty stores in the Far Rockaway shopping center. One shop, "Burt's," has moved to a new location on the remodeled Beach 20 Street. We hope that the shopping center will not become devoid of business.

Thieves robbed a Far Rockaway couple of $39,000 in jewelry and about $2,000 in cash on Thursday, August 23, about 8:40 a.m., on a street in Far Rockaway. The victims, Albert Rosen and his wife Barbara, are jewelry merchants, and it is assumed that the thieves knew what they would find.

One of 89 oil spills totaling 50 gallons or more recorded by the US Coast Guard in the first six months of 1979 was in Rockaway. According to the Coast Guard's six month review of oil and chemical pollutant spills in New York Harbor area, the one here occurred off Rockaway Park and amounted to 200 gallons.

40 Years Ago...

The Broad Channel mardi gras brought out the usual throngs over the Labor Day weekend. Although traffic was a bit snarled, what with the mardi gras activities and the partially opened new Cross Bay Bridge handicapping the handling of traffic, it was accepted generally in good spirits as part of the fun.

With Democratic Party County Leader Moses Weinstein reportedly about to accept a judgeship, speculation is rife, not only to his successor in the county post, but what effect it may have on the Democratic leadership in the Rockaways. The construction crews have been doing a good job of hauling away debris and cleaning up the effects of the recent demolition of the bungalows along Edgemere Avenue in the Urban renewal area.

Orders have been issued, says the Department of Public Works, for the installation of two traffic lights at the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 105 Street. Need for the light was called to public attention in The Wave several months ago.

50 Years Ago...

Sam Friedman tells of a client who went to a pet shop and ordered 300 cockroaches, 200 ants, six mice and two rats. Said the client, "My lease expires next month and it requires me to return the premises to the landlord in the same condition when I took possession."

Now that the Title I condemnation has been postponed at least until the end of the year, some businessmen in the area who usually order merchandise at this time for the next summer months, are in a dilemma again.

With cars parked on both sides of Edgemere Avenue between Beach 34 Street and Beach 35 Street, delivery trucks have to halt in the middle of the street. No great imagination is required to picture what would happen if fire apparatus wanted to get through at the same time.

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