2009-10-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Andrew Danielson, 23, of 315 Fountain Avenue, Brooklyn, remains in critical condition in Jamaica Hospital, where he was taken after he was shot in the chest early Tuesday morning, October 10, in Rockaway, by one of three police officers at whom he allegedly was shooting with a 9-millimeter machine pistol.

With a $54 million tax bill mounting, Dayton-Seaside was put on notice by the city's corporation counsel that action in the form of a tax lien would soon be taken against the three-building complex, which is located between Beach 105 Street and Beach 108 Street on Shore Front Parkway. The city agency told the owners that it had 20 days to pay the taxes or the lien would be filed.

The 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach will sponsor an auto theft reduction program beginning this week. Residents can have their VIN number scratched permanently into their automobile's window through a chemical process that is free. Police sources say the window-etching will make it much easier to identify the vehicle should it be stolen.

About a half ton of marine debris was collected at the Fort Tilden beach of the Gateway National Recreation Area on September 24 - the third annual National Beach Cleanup Day.

Erik James Resurrection, a Darmouth College junior from Belle Harbor, is studying religion in Edinburgh, Scotland, this fall as a participant in Dartmouth's Foreign Study Abroad Program.

Students and teachers at Public School 106 in Edgemere are searching for ways to cope with tragedy and fear as they think about two of their young friends - Zainab Abdu-Salaam, 7 and Husein Abdu-Salaam, 3 - who were tossed from a 10th floor window last week by their mother, Ameenah Abdu- Salaam, a local woman who now reportedly has been indicted for murder and is undergoing psychiatric testing.

Roger Jones, a youth from the Hammel Houses, has been convicted of second degree murder in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christian Anaele while the victim was a passenger on a Q22 bus virtually in front of the office of The Wave on February 18, 1988, between 8 and 9 p.m.

30 Years Ago...

We must have money to burn. People don't seem to be interested in the fact that a concrete walk will be cheaper than a wooden walk. Just place it in wood, they say.

Near misses seem to be common occurrences in and around Kennedy airport. Saturday morning was no different as at 10:42 a westbound float plane (seaplane usually used in air taxi services) and an outboard 747 were involved in a near miss over Beach 100 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Witnesses said the planes seemed to be within 350 to 500 feet of each other.

Bayswater residents have written, yelled, called and begged but they get no response. It seems water collects on Sunnyside near Bay 28 Street. It collects and never leaves. The water is stagnant and foul smelling. Isn't it time these residents were helped?

40 Years Ago...

John Bond, who arrived a few days ago from Florida to visit his sister, Miss Louise Bond of Beach 96 Street, is one of the nation's first airmail pilots.

There was a full house at the American Legion clubhouse, Beach 92 Street, last Saturday night, when the O'Connell Post held its annual Past Commander's Dinner in honor of Past Commander Mickey Finn.

Now that beachcombers have taken to using mine detectors to find lost treasure on the beach, probably the next development will be frost fisherman using radar.

The World Series between the Amazing New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles has been the chief topic of conversation all week, especially since the Mets took a 2-1 lead at Shea Stadium on Tuesday.

50 Years Ago...

"People sure read The Wave" declares John Nash. He knows. Two weeks ago, the item about his wedding 30 years ago, somehow got into the personal news instead of the "Looking Backward" column. "You should have heard the comments we got," said Nash.

John Ross of the Rockaway Park Bowling League has the office story of all time. He mailed a letter which reached its destination in less than two hours. He couldn't believe it when The Wave, to whose office the letter was mailed, from Rockaway Park, had him on the phone to clarify a point which he had made.

Sol Epstein, proprietor of the Zalman Cigar Store at 115-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard is the man who proposed the Rockaway Sports Center. He says he now had plenty of time at the store to discuss the matter with anyone who is interested.

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