2010-06-11 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Housing police officers on patrol between 8 and 8:30 on Thursday morning, June 14, spotted what appeared to be “the Rockaway rapist.” They gave chase and caught the man, who turned out not to be the one they were looking for.

Rabbi Jacob Reiner, spiritual leader of Congregation Ohab Zedek, Belle Harbor, suffered a fractured hip and a fractured wrist on June 7 about 1:45 p.m. when an ’85 Oldsmobile sedan he was driving collided with an ’82 International truck, spun around and collided with an ’84 Chevrolet sedan, and then was hit in turn by an ’85 Honda motorcycle (flinging the driver into the back of the Oldsmobile and then onto the hood of the Chevrolet).

Father John (the Rev. John J. Amann), pastor of the St. Gertrude’s R.C. Church, Edgemere, has been named pastor of St. Catherine’s Parish, St. Albans, and will shortly leave this community.

Community School District 27 is accepting applications for its Astre program for intellectually gifted elementary school children.

Darnely Boyce, a security guard at Surfside Park, was arrested on Tuesday, June 12, at about 5:45 p.m., after he allegedly pulled out a knife and tried to stab somebody in the vicinity of 106-20 Shore Front Parkway.

Fifty-three fifth grade and sixth grade students at St. Camillus School in Rockaway Beach received “certificates of accomplishments” on Monday, June 11, for successfully completing a Drug Abuse Resistance Education course taught by United States Park Police, who visited the school.

Eight boys will graduate from Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park’s Hebrew School during Sabbath services this Saturday morning, June 16, at Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Years Ago... 30

There has been a sudden delay in the plans for the erection of a new shopping center on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 108 Street. It seems the committee formed to study the proposal was not provided with either the correct information or sufficient information to make a decision.


Finally! The new Seaside branch of the Queens Borough Public Library has opened at Beach 117 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

When are the powers that be going to put a left turn light at the entrance to Waldbaum’s shopping center on Beach 114 Street and Beach Channel Drive? That spot has been an accident magnet for many years.

Complaints from neighbors finally took their toll on the “Ready Or Not Disco” on Seagirt Boulevard. It was closed for a short time, but has now reopened as a social club.

40 Years Ago...

Dense smoke from a fire at the Carol lumberyard at Beach 77 Street and Thursby Avenue looked like the beginning of a holocaust. Quick action by firemen confined the damage to the office and mill, preventing its spread to piles of lumber nearby.


The first eighth grade class to graduate from the St. Rose of Lima parochial school this month will have 39 members.

Robert Moses, consultant to the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, was beaming last Thursday at the opening of the new Cross Bay Bridge. The new bridge over Jamaica Bay from Broad Channel to Rockaway marked an important step in the development of the city’s waterfront, which has been one of Moses’ pet concerns for many years.

It was most appropriate for apparatus from the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department to lead the motorcade across the completed Cross Bay bridge last Thursday afternoon. The volunteers have been leaders of the Broad Channel community for many years.

Years Ago... 50

Among those expected to be present at the Peninsula Hospital Center’s dedication on Sunday is Dr. A. W. Victor, who was the first intern at Rockaway Beach Hospital, which the new hospital replaces.


Baseball playing is all right in its place, but that’s not along the Boulevard on a Sunday morning—with a hardball at that.

Probably not since it first opened its doors some 50 years ago, has the patient census at the Rockaway Beach Hospital been as low as it is now. Admissions have been avoided all week in preparation for the move into the new building on Beach 51 Street on Tuesday.

Mike Pallie, fresh from Florida, is operating a parking lot that he leased from the city in the rear of the municipal field on Beach 116 Street. He formerly was the proprietor of the Belle Harbor Servicenter.

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