2010-07-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Linda White, 43, of 453 Beach 40 Street, Edgemere, has been sentenced to the maximum-17 years to life in prison-because she fatally shot here boyfriend, John Strouble, 32, of Dean street, Brooklyn, on October 1, 1989, inside her apartment.

An in-hospital arraignment has been held for the 26-year-old would-be robber who was shot in the neck and paralyzed last week as he tried to force his way into a home of an elderly Edgemere resident.

RMAC (Rockaway Music and Arts Council) is sponsoring a contest based on environmental issues. Projects should be brought to the RMAC Fall Festival on Saturday, September 15, between 10 a.m. and noon. All of the contestant’s entries will be on view at Fort Tilden, under the RMAC tent.

Medical waste found on the beach at Beach 32 Street, Far Rockaway, in mid-July includes blood-soaked gauze, a catheter and tubing. Ed Schulman made the find.

Visions of two peninsula artists, Arlene Cornell and Steve Yaeger, will be exhibited and sold at the Pier 92 Restaurant, at the Jamaica Bay end of Beach 92 street, Rockaway Beach, next weekend, August 11 and 12.

Intense search of the area failed to turn up a suspect after an 85-year-old man was robbed and assaulted on Sunday morning, while walking to Waldbaum’s in Rockaway Park from Dayton Towers West, in the Seaside section of Rockaway Beach.

Fire in one room of a first floor apartment at 81-05 Beach Channel Drive (the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach) on Tuesday morning, about 4:45, was put out by the crews of two companies-Engine 226 of Rockaway Beach and Ladder 121 of Arverne.

Emergency Medical Service (city ambulance) removed two teenagers who were on a motorcycle that was cut in the middle early last Saturday afternoon, July 28, when it was struck by an automobile at Beach 120 street and Newport Avenue, Rockaway Park.

Years Ago... 30

The DeMatteis Corporation, the builders of the Dayton and Surfside housing complexes in Rockaway, are preparing a site at Edgemere, where they will construct the four-building low-cost housing project at Beach Channel Drive, from Beach 41 to Beach 43 Streets.


When the privately-built boardwalk was turned over to the city, it was stipulated that nothing could be built on the beach beyond the boardwalk. The proposal to build comfort stations at the beach is running into objections from residents who want to keep the beach uncluttered.

Mario Russo took The Wave’s advice and made up a party to go and see “The Sound of Music” at the Jones Beach Marine Theater last Friday night. Later, in the Schaefer Pavilion, with the aid of Guy Lombardo’s Orchestra, he and the show’s leading lady, Constance Towers, did an exhibition Tango, which so delighted the other guests that they all moved aside to watch.

40 Years Ago...

Adolph Meyer cannot understand the people who want to leave their homes here for summer vacations elsewhere. People spend lots of money to come to Rockaway for their vacation, he pointed out. Why can’t the residents just enjoy their privilege that the seashore is ours to enjoy?

A complaint was raised last week by one visitor who thought the beach was much too dirty – filled with seaweed and driftwood. It was explained to her that every beach in the world had the same problem and there was not way to control it.

Some of the local banks have been advertising, “Have a happy vacation – next year.” They want everybody to start a vacation club account now for next summer. Why not?

Years Ago... 50

Dedication of the new Rockaway Park Station of the U.S. Post Office at Beach 115 Street and Beach Channel Drive will be held next Thursday afternoon. The opening is sponsored by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, the Rockaway Park Businessman’s Association and the Rockaway Civic Club.

Noise made by the planes from Floyd Bennett Field is a small price to pay for the security that the big airfield offers to the area, in the opinion of Lieutenant John Murphy, jet instructor at the field.

The new $5 million toll bridge linking Far Rockaway and Atlantic Beach will be finished by November 1 of this year, according to Nassau County officials.

Use of a vacant lot on the west end by motorists was protested this week by the Rockaway Civic Club, which says that it is unsightly for all those cars to park in one place.

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