2010-09-03 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...


Leroy West, 51, of 22-11 Camp road, Far Rockaway, died last Saturday morning, September 1, when the 1984 Chevrolet four-door sedan he was driving eastbound on Rockaway freeway, slammed into an elevated railway pillar approximately 270 feet east of Beach 84 Street in Rockaway Beach.

Police are seeking help to find who is firing shots at a door (and in at least one case through the door, hitting a man’s leg) at 71-15 Beach Channel Drive (Carlton Manor) in Arverne.

Police are asking for help to find the person responsible for shooting Otis Jones, 26, of 56-10 Beach Channel drive (the Edgemere Houses in Arverne) in the eye.

Parents learned how to poison proof their homes during a workshop arranged this summer by Sandy Owens, a family assistant at Public School 105 in Edgemere, and led by Roseanne Sortille, clinical assistant director of pharmacy at Peninsula Hospital Center, also Edgemere.

Geraldine Simmons, co-president of the Parents’ Association of Public School 183 in Rockaway Beach, was given a great deal of credit on Tuesday, September 4, when completion of emergency reconstruction was celebrated at Beach 79 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

The shark scare off Breezy Point last week had people hopping including police units. The first call that went over the citywide network was that a person had been bitten by a shark and was injured. Then, the call was changed to an injured shark. Before the change, however, Coast Guard and police harbor units rushed to the scene. The search for any shark was fruitless, but bathers were still ordered to remove themselves from the water for about a hour. The Coast Guard reports that shark sightings are not very common in Rockaway waters.

Police officers alerted by a passerby that there had been shots fired in Far Rockaway chased and arrested Robert Lloyd, 49, of 13-45 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, and confiscated a .38 caliber revolver last Saturday afternoon, September 1.

Years Ago... 30

West end merchants are bracing for the fallout of the opening of Kings Plaza shopping mall scheduled for Saturday, September 11.

Since the production of the opera “Aida” in the mall at Riis Park two weeks ago, there have so many expressions of appreciation that the skeptics have proved wrong.

Yeshiva of Far Rockaway has announced that its school will open for the fall semester at its new address, 812 has been named as the new principal and administrator.

Mothers with baby carriages and young children with signs tied up traffic at Beach 88 Street and the freeway on Saturday afternoon demanding a traffic light.

There’s so much white sand on the Beach Channel High School sight that it begins to look as though a corner of the Sahara desert had been brought to Jamaica Bay.

Seven-month old Marian Cheryl Frank of Broad Channel has won The Wave’s ‘Most Adorable Baby’ contest.

40 Years Ago...

It looked like old times to see Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Halpern among the group welcoming the arrival of vice presidential candidate Henry Cabot Lodge at Fort Tilden Monday afternoon. Ralph was himself a perennial candidate here on the Republican ticket for many years.

One of the complaints about the new J. Philip Nordeck and Edgemere houses has been that they are far from the nearest stores. We hear that is going to be taken care of by the erection of a supermarket on Beach Channel Drive very soon.

The new funeral parlor of Denis S. O’Connor, Inc. on the corner of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 92 Street, looks like a transplanted Georgia plantation mansion.

Years Ago... 50

Terry and Brendan, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mooney of 316A Beach 101 Street, won the grand prize in the Most Beautiful Child Photo contest conducted by the Rockaway Section, National Council of Jewish Women.


Dedication of the recently opened Rockaway Child Health Center may not take place until after a new mayor has been elected.

Rockaway can lay claim to Congressman Walter A. Lynch of the Bronx, slated to become a Democratic candidate for governor, and a summer resident of Belle Harbor.

Plans for completing and equipping the 100th Precinct Coordinating Council’s athletic field in Seaside were discussed at a meeting of the council last evening.

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