2010-10-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council will present a free concert on November 18 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Beach Channel High School. The concert will feature three award-winning “Stars of Tomorrow,” including Larissa Sokoloff on the piano, Michael Wei-Chun Shih on violin and Helen Yu, an award-winning soprano.

Seven welfare families moving into the Lawrence Hotel on Beach 116 Street prompted an emergency meeting called by the Chamber of Commerce at the Rams Horn Diner. The meeting, chaired by Dan Tubridy, was told by the city that the Legal Aide Society had filed suit to get the residents back into the hotel.

Shawn Malik Brown, who had been reported missing in last week’s Wave was found dead on Tuesday in the Atlantic Ocean off the Silver Point Beach Club in Atlantic Beach. Police sources say that the teen drowned.

Service was interrupted on the Rockaway Line IND Thursday morning for about two hours when a young man was spotted walking on the tracks at the Beach 67 Street station. By the time police arrived, however, the unidentified man had been electrocuted and then hit by a passing train.

Volunteers of the Bayswater Security Patrol were lauded by police this week for helping to recover an automobile that had been stolen in northern Queens and dumped in Bayswater Park. Police officers Robert Santaniello and Jan Silverberg responded to a call by patrol members who had spotted the car deep in the weeds. The owner eventually recovered his car at the 101 Precinct house.

The Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) estimated this week that Rockaway’s population stands at 101,879, down 40 people from last year’s survey.

Captain Ronald Weissbrod, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, told a meeting this week that the 35 cops sent to Rockaway as a summer detail gave out 12,519 summonses for illegal parking in Rockaway over the summer months. They also confiscated 2,001 bottle of beer on the beach, 11 kegs and 20 bottles of alcohol.

Fire department officials are saying that they have found no wrongdoing in an incident where Ladder Truck 121 hit a pedestrian just after midnight on September 28 on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 86 Street. Eyewitness say that the fire truck had all its lights and its siren on when the unidentified pedestrian ran out into the street right into the path of the speeding truck. Members of the crew jumped from the truck to assist the victim, officials and eyewitnesses say.

Years Ago... 30

The acquisition of an eight acre site along Seagirt Boulevard between Beach 17 Street and Beach 19 Street will allow the Hartman YMHA to expand its services to the community, officials say.

Harry L. Cornell died September 26. The retired police officer was a direct descendent of Richard Cornell, the first white settler in Rockaway, who purchased land from Captain John Palmer in 1687 and began farming on the peninsula in 1690.

All of the libraries in Rockaway are now open on Sundays, and it is hoped they will remain so for the rest of the school year.

Firemen with Engine Company 266 in Rockaway Beach have accepted delivery of their brand new $96,275, 1,000 gallon Mack pumper truck.

40 Years Ago...

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus gave a great concert at Riis Park last weekend, drawing a cheering crowd of 700 residents.

As head of the Rockaway Task Force, Phil Finkelstein is under orders from Mayor John Lindsay to get involved with the community, something it gives him great pleasure to do. There is a depression about 10 feet deep in the middle of Beach Channel Drive at Beach 87 Street that continues to get deeper each day. Will it be repaired before a car falls into it and is never seen again?

Years Ago... 50

A person can stand at the corner of Beach 90 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard and see the boardwalk, thanks to all the demolition in the area. That is something that has not been possible for more than 60 years.

Plenty of rubbish is still evident after the passage of our recent hurricane, but the sanitation department is quickly putting everything in order.

There should be some bargains in boats about now. Some of them damaged in the storm can probably be repaired even if the present owners, discouraged by their recent experience, might not want them any more.

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