2010-12-17 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

20 Detective Timothy McCabe of the 100 Precinct Detective Squad is leading the investigation into a homicide that took place at Beach 68 Street and Bayfield Boulevard last weekend. Sources say the body of an unidentified man was found dead on the backseat of an automobile at about 11:20 p.m. The body had suffered four gunshots to the head and torso.

Three local legislators have blasted the city’s transit agency for cancelling late-night C and H trains. The three, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, State Senator Jeremy Weinstein and City Councilman Walter Ward, sent a letter to MTA head Allan Kiepper asking to reinstate the round-robin latenight service and adding more trains in the evening.

Five new members were added to the Board of Directors of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) at a meeting Tuesday night. Those who became board members are Pauline Cummings, Norman Harry, Bruce Mirkin, David Milner and Dr. Perla Tate. All of the directors will serve for a term of three years.

School District 27, one of the largest public school districts in the city may be forced to cut 448 teachers, administrators and other school staff under a

20 new budget issued this week by the Board of Education and Mayor David Dinkins. Deputy Superintendent Josephine Schwindt argued that there is no way the current level of educational services could be maintained with that deep a cut, and asked the education department for a supplemental amount of money to address the growing at-risk school population in the district.

The Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC), which has been serving the Rockaway community since 1974 is asking for new members and contributions to keep the service going. A corps official said that the group has made 13,575 emergency runs in the 16 years it has been in existence.

Wave publisher Leon Locke has been nominated to take the reins of Community Board 14 to replace the present head, Sallijane Seif, who has resigned the position. While Locke was chosen by the nominating committee, it is expected that two other candidates, Vince Castellano and Michael Tubridy, will be nominated from the floor at next month’s election. The election will be held at that time.

Years Ago... 30

Green Bus Lines, Jamaica Bus, Triboro Coach and Steinway Transportation are growing wary of the 163 new, flexible buses they have on order and have asked the manufacturer for proof that they are safe on city roads.

Welcome to the Peninsula Theater Workshop, which opened this week at 1931 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. The new workshop has been drawing

30 rave reviews from participants and the community at large.

Stores in the Beach 116 Street shopping area will be open for shoppers every evening until Christmas. They will also open this Sunday.

Public School 114 in Belle Harbor has dedicated its library in the memory of Addie Hochberger, “a devoted teacher and librarian,” who died suddenly in November. Hochberger’s daughter was present at the ribbon-cutting.

40 Years Ago...

40 Local realtor William Brunner announced the signing of a 21-year lease with options for more years on a property located on the corner of Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The purpose of the lease is to build a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. The company has also leased an adjourning property with the intent of building a motel.

Employees of the DeMattis Corporation, the builders of the city housing project at Beach 41 Street and Beach Channel Drive, will host a Christmas party for neighborhood kids in a temporary shelter on the worksite on Saturday afternoon.

A 15-year-old student was arrested and charged with the sale and possession of dangerous controlled substances last week at Far Rockaway High School in Bayswater, Principal David Gordon reported

Years Ago... 50

When you think about it, isn’t it strange that a housing development in Seaside was turned down several years ago because its location was too near the wastewater treatment plant on Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Now, however, the Rockaway Beach Junior High School (JHS 180) is located on the same site. Which is more dangerous?

50 Nothing has been heard lately about the shopping center that was to be built on the site of the Long Island Railroad Station in Far Rockaway. It should have been underway by now. Perhaps the railroad is so busy serving drinks to the “dashing commuters” that it doesn’t have time for anything else.

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