2010-12-24 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Brothers Vernon Ricks, 24 and Anthony Macks, 18, who allegedly slew a McBride Street man on Christmas eve as he was on his way home with gifts were scheduled to go before a grand jury on Friday, December 28, a spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney said this week.

Public School 104 principal Libby Grill has called for a mass meeting early in the New Year in hopes of stopping the “crippling” budget cuts scheduled for the Rockaway schools. The meeting will be held at the Mott Avenue school at 7 p.m. on January 3, and Grill urges all Bayswater residents, as well as others from various parts of the Rockaway peninsula, to attend.

Eight firefighters were injured last week fighting an “all hands” fire in the second floor of 25-02 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. The attic of the twofamily non-fireproof home was fully involved when the first units responded, according to fire officials.

City Councilman Walter Ward reacted strongly this week to rumors that the city will soon close Engine 328, stationed in the “Big House” in Far Rockaway. In a letter to Mayor David Dinkins, Ward said, “The threatened closing of that vital firehouse should be rescinded.”

The highly-popular Police Blotter, which has been missing from the pages of The Wave for most of this year, will be back starting in January, thanks to some cooperation from the police officers in the two Rockaway precincts.

There is lots of talk about a new amusement park in the former Playland site. While there has been lots of talk, there has been little action, and the chances a new park built on the Playland model seems to be remote.

The Surfside Twin Cinema on Beach 103 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard is presently showing “Home Alone,” billed as “the funniest movie of the year,’” in Theatre One and “Kindergarten Cop,” with Arnold Schwartzenegger in Theatre Two. Seats for the 1 p.m. matinee are priced at $3.50 cents with the adult admission at all other showings at $6.50.

Years Ago... 30

Fire officials believe that a woman who started a killer conflagration in Edgemere on Monday was “cooked alive in the blaze.” When firefighters arrived at 37-11 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, officials say, all four sides of the wood frame house were blazing.


The parents association of the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor will host a fundraiser at the Surfside Cinema next week. There will be one showing only of “Fiddler On The Roof,” and proceeds will go to the school’s scholarship fund.

Republican district leader Ann Schockett of Belle Harbor represented the 22nd Assembly District at a Queens GOP victory luncheon at Antun’s Restaurant on Monday.

David Saltzman of Beach 135 Street in Belle Harbor will be listed in the 1981 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges,” as a Pennsylvania State University, Fayette campus leader.

40 Years Ago...

Local fishermen have been complaining that the stone riprap that is in place around the Beach Channel High School construction site has changed the patterns of fish navigating the south channels and near the bayfront.


Walter Blum never seems to tire dashing from one Christmas party to another, playing Santa Claus. He was seen distributing toys at both St. Joseph’s and Peninsula Hospitals at the Rotary luncheon last Wednesday.

After ten years of delay, the State Urban Development Corporation has announced bids for the construction of 70 units of high-rise housing in Arverne.

Newport Inn, the busy watering hole on Beach 130 Street and Newport Avenue, is busy taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. The $20 per person price includes open bar all night, prime rib or lobster tail heading a sixcourse dinner and live music.

Years Ago... 50

When the Sanitation Department got busy on the snow, they shoveled the white stuff in piles higher than have ever been seen here before. Then, they carted it away.


In spite of the worst airplane crash in history last Friday, just as soon as the weather cleared, planes could be seen operating from Idlewild Airport, at full capacity too. It all seemed kind of jittery.

In spite of the snow and cold, firefighters responded during the blizzard to one call, and that turned out to be a false alarm.

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