2011-01-07 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

A robbery netted two holdup men about $120,000 in cash and checks on New Year’s Eve outside of the main post office on Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. A male postal official in uniform was carrying an unmarked bag of money between the office and the Chemical Bank branch on Mott Avenue, when he was approached by two unidentified men brandishing handguns. The two took the bag of money and fled the scene. Postal officials are working on the theory that it was an inside job. Alton R. Waldon’s grandmother, Maude B. Wallace, will be the proudest person at the swearing in of Waldon as the new State Senator for the 10th District as a special, private ceremony to be held at her bedside at a local hospital on Monday. Several subway stations, from Gaston Avenue, Beach 67 Street to Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway will be rehabilitated beginning in early 1992, MTA officials say. The cost of the program is expected to be $13 million. Police are investigating the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Herbert Meyers of Ocean Village at about 10 p.m. on December 27. According to sources, Meyers was one of a group of teens who surrounded the vehicle, which was parked between Beach 63 and Beach 64 Street in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, with the intent of robbing the driver and taking the car. They reportedly broke the left front window and ordered the driver to get out of the car when the driver began shooting. The auto left the scene of the crime shortly after the shooting, while the other teens fled the scene, leaving Meyers in a pool of blood. Polar Bear members and Iceberg Club members ran into the icy surf at Coney Island on New Year’s Day. Too bad no such groups claimed Rockaway’s surf on that day. From Thursday, December 27 into Friday, December 28, six inches of snow fell in Rockaway, a few days too late for a white Christmas. The Wave was late getting to newsstands because our trucks were marooned on the Long Island Expressway, which looked like a long, narrow parking lot on Friday morning. A major battle is shaping up for the new president of Community Board 14. Wave publisher Leon Locke was chosen by the nominating committee, but he will have to run against community activist and firefighter Kevin Callaghan as well as real estate magnate Vince Castellano.

30 Years Ago...

There’s no doubt in the mind of those driving throughout the Rockaway peninsula that local residents have the hostages being held by Iran constantly in their thoughts. The peninsula is dotted with yellow ribbons tied around thousands of trees. Investigation of a possible homicide in Broad Channel is being investigated by detectives from the 100 Precinct. The body of James Davis, 72, of East 20 Road, was found at about 4:30 p.m. on January 3 in a vacant lot on the south side of Harvey’s Restaurant, 1820 Cross Bay Boulevard. The four to six inches of snow that fell on Rockaway Tuesday night was the first big test for the sanitation department. Trucks with plows prevailed early Wednesday morning, plowing all of the local streets by afternoon.

40 Years Ago...

Negotiations are reportedly underway in the attempt to replace St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway with a greatly-enlarged facility to be known as South Shore Community Hospital. Just when a six-month freeze has been placed on construction of public buildings in Rockaway to allow for a review by the Queens Borough President, comes an announcement by a local group organized to develop a master plan for the entire community. Construction of a 200-bed extended care facility at Peninsula General Hospital will begin early next month. Maybe some of these community groups that are forming will do something to end the influx of high-rise buildings, which are ruining the area.

50 Years Ago...

Negotiations are reportedly underway in the attempt to replace St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway with a greatly-enlarged facility to be known as South Shore Community Hospital. Just when a six-month freeze has been placed on construction of public buildings in Rockaway to allow for a review by the Queens Borough President, comes an announcement by a local group organized to develop a master plan for the entire community. Construction of a 200-bed extended care facility at Peninsula General Hospital will begin early next month. Maybe some of these community groups that are forming will do something to end the influx of high-rise buildings, which are ruining the area.

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