2011-01-14 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

New York City’s school construction authority will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 22 in regard to condemning portions of the area bounded by Seagirt Boulevard, Beach 28 Street, Beach 29 Street and Ocean Promenade (the boardwalk) for the construction of a new public school to be designated PS 43. The plans for the new school call for two separate units, a regular K to 8 elementary school and a District 75 special education school that will be utilized for students with severe handicaps.

Valdez Hancock, 32, was shot in the head by police after he left the scene of an accident on Beach Channel Drive and the Nassau County line. Hancock allegedly tried to run responding police units off the road and then crashed into a light pole. Police say he tried to run over a police officer in his attempt to get away.

Housing police detectives Edward Henson and Richard Muller have arrested Calvin McKithan on charges of assault and attempted murder. The two detectives came upon the Rockaway man while they were looking for his brother, Abbott McKithan, who is wanted for murder.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer installed the officers of the Wavecrest Gardens Community Association at its meeting last week. Included in the officers

who were installed are President Myrtle Williams and First Vice President James Sanders Jr.

William Feehan, the fire department’s chief of operations has assured the Rockaway community that none of its firehouses will be shut down as part of the department’s cost-cutting efforts.

Breezy Point resident Vincent Castellano has been elected as the new chairman of Community Board 14. The election was held at the board’s regular Tuesday meeting last week. Castellano runs a real estate business in Rockaway.

The Bayswater Security Patrol, a group of local residents who volunteer to patrol their community, seven nights each week assisted in the recovery of another stolen car last week. Seems a local resident flagged over the patrol to tell them that his car was stolen from in front of his home. Later in the evening, the patrol members who were riding around the Bayswater neighborhood saw the car being driven by a group of teens. When the teens saw the patrol, they bailed out of the car and ran. The owner later recovered it from police at the 101 Precinct.

30 Years Ago...

Fears expressed last week that a vacant nursing home in Arverne would soon become a half-way house for vagrants from all over the city were eliminated this week by an announcement that the city would bow to the community’s opposition to the plan and would no longer pursue the idea.

Concerns about Rockaway Pavilion, a facility planned for Beach 99 Street, which would treat alcoholics and their families has led to the scheduling of an open meeting to discuss the proposal.

Three bus windows found on a Belle Harbor lawn were brought to the Green Bus Lines garage in Edgemere by a passing motorist. Officials identified the windows as belonging to the company, but were at a loss to under- stand how they got to Belle Harbor.

40 Years Ago...

Last year, Peninsula General Hospital discontinued its ambulance service, which it had been running for six years. St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway, however, has maintained an ambulance service from when it used horse-drawn wagons, long before the Rockaway Beach Hospital, which later became Peninsula, was even formed.

Bulldozers made short work of the former Marsell Bungalow Colony on Beach Channel Drive between 98 and Beach 100 Street last week.

The Mayor’s Urban Action Task Force will begin its monthly community meetings at the Rockaway Beach courthouse on January 27.

Holiday entertainment was brought to the patients at the Peninsula Hospital Center by the residents of the Phoenix House, a drug rehabilitation center located in Rockaway.

50 Years Ago... During the last week of warmer, clear weather, the streets dried off and the automobile laundries, which had been closed because of the snow were back in business. Residents along Edgemere Avenue are in the minority this time of the year, but look to them to become more vocal before long in protest of the absence of bus service since the bus routes were changed a few weeks ago. During last week’s fine weather, a big part of the steel framework of the new Public School 183 on Beach 80 Street was put in place.

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