2011-02-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20

Years Ago...

Two people died after the driver of a 1985 Chevrolet tried to make a U-turn at the entrance to a parking lot at the foot of the North Channel Bridge on January 27 at about 11:25 p.m. When police responded to a call of “a person pinned in a car,” they found that the Chevrolet had been hit broadside by a 1986 two-door Ford sedan.

Queens Borough President Claire Shulman has arranged for a special hearing of the MTA to deal with the operational changes proposed by the agency, which would close many of the stations on the Rockaway line and force passengers to pay for their rides on the train rather than at the station booth.

Community Board 14 is requesting that a highway division patrol car be stationed along Beach Channel Drive from Beach 148 Street and Beach 130 Street to enforce the speed limit on that road. Board District Manager Jonathan Gaska told police officials that speeding in that area was a “serious condition” that needed the department’s attention.

Public hearings will be held next week by a committee appointed by School Chancellor Joseph Fernandez to screen candidates for Community School Board 27. The entire school board was suspended in the wake of the Gill

Commission report that the board had blackmailed the superintendent into hiring cronies of the board members and for using race in determining promotions to supervisory positions. The Rockaway meeting will be held a Junior High School 198 in Arverne.

Local doctor Norman Brust, MD, has been selected as the new medical board president by the Peninsula Hospital Center. Brust will serve a one-year term.

The New Jersey Giants have beaten the Buffalo Bills of New York in the Super Bowl. Can baseball season be far behind?

Applications for the RMAC’s Fall Festival are now available at The Wave office for artists, craftspeople and food vendors. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15 at Fort Tilden. You may also write to The Wave for an application.

Police Officer Frank Kelly, who has been serving the 100 Precinct as its traffic safety officer for many years, retired this week. He is at home with his feet up on terminal leave. His replacement will be Police Officer Mark Romero, a precinct veteran.

30

Years Ago...

Views of Rockaway will be plentiful in a televised “casino gambling question” hosted by Roger Grimsby on Channel 7 News starting next week.

By popular demand, Golden Gloves bouts will be held again in the St. Rose of Lima auditorium at 130 Beach 84 Street, this Saturday.

Support for experiments to control summertime traffic congestion will be sought at an open Gateway task force meeting on Tuesday at the Federal Plaza in Manhattan.

Robert Jandelli, 16, of Rockaway Park, who last week brutally hammered and knifed to death his 18-year-old sister, Carol, is being held for 20 days of observation at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

40

Years Ago...

Houses still standing on the east side of Beach 98 Street north of the freeway look lonesome since blocks of bungalows, formerly Marsell’s, opposite them have been leveled.

Hammel Houses tenants say the management does not want them to tell The Wave about it when they are harassed by hoodlums in the buildings.

The small tanker that went aground on the sandbar at the mouth of the inlet at Far Rockaway last Thursday was hung up for one whole tide. It floated off on the high tide without any mishap.

50

Years Ago...

Among the landmarks in the Holland Avenue area to fall before the wrecker’s ball last week was the old Bond Mansion on Bruce Road.

It has taken a long time, but at last the new firehouse at Beach 169 Street seems to be near completion. The new firehouse will provide protection to the west end communities of Neponsit and Belle Harbor, as well as Breezy Point.

There has been more ice on Jamaica Bay this winter than any of the oldtimers remember seeing during their lifetime.

Students in the woodworking shop at Far Rockaway High School are completing the hull of an outboard motor skiff. It will be sold to raise money for school activities.

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