2011-03-18 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Raymond Rodriquez, 25, whose 2- month-old son was found battered and dead on February 11 in their apartment on Pt. Breeze Place in Bayswater, has been indicted for homicide in the death of his son.

Housing detective Ed Henson of PSA 9 has arrested three Edgemere men who are wanted for an Ohio murder. The identities of the three men came to light when they were taken in and questioned in the Hammels murder of another man last week.

Diners who paid big bucks for the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation dinner at the Bayswater Jewish Center last week had to run the gamut of 20 pickets outside the Jewish Center chanting “Shame on you,” and “We want decent housing.” One of the honorees was Kay Management, a company that, critics say, run several Rockaway buildings that are considered to be slums.

Community interest is high as Congressman Floyd Flake and his wife, Margaret, face charges of tax evasion and conspiracy in federal court this week. It seems that parishioners of Flake’s Allen AME Church in Jamaica are packing the courtroom each day, chanting and making a spectacle. Flake has been charged with using public money for some of the projects related to his church -- a violation of federal law. If Rockaway residents wanted to impress transit officials at a meeting at Junior High School 180 last week, they failed in that task. Only 80 residents showed up for the meeting, set up to address a number of changes that are scheduled to take place on the Rockaway subway line next month. What the residents lacked in numbers, however, they more than made up in by the volume of noise they generated. An announcement came this week that the unused National Bank of Far Rockaway building across the street from the firehouse may soon be redeveloped as a medical building, something that Far Rockaway can sorely use. Oldtimers say that the bank was one of the first in the nation to provide savings accounts for school children and that it was once the center of the Far Rockaway commercial district.

State Senator Jeremy Weinstein got lots of cheers and laughs last week at the expense of Lew Simon, who claimed that the senator was holding up a lawsuit on the Cross Bay Bridge tolls. “We found out that a lawsuit was nonproductive last year, so let’s stop trying to make political hay out of the issue,” Weinstein said. Simon left the meeting shortly after that statement.

30 Years Ago...

Glum police officers from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach will turn out in numbers this Saturday to mourn the shooting death of their sergeant, Jack Sweeney.

Sewer construction has been rushed to the northern part of Beach 116 Street. The contract for the sewer says that no

work can be done between Labor Day and Memorial Day, and the contractor wants the job done before the deadline.

Beach Channel High School’s crew team has started practice for its first race, which will take place on April 11 against the Nutley (New Jersey) High School.

Earl Wild, one of America’s most recorded pianists, will play next week at Beach Channel High School.

40 Years Ago...

While there were several busloads of people enroute to City Hall to endorse the idea of placing mobile homes in Rockaway to serve the city’s homeless population, there were also many more busloads going to Manhattan to oppose the program.

Next Thursday, there will be a mass meeting at the Washington Hotel on Beach 125 Street to spearhead a concerted effort to stop the proposed highrise housing development that has been

suggested by federal officials to be located at Floyd Bennett field. The meeting has been arranged by the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association.

Plans for a Beach 116 Street Folk Festival in the late spring are being advanced by the Rockaway Cultural Society.

50 Years Ago...

Although nobody seems to be losing sleep over the possibility of a jetport at Rockaway Point, local groups have lost no time in airing their protests over the proposal.

Families with kids living in the Edgemere Houses can hardly wait until Edgemere Park is completed, Parks boss Newbold Morris recently noted.

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