2011-07-22 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Racial epithets, including the word “Nigger,” were scrawled on the lockers of several CPOP police officers in the 101 Precinct, a daily newspaper reported this week. The police department’s internal affairs bureau has launched an investigation, the published report said.

A number of bullets were fired through an apartment door at 54-41 Beach Channel Drive in Arverne on Monday night, but police say the tenants in the apartment are uncooperative and it is unclear just how many shots were fired. One neighbor told police detectives, however, that there were at least 10 shots fired. Nobody was hurt.

Rockaway Irish Festival chairpersons Marina Callaghan and Pat Tubridy are looking forward to a full weekend on July 27 and 28, when the residents of Rockaway turn back the clock 35 years to the day when Irish Town was a festive summer community in which drinking, dancing, music and food were as important as the beach and ocean.

Congressman Floyd Flake and Malcolm Smith, who is a candidate for the new city council seat in the eastern end of the peninsula, will speak at the Good Government Democratic Club on July 25.

Four double-dutch teams from Far Rockaway captured two world championships at the 1991 World Invitational Double Dutch Championships held at the University of Maryland last week. The Rockaway teams outdid a field of 200 teams representing 20 states to win the crown.

A homeless man threatened to jump from the roof of an apartment building at 433 Beach 40 Street on Monday, prompting a response by the police department’s emergency service unit. Cops quickly corralled the man and took him to Peninsula Hospital for evaluation.

Barbara Morris is promoting the second annual National Night Out Against Crime, which will be held in Rockaway on August 6. The 100 Precinct will hold a rally on the boardwalk at Beach 126 Street and the 101 Precinct will hold a rally on the boardwalk at Beach 59 Street. The two groups will then march to Beach 86 Street, where the two groups will join for a unity rally.

District 27 officials say that there is a chance that 97 teaching positions along with several assistant principal and guidance counselor positions, will be cut for September due to budget considerations. In addition, one principal’s position will be cut. That means about three teachers per school on the peninsula.

30 Years Ago...

Rockaway mourned the death of Robert Moses, the builder of many of the city’s major roadways, including many projects that impacted Rockaway, including our two bridges and Shore Front Parkway.

Two off-duty firemen were killed last week, when the motorcycle on which they were riding struck a tree on Cross Bay Boulevard and they were thrown into the roadway.

Mayor Ed Koch was in Rockaway last weekend, hunting for votes. Everywhere he went, Koch asked his favorite question: “How am I doing?” Many of the residents at the Dayton Beach pool told him that he wasn’t doing very well.

With the demise of the plan to put casino gambling on the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, many residents wonder what will happen next.

A demonstration by the Communist Party at Riis Park last weekend drew more police officers than it did participants from the party.

40 Years Ago...

During the downpours over the weekend, many Bayswater residents had reason to lament the lack of adequate sewer pumping facilities. Those facilities will be provided, however, once the new pumping station at the end of Bayswater Avenue is completed.

Weather permitting, Rockaway’s Playland will play host to more than 500 underprivileged youngsters tomorrow at an outing sponsored by Daily News columnist Walter Kaner.

Since a patrolman was assigned full time to patrol the vest pocket city housing building called Carleton Manor at Beach 73 Street, residents have been smiling. “It makes a difference to see that blue uniform in the hallway,” said one elderly resident.

50 Years Ago...

The fire department is awaiting the installation of a few more fixtures in the Riis Park firehouse before putting it into operation, but that should happen any day now.

Borough President Clancy, who promised the completion of the paving job on Beach Channel Drive by July 4 was lucky. At least the concrete was in place, making the highway usable.

While Rockaway residents could once ride in style on the Long Island Railroad, now they are riding on dirty subway cars

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