2011-09-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20

Years Ago...

A Wavecrest Gardens youth was caught by a rip tide and carried out to sea as he was swimming at Beach 21 Street last week. Allen Delroy, 14, went swimming off a jetty with two other youth. The two were rescued by a Long Beach woman who happened to be walking the beach with friends. Another man, who had worked as a summer lifeguard, brought Delroy’s body back to shore, where he was declared dead by emergency medical technicians.

With the hope that the weather conditions will be perfect, the Rockaway Music and Arts Council has everything in place for its eighth annual Fall Festival, which begins at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning with the marching in ceremony by the County Tyrone Pipe Band. This group will be followed by a rap group called Criminal Offense that will be doing anti-drug rap songs.

Police Captain Robert Cividanes, the new commanding officer of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway will speak next week to the members of the Frank Avenue Civic Association at its monthly meeting.

The elite police Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT) made a formal presentation of its work in Rockaway at the 100 Precinct

Community Council last week. Present at the presentation were Captain Ronald Weisbrod, City Councilman Walter Ward and Captain Robert Cividanes, the new captain of the 101 Precinct.

Tom Swift and Jane Dillon have been elected to represent Rockaway on the Republican State Committee. They also serve as the local Republican District Leaders.

The Reverend Al Sharpton and two busloads of his supporters walked through Breezy Point last week, chanting and making fools of themselves. They were walking to the home of Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes to protest that he lived in a “racist enclave.” The marchers chanted “no justice, no peace,” and “Hey, hey, have your heard, this is not Johannesburg.” Most of the Breezy Point residents on hand to watch the protest march turned their backs on the marchers. Many of the residents were told by Cooperative leaders not to honor the march by viewing it from the street and the march was without incident.

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Years Ago...

Local teenagers plucked an unidentified man out of Jamaica Bay last Thursday after he fell from the Cross Bay Bridge. The man landed about 100 feet from the dock at Pier 92 Restaurant. Two young men were rowing their boat nearby when they saw the accident, They pulled him out and brought him to the restaurant.

Congressman James Scheuer has pledged to fight the plan that would place homeless men in a facility at Floyd Bennett Field, right across the bay from Rockaway. “I will work with

other community people to see that their wishes are carried out,” he told a meeting of Community Board 14 last week.

Extra surveillance ordered by Police Captain Edward Fitzgerald, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, led to the arrest of four teenagers caught burglarizing a coin laundry on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 114 Street.

Belle Harbor residents Robert Nesbit, Sr. and his son, Robert Nesbit, Jr., presented trophies that they won at a recent tournament at Beach Channel High School, to Do Hyun Cho, their in- structor at Cho’s Tae Kwon Do School.

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Years Ago...

One of the big winners in last week’s election was Democrat Eugene Mastopieri candidate for Councilmanat Large.

While most people were enjoying the day off on Labor Day, Tom Hetzel worked so hard swimming across the English Channel that he lost ten pounds in the effort. He spent 12 hours and 59 minutes in the choppy waters between England and France.

Ralph Starke, who has headed the music department at Far Rockaway High School for many years, will not be back this year. He has retired after returning to Rockaway from Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he spent his summer months.

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Years Ago...

Ed McLaughlin, the president of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club, has his eye on a new clubhouse nearby the 100 Precinct. Present facilities are far too small for the new ladies auxiliary, he says.

One local resident observed that if Jimmy Crisona had stayed as borough president, he’d probably be running for

mayor now. Perhaps that true, but a mayor’s term is four years at $40,000 per year and a Supreme Court Judge’s term is for 14 years at $34,500 per year.

Those campaign posters go up easily, but they’re much tougher to get down. There is a parking meter sign at Beach 19 Street and Mott Avenue still bearing the orange legend, “Nixon and Lodge.”

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