2011-09-30 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Four police officers from the 100 Precinct and three federal park workers from Gateway National Recreation Area were injured on Tuesday when a Department of the Interior 1989 Dodge pickup truck driving southbound on Cross Bay Boulevard and attempting to make a turn was hit by an unmarked police car driving north to become a part of the presidential detail. One police officer, PO Dave Norman, was transported to Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn by the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department.

Queens Borough President Claire Shulman told about 60 interested Rockaway residents this week that she was opposed to any additional waste transfer stations in Rockaway. The borough, she said, had more than 60 of the stations. Shulman made her comments at last week’s meeting of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

A Richmond Hill man was killed last Monday when his rented automobile crashed head on into a concrete barrier on the North Channel Bridge.

Investigation of a shootout at the Edgemere Houses at Beach 54 Street last week has led to the arrest of three men, all in their 20’s. One of the men had a bullet hole in his leg, but said that he had no idea of how it got there or who shot him. Two guns, a .357 Magnum and a nine mm automatic were recovered at the scene.

Charges by Malcolm Smith that the 31st District Democratic primary in September was marred by voter fraud has led this week to a hearing in the Special Term for Election matters at the Queens Supreme Court. Smith, who ended up three votes behind Juanita Watkins said, “The people have elected me to represent them in the City Council and they are now having that choice stolen from them.”

The 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach is one of 14 stationhouses around the city that will take part in an experiment to see if one-officer police cars can be utilized throughout the city. The city has been arguing for years that the one-person cars are more productive and more cost-effective, but the union representing the police officers say that it is also much more dangerous.

30 Years Ago...

A meeting held by Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz last week detailed two areas of the peninsula that are eligible for New York City grants to develop the waterfront with such amenities as piers and marinas. The two Rockaway areas are Beach 116 Street and the bayfront and Beach 54 Street and Norton Basin.

The body of 16-year-old Raymond Stephens washed up at Riis Park this weekend. Stephens had been reported missing and was last seen in the surf at Beach 17 Street the day before his body was recovered.

Dinah Brown, the assistant principal at Intermediate School 53 in Far Rockaway is retiring after 30 years, all of it in local schools. Brown served for many years as a teacher and administrator at JHS 198 in Arverne. Howard Sauerhof, a teacher at the school, is in charge of retirement party arrangements.

Brooklyn College professor emeritus Murray Horowitz of Neponsit was presented with the school’s Presidential Medal for having served the college for more than 40 years.

40 Years Ago...

John Fetscher lives in Belle Harbor. His office is in Connecticut but he works in Oklahoma. He drives a car with Alabama license plates, but he still manages to do his job as the president of the Hammels-Seaside-Holland Civic Association.

Grand Knight Richie Knott will be honored by the Rockaway Council, Knights of Columbus at a dinner-dance at the clubhouse next week.

Dean Georges arranged for the Rockaway Rotary Club’s recent fishing outing. The group left Sheepshead Bay in the morning and was back in time for a meeting at the Newport Inn.

The new reference library at Beach 94 Street was unveiled to the public this week when a large fence surrounding the construction site was removed. It looks very different from the old public school 44, which occupied the site for more than 40 years.

50 Years Ago...

Hurricane Esther caused a lot of inconvenience, such as a disruption of electrical service and a delay in telephone service, but it was merely a big wind compared to Donna last year.

Fire Lieutenant Joe Sumperer of Burchill Avenue is regarded as quite an expert among surf fishermen. He has done well at Atlantic Beach with blues and stripers this season.

It looks as if the Yankees will be in the World Series again. The National League race is between the Dodgers and the Reds, and many of the locals are rooting for the Dodgers for oldtimes’sake.

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