2011-10-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Renovation of a medical office once occupied by Doctor Anthony C. Tavormina led to medical waste being dumped in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, officials say. Calls came in to The Wave just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning saying that a bicyclist riding near Beach 38 Street and Sprayview Avenue came across bags of medical waste. Wave publisher Leon Locke raced to the scene and found a number of syringes still in their original wrappers as well as other medical waste. The police were called and they soon solved the mystery.

Bayswater Point State Park, at the northern end of Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, will be dedicated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Local politicians and officials from the New York City Audubon Society will be present. The Audubon Society has taken responsibility for the care of the park.

What started as a prank wound up as a controversy on Beach 116 Street last week. Seems that workers repairing a wire on an electrical pole at the corner of Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard blocked off the area with yellow tape and then left. One local thought it would be funny to draw the outline of a body inside the yellow tape. He also dropped some Catsup inside the chalk so that it would look like blood. A number of people who saw the white chalk outline believed that a person had been killed at the spot and reported the story to The Wave. It got out of hand from there.

Lew Simon, the first vice president for the 100 Precinct Community Council, survived a recall attempt at last week’s board of directors meeting. In a vote restricted to “council members in good standing,” a plurality of 11 members voted to recall Simon and strip him of his office. Simon’s attorney, however, quoting a rule in the organization’s bylaws, overturned the vote, pointing out that a 2/3 vote was needed to recall officers rather than a simple plurality.

Heavy fog covered much of Rockaway for the past week, but there are no reports of accidents caused by the hazy conditions.

West enders are unhappy about all the underage drinking that goes on in the Beach 129 Street shopping area and on the beach on the same street. They wonder why parents and the police do nothing to stop the young drinkers from getting drunk and turning rambunctious.

30 Years Ago...

Police in the 100 Precinct are warning motorists that “Mugger’s Alley” is active once again. Motorists who use either Beach Channel Drive or the Rockaway Freeway between Beach 25 and Beach 73 Street are reminded to keep their windows closed to within two inches of the top and to lock their doors.

District Attorney John Santucci will speak this week at the meeting of the Regular Democratic Club, according to an announcement by club president, Sy Sheldon.

Three young boys who were hit by an out of control car last weekend ended up in the hospital with broken bones and lacerations.

Police precincts at both ends of the peninsula have prepared special units to deal with theft from taxi drivers. Police officers will be posing as drivers and driving livery cabs in an attempt to cut down on taxi crime. This comes after a cabbie was shot five times in Rockaway last week.

40 Years Ago...

There was a big time at the American Legion Hall last Tuesday evening when the Arverne Civic Council held its annual awards night.

Rabbi Meir Kahane’s quiet, controversial tone, rather than a show of emotion, changed a number of minds about him in his message to the Rockaway Rotary Club here last week.

More than a few landmarks in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area disappeared last week. Remember the old Arverne Post Office on Gaston Avenue, Brier Brother’s Garage and Lou’s Grocery? All wiped out by the bulldozers.

Louis Bach of Belle Harbor, who opened Benjamin Cardozo JHS as its first principal, is to be given a dinner on November 10 in recognition of his service to the Rockaway community.

50 Years Ago...

Captain John Mink of the 100 Precinct has let it be known that the law must be enforced to the letter and there is no such thing as a quota for writing tickets.

Rockaway Park merchants hope that there is something in the word that construction will start very soon on the Seaside Title I Housing project. They miss all of the former customers who were forced to move away.

Quite a few summer bungalows on Rockaway Point are being moved from the ocean to the bay side of the community as owners get ready for the large apartment buildings that are scheduled to be built in the community.

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