2011-11-04 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Davis Louis, a driver for the 4444 Car Service, was shot in the back Sunday night when he resisted a robbery by a man wielding a knife. According to detectives, the livery car driver was lured behind the Beach 41 Street Houses in Edgemere. When one of the passengers pulled a knife on Louis, he resisted At that point, one of the other passengers shot the driver.

High winds, a high tide and a full moon combined to bring lots of water into the streets of Rockaway and Broad Channel on Wednesday and Thursday.

Concluding that PBA President Phillip Caruso suffers from a misunderstanding about welfare recipients, Congressman Floyd Flake has proposed a plan that would put welfare recipients to work while solving the problem of too few cops on the street. Flake wants qualified welfare recipients to be trained to do civilian-related jobs now done by cops, so that the cops can be reassigned to the street.

One 66-year-old resident of Dayton Beach Park in Rockaway Beach lost his third car to thieves last week. The first was an ’85 Caprice Classic that was stolen from Beach 96 Street and Shore Front Parkway in 1987. The second was an ’85 Chevy Celebrity that was stolen in 1988 from the same location and the third, an ’85 Buick, was stolen last week from Beach 80 Street, between Shore Front Parkway and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The annual Police Torch Race hit Rockaway last weekend, with the Nassau County Police carrying the torch to the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. Captain Bruce Anderson, the precinct’s executive officer, then led a group of officers from the precinct to the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park. The torch was then run to Riis Park, where officers from the National Park Police took up the torch and carried it to Highway Three in Brooklyn.

Black activists have been pushing for a black school superintendent. One minister recently told a shocked school board that it is the black people’s turn to run the board and have the jobs now that the old school board has been suspended. Since 55 people applied for the position and only five are minorities, that would mean that only those five are qualified, according to the minister, who heads the Rockaway-Inwood Ministerial Conference.

30 Years Ago... Constructing a new stone groin on Beach 146 Street and placing 163,000 yards of sand around it, as planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is a waste of time and money, according to Alan Sylvane, the president of the Neponsit Homeowners Association. Burglars broke into the Rock and Roller’s Roller Skating Rink on Beach 116 Street over the weekend and walked away with more than $40,000 in sound equipment and other supplies.

Congressman James Scheuer has written a letter to Secretary James Watt of the Interior Department urging a ban on nude bathing on all of the beaches controlled by the National Park Service, including Riis Park beach.

A research group has found that the “A” and “CC” subway trains, the two that service Rockaway, are among the worst in the city by any measure, including cleanliness, noise and service.

40 Years Ago...

There have been sit-ins, love-ins and teach-ins, but Chet Maskin added a new twist on Halloween night at his house. Chet and Vivian were celebrating their wedding anniversary, so they held a mask-in.

Glowing reports are all over town about last week’s successful show of the Belle Harbor Garden Club. Thousands of motorists who regularly use the Marine Parkway Bridge and seldom give it a second thought were shocked Tuesday morning when they found that the bridge span was stuck in the up position and they had to turn around and go back to the Cross Bay Bridge, which doesn’t have a lift span.

Police Captain Charles McNulty is happy that the past summer was a quiet one. He says that there are lots of “swell people” in Rockaway and many of them have been helpful to the police officers under his command.

50 Years Ago...

A Department of Sanitation sprinkler washing down the streets in the Title I area last week seemed like a waste of time – unless it has something to do with getting the area spic and span for the official groundbreaking this Tuesday.

The new building at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway is an example of Rockaway’s growth. It dwarfs the old building and it shows how our growth in population deserves new services.

Youngsters at St. Francis de Sales Academy on Beach 129 Street are making good use of the new playground, which the school recently acquired on the Boulevard between Beach 128 and Beach 129 Street.

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