2011-12-02 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Stella Maris High School won the city’s combined volleyball championship on Saturday night, beating Clinton High School, the public school champion. The Metro Bowl game, pitting the best of the Catholic schools against the best of the public schools, was played at Stella Maris.

State Senator Alton Waldon has called a special community town hall meeting to address the new “Safe Streets, Safe City” initiative being pushed by city officials. The meeting will feature officials from the 100 and 101 Precincts, Transit District 23 and PSA 9 of the housing police. Present also will be a representative from the office of District Attorney Richard Brown.

Bruce Gutterup, 33, of Ozone Park was found dead on a ramp running to the beach on Beach 115 Street on Saturday morning. The shooting was reported to police by the staff of the Park Nursing Home, which is located on the boardwalk. Police suspect a gang motive for the shooting.

Now that Rockaway is split in both the City Council and the State Senate, it looks as if plans are in the works to split us in the State Assembly as well. Can’t have too few minority seats, the feds say.

The Reverend Charles Norris stunned a local District 27 school board meeting by saying, “If you choose a new superintendent who represents the majority of the children in our schools, you will have no problem. If you choose a person who does not represent the students, then you will not have any children in your schools.” He added, “That is not a threat, that is a promise.”

Work is progressing rapidly on the new Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge, which will replace the dilapidated North Channel Bridge. The bridge connects Rockaway and Broad Channel with Howard Beach and the rest of mainland Queens.

A new city park for Broad Channel was dedicated last week and is expected to be completed and open by the end of the year. The park includes two tennis courts, three basketball courts, six handball courts, benches and a children’s playground.

30 Years Ago...

Police from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway will now drive senior citizens to shopping areas on a regular basis, according to City Councilman Walter Ward, who negotiated the deal with police officials.

Percy Sutton, previously the Manhattan Borough President, was handed a ‘plum” by Queens Borough President Donald Manes, awarding him the Community Board 14 cable television franchise. Sutton’s company, Queens Intercity Cable, has yet to announce when it will begin wiring the peninsula.

Police are warning those coming from Nassau County, where right turns on red lights are allowed, that such turns are illegal in all of New York City. They also urge that everybody familiarize themselves about the streets near the border because tickets are often given to those who think that they are in Nassau when they are in New York.

40 Years Ago...

More than 50 local merchants and community leaders held a discussion on how to improve the Far Rockaway business district at a meeting of Community Planning Board 14 at the Hartman Y last week.

Dean Georges, the president of the Rockaway Rotary Club, led the parade of honor in the last blood drive to be held by the Peninsula Hospital Center. More than 150 pints of blood were netted.

More than 250 firefighters from ten companies responded to quell a gas fire at the Crown Oil Tank Farm in Inwood. More than 80 families were evacuated from their homes on the Far Rockaway- Inwood border.

The Far Rockaway High School football team ran afoul of Thanksgiving, and its final game had to be played on Saturday against Brooklyn Tech. The team’s 16-0 win improved its record to 6-2, the best in the division.

50 Years Ago...

Talk about local heroism. Last week, a number of local doctors bootlegged milk during the recent milk strike because it was required for their patients with ulcers.

During a discussion of changes that have taken place in Rockaway, one man remarked that he remembers the day when Rockaway residents did not have to lock their doors. Another man chimed in that he remembers the time when it was safe for a police officer to walk alone on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Workers at the site of the new PS 225, being built on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Park, left the construction site unusually clean.

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