2011-12-09 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Three bodies were discovered within 72 hours on the Rockaway peninsula this week. Two were women who, police say, were both strangled in what are apparent homicides. The cause of death on a man found has not yet been determined by the city’s medical examiner. The first body was found on the bay shoreline nearby the Rockaway landfill. The second, about 100 feet from the boardwalk at Beach 35 Street and the third in an apartment at the Beach 41 Street houses.

Solo sergeant shotgun patrols in the 100 Precinct began this week as part of a program to see if the one-man patrol cars are safe. Proponents say that the one-man patrols are safe when done in a quiet precinct like the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, while the union and other opponents say that they are a danger to the person should gunplay ensue.

A pattern of robbery-based shootings in the eastern end of the peninsula began on Thanksgiving, police sources say. Far Rockaway, Bayswater, Edgemere and the eastern portion of Arverne were impacted. Several of the shootings targeted livery car drivers, while others targeted teenagers for their money and portable radios. Everybody in Bayswater ducked when shots were fired in the vicinity of Beach 22 Street and New Haven Avenue. There were at least 12 shots fired from two different weapons, police said. Later, a man with two gunshot wounds walked into St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, but it is still not clear whether the wounds came from that shooting event. In any case, it sounded like Beirut on a Saturday night all the way to the bay.

Attendance was down at the 100 Precinct Community Council meeting last week because the post office lost all of the flyers that community affairs officer Bill King brought in for mailing. They were later found tucked into a dark corner of the Rockaway Park post office. Try and get your hands on one, because they are sure to become collector’s items.

Congratulation are in order for the Stella Maris High School volleyball team, which recently won the NYC high school championship.

30 Years Ago...

Rumors spread throughout the Rockaway community last week that the Pier 92 restaurant on Beach Channel Drive had been gutted. The rumors were wrong. A nearby bungalow burned and the fire department responded to put it out, but the restaurant was never involved in the fire.

Police from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway are investigating a rash of vandalism that spreads from Far Rockaway to Beach 67 Street. Late last night, pellets from an air gun broke hundreds of automobile windows in the Arverne area. Many plate glass windows were also broken. Police suspect that it is a group of juveniles who are involved.

The Gustave Hartman YMHA celebrated the first anniversary of the Seagirt Boulevard campus with a flea market and entertainment at the site.

40 Years Ago...

Broken windows in school buildings are not only unsightly, but expensive as well. School Board 27 is preparing to spend more than $8,000 for the installation of window guards at two schools, PS 114 in Belle Harbor and PS 106 in Edgemere.

The staff of the Rockaway Beach office of the Chase Manhattan Bank have been spending lots of spare time wrapping packages that will be given out by the Salvation Army at a number of parties during the holiday season.

Governor Nelson Rockefeller has proposed raising the subway fare by thirtyfive cents in order to raise an additional $85 million for the city. Adding insult to injury, he also wants to raise the tolls on all of the local bridges and tunnels, including the two that impact Rockaway drivers.

50 Years Ago...

Acting Postmaster Sidney Schorr is starting in right where his predecessor left off. He is going to the public with his problems and right now his major problem is getting people to mail their Christmas packages and cards on time.

There is no doubt that the Christmas trees that liven up the toll gates at both the Marine Parkway and Cross Bay Bridges come from the north country. There was still snow on the branches when they were delivered to the bridges.

George Henglein, who has been an avid frost fisherman, feels that it is no longer safe to venture along the beachfront at night. Instead, he goes out just before daybreak to search for the delicious whiting.

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