2011-12-23 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Dr. Beverly Hall, the principal of a Brooklyn intermediate school, has been chosen as the new superintendent of Community School District 27, which includes all of the Rockaway public schools. The decision, which was made by the appointed board of trustees, was announced at the school board meeting, which was held last Thursday night at PS 225 in Rockaway Park.

A Train riders at the Beach 25 Street station in Wavecrest were literally dumped out on the frozen streets last Wednesday night when two of the cars uncoupled, stalling the train at the station. It took two hours for workers to get it going once more.

Detective Arlita Robinson of the 100 Precinct Squad is investigating the death of a man who fell from the twelfth floor of 7600 Shore Front Parkway, the building in which he lived, on Sunday, December 15 just after midnight. The victim’s mother said that she saw her son on the edge of the terrace but could not get to him before he jumped.

Thomas Young, a resident of the Breezy Point cooperative, has filed for a show cause order that would force the cooperative, New York City to show cause why they should not be enjoined from causing delays in the construction of Rockaway Point Boulevard from Beach 201 Street to Beach 222 Street.

Gateway National Recreation Area is getting ready to celebrate its 20th anniversary next month. In was in 1972 that the legislation was passed that enabled the park to become a reality.

The tree lighting ceremony for the large Christmas tree at the Dayton Shopping Center had to be postponed because of high winds last week. Officials hope that the winds will die down sufficiently so that the ceremony can be held this coming weekend.

Police officers from PSA-9, the housing police on the peninsula, spoke at a meeting of the community school board last week to tell the community about its “Operation Stop The Killing” program, which was instituted after four teens where shot during the Thanksgiving vacation. Senator Al Waldon, once a police officer, said, “We, as black people, have to protest the deviant behavior of our youth and tell them that we are not going to allow it any more.”

30 Years Ago...

District Attorney John Santucci has announced that he will seek the maximum penalty of 25 years to life for the murder of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. Five men were found guilty of the murder in Queens Supreme Court last week. Sentencing is set for January 7.

Police have assured The Wave that there was no racial motive involved in a fight between white and black students at Beach Channel High School this week. Police say that a simple shoving incident started the fight.

Residents of Holland Avenue argued at a meeting last week that they did not need another saloon on their street.

Two of the high scorers in the YMHA league this year are Dougie Knight and Teddy Schiff.

James Conway Sullivan, the president of the Sidney Hein Republican Club, announced that the club would most likely back Edward “Ned” Regan, the present state comptroller, for governor in the upcoming election.

40 Years Ago...

When the famous St. Camillus Band takes part in the Orange Bowl Parade in Florida this week, it will be the band’s fifteenth appearance at the parade. Once again, the band will be led by the Reverend William Burke.

Chet Maskin is used to people visiting him at his Far Rockaway home, but not when the unannounced visitor drives across his lawn, knocks down his aluminum awning and then stops just short of a parked automobile in his driveway. Maskin’s children, who were playing on the lawn, had left for school just moments before the accident, he said.

When Walter (Shamus) Patterson lit the first candle on the menorah in front of the train station, a purse snatcher ran out of the station, with the owner of the purse and a transit cop in hot pursuit. Patterson joined the chase and the robber was soon collared.

50 Years Ago...

It is no compliment to the public library branch on Beach 116 Street that it was mistaken for a Laundromat last week. Perhaps it’s time for it to get its own building.

One of the few buildings that will remain on Beach 102 Street to face the Title I site will be the former Rockaway Beach Police Station, which was used until the cops moved at the turn of the century to the present station on Beach 95 Street.

St. Virgilius Church in Broad Channel will make good use of its new auditorium this Christmas season. Many basketball games are scheduled, as well as a dance for parish teenagers.

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