2012-01-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Hammels resident Johnny Kelley, 22, was fatally beaten in South Ozone Park on Saturday, December 28, after an altercation with a group of intoxicated local men. He was identified as a resident of 81-01 Hammels Boulevard.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering a 25 cent toll increase for the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Marine Parkway- Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. The proposal is designed to raise tolls by 50 cents (to $3) on the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority’s six big crossings – the Triborough, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck and Verrazano-Narrows bridges and Queens Midtown and Brooklyn Battery tunnels. Community School Board Trustee Chairman James Sanders Jr. lashed out angrily at the media this week, denying allegations of wrongdoing and alleging that charges implicating him and Beverly Hall (who was set to be elected superintendent of school of Community School District 27) revolve around a deal sought for a favorable vote for Hall. The allegations include one that says Sanders brokered a deal with board member Muriel Russell that included Sanders stepping down from the chair and turning it over to Russell. New York State’s Urban Development Corporation granted the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation $28,000 to study the feasibility of rehabilitating a vacant 18,000- square-foot building at 235 Beach 100 Street, Rockaway Beach, for industrial purposes.

Rockaway Head Start Center of the Agency for Child Development sponsored a child care food program in cooperation with Food and Nutrition Services of the United States Department of Agriculture in which meals were provided free to all children enrolled without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.

Neponsit’s Health Care Center’s adult day care program celebrated the holidays with a performance by the kindergarten classes of Rockaway Park’s P.S. 225. The students, escorted by their teachers, Mrs. Toomey, Mrs. Woods, and Mrs. Banister, sang a variety of Christmas carols and also presented the registrant with gifts.

Missing persons police joined Housing Police and 100 Precinct police looking for Robert Walker, a 72-year- old male resident of Beach Channel Drive who hadn’t been seen since December 19.

30 Years Ago...

More than 400 parents filled the auditorium of PS 225 in Rockaway Park last week for a presentation of Christmas and Chanukah music and entertainment under the direction of music teacher Fred Schild.

Rockaway will soon get 20 more police officers assigned to its two precincts, according to an announcement by Councilman Walter Ward. Twelve will be assigned to the 101 Precinct and eight to the 100 Precinct.

Crack police detectives have been assigned to a rash of store burglaries on the shopping street at Beach 116 Street in recent weeks.

Mario and Diane Russo of Arverne celebrated their 40th Anniversary this week. Russo is the vice president of Community Planning Board 14.

40 Years Ago...

The St. Camillus Band showed well in its appearance on television from the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami, Florida.

Supreme Court Justice-elect Frederic Hammer of Belle Harbor will be tendered a reception by the West End Temple on January 14.

Pile driving equipment has been moved into the site of the high rise apartment buildings to be constructed where the former Grove Club stood facing the East Rockaway inlet in the Simmis

Beach section of Far Rockaway. The four-building complex will be a private senior citizens residence.

Pat Kelly says that this year’s New Year’s Eve party at the Irish American clubhouse was the most enjoyable ever in a long history of parties that have been held by the association.

50 Years Ago...

Berlin and its famous wall have nothing on Edgemere. That section has a wall of its own, not to keep in, but to shore up the excavation for a new sewer.

Don Palmer, manager of Martin’s Corner on Beach 97 Street, says that his business has been staying open all night, his business has increased greatly, indicating that the new policy is popular with local residents.

Joe Netterville says he’s the one to check with when it comes to frost fishing. He’s been at it since the days he paid Ike Smoller a dime for the privilege of fishing from the Iron Pier.

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