2012-01-20 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Traffic entering the Cross Bay Bridge northbound on Wednesday morning was stopped cold when the dumpster on a WSI truck was caught by a gust of wind and lifted off the truck. It landed sideways in the middle lane, bringing all traffic to a stop until equipment could be found to lift it and drag it away.

City Councilman Walter Ward and local activist Lew Simon got into a loud argument at a Community Board 14 meeting this week over the shortening of hours for local libraries. Ward said that he had saved as many hours as he could, but Simon told him that he had not done enough for Rockaway.

Through song, poetry and prose, a salute to Dr. Martin Luther King was held at the Reverend Mason Center at JHS 198 last Saturday.

Outraged Rockaway residents met at the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway last week to form a support group for Dr. Beverly Hall, who was recently named the new superintendent of Community School Board 27. “The public needs to know the facts about Dr. Hall,” said local activist Rey Clarke. The choice of Hall has been under attack on a number of fronts. Just this week, the chancellor suspended the school board’s right to choose a chancellor due to reports of chicanery in the process, with one board member trading her vote in order to become the president of the board.

Wave editor Bernie Walder is recuperating after being operated on at the Peninsula Hospital Center after suffering a broken hip when he was dumped by the wind while walking from his car to his home on Tuesday evening.

Police from the city’s Housing Unit, PSA Nine, stormed through the local housing units in a pre-dawn raid that netted 54 wanted criminals early this week.

Firefighters fought a hot and smoky blaze at Beach 20 Street and Cornaga Avenue earlier this week. The fire, at the former home of Morton’s Army and Navy Store, was fanned by high winds. The cold temperatures and freezing fire hoses hampered the firefighters’ battle, but they brought the blaze under control in several hours. Units had to be brought from as far as Brooklyn and Howard Beach to fight the blaze.

30 Years Ago...

The five men convicted last month for the murder of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino of the 101 Precinct in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church last year, all received maximum sentences of 25 years to life.

Fingerprints found after a burglary at Stella Maris High School have led police to Glenn Mayes, a Rockaway Park man, who has been arrested for the crime.

Dr. Mark Raifman cut the ribbon last week at the opening of a new medical arts building on Beach 129 Street in Belle Harbor. Assisting in the ribbon cutting were Dr.s Stanley Cohen and Victor Turo, associates in the practice.

Rockaway suffered through two twoalarm fires on Wednesday, in the midst of a raging snowstorm. The first did damage to Rick’s Harbor Light restaurant on Beach 130 Street and Newport Avenue. The second fire was at 454 Beach 67 Street. The restaurant fire was said to be started by a faulty wood- burning fireplace.

40 Years Ago...

Deputy Borough President Robert Groh will be the guest speaker at the ARPAD’s annual dinner next week. The installing officer will be Queens Supreme Court Judge Frederick Hammer.

Rockaway’s Playland is scheduled to become a protected recreational area according to a New York City decision. Not even high-rise buildings will be allowed on the site. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend.

For the first time in many years, the Rotary Ladies Night was held at the Bayswater Jewish Center this year. Many truckloads of fill have been deposited in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area for some weeks and a number of borings have been made in connection with the planned new construction on nearby Beach 50 Street.

Even with the toll at twenty-five cents, the Marine Parkway Bridge is still a beautiful span. It was used for a suicide jump last week. Let’s hope this does not become a regular use for the bridge.

50 Years Ago...

Local fingers have been crossed these days because we have been without snow so far this winter. Quantities of snow have fallen in areas around Rockaway, however.

Congressman Joe Addabbo shows such great interest in preventing flooding in Rockaway that somebody should do something about putting us in his district. Not that Manny Celler does not do right by us, but why should the peninsula be tacked onto a Brooklyn district?

The new Arverne-Nordeck Community Center fills a need in the community that has long existed. What a long name it has, however.

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