2012-04-13 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

A coalition of District 27 parents, both from Rockaway and the mainland, have called for a one-day school boycott of all district schools on April 29 to bring home to the school chancellor that they are unhappy with the way he and his handpicked trustees have handled the district’s superintendent search process.

Homeowners on Beach 149 Street have responded strongly on the proposal to move the Rockaway Little League, which recently lost its home on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 104 Street, to the Gateway National Recreation Area. Those homeowners say that having the youngsters use the field nearby their homes would be “disruptive” to their standard of life and have hired an attorney to fight the move. In addition, the Neponsit Property Owners Association voted at its meeting last week to fight the plan.

Elmhurst Dairy has instituted a deal that would bring fresh milk to homeowners’ doors seven days a week. “No more running out of milk, butter, juice, bread or eggs,” their advertisement says.

Housing detectives Ed Henson and Peter Ortega of PSA 9 busted a Rockaway man, Devonne Kelly, for the recent murder of Michael Kennerly at 54- 09 Almeda Avenue on March 21. Wave publisher Leon Locke and his wife, Susan, just returned from a threeweek cruise aboard the QE-2 where they inspected beaches from Africa to Monte Carlo to Spain and Portugal and found that none of them can compare to the beaches in Rockaway.

Police at the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach received an anonymous call on Monday, April 6, that there was a bomb in a building at 88-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Police evacuated the building and established a frozen zone for two blocks around the building. Police found a suspicious package in the alley in the rear of the building and an x-ray showed what looked to be a stick of dynamite surrounded by a package of nails or shrapnel. The package was transported to the Bronx pistol range, where it was inspected. It turned out to be a large M-80 firecracker surrounded by oil and a package of nails.

Shot and badly burned, the body of a Rockaway man was found in a van at Beach 68 Street and Elizabeth Avenue on March 27. The man’s family has offered a $5,000 reward for the conviction of the person who killed the man.

30 Years Ago...

Thursday’s blizzard cancelled the meeting of Community Board 14. The meeting, which was called to discuss the plan to put a cul-de-sac at the southern end of Beach 116 Street, has been rescheduled for next week.

More than 500 pounds of Passover food was distributed to needy families in the Wavecrest Gardens complex. The food was donated by a Brooklyn ambulance group and distributed by workers at the complex.Death in the gas chamber is the recommendation of a jury hearing the case of the killer of Dennis McKeon, the former owner of Sally’s Coffee Shop on Beach 116 Street. Entries for the Rockaway Ocean Run include runners from 12 states, according to race director Eli Cohan.

Tentative agreement was reached on Tuesday night between the Transit Workers Union and the owners of several private bus lines, including two that have routes in Rockaway – Green Bus and Interboro Transit. The last minute agreement averts a strike that was called for later this week.

40 Years Ago...

More than 300 people attended a dedication last week for the new public library and research center that is located on the site of the old Public School 44 in Holland. The new facility is the largest of its kind on the Rockaway peninsula.

Work has begun on the industrial park planned on the bayfront at Beach 80 Street. Plans are to build 200,000 square feet of industrial buildings and manufacturing facilities. Recent arrests by local cops have shown once again that those who want to pursue a life of crime should not do so in Rockaway.

Sunday afternoon, after the meeting of the Peninsula Hospital Center board of directors, a cornerstone was laid for the imposing new 200-bed nursing home.

50 Years Ago...

The snow squalls on Monday and the cold weather recently make it seem more like December than April.

Rockaway is really being put on the map by the academic excellence of some of our young schoolchildren. Public sentiment is largely in favor of more money for our teachers, but their strike last week really disappointed lots of people. It only serves to lower the impression of the profession many people previously held.

Lew Dick of Arverne has written a new book on hypnotism, which will be published by a New York house in the coming months.

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