2012-07-27 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Two men and a woman were arrested last Friday when police raided an apartment in the Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach as a location for sales of crack cocaine and heroin. Led by the Housing Police’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, the raiders entered a second floor apartment at 84-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and found a large quantity of cash, handguns and narcotics.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways has cancelled a scheduled surfing contest scheduled for this week because the Eastern Surfing Association, one of the sport’s governing bodies, has warned surfers that the Rockaway event is not sanctioned and any surfer participating in the Rockaway event would be expelled by the ESA. The chamber says that it will try and work out a deal with the surfers and reschedule for later in the summer.

Fire officials have declared suspicious a smoky fire that engulfed the cafeteria and kitchen of Public School 183 on Beach 79 Street at about 4:45 p.m. on July 21. The blaze injured several firefighters and cafeteria workers who were cleaning up after the day’s work.

Approximately 450 people showed up at Fort Tilden last Sunday for the Rockaway Music and Arts Council presentation of the U.S. Army Band. The RMAC plans to host their popular Fall Festival on September 12 and 13 at Fort Tilden.

You don’t have to be Irish to look forward to the Rockaway Irish Festival, which will take up Beach 108 Street and the Old Rockaway Beach Boulevard next week. The event coordinators were looking to present an “Historic Irishtown” event at Fort Tilden, but scaled down their plans and will restrict the event to the few blocks around Beach 108 Street.

An organization calling itself the Rockaway Coalition for Action and Change held a protest outside of the Far Rockaway offices of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation last week. The protestors, who said they would have a larger demonstration later in the summer, said that they were protesting the fact that, It is wrong for a group selected by politicians to have such secret control over a large amount of public funds.”

30 Years Ago...

Former City Council President Paul O’Dwyer has been named as the grand marshal for the parade that will open the First Annual Rockaway Irish Festival, which will be held beginning on Saturday, July 31.

Overflow beach crowds, drawn to Rockaway by the continuing 98-degree temperature, caused a problem last weekend when dozens of ambulance calls were made for people with heatrelated problems. According to officials of the Emergency Medical System, more than half of those calls were unnecessary.

An emergency rally for Israel has been called for Saturday evening at 8 p.m. at Temple Beth-El on Beach 121 Street in Rockaway Park. The guest speaker will be Major General Shlomo Gazit, the President of Ben Gurion University and formerly Chief of Intelligence for the Israeli Defense Forces.

40 Years Ago...

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that runs John F. Kennedy Airport, is lobbying the government to exempt the airport from federal noise and pollution rules.

Approximately 500 handicapped children will be the guests this weekend of famed columnist Walter Kaner at a party at Playland.

Local residents are waiting for information on when the Seuffert Band will return to play at St. Rose of Lima Church. John J. Howley of Belle Harbor, despite the terrible heat conditions recently, has spent the last two weeks with his Boy Scout troop at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in Monticello, New York.

Residents of the Grassmere Terrace area of Bayswater are watching out for strangers after a wave of muggings that left five local residents injured in the past week.

50 Years Ago...

Surfside Park’s first building now has a steel skeleton that reaches twelve stories into the air at Beach 108 Street. That is as high as the building is going to grow.

The stock market slump could not have been too bad. Jessie Plaxen, at Town and Country Travel in Far Rockaway, announces that he has a record number of locals booked for cruises next winter.

Officials of the Atlantic Improvement Company, which is undertaking the giant project at Breezy Point say that all the talk of a park on that property is just rumor. The company told The Wave that it is going ahead with the high-rise buildings it has planned.

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