2012-08-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Robert Nesbit, a retired NYPD lieutenant who lived in Belle Harbor, died last Friday afternoon, July 31, after being fatally wounded in a “furious gun battle” with three heavily-armed men outside a bank branch in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Nesbit, who was working as an armored car guard, was shot three times in the stomach but still managed to shoot one of the robbers.

Five men were arrested on Wednesday afternoon after a shootout with police officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. The shootout started on Beach 15, proceeded to Doughty Boulevard in Inwood and then back towards Far Rockaway. One of the suspects was shot dead and two others were wounded in the shootout with police.

Rockaway’s version of the National Night Out Against Crime brought out the best of both ends of the Rockaway peninsula. Marchers started both in Arverne and Rockaway Park and marched towards each other until they joined in Rockaway Beach on the boardwalk for a massive celebration and promise to “take back our streets.”

Congressman Floyd Flake has taken the first step in securing $6 million in federal funding to continue the rehabilitation of Jacob Riis Park. The money will be earmarked for picnic facilities and repairing the aging infrastructure of the park.

Police have arrested the killers of local activists Marion Polichek and Jim Dwyer two weeks ago. They identify the murderer as Joseph Hladky, a longtime resident of Bayswater, who was befriended by Polichek after a former murder conviction. Sentenced as a juvenile for the previous stabbing murder, he was released in 1990, thanks to letters from Polichek and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer.

John Ullman, a professor at Hofstra University and an expert on urban transportation systems, is urging the city to reopen the closed White Pot Junction LIRR line to Manhattan. He says that the line was closed in such a way that it would be easy to reopen when it was needed. “It is needed now,” Ullman said.

30 Years Ago...

The USS Boulder, a 500-foot Tank Landing Ship, will arrive at Floyd Bennett Field across the bay from Rockaway on August 12 and will be permanently stationed at the former Naval Air Station. It is the first ship to be homeported at the station in three decades. The Boulder carries a crew of 165 officers and sailors.

Staff members at Gateway National Park are restoring the historic bathhouse in Riis Park, part of the Gateway Recreation Area. It is hoped that the bathhouse will be put into shape to face its second half-century.

Local police are looking to the community to help in solving the Patricia Shea case. Shea, a local resident, left her Surfside home on a Saturday night two weeks ago to assist a bedridden friend in another building in the complex. Her body was found on Sunday in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Anybody with information is asked to contact the 100 Precinct Detective Squad.

The Wave, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for all Rockaway residents. The class, which will be held at the Peninsula Library on Thursday, is limited to 15 participants.

The bodies of two teens that drowned in separate incidents were pulled from waters adjacent to Rockaway last week. One drowning took place nearby the North Channel Bridge on Jamaica Bay, the other nearby Riis Park.

40 Years Ago...

Jean Larkin, Florence Kaplan, Joe Rothenberg and Norm Silverman are arranging a fundraiser for the Democrats For McGovern campaign. The group will be renting Fliks, formerly the Bay Lounge, for the event.

Fire destroyed a section of Karol’s Lumber Yard on Beach 77 Street and Hammels

Boulevard. Fire marshals have declared the fire of suspicious origin.

Nineteen teenagers were arrested this week for drug possession during various raids by the police.

50 Years Ago...

Gertrude Connolly, active member of the Mother’s Club and the Rosary Society of St. Virgilius Church in Broad Channel, celebrated her birthday at home with members of her family.

Jesse Plaxen of Town and Country Travel says that Hawaii is quickly overtaking Bermuda as a favorite place for Rockaway honeymooners ever since low fares were announced by the airlines. Commander Harold D. Flanagan and a contingent of American Legion members from the Broad Channel Post slogged their way up Fifth Avenue in the rain last week for the American Legion Parade.

Merchants on Beach 116 Street have been complaining about beachgoers “hogging” the parking meters on the street all day long, keeping shoppers from using their stores.

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