2012-09-21 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Three shooting incidents, two of them fatal, kept detectives from the 100 Precinct busy last weekend. In the first incident, a 52-year-old Dayton Towers resident was shot seven times in the stomach by his roommate. In the second, a Hammel Houses resident was shot three times in the head and stomach. In the final incident of the weekend, a 21-year-old man playing with a gun on Beach 116 Street shot himself in the head. Only the Hammel Houses resident survived and remains in critical condition at Peninsula Hospital Center.

Police officers and family members continue to search for 81-year-old Israel Kriviecki, who has been missing from his Far Rockaway home since August 31 when he was last seen speaking with a woman in a nurse’s uniform. The family is offering a reward for his safe return home.

Visitors to the ECOFEST 1992, which is being held at Gateway National Recreation Area this week, will be able to view the car of the future – an electricity powered sedan that can run for 120 miles without a charge. The car was developed by General Motors, and the company hopes to have thousands of the cars on the road in the next ten years.

Vowing to return next year with even more merchandise, vendors at the ninth annual Rockaway Music and Arts Council Fall Festival were swamped with record crowds last weekend. Approximately 24,000 guests came to Fort Tilden for the annual festival, which draws vendors and visitors from all over the region.

Local environmentalists reacted strongly last week when the Port Authority killed hundreds of Laughing Gulls that were nesting on Jamaica Bay. PA officials said the kill was necessary to keep birds from impacting aircraft departing JFK Airport.

Ed Remsen, the director of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, is reportedly leaving his post on the peninsula to become the director for Catholic Charities in Manhattan.

30 Years Ago...

In the wake of the city’s decision to allow Broad Channel residents to buy the land on which their houses are built, at least 500 Broad Channel residents flocked to the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard this week to find out the mechanism for buying the land. The process was explained to them by Dan Tubridy, a longtime resident who has been a leader in the fight to get the land.

Detectives in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway are tracking the movements of Cantor Reuven Caspe, the Bayswater man who was found dead in his apartment last week. They believe that the tale will unravel if they can find where he had been just prior to his murder.

Kerry Transportation, a Woodhaven company, is seeking the city’s permission to begin an express bus service between Rockaway and the Wall Street area.

Diane Gonzales Wicker, a 13-year-old student at JHS 180, will leave this week for the Mercersburgh Academy, a prep school in Mercersburgh, Pennsylvania, where she will take up her studies as the first A Better Chance (ABC) student from District 27.

Wednesday afternoon’s ambulance accident at the Freeway and Beach 73 Street brought to mind once again how dangerous it is to travel under the elevated structure. We wonder if it will ever be closed down.

40 Years Ago...

Several members of the Sisterhood of Derech Emunoh Synagogue were dismayed this week when they returned to their cars to find their tires slashed. In all, five cars were involved.

Locals are urging that the proposed merger between South Shore Hospital (the old St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway) and Long Island Jewish Hospital should include a teaching affiliation with a major hospital.

Gateway National Park was approved by the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 350 to 4. At the same time, the Congress killed a plan to place thousands of units of high-rise housing at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, one of the units of the new Gateway National Park.

50 Years Ago...

Now that parking has been eliminated on Nameoke Street between Redfern Avenue and Beach Channel Drive, why can’t the city allow two-way traffic on that block?

Dr. Joseph Weiss, the Rabbi at the West End Temple, has been hearing from many of his old friends who wonder how they can stow away in his luggage when he makes his tour of air bases in the Far East next winter.

The proposed shopping center slated for the former Long Island Railroad site has been tied up in litigation one more time.

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