2012-10-19 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Detectives from the 101 Precinct are searching for a man who shot two correction officers as they sat in a car at a traffic light at Beach 57 Street and Beach Channel Drive on October 13. Police say that the gunman was looking to rob the two and started shooting when he saw the shield that one of the men had attached to his wallet. Neither of the wounds were life threatening.

C-Train express will begin Monday, adding five trains to a run that will begin at Beach 116 Street and end at Columbus Circle (West 59 Street) in Manhattan during the morning rush hour. The reverse will also be true during the evening rush hours, when the express will run from Manhattan back to Rockaway. The first morning train will leave the station at 6:42 a.m., with the trains running on a 20 minute headway.

Community Board 14 Chairman Vince Castellano challenged those who say that RDRC executive director Ed Remsen is wrong for the organization and wrong for Rockaway. At a recent meeting, he said that those who challenge Remsen are “cowards who have no qualifications for his job.”

The stands at the Far Rockaway High School football field were filled Saturday for a game between that school and its peninsula rival, Beach Channel High School. Beach Channel won the peninsula bragging rights by beating FRHS by a score of 20-0.

The 20th anniversary of Gateway National Recreation Area was noted this week. The urban park was created by Congress on October 27, 1972.

Twelve feet of clean fill now stands on the Beach 29 Street site for a new public school. The fill will be whittled down to six feet and then the school will be built on top of the fill. The new school, which will take more than a year to build, will be designated as PS 43.

Teachers in Rockaway filed class size grievances with the Board of Education on October 1. Seems that there are at least two or three classes in every elementary and middle school on the peninsula that are severely overcrowded, some by as many as ten or 12 students.

30 Years Ago...

Two men brandishing pistols and wearing ski masks robbed the Chemical Bank branch in Far Rockaway this week, but a quick response by officers Dennis McCabe and Neil Tennan from the 101 Precinct quickly contained the robbers in the bank and two arrests were made after a one hour standoff.

Two children died this week and a teenaged girl lost her arm in a crash on the dangerous North Channel Bridge, between Broad Channel and Howard Beach. According to police sources, this stretch of road is one of the most dangerous in Queens due to the conditions on the bridge span.

Theodore Kazimiroff, a member of the special education staff at IS 53 and the author of a new book entitled “The Last Algonquin,” will be heard on WNYC radio next week as part of its “Meet the Author” series.

Even though rumors persist, the imminent sale of the city housing projects is reportedly just not true.

40 Years Ago...

Marty Silverberg swam the 50-yard freestyle in 21.5 seconds and the 100- yard freestyle in 57.7, pacing the Far Rockaway Seahorses to a victory over Aviation High School at the Far Rockaway High School pool last week.

If anybody tells you that the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway is about to be phased out, don’t believe it. According to a spokesperson for Mayor Lindsay, there are no plans to do away with the local precinct.

Borough President Donald Manes is proud of the fact that he got the telephone company to back off on its plans to charge for directory assistance. Manes says that the company erred by providing advance information about their impending plan.

Firemen probing a collapsed ceiling in Edgemere last Friday must have thought that they had hit a Mexican piñata. When they hit the ceiling, more than $40,000 in currency came raining down.

50 Years Ago...

The boardwalk is a great place for “sidewalk supervisors” to watch the new Surfside Park development grow. The two new high-rise buildings have already changed the Rockaway skyline.

Some local residents are not hurrying to get aboard the bandwagon in opposition to the proposed Breezy Point Park. They want to know more about the Atlantic Improvement Corporation’s development. One question that continues to be asked concerns the fact that Breezy Point is closed to outsiders.

Dr. Burton Salpeter, a small-boat enthusiast, laments some of the changes in the bay that have been made necessary by the extension of the runways at Idlewild Airport.

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