32 TIMES • NOVEMBER 12, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com Old Timer Taking the Ridgewood Times machine back to November 1993 How many of our readers remember what was going on in the Ridgewood area some 22 years ago? Today, we again look back through the pages of the Ridgewood Times to recall the news as it was reported back on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 1993... • This particular issue featured a rather wild crime story on the front page in which a man wanted for breaking into vehicles at a Glendale intersection was caught by police after his getaway car crashing into a pizza delivery truck. The trouble began at 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 7 when a local resident spotted one of the suspects inside a parked car in the area of 68th Place and 70th Street and called 911. The suspect, upon being spotted, exited from the car and joined an accomplice into a blue Oldsmobile with no plates that took off. Moments later, the crooks’ car crashed into a pizza delivery vehicle at the corner of 69th Street and Central Avenue; the suspected burglar was caught, but his accomplice managed to flee. • The Nov. 11, 1993, front page also featured a story about then- Congressman Charles Schumer announcing the passage of several bills in the House of Representatives, including one slated to add 50,000 new police officers on beats across the nation, including 3,000 in New York City. “We broke a logjam of partisan political delay yesterday,” Schumer said. “These bills are common sense steps. Queens residents are demanding to get violent criminals off the street and into prisons where they belong.” • The front page also featured a story from a Nov. 4 meeting in Glendale in which members of the Glendale T a x p a y e r s Association voted to change the organization’s name to the Glendale Property Owners Association. The change came after much debate among members, in which some felt the group needed an identity more specific toward the group’s mission of representing local property owners. Members who favored the name change felt the term “taxpayer” was too general, since everybody — including tenants — is a taxpayer. • With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, Ridgewood merchants visited the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association meeting on Nov. 4 and appealed to residents to shop locally. “Without the goods and services which we provide you on Myrtle Avenue, you would have no neighborhood,” said Herman Hochberg, the chair of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District. “And we depend on you. It is a partnership.” • Inside the Times was a report from the Nov. 3 Community Board 4 meeting in which members learned about an $8 million rehabilitation of the Woodhaven Boulevard subway station near the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst. Scheduled to be completed in 33 months, the improvements included repairs of all drainage and structural steel, new graffiti-resistant tiles, vandal-resistant fluorescent lighting and a new control center. • The issue also had a story about Susan Zitterell, 12, a Glendale resident who competed in the under-18 junior section of the Knoll Farm Equitation/Hunter Series in Brentwood, L.I. She trained under Melissa Cannady in equitation and jumping and was awarded first place in an October 1993 competition. • The paper also featured a number of group photos. Perhaps some of our readers may recognize themselves or friends or family members in these pictures and tell us more about them. One such photo showed members of Dancesation marching and performing at that year’s Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan. • Looking for a home? Phillips Realtors advertised in the Times a three-bedroom home near Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village going for $219,900 and a brick one-family home in Glendale on the market for $182,000. Renters turned to the Hocevar Real Estate ad to find a three box room apartment near Fresh Pond Road for rent at $550 a month, a five-room Glendale apartment for $650 a month and a six-room Rego Park home to let at $1,200 a month. Front page-- The front page of the Nov. 11, 1993, Ridgewood Times and Times Newsweekly, sold at newsstands for 30 cents. (Top right) Dancesation-- Members of the 1993 Dancesation team that performed at the Columbus Day Parade. Ridgedale-- The Ridgedale Brewers Peanuts football team. If you have any memories and photos that you’d like to share about “Our Neighborhood: e Way it Was,” write to e Old Timer, c/o Ridgewood Times, 62-70 Fresh Pond Rd., Ridgewood, NY 11385, or send an email to email@example.com. All mailed pictures will be carefully returned upon request.
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