28 TIMES • DECEMBER 31, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com Old Timer Turning back the clock to the rst Ridgewood Times of 1986 What do the fi lm “Top Gun,” Halley’s Comet’s last appearance and the most recent Mets world championship have in common? All of them will turn 30 years old next year. Hard as it is for many to believe, 2016 is just a few days away. We thought this would be a good time to continue our series of looks back at issues of the Ridgewood Times of years past, focusing this week on the very fi rst issue of 1986. • The front page blared the headline “Cop Suprises Burglar in His Own Kitchen” (we hope our readers pardon the typo for the word “surprise” from three decades ago). The headline story tells the tale of P.O. Salvatore Aglioloro of Ridgewood, who returned home at 4 a.m. on Dec. 31, 1985, from his duty at the Brooklyn North Task Force to fi nd someone in the kitchen. Offi cer Aglioloro identifi ed himself as an offi cer and fi red three shots at the assailant, who managed to escape. Police reported that the intruder managed to break into two more houses in the area. No injuries were reported. • Another big story on the front page centered around a special Community Board 5 public hearing in Middle Village regarding the proposed construction of a six-story condominium at 71-59 Metropolitan Ave. Opponents of the project cited concerns over school overcrowding and traffi c congestion along Metropolitan Avenue. The building included 44 one-bedroom homes for sale at $145,000 a piece and 22 two-bedroom condos for $220,000 each, as well as two penthouse residences for an undisclosed price. The condominium building was eventually built on the property adjacent to the Middle Village post offi ce. • Also on the front page was an announcement from Queens Borough President Donald Manes that the city agreed to provide funding to the Steinway Transit and Queens Transit Corporations, which operated many major bus lines in the borough, through the new year. The city agreed to pay Steinway Transit $1.2 million “to enable it to break even for 1985,” Manes explained. He added that other steps would be taken “to improve the fl ow of funds in a more consistent pattern so we do not have to repeat this year-end crisis type of negotiations.” • Inside the Times, Queens District Attorney John Santucci thanked the Queens County medical Society and the Queensboro Elks Lodge for making the facilities available for grand jury proceedings while renovations were being made at Borough Hall. “The completion of the grand jury construction program will enable moving operation of all four grand juries empanelled every four weeks to the Borough Hall location,” Santucci said. “That will free the present facilities in the Criminal Courts building’s fi fth fl oor for conversion into additional courtroom space to increase the capacity of the criminal justice system in Queens to meet the heavy volume of cases expeditiously and effectively.” • Post-holiday ads featured Ridgewood’s Grimaldi Home of Bread offering a buy one, get one deal on Italian and semolina breads and a fruit-fi lled cheesecake for $5.25 with coupon. Hillside Bedding, with locations in Ridgewood and Forest Hills, offered a Sealy ultra-hard twin set starting at $45 each piece and a Sealy Posturepedic king-sized bed starting at $175 each piece. Queens Wines and Liquors, in its traditional weekly back-page slot, advertised three liters of Paul Masson Rose for $4.55 and four liters of Inglenook Navalle Burgundy for $5.09. • Searching for a home? Home Hunters Real Estate in Maspeth advertised a one-family home in Maspeth with three large bedrooms, a large kitchen and a garage for sale at $175,000, while Dix Realty listed a one-family detached home with six rooms, 1 1/2 baths, a fi nished basement and a yard for $199,500. Renters could turn to Century 21 Antonelli Realty to fi nd a fi ve-room apartment in Ridgewood for $550 per month and a six-room apartment in Middle Village for $850 per month. 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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