1999-07-03 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Dayton Beach Park Cooperators have organized to fight a 12 per cent rent increase and an equity increase of $60 per share.

Six teachers in public schools in Rockaway who have developed successful instructional programs in their classrooms have been awarded grants of up to $300 each to enable them to share those programs with other teachers. Three of the teachers are in Intermediate School 53, Far Rockaway. They are Annette DiMino, Peter Smergut and Benjamin Pitch, At Beach Channel High School the three are John J. Rodgers, Henry Silverstein and Stephen S. Yaeger.

It was 70 years ago this week that the Board of Aldermen gave approval to Beach 91 street and Beach Channel drive as to the site for a new Municipal and Magistrate Court courthouse.

Mass for Amiello Rossi, owner of the first grocery store in Broad Channel was celebrated on Tuesday morning in St. Virgilius Church. Mr. Rossi came to this country at the beginning of the century. When he opened his store on the island there were no roads, and he had to get his groceries by boat from Brooklyn.

Fire destroyed Dr. Norman Brust’s office at 62-07 Beach Channel drive, Arverne, Tuesday morning, June 26, about 3 o’clock.

Sailing in Jamaica Bay is being offered this summer to organized groups at the Gateway National Recreation Area.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The bikini-clad barmaids at the Wreck on Beach 98 street, opposite Playland, is just one of the attractions at the new local nite spot, of course–but they are a big part.

Since the Long Island Rail Road has taken to borrowing parlor cars from other roads to serve its eastern Long Island passengers, perhaps they’ll get around to borrowing some ordinary coaches for the convenience of commuters.

The excitement of the Democratic primaries is carrying over to the November election. Paul O’Dwyer, spokesman for the Coalition Democrats, declares that they will not support Mario Proccacino for mayor, but they have not yet come out for Lindsay either.

People do read signs. Almost nobody got lost finding their way over the half of the new Cross Bay bridge that is open, even if the signs did seem to be taking them somewhere else. When the homeward trek started the new bridge was quite a big help.

People who dine out a lot tell us that there was no holiday rush in some of the mainland eating places. It was so different out here along the cool seashore where the local eateries were jammed with customers.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Ralph Caso has been in California for several days attending a conference aimed at setting up a nationwide demand for relief from the noise of jet aircraft.

Noel Schwartz and Marvin Schreier, both of Beach 143 street, are credited with saving a young woman from drowning in the ocean.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

People are wondering how long it will be before the Health Department will allow clams to be taken from Jamaica Bay. Clamming in the bay, although illegal never has ceased altogether.

If the Ocean drive from Beach 73 street to Beach 109 street could have been utilized for parking, several thousand additional cars could have been accommodated here over the last weekend.

The open sides of Rockaway Beach Hospital’s new building gives observers a good impression of the building’s magnitude. It is like looking at a cross section of the structure.

Rivara’s new marina at the foot of Thursby avenue shows the value of spare time. Working only on weekends, the Rivaras already have a large storage yard, marine railway and docking space for more than 100 small craft. When completed the marina will have room for four times as many boats.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

George Wolpert, executive secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, installed Sam Marcus last night as president of the Frank Avenue Civic Association.

State Senator Frederic E. Hammer, president of the Rockaway Civic Club, appealed this week to the Marine and Aviation Department to revoke permission granted for a junkyard to operate on property adjacent to 112-20 Beach Channel drive.

The Queens Borough Public Library in Rockaway Park has leased the premises at 115-10 Beach Channel drive for a five year period.

George Rosen has been elected chairman of the 100 Precinct Coordinating Council.

Corning G. McKennee, Republican leader of the 12th Assembly District and assistant attorney general was nominated for city court judge by the Queens Republican executive committee last Thursday.



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