1999-09-25 / Columnists


What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago This Week

Late orientation and registration for the Touro College Rockaways program will be held Monday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. in Beach Channel High School, 100-00 Beach Channel drive, Rockaway beach. Touro College will offer a variety of courses at the high school.

Suddenly a cry was heard throughout the Rockaways. "Break out the woolies." The thermometer was down to 45 degrees Thursday morning. Awfully cold for September.

Still waiting for something to be done about refinishing Beach 20 street and cleaning up the municipal parking lot. Christmas shopping time will soon be here. It would be nice to show what has been done in Far Rockaway.

"Terror Alley." That’s the name being given to the stretch of Beach Channel drive between Beach 59 and Beach 54 streets. Seems as if there are constant robberies of passing motorists in that area.

There’s a public hearing scheduled for Community Board 14 on October 9 regarding the proposal by the Park Department for a concrete promenade as opposed to a wooden boardwalk.

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Beach 20 street is not yet completed. However, someone is digging up the street in front of the Thom McAn shoe store.

Strike against Green Lines was settled but Mayor Koch vetoed the settlement claiming that city workers would want the same agreement at their contract talks.

Whatever became of the money raised by the casino gambling committee for the support of casino gambling in the Rockaways?

What The Wave Said

30 Years Ago This Week

Firemen had a hard time gaining access to burning concession stands on the boardwalk at Edgemere to fight a three-alarm fire early last Friday morning. Somehow, making an entry presented no problems to local hoods bent on mischief.

Mayor Lindsay understands a great deal about the City of New York, but he stubbed his toe on the Vietnam question the other day. What has Vietnam got to do with our mayoralty campaign?

Battalion Chief John Griffith is offering prayers of Thanksgiving. He narrowly missed being crushed by a collapsing wall while directing the fire fighting efforts against last Friday’s three alarmer in Edgemere.

Workmen building the playground at Public School 183 are going at it with vim and vigor as intense as the foot dragging on the project which prevailed last spring.

What The Wave Said

40 Years Ago This Week

Loss from pilfered merchandise in local supermarkets is an operating expense that most people never think about, yet it is said to be substantial. No section of the Rockaways is free from it, although store personnel are constantly on the watch to prevent this annoyance.

Something new is always happening in Rockaway. Saturday afternoon Far Rockaway High School’s football game will be televised for the first time when the Sea Horses take on John Adams High School.

There is much sentiment here in Rockaway in opposition to Mayor Wagner’s position against a law requiring residence for at least one year before a person can get on the relief rolls. Politicians don’t always keep up with the public’s thinking.

Rockaway’s rumor factories are still working full blast. Last week the gamut ran from the man who had been murdered at a local subway station to the withdrawal of the Zukerman brothers from the Title I sponsorship. How do these things get started? No truth to them, of course.

What The Wave Said

50 Years Ago This Week

Preliminary drawings have been made for a parochial school building for St. Camillus Church, Beach 100 street and the Boulevard.

Acting Borough President Maurice A. Fitzgerald has protested City Planning Commission failure to earmark funds in the proposed 1950 school construction program for acquisition of a site for Junior High School 198 in the Rockaways.

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