1999-12-18 / Columnists


What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway will be an interesting place for future archeologists, When a plumbing company was recently digging in Rockaway Beach boulevard there was about three and a half feet of resurfacing and the old trolley tracks to go through.

Rockaway is really feeling the pinch from the recession. Many of the restaurants are not having specials for Christmas or New Year’s. At least they are not advertising the specials.

It’s funny. All the fuss we made about the Concorde supersonic aircraft and now they have stopped building them. At least we will not have to worry about an increase in Concorde traffic.

Coney Island has them. Why don’t we? What does Coney have? Why indestructible concrete lifeguard chairs. Hope we get them next.

More than two inches of snow fell Wednesday and Thursday. This had many folks dreaming of a white Christmas. However, the weatherman said it would be warmer with a high of about 50 for Christmas Day.

St. Camillus band is leaving Wednesday for Florida. They will be performing in the Junior Orange Bowl parade in Coral Gables and the King Orange Bowl Jamboree parade in Miami. At least some people will be warm.

Residents of Far Rockaway are wondering how long it will take to install the new sewers. They say that with the snow, ice, rain and mud they may as well be wintering in Alaska.

What The Wave Said

30 Years Ago This Week

The theory among local residents is that the recent rash of muggings and holdups here were not just casual occurrences, but were the work of an organized group.

Next Wednesday night more than the usual celebration is expected as people say farewell to the Soaring Sixties and look ahead with great expectation to the beginning of the next decade, the more mature Seventies.

The Christmas vacation in the public schools this year is longer than usual. That must be some kind of progress.

Nothing has been heard of any change in plans by the Parks Department for alternative steps to get its heavy equipment to the beach other than those which would demolish the sand wall at the end of Beach 129 street.

What The Wave Said

40 Years Ago This Week

Winter arrived on Tuesday and found the ground covered with seven inches of snow. It was the first time that happened in some years. By mid-day the bright sun had turned much of it to slush, Just the thing to keep the late Christmas shoppers at home.

This is going to be along weekend and there will be another one next week. That usually spells trouble. Stay alive and enjoy yourself.. If you do any drinking, play it safe and don’t drive.

One day last week the mail brought to the First Congregational Chirch one of its collection envelopes containing money. Across it was written "found on the street." That’s positive proof that there is such a thing as honesty here.

What The Wave Said

50 Years Ago This Week

Business at the Far Rockaway Post Office hit an all time high on Monday with 150,000 pieces of mail passing through the cancellation machines and contributing to the more than half a million cards and letters handled during the first part of this week, Acting Postmaster Abraham Finkle reported.

Nearly 500 children are expected to be guests of the 100 Police Precinct polic at the annual Christmas party in the stationhouse on Saturday at 10 a.m.





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