2000-11-11 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

"Ryan’s Raiders" (Queens Narcotics Police) struck in Far Rockaway Tuesday afternoon, November 11 for the fourth time in three weeks. The raids this time hit 19-18 Mott avenue and 20-13 New Haven avenue.

One way tolls for bridges to the Rockaways is being urged by Joel Gerstel, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. Gerstel recommends that tolls be collected only from vehicles entering the peninsula.

Merchants in Far Rockaway are crying for more police protection. One businessman, who was held up twice this week, told The Wave even more regular auxiliary patrols would help.

Rockaway motorists are being warned not to leave their bridge discount coupons on the dashboards of their cars. It seems there are some people going around and breaking in just for the coupon books.

Much delight was shown by the merchants in Beach 116 street Thursday morning. After the meeting of Community Board 14 Wednesday night, one at which the Department of Sanitation was taken to task, the commercial blocks in Rockaway were cleaner Thursday than they had been in months.

Meanwhile, merchants in Far Rockaway are complaining bitterly, not about the garbage but about the constant robberies and break-ins that are occurring in the business district. Lack of police manpower to cover the entire area is part of the problem.

Jeffrey Dube, 36, of 2807 Bayswater avenue in Far Rockaway, was charged last week with bilking Touro College of $600,000.

More life has been added to Beach Channel drive with the move by Jogar Interiors to the old House of Brick site. Jogar will offer furniture that is made on the premises.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

According to Phil Finkelstein, chairman of the Mayor’s Task Force, the plans for the Arverne renewal area construction will be made public next week. It’s been a long wait.

Dr. Irving G. Frohman, a retired Army Reserve colonel, met a number of old friends, admirals, colonels and such, Sunday afternoon at the dedication of Tylunas Hall, the new Navy training facility at Floyd Bennett Field.

Morris Gabriel plans to move his Queens Nassau lighting fixture business into a new location of its own on Central avenue.

A few days ago the conductor in charge of a Long Island Rail Road train bound for Far Rockaway, had to go through the train looking for a Spanish-speaking passenger to straighten out a man who was supposed to have boarded another train in Jamaica. He found the linguist.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The Breakers restaurant on Beach 116 street closed down last Saturday afternoon, while the proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cholakis and a party of relatives and friends went to Yankee stadium to watch their son, Leon, almost single-handedly stand off Army’s last second bid for a touchdown from the one foot line against Syracuse. Leon a former Far Rockaway star, plays guard for the Orangemen.

Probably the biggest switch in the political campaign was when Alfred E. Smith, jr., son of the great Governor Al Smith came over for Richard Nixon at a Republican rally in Far Rockaway last week.

There are some wrathy individuals in the halfway section of Edgemere, who resent very much, the recent change in the bus route, which deprives them of service along Edgemere avenue.

The Rivara Marina on Barbados basin resembles a New England fishing village waterfront with boats of all sizes waiting to be hauled out of the water for the winter.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Merchants Association of Far Rockaway will conduct a treasure hunt this Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the lucky winners sharing a total of $500 in Savings Bonds.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Brandenburg of 218 Beach 81 street were given a surprise party Sunday evening in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary.

Patrolman Stanley Chabowsky announced this week that toys are being collected by policemen of the 100 Precinct in preparation of the annual Christmas party for children of the neighborhood.

Mobilizing for the fight against communism, Lieutenant Bernard H. Weiner Post, Jewish War Veterans is solidly behind the "Crusade for Freedom," Vice-Commander Irwin Chick made known this week.

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