2001-02-17 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Community support for "suitable space" for the Far Rockaway Social Security office is being sought by Stephen Hartenstein of Belle Harbor, representative for Local 3369 of the American Federation of Government Employees, the union for the personnel at the office.

William Sampol, president of the new Gateway Republican Club of the 22nd A.D., hosted a meeting of the club’s governors on Tuesday, February 17, at his home in Neponsit.

Renee Harper, reelected president of the Deerfield Road Area Association, Inc., was installed last month by State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein, before about 130 people.

Legalized gambling proponents are reading various possibilities for Rockaway into a Hilton Hotels Corp. pullout in regard to plans to build a $250 million 700-room casino hotel in Atlantic City.

Sewer construction in Beach 116th street, Rockaway Park, has "exacerbated the need for additional parking in the shopping area," Borough President Donald R. Manes wrote Thomas Guthrie, deputy commissioner in charge of Transportation’s Traffic Bureau, last week.

Far Rockaway High School captured the citywide Public Schools Athletic League wrestling championship on Wednesday, February 18. in the Flushing High School gymnasium, the Sea Horses overcame Tottenville High School of Staten Island 39-24.

Bertha Spielman, a teacher at Public School 114 in Belle Harbor, has been awarded a grant of $300 to let other teachers know about a program called "Geo-Math Lab" which she developed.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Not long ago, Henry P. Waichaitis was a leader in the fight to "Save Broad Channel." Now he’s chairman of Community Board 14 and has expanded his activities to "Save The Rockaways" from being ridden over rough–shod by the Housing Development Corporation and the Urban Development Corporation in handling of the Arverne urban renewal project.

Present occupants of housing within the urban renewal area certainly are making things easier for the wreckers who one day will demolish the buildings that once were fine homes.

Richard Maggiore of Rockaway Park was installed as chairman and Brian Shumon, of Arverne, as president of the Queens County Young Republicans at a luncheon held at the 19 A.D. Republican Club.

Looking for flooded places along Rockaway Beach boulevard in the Dayton Houses area, nobody would ever guess that there is a four-foot sewer beneath the surface of the street.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

In spite of the activity of police, thievery continues to plague local stores, especially in the Hammel Title I area.

Last week’s rugged weather must have brought on a dry spell for local inebriates. When the weather was fine and they could not get out last Friday morning, a lady, feeling no pain, made her way against the traffic lights, blithely through a busy intersection in Far Rockaway. A man who found it rough going along Beach Channel drive in Edgemere, finally gave up and reclined with unconcern on a pile of snow. Both were well protected with antifreeze.

It wasn’t mere business that brought Bill Brunner home from Florida. He just couldn’t miss the excitement of the big snowstorm.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Rev. Henry M. Childs jr. received an impressive welcome last Sunday when he became pastor of the First Congregational Church. Representatives of every faith in the community joined the members of the church at a reception in honor of Rev. Childs and his family.

Corporal William Vogel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Vogel of Beach 90 street, was reported missing in action while on duty in Korea.

A committee to press for an improvement in bus service was named by the Arverne Civic Association at a meeting Monday night, following election of officers. Irving Pechner was elected president.

Police of the 100th Precinct are confiscating air riffles, BB guns, .22 cal. rifles and shotguns from Rockaway youths under the age of 16, in an effort to stamp out the increasing danger of chance shots causing serious damage or injury.

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