2001-02-24 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Congressman James H. Scheuer is proposing a total ban on nudity at Riis Park. Scheuer said, "Very simply, I propose in the strongest possible terms isolating nude bathing to an area at least a mile away from residential communities..."

More than $5 million of development is planned by the Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA for the Seagirt boulevard-Beach 17th street-Beach 19th street campus acquired last year.

James Conway Sullivan, Republican State Committeeman for the 22nd Assembly District, is opening an all-year-round party headquarters at 90-16 Rockaway Beach boulevard (at Beach 91st street), Rockaway Beach.

Beach Channel High School’s girls’ basketball team was knocked out of the second round of the Public School Athletic League playoffs when the girls were routed Wednesday night, February 25, by host August Martin High School 72-51.

Patte Bogen Roberts of Belle Harbor has been installed for her 16th term as president of the West End Auxiliary of Peninsula Hospital Center.

Jeremiah C. Gaffney the third, chairman of a Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways membership drive in progress, revealed last week that he is eyeing especially churches and other religious institutions.

Rockaway Repertoire Company is set to go with production of "Come Blow Your Horn" by Neil Simon.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The contractors for the new Beach Channel High School got busy last week and removed the drifted sand from Beach Channel drive which had been the cause of so much complaint.

Far Rockaway residents say that the City "has pulled a fast one" on them by approving the construction of stores in connection with the new hi-rise apartment buildings on Seagirt boulevard.

Visible progress is being made on the construction of the new housing project on Beach Channel drive at Edgemere where most of the foundation work has been completed.

Henry Waichaitis of Broad Channel found himself in a tight corner last Tuesday evening when as chairman of the Community Planning Board, he had to cast his deciding vote on a public hearing concerning the zoning variance being sought for a parking lot in Belle Harbor.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The construction work being done to the former Teddy’s restaurant on Beach 116th street looks like almost a rebuilding job in preparation for its reopening as Maskin’s men shop in another months or so.

More and more business places are boarding up windows and otherwise taking precautions against the operation of vandals, which judging from complaints being made, seems to be on the increase again.

Since Mayor Wagner bested Carmine DeSapio in the showdown over the borough presidency of Manhattan, odds in this vicinity have increased on his chances of re-election in November.

Garbage, quantities of it, is now being seen where it has never been before in buildings occupied by people who have been displaced from the Title I areas. People don’t create slums?

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

John Moffitt, formerly of Sixth road, Broad Channel, left for camp with the Seventh Regiment as a top sergeant.

A 45-mile gale swept the Rockaways and other parts of the metropolitan area last Friday night and Saturday morning, leaving in its wake two inches of snow which was blown in drifts in many places to three and four feet in height, blocking roadways and seriously hampering vehicular traffic.

Although the roads were virtually impossible this past weekend, ambulance service from Rockaway Beach Hospital was in service. There were but a few calls.

The gale of last weekend tore off shingles from the roof of the Arverne Coast Guard tower.

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