2001-03-17 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Glum police officers of the 100th Precinct, Rockaway Beach, will turn out in impressive numbers this Saturday, March 21, to mourn the death by shooting of their Sergeant Jack Sweeney.

Upgrading of the playground in the Arverne Houses, at Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 54th and 56th streets, has been included in a $14 million program affecting 129 neighborhood parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs.

Sewer construction has been rushed to the northern part of Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park, since Wednesday, March 18. The reason for the rush is that the contract stipulates: No construction on Beach 116th Street from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Earl Wild, one of America’s most recorded pianists, will play this Saturday night, March 21, in Beach Channel High School, 100-00 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Beach.

Beach Channel High School’s crew has started practice for its first race, on Saturday, April 11, against Nutley High School in New Jersey.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

While there were several busloads of people enroute to attend the City hall hearings to endorse mobile homes for the homeless in Arverne, including supporters from Arverne and Edgemere, many more busloads opposed to temporary housing headed for the hearings at dawn.

Next Thursday evening a mass meeting will be held at the Washington Hotel to spearhead a concerted effort to stop the proposed hi-rise housing development that has been suggested by state housing officials to be located at Floyd Bennett Field. The mass meeting has been arranged by the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association.

Marathon swimmer Tom Hetzel of Rockaway Park leaves tomorrow for Egypt where at the request of the Egyptian government he will attempt to swim Lake Nasser, a 14-mile endeavor.

Parks Department officials have admitted that the funding for lifeguard stations on the beach will cost at least $550,000 more than the previously estimated $880,000 with the controversial Belle Harbor stations still being discussed.

Plans for a Beach 116th Street folk festival in the late spring are being advanced by the Rockaway Cultural Society president Jerry Hipscher and Mayor’s Urban Action Task Force representative Philip Finkelstein.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Families with kids living in the Edgemere Houses can hardly wait until Edgemere Park is completed, noted Parks boss Newbold Morris.

Residents of Beach 64th Street, north of Beach Channel Drive, complain about the lake that forms in front of their new homes after every heavy rain. A similar condition exists on Beach 127th Street, south of Cronston Avenue. Perhaps the property owners should get together a concerted action.

Although nobody seems to be losing sleep over the possibility of a jetport at Rockaway Point, local groups have lost no time in airing their protests against the proposal.

With all the requests he has been receiving for more police in the Rockaways, Police Commissioner Murphy should know where Rockaway is by this time, even if he were not a Queens man.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

There is a need for several hundred more volunteers for the police auxiliary of the Rockaway Beach (100th) precinct.

A three-year old boy owes his life today to the quick thinking of Robert Randall, 11 year old Boy Scout and student at St. Francis de Sales Academy. Robert dove into the chilly waters of Jamaica Bay on Tuesday to save the boy, identified as Raymond Gross of 203 Beach 87th Street, from drowning.

Two burglaries in the west end on Friday afternoon, in one of which a Belle Harbor artist and his wife lost property, including paintings valued at nearly $5,000, are being investigated by detectives of the 100th Precinct Squad.

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