2001-03-31 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

"Rapidly deteriorating beaches and boardwalk, particularly between Beach 10th and Beach 19th streets," is emphasized by City Councilman-at-Large Steven S. Orlow in a letter to Gordon J. Davis, commissioner, Department of Parks and Recreation.

Rockaway residents were in attendance at the first Congress of the International Physicians to Prevent Nuclear War...March 20-25 at Airlie Conference Center in Virginia...to launch a unique venture in preventative medicine, specifically the prevention of nuclear war.

Despite the fact that half of one side of the building at 1334 Caffrey Avenue, far Rockaway, was burned away on March 11, residents of the first four floors have moved back in.

Extensive damage resulted the evening of March 12 from a fire that erupted in the oldest building at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, South Shore Division, at Far Rockaway.

Supreme Court Officers Tim Gallagher of Belle Harbor and Kevin Flynn of Bellerose risked their lives last week while off duty to help police in Manhattan capture an apparently deranged man firing a gun in the middle of a busy intersection.

Police have identified the torso found washed ashore opposite 121 Bayside Street, Roxbury, about 7:45 a.m. January 28 (see The Wave, January 31) as belonging to Michael Angelelilli, 35, of Bellerose, Queens.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

There still are parking meters on Beach 129th Street which were painted green on St. Patrick’s Day and some with heads missing as reminders of the same "celebration."

The Beach Channel High School site has been given a surface of cinders. That, combined with spring weather, ought to reduce the size of sand drifts along Beach Channel Drive.

One thing that could be said for the hi-rise apartments on Seagirt Boulevard is that the builders have not been dragging their feet. Quite a different story from the experience we are having with the Arverne urban renewal.

Martin Gallant, planning commissioner, asks local organizations to "assist and cooperate in monitoring the mobile homes in Arverne." What does that mean? City-sponsored vigilantes?

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Andy Kirk, Nassau County’s police commissioner, is an old Inwood boy. He’s following the footsteps of a former neighbor, Abram W. Skidmore, once a lieutenant in the 100 Precinct who later became Nassau’s first police commissioner.

Rockaway was well represented last week when the racing season opened at Aqueduct.

Max Rivkin, chairman of the Rockaway Boy Scout District, has been in scouting most of his life. The rest of the time he has been teaching at Far Rockaway High School.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

George Wolpert, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, has announced that the fireworks displays will start on Wednesday, June 27 and continue on Wednesdays for the duration of the summer. The fireworks are provided through the courtesy of the F&M Schafer Brewing Co., Brooklyn.

Congratulating the Edgemere Civic Association on "crossing the 38th Parallel" Borough President Maurice A. Fitzgerald cut the tape Friday evening to open the Beach 38th Street crossing of the Rockaway Freeway. This street opening climaxed a long civic campaign to eliminate lengthy detours for motorists and bathers.

Members of West End Temple and residents of the community will have an opportunity to hear Reverend Henry M. Childs, recently appointed pastor of the First Congregational Church, at the Friday night service of the temple.


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