2001-05-12 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Beginning this week, a toll will be collected in only one direction on the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Memorial Bridge. Only those motorists entering Rockaway via the bridge will have to pay the toll. The plan will last for the remainder of the summer months.

Fifty-six percent of the people polled by the Daily News favor placing gambling casinos in Rockaway and in other New York State locations.

With the demolition of the four white mansions on Seagirt Boulevard –one the former home of Governor Alfred E. Smith -- another piece of Rockaway history bites the dust.

The Far Rockaway High School class of 1959 held a reunion in Manhattan this week. More than 200 former grads attended the event, which was coordinated by Vicki Weitzberg Mechner.

John Baxter, billed as the "finest in Irish and Country Western Music," was the featured performer at Sullivan’s Bar and Grill.

Sergeant James Harkens took command this week of the 100 Precinct detective squad.

Bret Fertig of Belle Harbor was the slugging star for Beach Channel High School in its loss against Far Rockaway High School this week. The win gave the Seahorses sole possession of first place in the High School Athletic League.

Lobbying groups are forming up to fight the "bottle bill." The bill would require a deposit on all beverage bottles and cans.

City Councilman Walter Ward is the sponsor of a bill that would call upon the mayor to hire 10,000 more police officers.

Both the A and the CC subway lines were out of service for several hours last Friday due to a power failure somewhere on the track between Rockaway and Broad Channel.

The Panel of the Americans will make a presentation to Community Board 14 this week. The organization is active in many of the Rockaway schools.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The New York City Board of Estimate voted this week not to allow a mobile home park on the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. This is a victory for Rockaway activists who fought hard to stop the proposal. The board vote was 16-6 to kill the proposal.

Julie Rapport is still at the Task Force Office in Far Rockaway, in spite of the city’s financial crunch. Friends in the community have chipped in to keep the office open and Julie on the job.

St. Joseph’s Hospital is arranging to open a methadone treatment center in Far Rockaway. A community storefront is being suggested. Residents of the Holland section have rejected a storefront location in that community.

John Curran advertised in The Wave last week that he had filet mignon for sale. He sold more than a thousand pounds of the meat in his market on Beach 129 Street. That’s a lot of meat to push across the counter.

The management of the Breaker’s Restaurant on Beach 116 Street reports a number of communion parties following the First Communion at St. Francis De Salles RC Church on Saturday.

A large number of fires in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area have kept the men in the Arverne firehouse busy. It has been cited as one of the five busiest houses in the city.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Vandals have played hob with the tollbooth at the Arverne parking lot on Beach Channel Drive. There is not an unbroken pane of glass in the booth.

Sommerville’s Tom Caliguiri gets the neighbors all steamed up about the mosquito control plans for the coming summer. Then, he goes off to Florida, perhaps to study mosquito control.

Even if it were legally permissible to take oysters from Jamaica Bay, they’re legally out of season. When somebody harvests a cluster by mistake, however, they are more likely to be eaten then thrown back into the bay.

Saul Maskin, who is opening a new men’s store on Beach 116 Street is the busiest man in town. Close behind him are Kimball and Fusco, who are putting the finishing touches on the new store.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Mike Reilly softball team defeated the Last Stop Inn team 21-5 last week and went on to win another game in Brooklyn 11-5. Mike Brennen of Beach 105 Street is the team’s manager.

The annual May walk of the girl scouts or Far Rockaway will be held on Sunday afternoon.

Following a short business session on Monday night, Olympia Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, held a mother’s day party at the Masonic Temple. Jean Erickson was in charge.

Rev. James M. Gillis, of the Paulist Fathers, the noted radio speaker of "The Catholic World," will address the Holy Name Community at St. Francis De Salles Church, Belle Harbor, next Thursday evening.

Jean Bender of Far Rockaway graduated from Bellevue Nursing School.

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