2001-05-26 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Queens Borough President Donald Mannes will speak at a meeting of the Regular Democratic Club of Rockaway, according to Geraldine Chapey, the club president.

The Far Rockaway American Legion Post, assisted by teachers and students of Far Rockaway High School, will conduct Memorial Day services at the flagpole at Oceancrest Boulevard and Beach Channel Drive.

Residents of Beach 149 Street between Newport and Cronston Avenues are facing flooding situations because the city has raised their sidewalks by 24 inches, according to Congressman James Scheuer, who lives in the area.

Highway 3 of the NYPD is setting up a special unit to patrol Cross Bay Boulevard, particularly between the North Channel Bridge and Broad Channel.

James Conway Sullivan, a local businessman, has set up a new organization, the Queens H Block Committee, to ally all of the Irish organizations in Queens into one force against British interment of Irish men.

Triplets, two girls and a boy, were born to Patricia and Richard Rogers of Belle Harbor at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital this week.

Forty-nine thousand dollars will be spent this summer to refurbish the shuffleboard courts at Beach 102 and Beach 105 Streets, according to Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipshutz.

Mayor Koch has announced that he will provide 20 more police officers to the Rockaway precincts for the summer season.

The Hartman YMHA in Far Rockaway will once again run a number of summer camps at its site on Seagirt Boulevard, according to Steve Kaplansky, the executive director of the Y. Four of the camps will be for Yeshiva students and five for non-religious students.

The Beach Channel girl’s swimming team has once again completed an undefeated season, going 8-0 in its regular season competition. The team, under the direction of coach Richie Silverstein, will compete in the city championships next week. The star of the team is Kim Lonergan, who took the individual city championships for the past three years.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Jack Blue of the Community Council and Captain Charles McNulty of the 100 Precinct are happy over the public response to their open house, held at the precinct last Sunday.

All of us overlooked a real opportunity last week when members of the City Planning Commission were here last Tuesday. They should have been taken on a tour of the community prior to the meeting so that they could have seen what Rockaway residents have been complaining about.

It has been a long time since there was an announcement about planting fish in Jamaica Bay. Millions of Flounder and Tomcod fry need to be emptied into the bay each spring. Has pollution in the bay become so bad that there is no chance that they will survive? That seems doubtful.

Real progress has been made on the construction of the new school IS 53 in Far Rockaway. The school, on the site of the old PS 39, is scheduled for 1972. That should relieve some of the overcrowding at Far Rockaway High School.

Neiman’s Pharmacy, the championship team in the Rockaway Park Businessmen’s bowling league, includes two doctors, Dr. Harry Altner and Dr. Vincent Cunningham. The other two bowlers on the team are Jerry Levy and Tom O’Connor.

For many years, the men’s straw hat season opened on May 15. The late Emanuel Berge traditionally jumped the season by a few days by strolling on the boardwalk, wearing a skimmer. If he had tried it this year, he would have needed earmuffs.

When Milton E. Jacobowitz was in California last week to defend a man in a criminal case, the district attorney turned out to be, of all people, Jacobwitz’s brother, who is now living in Los Angeles.

Maxwell Cohen of Far Rockaway High School and a Bayswater resident was selected as the outstanding Biology teacher in New York State recently.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Right now is when everybody should be wearing a poppy and planning to display the American Flag for Memorial Day.

Watch for the opening in a few days of a brand new food shop on Beach 116 Street next to the subway station. They say it will be almost like Weiss’ come to Rockaway Park.

Former Congressman Bill Brunner says that one of the reasons he was reelected to public office more than 13 times was because he never spoke longer than five minutes. His first speech was at the old Atlantic Democratic Club and it ran less than one minute.

How come nobody mentions Maggie Murphy anymore? She was the paper mache figure that used to waltz on the boardwalk to the music of the fife and drum band playing on the balcony in front of Steeplechase Park.

Some people are getting vocal about their objection to the police department regulation prohibiting an officer from residing in the precinct in which he works. They hold that a cop takes more of an interest in his home precinct.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The 700-apratment housing project set for Hammel between Beach 81 and Beach 86 Streets was approved by the City Council at a hearing yesterday.

Young men and women attending colleges will begin to arrive home in the next few weeks to spend some time with their parents.

The appointment of Detective Lieutenant Joseph P. Nolan to replace James Gaines, who recently retired as commander of the 100 Squad, was announced last week.

The parochial school building of St. Camillus Church is nearing completion and a bazaar for the benefit of the building fund will be held from July 14 to July 22.

The Long Island regional congress of Hadassah is to be held at the Park Inn Hotel on Beach 116 Street from June 5 to June 7.

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