2001-06-02 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

LOOKING BACKWARD
What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Police patrolling the 100 Precinct issued more than 1,300 summonses over the Memorial Day weekend. The majority were for parking violations, but many were given for peddling and public drinking as well.

Contractors working on the sewer project in Neponsit will be required to construct ramps wherever the change in grade makes it impossible for homeowners to get to their driveways because of the increased grade of the sidewalks in front of their homes.

Intensive lobbying for casino gambling was started Thursday when members of the Coalition for Casino Gambling announced that the next 30 days will either make or break the proposal.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz has been appointed to the Legislative Task Force on the Handicapped by deputy majority leader Alan Hevesi.

Many local residents have been writing letters to protest the rise in the subway fare to $1.00.

A model of what the Arverne Urban Renewal Area would look like if casinos were built on the site was unvieled at the April meeting of Community Board 14.

Sheldon Farber, former Republican-Conservative state senator has announced his candidacy for the Queens Councilman-at-large seat.

Firemen, police officers and local residents joined in rescuing four persons who were thrown into Jamaica Bay nearby Beach 130 Street when their boat overturned.

More than 150 Beach Channel High School students achieved averages of 90 percent or better on the latest marking period. Those who had 95 percent or better included Lawrence Beck, Evamarie Cicitta, Deborah Daub, George Dabb, Diana Harnisher, Margaret Hannon, Debra Heitman, Ruth Ann Nicastri, Gregg Shore and John Seufert.

Lorraine Topal was named president of the sisterhood of Temple Beth-El in Rockaway Park. Her installation will be held at the temple on Beach 121 Street. Rabbi Alan Blaine will be the installing officer.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Kathleen Quealy, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Quealy of Beach 124 Street, exchanged marriage vows last week with Edward Gromley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gromley, Sr., of Rockaway Park. The Reverend John Bracken of St. Francis De Salles Church officiated.

Deputy Borough President Robert T. Groh, as grand marshall, headed the Memorial Day parade at Rockaway Beach.

Brother Frank Springman of St. John’s Home, says that he is recuperating very well from his recent illness and looks forward to being on the bench with his football team in July.

A confused dog, dragging his leash, ran around in the heavy traffic on Beach Channel Drive Monday afternoon, somehow averting serious injury, until Chet Maskin, of Maskin’s Men’s Shop, came along, stopped his car and escorted the frightened fido to safety.

Mario Russo, chairman of the Arverne Civic Council, and a bay enthusiast from way back, took advantage of the civic commission hearing last week to urge the upgrading of bayfront conditions, including marinas.

Last week, the frame building that had once been "Indian Charlie" Hudson’s candy store on the boulevard next to the telephone building, fell to the bulldozer.

Delay in obtaining the necessary building permits has led to the Jerry Lewis Theater in Surfside not being ready to open for the summer season.

It would be appreciated by all if the Dayton Beach co-op would clean up the lot it owns on the boulevard opposite the Temple of Israel.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Despite all the delay, people still insist that the new shopping center to be built on the site of the old Long Island Railroad Far Rockaway station is soon to be started.

People who long to have things the way they were years ago are not always right. The concrete wall which once surrounded the yard of St. Malachy’s Home has disappeared. In its place is the splendid new lawn of Stella Maris High School.

Mark Twain once said that the reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. There are lots of people who have that in common with the great author. It is getting so that one needs to be reported dead twice to become a Rockawayite

Members of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club are taking pride in the fact that Joseph L. Smythe, longtime club president, is managing the borough president’s staff.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

William Wagner, whose colorful career ranged from circus clown to Department of Sanitation worker during his 35 years in the Rockaways, will return to his home community this summer after an absence of more than four years.

Renovation of Far Rockaway High School, including the installation of an elevator, has been recommended to Borough President Maurice Fitzgerald.

Miss Barbara Seaman of Beach 127 Street, a student at Far Rockaway High School, was one of the girls who received a Generoso Pope Memorial Scholarship award donated by the Columbus citizen’s committee.

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Wassner set up residence on Beach 138 Street after residing for many years on Beach 116 Street.


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