2001-06-09 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Diana Chaplin, the assistant commissioner for Queens for the Department of Parks, assured the Chamber of Commerce that the department’s number one priority was keeping both the beach and the boardwalk clean for the summer months.

Vincent J. O’Connor, the director of The Rockaway Committee for Casino Gambling, reminded the New York State Assembly Committee on Gambling that a newly formed organization to fight casino gambling in Rockaway was made up of "hotel men that had gambling interests in other states and other lands."

Two local men were arrested for the stabbing death of college student Gary Barnaker in Far Rockaway.

Rockaway Park Women’s Division of the State of Israel Bonds will hold a champagne luncheon and reception in honor of Fay Cohen for her long dedication to the organization. Selma Frank is the luncheon chairman.

Elizabeth O’Loughlin of Rockaway Park is among those named to the Dean’s List at the Berkeley School of Westchester.

David Arnemann of Broad Channel recently caught a 16-pound Bluefish in Jamaica Bay. Old-timers say a fish of that size has not been seen in some time.

Far Rockaway High School principal Carl Berlin has announced that two of his students, Constance DePalma and David Ng, have been awarded UFT Scholarships worth more than $4,000 for four years.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz points out that a legislative resolution mourning the martyrdom of Irish freedom fighter Bobby Sands now hangs at the Pier 92 Restaurant in Rockaway Beach. The resolution calls for the British Government to assure the uniting of all Ireland.

Mayor Edward Koch has announced that New Yorker’s will be able to water their lawns on a limited basis and to fill their swimming pools if they have recirculating pumps. This is a modification of the drought emergency plan issued by the mayor earlier in the year.

Beach Channel High School’s girl’s tennis team has won the city championship. Sophomores Marcy Dunne and Virginia Harnisch scored the points that assured the victory.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Just what the wildcat strike of municipal employees will accomplish remains to be seen. By tying up the bridges and tunnels, however, they are just making a lot of people very angry.

The landscaping that has been done at the Cross Bay Bridge begins to take on the appearance of a bay front park and a very attractive one at that.

After a pleasant weekend a warm weather, the beach and boardwalk begin to look as if it is midsummer. Just the right time for the Parks Department employees to be pulled off the job, of course.

Dean Georges won the Rockaway Park Bowling League’s Sportsmanship award, reportedly, because he was sponsor, captain and anchor of the team that finished first.

Joseph Needleman of Neponsit has told the Green Bus Lines that the new express bus service would do much better if it started from Beach 147 Street, stopped at Beach 135 Street and then went to Beach 116 Street, as it does at present.

Congressman Joseph Addabbo, who represents Rockaway, has joined with Congressman John Wydler (Nassau County) to urge a feasibility study into wetports as a means of alleviating congested conditions at existing airports. Mario Russo, a long time foe of airport noise, thinks that it is a great idea.

The Reverend Thomas Mason of New Hope Baptist Church, who recently received a Doctor of Divinity degree, recently took his new cap and gown to Hampton, Virginia, where he is attending a minister’s conference this week.

Irving Bloch will be installed for another term as president of the 101 Precinct Community Council at a breakfast meeting at Temple Emanuel in Far Rockaway.

Charles E. Durlach of Far Rockaway joins Henry Falkenheim and Harry Moon as a Grand Lodge member of the Mason’s.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

There is a great deal of favorable comment locally about the spot barricade of main thoroughfares by the Far Rockaway police as they inspect licenses and search for stolen cars and violations of motor vehicle law. Many motorists say that it is well-worth the inconvenience.

The recent shattering of the world’s pole vault record is wonderful, says Kenneth Caldwell of Nameoke Street. He was a champion vaulter in his own right at Far Rockaway High School and Cornell University a few years ago.

Joe Smyth’s friends say that he is really better looking than the pictures taken of him at boro hall last week when he was sworn in as executive manager for the Borough President’s office.

People complain about holes in the street pavement, but in the vicinity of Frisco Avenue, there are streets with no pavement whatsoever.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

An estimated 600,000 people visited the Rockaway’s beaches on Sunday. Traffic to the Rockaway’s was heavy all day, and particularly during the afternoon. All of the available parking spots were jammed.

The Broad Channel Post and Auxillary made an excellent showing in the Memorial Day parade in Broad Channel. The units also marched in the Rockaway parade.

Rockaway will have a Mardi Gras of its own, patterned after the famed New Orleans event, with a King and Queen chosen to rule over the festival and a mayor of Rockaway selected during the week after Labor Day, according to plans begun this week by the Daniel M. O"Connell Post of the American Legion.

The Republican Club of the Rockaways held its annual hop Saturday night and it was sold out.

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