2001-06-16 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Two thousand people, including two bus loads from Rockaway, rallied this week in Albany to make it clear to legislators that it was important to the supporters of casino gambling that a resolution be passed in the assembly supporting their cause this session.

Rockaway Park Women’s Division of Israel Bonds is honored Fay Cohen last week at a luncheon. Cohen has been active in Hadassah for many years and is its local heart fund chairperson.

Ground was broken on Friday for a two-story extension of the buildings that house the post office and Ming’s Kitchen. The new construction, located at Beach 114 Street and Beach Channel Drive, will house stores on the first floor and offices on the second.

Councilman Walter Ward is supporting the right of people in Broad Channel to buy the land upon which their homes rest.

Public School 104 in Bayswater has won both the borough and citywide award in the recent "Team Up to Clean Up" contest held by the Department of Sanitation. The award was presented last week to teachers David Schneider and Roberta Confino.

Local librarian Mildred Schulman graduated this week from Pratt Institute with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

District Attorney John Santucci will be honored at the annual dinner-dance of the Rockaway Regular Democratic Club, it was announced by club president Geraldine Chapey.

Rockaway’s newest addition, "Rock ‘N Rollers," the roller disco on Beach 116 Street, has done much to liven up the street and to attract a younger crowd to the street.

Emanuel "Manny" Schwartz of Far

Rockaway has been elected as chancellor commander of the Wavecrest Lodge, Knights of Pythias. Bernie Kaye was elected as vice chancellor and Ronnie Weinfeld as prelate.

Recommendations are being made to the Federal Highway Administration for an express road that would run from the Atlantic Beach Bridge and Seagirt Boulevard to Doughty Boulevard in Inwood.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway’s unwelcome visitor, a 45-foot whale weighing six or seven tons, smelling very badly left at the high tide on Friday with some help by the Coast Guard.

James Wolfson, of Neponsit, an engineering consultant on he staff of borough president Sidney Leviss, has been appointed to a seat on Community Board 14.

William Mayer, of Belle Harbor, has been awarded his M.D. from New York Medical College. Dr. Mayer, a graduate of Far Rockaway High School and Georgetown University, will be doing an internship at Cornell Hospital beginning July 1.

The Breaker’s Restaurant on Beach 116 Street is once again offering a full

Father’s Day dinner.

The Reverend Kieran Martin, administrator of the St. Virgilius R.C. Church seldom misses a chance to "save" Broad Channel. He worked in a plea at the opening of the new Cross Bay Bridge last year and he made another at the recent hearing held by the City Planning Commission.

The trees that have been planted in the business district in Far Rockaway promise a beautiful transformation of the district in the next few years.

Closing of the schools for Anniversary Day in Brooklyn and Queens last Thursday brought out the biggest beach crowd of the young summer season.

Contractors have begun work in the interior of the new library at the old PS 44 site in Holland. It will be the largest library building on the peninsula.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway’s skyline is constantly changing with the construction of new high-rise buildings on the peninsula. They all seem to be renting as quickly as they are built.

In spite of the house wreckers being on strike, the Zuckerman brothers aren’t doing too badly. Some of their tenants in the Hammels Title I area do a pretty good job of house wrecking on their own. They’re not strikebreakers. With them, it’s just a pastime.

Local businessmen are still reeling from the rainy Memorial Day weekend.

When word got around that there was better than usual fishing in the East Rockaway Inlet, parties began to arrive from other points of the area, some of them in very fine looking crafts.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Mrs. Joseph Hollander will leave on Saturday of a visit with her parents in Boston, Massachusetts.

Saturday will be a big day for the children, when John P. Corrigan of the Beach 90 Street Association hosts its fifteenth annual kiddie party at Beach 90 Street and the freeway.

John Christy was installed as president of the Rockaway Aerie of Eagles at exercises held at the clubhouse on Beach 88 Street last week.

In order to promote fair trade practices and establish equity among local tavern owners, an association was incorporated by a group of more than 100 merchants.

Sparked by a rousing speech by District Governor Halsey Wood, the Rotary Club of the Rockaway’s launched its 1950-1951 activities under newly-installed officers at a dinner held at Maher’s Hotel last Thursday night.

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