2001-06-23 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

LOOKING BACKWARD
What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

One-way tolls on the two bridges leading to Rockaway will begin on Monday, June 22. The $1.50 one-way toll will remain for the remainder of the summer. Drivers will have to pay the toll while heading towards Rockaway but will not have to pay heading away from the peninsula.

The Peninsula Business and Professional Women’s Club will begin its yearly operations with a meeting at Rick’s Harbor Light Restaurant. The club’s president is Mildred English.

Barry Klarberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Klarberg of Belle Harbor, was graduated this week from the Pleasentville campus of Pace University. He plans to attend law school in the Fall.

June 25, 1981 marks the 25 anniversary of subway service to Rockaway. It is promised that there will soon be a line connecting Rockaway with the line and Rego Park and a direct and easy way to Manhattan for Rockaway commuters.

City Councilman Walter Ward and Community Board 14 President George Stein met last week with City Council President Carol Bellamy and police commissioner Robert McGuire to ask for 50 more police officers for Rockaway precincts during the summer months.

More than 40 members of the PTA of PS 47, along with boy scouts, brownies, cub scouts and girl scouts gathered in the Broad Channel subway station to welcome the first train to come to the station in many years.

Police officer Sherry Pavone , who recently came to the 101 Precinct as a community relations officer, has announced that she will concentrate on becoming a liaison to the local schools, particularly the high schools, middle schools and junior high schools within the precinct.

Dr. Mark Raifman has announced that he will become the primary tenant of a new medical center to be built on Beach 129 Street. Dr. Raifman is the director of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the Peninsula Hospital Center.

Energized by a demonstration that brought 2,000 New York City residents to Albany, legislators have passed a resolution that will clear the way for a Constitutional amendment that would allow for casino gambling within the city limits. Two busloads of Rockaway residents made it clear to the legislators that they would like a piece of the action for Rockaway.

Former Sanitation Police Officer Rudolph Summa, who recently blitzed Rockaway Park with summonses for dirty sidewalks, has been fired by the department for taking bribes from a Rockaway apartment building owner in return for not writing a summons on his building.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Retired patrolman Sam Gallagher is on another of his jaunts to California. He says that the best way to see the country is to stop off along the way to visit old friends.

Everybody wants to do something about pollution, but nobody seemed to do anything about the pollution coming from the dead whale that washed up on the beach last week.

There has bee so much excitement about the ending of school this year that it seems as if everybody is either coming from or going to a graduation exercise.

Construction work is humming at the Peninsula Hospital Center. The new facilities will provide lots of new health care options for Rockaway residents.

Police Captain Charles McNulty of the 100 Precinct just got back from Ireland. He should be a good drawing card for local organizations that want him to relate the information about his visit.

Jim Bocker is the chairman of this year’s Kiddie Day, sponsored by Mayor Bob Taphouse. The event will be held on July 4 and will provide lots of activities and prizes for the area’s children.

Clogged catch basins have provided a lot of annoying flooding on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Mario Russo recently attended a meeting and forgot to take his tape recorder along. There was some heated discussion and Mario lost the details.

The Reverend Richard Bauder, Minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Far Rockaway, is preparing for a busy summer with the opening of a youth camp at the church.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Some of the local parking lot operators are arguing that it is unfair to allow motorists to park free on many of the empty lots in the area.

Contractors are making good time in repaving Beach Channel Drive in the area of the Edgemere Houses.

So many fire apparatus responds to each fire in Rockaway these days that each is virtually a second alarm. Companies from the mainland who are called to replace our units are often recalled to their houses before they even get to Rockaway.

Picnickers have been invading the beach at Neponsit. Some of them come complete with cooking utensils and the smells originating from the cook fires is not always to the liking of local residents.

Several new acres of land have been created by landfill at Pebble Cove, where construction is now underway in the new section of Bayswater.

The fishing in East Rockaway inlet off the coast of Far Rockaway has slowed since the dredging by the Army Corps of Engineers.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Jerome Reddy, pastor of the St. Francis De Salles Church has pledged his support for the "Freedom Under God" observance of the Fourth of July, sponsored by 50 famous Americans, including General MacArthur and President Hoover.

Mayor Vincent Impelliteri, city council president Joseph Sharkey and Comptroller Lazarus Joseph will be bombarded with mail from the Rockaways in the latest move to obtain an assurance of public transportation across Jamaica Bay.

Hubert D. Murray, publisher and editor of The Wave, and Mrs. Murray have been on an extended trip to the West Coast and Alaska. They will return home this week.

Installation of officers will highlight the opening of the new headquarters of the Colored Democratic Association on July 4, noted club president Leonard E. Scarborough.


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