2001-07-07 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

New York City is reportedly developing plans to use methane gas taken from the Edgemere Landfill to heat homes. The city says that all of the gas from the city landfills could heat in excess of 100,000 homes.

Police will soon begin impounding the dogs of owners who walk their pets on the beach. Walking dogs on the beach is prohibited throughout the peninsula.

Jazz flutist Herbie Mann will perform July 8 at Jacob Riis Park to kick off the National Park Service’s Summer Showcase Concert Series. The concerts are free. Paddy Noonan’s Irish Band will perform on July 22.

Long-time 101 Precinct police officers Harry Batterbee and Benjamin Boland have retired from the force. Local insiders say that they will be missed by all but the bad guys.

Borough President Donald Mannes has told locals that there will soon be $2 million in the pot to reconstruct Beach 116. Many wonder if the new construction will make the situation any better for the merchants, who have to deal with panhandler and dirty sidewalks.

John Kimball was seated as the president of the Rockaway Rotary Club at an installation dinner last week.

Community School District 27 is holding summer classes for 1,188 students who were not promoted to the next grade this past school year.

Ruth Clarke, secretary of the Breezy Point Cooperative; Theresa Malloy, vice president of the Chase Manhattan Bank and Leonard Weissman, president of Weissman Lumber will be honored by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce at its next dinner-dance.

John Closs, president of the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church sports committee, presented awards to the youngsters who took part in this year’s program. Some of those who earned trophies were Willie and Robert Beckles, Eduardo Flores, Richie and Robert Closs and Joseph Pipetone.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The long Fourth of July weekend proved once again that Rockaway needs more parking. Visitors who came under sunny skies and hot temperatures to use our beaches were turned away because there was just no place to park.

Foundation work on the Bay Towers apartments across from Beach Channel High School is going quickly. The buildings are expected to be completed about six months after the foundation is laid.

An unexpected situation arose when one of the female students from the automotive shop class at Far Rockaway High School applied for a summer job at a local Shell Service Station. The company is still deciding if hiring a female mechanic is the correct thing to do.

Now that school is over, motorists are warned to watch out for young children riding bicycles on our busiest streets.

Traffic was light on the major streets on Monday of the Independence Day weekend because everybody was either on the beach or at home, resting for the workday to come on Tuesday.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

John Peters, who conducted the famous John’s Lobster House on the beach for many years, is greeting his old friends at his new home, The Newport Inn on Beach 130 and Newport Avenue.

There is so much curb parking space in the Hammel and Seaside demolition areas that parking lots are having a hard time attracting beach customers.

Many people come to watch the Wednesday firework shows from their cars on Short Front Parkway. They never leave their cars and that does not do much for the Rockaway economy.

Bathing pavilions have a lot in common with old-time Rockaway residents. There are not a lot of either left.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Reverend William F. Burke, assistant at St. Francis De Salles Church, has been transferred to St. Camillus Church to succeed the Reverend Edward P. Curley as assistant.

America’s first Ambassador to Israel, James G. McDonald, was present when Sol Slatin, chairman of the Israel Bond drive on the West End, received a scroll of honor at a dinner hosted by the Rockaway Park Zionists.

Dr. Robert Gordis, of Temple Beth El, was presented with a scroll marking his 20 years of being the temple’s Rabbi. The honor came shortly before a trip abroad for the Rabbi.

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