2001-07-21 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

State Senator Jeremy Weinstein angrily declared that it was the Republican majority in the Senate that killed any chance for casinos in Rockaway. He pointed out that the Democrats voted unanimously for a resolution.

More than 400 people flocked to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rockaway Beach last week for a rally for human rights in Ireland. According to the event’s coordinator, James Conway Sullivan, the event brought in more than $2 thousand in donations.

The Queens robbery squad of the NYPD has arrested three Jamaica youths for the recent robbery of Bel-Har Travel Agency on Beach 116 Street.

The annual dinner of the Rockaway Regular Democratic Club was a record-breaker in terms of attendance, according to club president, Geraldine Chapey. Queens District Attorney John Santucci was the honored guest. The master of ceremonies was Sy Sheldon, the Democratic District Leader.

Construction of a new $35 million hospital building for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway is proceeding on schedule. It should be completed by late in 1982, according to sources at the hospital.

Bernard Blum, president of the Friends of Rockaway, is urging the city’s sanitation department to clean up the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. "Many of the streets in the area are impassible because people have been using them as a dump site," Blum says.

New construction is underway in the burned out shopping center next to the Peninsula Hospital Center. It looks as if there will be a new shopping center there before long.

Work is still progressing in the old Strand Theater in Far Rockaway. The word is that it will soon become a roller skating rink.

The Bayswater Civic Association installed its officers at a dinner held last week. Installed by City Councilman Walter Ward as president was Hillary Grunhaus. Phyllis Rudnick and Gloria Warshofsky.

Peninsula Hospital has been designated by the American Heart Association as a Emergency Heart Care Station.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Renee Bartoli informs The Wave that the fishing in the bay is great. Weakfish are in great supply as are Kingfish.

Mario Russo, one of Rockaway’s great tea drinkers, is a great fan of Tom Hetzel, the Rockaway resident who recently swam the English Channel. Mario says that Tom is so successful because he trains on tea.

Numerous Hudson River steamers have made the successful run to Rockaway. One that did not is the S.S. Catskill, which sunk in good weather and lies off the bayfront and Beach 108 Street.

Talk persists that a number of local civic groups are uniting to become sponsors of a portion of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, but there is no official comment on whether that is true or not.

Bayswater residents can take some hope in the fact that the Army Corps or Engineers are discussing installing a pump station at the foot of Bayswater Avenue that would go a long way in reducing some of the flooding that the community faces in time of heavy rain.

The Off Track Betting office that was to have opened on Tuesday did not quite make it. There is no estimate of how much money was saved by Rockaway residents because it did not open.

The Rockaway Regular Democratic Club is preparing to open its new headquarters in the Pix Building in Far Rockaway, according to a statement by the club’s leader, Sy Shelon.

An inflatable exhibition hall featuring paintings, photographs and sketches by local students is ready for a limited run at the Dayton Shopping Center.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Quite a few of the local young men are wondering which reserve units will be called up by President Kennedy because of the impending Berlin Crisis.

The recent bazaar held by the St. Camillus parochial school was the must successful to date, according to the event’s coordinators.

Sunday afternoon, about 4 o’clock, a man who should have been arrested for indecent exposure, made advances to a young lady on the boulevard near Beach 92 Street.

There was a loud lament because of the dreary weather over last weekend. Cheer up! There have been summers when it rained every weekend. Everybody hopes that will not be the case this summer.

Rockaway will soon have a new Chrysler dealership. Claran Motors os readying the former Herbst Brothers building on Nameoke Street in Far Rockaway for an early opening.

More than 3,000 families have applied for apartments in the new Zuckerman Brothers Title I Houses.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Lightening struck twice on the wires of the Long Island Lighting Company last week and, as a result, 14,000 Rockaway homes were without electricity for more than six hours.

Charles Lape of Rockaway Park has been elected vice president of the firm of William Wise and Sons, Jewelers and Silversmiths.

Mr. and Mrs. Klopman and Mr. and Mrs. Botkin of Beach 69 Street, Arverne, sailed last week on the Queen Mary for a cruise to Europe and Israel.

Fred C. Hetzel will be installed as commander of the Daniel M. O’Connell Post. Ceremonies will be held at the clubhouse.

Marine Staff Sergeant Oreste Arcuni of Greenpoint Road in Far Rockaway is home from duty in Korea.

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