2001-07-28 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Phase I of the Hartman Y’s five-year multi-million dollar plan to revitalize its Seagirt Boulevard campus has been completed, according to Harry Wertlieb, the organization’s development chairman.

Commitments were obtained this week that the Gateway National Park will make toilet facilities, drinking water and parking available to disabled men and women, according to Samuel Sperber, the president of a handicapped advocacy group.

Edgemere Avenue and Beach 35 Street were once again under water last week as a heavy rain fell for a few hours.

The Bethel AME Church in Arverne, which was destroyed by a raging fire recently, was the scene of a fundraiser for the restoration of the building.

There will be an American Irish musical salute to Ireland at Beach Channel High School this Saturday night. Featured are Mickey (Mr. Rockaway) Carton, Mary O’Dowd and Charlie Slavin.

A local group has called once again for the wooden boardwalk to be replaced with concrete. A spokesperson for the group says that it will last longer, will not burn and will cost less than constantly repairing the present wooden walk.

Police Officer Roy Popple of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway was presented with three awards by the precinct’s community council last week. The awards were for his many dangerous arrests in the last month.

Despite petition signatures by hundreds of residents, the city has decided not to extend the boardwalk from its present end at Beach 126 Street further westward.

Numerous bonfires on the beach have been spotted this summer, according to residents who live nearby the beach on the west end. "These fires are so intense that they can be felt by those who live in the area of the beach," said one complainant.

Twenty-three boys and girls were graduated from St. Virgiuius school in Broad Channel this week. The Reverend Kiernan Martin, pastor of the St. Virgilius RC Church, celebrated the liturgy and awarded diplomas and honors.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

International unrest was brought to Rockaway last Sunday, when a car belonging to the Russian Embassy was the target of a Molotov Cocktail while it was parked on Beach 27 Street.

Last Sunday night, for the second time in weeks, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Frances Baum were entered by vandals and personal belongings were removed.

Lawrence Laudisi, assistant manager of the Rockaway Park branch of the Chase Manhattan Bank has announced his retirement.

It was good news for Rockaway businessmen, commuters and shoppers, when the Board of Estimate recently approved the rehabilitation of the parking lot next to the subway station on Beach 116 Street.

Parishioners of St. Gertrude’s R.C. Church in Edgemere turned out Sunday afternoon and were joined by the people of the community in the church hall on Beach 38th street where a farewell social was held for the Reverend George Zatarga, who has become spiritual director of Bishop Loughlin High School.

Brother Frank Springman personally signed athletic achievement certificates for more than 100 youngsters who have participated in the baseball program at St. John’s Home, Rockaway Park.

Rockaways’ Playland got a lotof coverage in the dailies this week with pictures of the finalists in their "Miss Bikini" beauty contest.

At this mid-season, local business placesare planning their annual summer clearance sales, a number of which already have started.

Intensive pumping operations early this week raised the bow of the S.S. Catskill from the bottom of the bay at Beach 108th street.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Irving Shumbord of the A.B.C. Detective Agency, Beach 116th street, found a way to escape the hot, humid weather of last weekend. He took off on a business trip to West Palm Bgeach.

Rail, airplane and shipping strikes have all crippled things for awhile. But when something important, like horse racing, is threatened by a strike, it somehow manages to continue.

Mrs. Ann Lechner at Rockaways’ Playland is wracking her brain trying to come up with a gimmick to top the story about the man who scattered $4,100 from a roller coaster at Coney last Sunday. When she does, it will not be so probable as money.

A sudden rainstorm engulfed the Beach last Monday afternoon and sent thousands of bathers for cover. What made matters worse it that many reached their cars and tried to leave the peninsula all at once, creating massive traffic jams at both bridges. We would had been in real trouble if the rain had come on a day earlier, on Sunday.

With all the rumors that circulate around town, we haven’t heard about one that worked out yet.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway night at Ebbets Field will find local supporters of the pennant chasing Dodgers’ sharing honors with Harold Parrott of Belle Harbor, the Dodgers’ road secretary.

Police of the 100th precinct are searching for the driver of a sedan which was involved in the hit-and-run death of two-year old Brian Carey in Broad Channel Monday.

John J. Brennan of Rockaway Park has been named by the New York City Housing Authority as one of the real estate experts in connection with the acquisition of the site for the Hammel housing project.

Airplanes to and from Idlewild airport pass over Rockaway at very low altitudes. It’s a wonder how we put up with the noise.

The death of Mrs. Louis Bond removes another pioneer and lifelong resident from our midst.

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