2001-08-18 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

A twin cinema will open this week in Rockaway. The Surfside Theater, on Beach 103 Street and Beach Channel Drive, will open this week with "For Your Eyes Only," and "The Great Muppet Caper." The theaters seat 200.

The Board of Estimate is primed to approve the sale of the Broad Channel land, approximately 1,240 parcels on 500 acres, to the people who own the homes sited on that land. According to the plan, appraisals completed by the city would set the price for the land. ‘This is the furthest we have come in 40 years," said Broad Channel activist Dan Tubridy.

Congressman James Scheuer has promised that he would do his best to insure that the housing for the homeless planned for Floyd Bennett Field would do no harm to the communities surrounding the field, including Rockaway.

The Rockaway Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians is hosting a bus trip to Washington, D.C. to protest the silence of the American Government "while good men are forced to starve themselves to death." The local coordinator for the event is James Conway Sullivan.

Frank Barabo, a candidate for mayor, will tour the Rockaway beachfront this Sunday, beginning with Breezy Point and finishing the day at the Roy Reuther Houses in Far Rockaway.

Water pressure in the West End of the peninsula was low for two days last week as a mater main was shut down and moved as part of a new sewer project.

Bayswater residents were up in arms last week as a British Airways Concorde took off particularly low and slow over the community, causing cracked dishes and frayed nerves.

Motorists seeking to leave the peninsula via the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge were unable to do so last Friday night as a car, swerving to avoid an accident, hit the center median and flipped over. Two were injured in the accident, which tied up traffic on the bridge for several hours.

The "St. Francis Follies of 1981," will be presented at St. Francis De Sales Church in Belle Harbor next weekend. More than 120 parishioners will take part in the production, which can be seen over the next two weekends.

Detective Robert De Leon and police officer Donald Moran were instrumental in the arrest of an Edgemere youth who attempted to steal a car from the Dayton Beach Cooperative at Beach 86 Street.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Once upon a time it was the Lindy Hop. Now it’s the Lindsay Switch, which bears out the advice once given by Joseph P. Powers when he was Democratic leader here. It was: "Never go too far in opposition to anybody, because the man you are against today, you may want to have with you tomorrow."

At last Democratic leader Sy Sheldon and his predecessor, Milton E. Jacobawitz, are in agreement. Both see Mayor John V. Lindsay, Democrat, as a boon to the shattered party. Maybe it’s too bad for the Republicans that they didn’t see Lindsay in that light.

Some way should be found to ease the flow of traffic in and out of the Far Rockaway shopping Plaza. It looks as though for everyone who says he won’t go to the plaza anymore, there are two to take his place.

One thing for certain is that the motors on the local fire apparatus don’t need any warming up. They’ve been making so many runs lately that the motors never have time to really cool off.

Dr. Marc Berg was good therapy for patients in Peninsula Hospital center while he was a patient there himself. He spread good cheer all over the place as he roamed among his neighbors on the second floor.

When the Far Rockaway Merchants Association failed to have the traditional "dollar sale" this year, a few merchants gave it a try on their own. It was a brave effort, but the result was not such a much.

The Far Rockaway American Legion clubhouse is blossoming into a community building. It had been headquarters for the Republican Club of the Rockaways for some time. Now it is the meeting place for the Rockaway Peninsula Democratic Association.

Along with the high surf last week came a visit from those reddish purple jellyfish, the stinging kind, which made the sand on the beach look more attractive to the bathers than the water.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Whole clambakes, prepared and ready for the fire, are being used by local hosts who want something novel for their town parties. The bakes are obtainable at Lobster in the Rough, 133-20 Beach Channel Drive.

At one time quite a few people owned houseboats in Jamaica Bay. There now seems to be a revival of the houseboating underway, only they are called floating terraces and other fancy names. With so much of the Bayfront bulkheaded there are few places for houseboats or whatever you call them. Perhaps this is a thought for marina planners.

Michael Leon of Tours, France, who has toured the U.S. and Canada with the Belafonte folk singers and has sung with the Blue Jackets Naval Choir, will make his Rockaway debut Sunday evening at the Miss Aloha Teen Dance at the Breezy Point Surf Club.

How we have progressed! It was forty-one years ago that the first traffic light was installed in New York City. Now we even have them in Rockaway. Not many, but we have ’em.

Present indications are that a shopping center at Breezy Point may precede the apartment development that is contemplated for the area. Bungalow owners who must eventually move are not happy with the prospect of exchanging beachfront locations for sites on the bayside.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Samuel Hollander will celebrate his 71st birthday on August 26, at his summer home, 117-16 Ocean Promenade. He was one of the organizers of temple Beth-El and of the West End Democratic club. He is a veteran of the Spanish-American War.

Miss Marilyn Tatz of 66-08 Thursby Avenue is spending her vacation in the Adirondacks.

Joseph Burroughs, a Past Grand Knight and present trustee of Rockaway Council, No. 2672, has been appointed by State Deputy Fitzgerald as District Deputy of the 13th District of the Knights of Columbus.

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