2001-08-25 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Congressman James Scheuer and Joel Gerstel, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, asked Community Board 14 to hold a public hearing in Rockaway in regard to a proposal to house derelicts in former naval barracks at Floyd Bennett Field.

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea parishioners in Far Rockaway opened celebration of their church’s jubilee (125th) year with a mass last Saturday evening, August 15, that included hanging a cross over the alter.

Six new two-bedroom, two-full-bath, modern condominium apartments in a brick house at 150 Beach 123rd street, Rockaway Park, will be ready for occupancy the last week this month or the first week in September.

Two hundred and thirty reservations have already been received for Peninsula Hospital Center’s 74th annual dinner dance, set for October at the Sands in Atlantic Beach, according to Dr. Louis Hoffner, the dinner chairman. More than 600 people are expected to attend.

Mildred Jaffe, Dr. Leonard Levin-Epstein and Frank Spolin will be honored by the Rockaway Division of the Anti-Defamation League at a breakfast to be held at Temple Beth-El in Rockaway Park.

Governor Hugh Carey is ignoring pleas for a fishing industry in Rockaway and is instead moving forward with establishing the industry in Brooklyn, according to an announcement by Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz.

For the first time in many years, Rockaway residents have a choice of two movies to view. This comes about with the opening of the Surfside Twin Theater.

Maskin’s Family Fashions on Beach 116 Street will soon have a new look. Clothing will be largely discounted in the future.

City Councilman Walter Ward has announced a grant of $20 thousand to build a youth center in Broad Channel. Accepting the grant money for Broad Channel was Charles Ledoger, John Harnisher William Murray and Dan Mundy.

Look for drastic changes in the Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC) to come in the next few weeks. Many of the members say that the changes will be for the better.

Rockaway’s first uplift in many years will occur shortly in the West End. Jack Winter is beginning to build condos along the beach blocks of Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Although he has not been catching fish this year, Michael Berardino of Beach 128th street is at least entitled to an "A" for effort. He keeps trying day after day with inspiring persistence.

John Curran, the Beach 129th street butcher who specializes in prime quality beef, is getting ready to move very soon into the former bakery building he recently purchased just a few doors from his present loction.

Look for some novel promotion ideas to be brought into play with the opening of the Jerry Lewis Cinema in the Surfside shopping center in early September. It’s to be a family theatre and plans to show some great films.

Due to a photographers error, Murray Goldstein of Meyer’s 1047 men’s and boy’s wear shop, was billed as president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. Murray is the head of the Far Rockaway Merchants Association. Dr. Wallace Merles is the president of the chamber.

Some youngsters coming with their parents to fish from the bulkhead near the Cross Bay Bridge become something of a community problem when they get bored and trespass on private property in the neighborhood. Next we’ll have to find sitters for the kids while their parents go fishing.

The wooden framework of the bridge that used to cross Shellbank basin in Howard Beach has become attractive to youngsters who use the spot for a fishing hole.

More fishermen than ever seem to be using the Cross Bay and North Channel Bridges on the Cross Bay Parkway as vantage points from which to cast their lines and crab traps with some success. Must have something to do with the state of the economy.

The Rockaway Extension Center of Queensborough Community College has expressed its willingness to provide courses in which local residents are interested, just as soon as a number of prospective students enroll for them.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

There is noticeable increase in the number of attractive ladies one sees on the street these days. It is said that more than a little of the responsibility belongs to Isabel Courtney of the Susan Roberts Cosmetic Bar on Beach 129th street.

It seems good to see some life around the former Rockaway Beach Hospital which was closed for several months. The activity is caused by workmen renovating the structure which is to be turned into a Nursing Home.

In the New Edgemere Houses are many families who never heard about Rockaway before. They love it.

One of the orange uniformed Parks Department employees was making time with a young woman in the shade of the boardwalk. Then he saw a superior approaching, so he got up and ran. That was his error. The supervisor had not seen him until the moving orange caught his eye. It was like waving a red flag before a bull.

The Fifth Ward Democratic Club, said to be one of the fastest growing Democratic Clubs in the state, has not yet taken sides in the primary contest. It can make a choice between Levitt and Wagner.

Back to school comes a bit earlier than usual this year as the term starts on the day after Labor Day instead of the traditional Monday after the Holiday. But the schools will close a little earlier next June.

Carl Rappaport announced he’s tossing his hat into the ring for appointment as Postmaster of Far Rockaway.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The rains came Tuesday night and halted the Dodger-Cardinal game at Ebbets Field, but not before the Rockaway Beach Night ceremonies had been held and Harold Parrott of Belle Harbor, road secretary for the Brooklyn Baseball Club had been honored by his friends and neighbors. The 100th Precinct Community Council, which sponsored the night at the ballpark, presented a gift to Parrott and the Daniel M. O’Connell Post, No. 272, American Legion, also made a presentation. George Rosen, chairman of the council and Larry Waldman of the American Legion made the presentations. James J. Corrigan also represented the Community Council.

The warm weekend brought 1.9 million people to the Rockaways according to police estimates. Parking spaces were filled early and Playland reported capacity crowds both days.

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