2001-09-08 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

A public hearing will be held on September 8 to gather community input on the plan to house 400 homeless men at temporary housing at Floyd Bennett Field. The hearing is being hosted by Community Board 14 at the request of Congressman James Scheuer and Chamber of Commerce President, Joel Gerstel.

Charles Hynes, the New York City Fire Commissioner, will speak at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon to be held at Rick’s Harbor Light Restaurant on September 21.

Rockaway Beach Boulevard, between Bach 116 Street and Beach 120 Street, will be closed to traffic from mid-September until just before Christmas. The closing will allow for new sewer construction. Traffic will be detoured to Newport Avenue.

Business people and shoppers were angered last week when a man who sat on the street sharpening a large knife was not arrested by police and sent to central booking. The man reportedly came right back to the street and thumbed his nose at those who had called police in the first place.

Eileen Boland of Far Rockaway will become the bride of Donald Waldman of Long Beach at a wedding ceremony to be held on September 11.

Wave endorsements for the primary election included Ed Koch for Mayor, Harrison Golden for Comptroller, John Santucci for District Attorney and Sheldon Farber for Councilman At Large.

The City Council is considering a resolution that would rename Greenport Road in Far Rockaway. The resolution, which would change the name of the street to Gateway Boulevard, was introduced by city councilman Walter Ward at the behest of Community Board 14 and a number of developers who are hoping to build new housing on the street.

Funeral services were held this week for Sam Schultz, the founder of the local Knights of Pythias chapter. Rabbi Daniel Mehlman, formally the spiritual leader of Derech Emunoh, presided.

Belle Harbor resident Robert Nesbit, Sr. and his son, Robert, Jr., presented trophies they had won in recent Karate tournament at Beach Channel High School to their teacher, Do Hyum Cho.

Police of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park were chagrined when a stolen car was found in the precinct’s parking lot. The car was traced to a man who is a auxiliary officer in the precinct.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Democratic district leaders Sy Sheldon and Helen Leonescu greeted the community at opening of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways. The club’s headquarters is in Far Rockaway, above the Pix Theater.

Rockaway’s newest theater, the Jerry Lewis Theater in the Surfside shopping center in Rockaway Park, opens on September 8 with a showing of "The Andromeda Strain." Admission is 99 cents. Theater owner Marvin Douglas hosted a grand opening party last week that included movie star Troy Donahue and a gathering of local beauties.

The Hebrew Institute of Long Island, whose campus graces Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway, will dedicate its newest addition this week, a new educational center to be named in honor of Simon Cohen, a long-time friend of the institution.

Approval of a plan to build infill housing on Beach 56 Street through Beach 59 Street on the oceanfront is being studied by the City Planning Commission. Attached condominiums in the rage of $18,500 to $$24 thousand are planned for the site.

Ada Zakin was not exactly flattered with the account of Arverne’s anti-mobile home campaign, which appeared recently in one of the daily newspapers. The article made it appear that local opposition to the plan was something less than sincere.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Parking lot operators in the Seaside section of Rockaway complain that opening streets in the demolished area for parking give their businesses unfair competition.

Bill Blum is in charge of the arrangements for the Rockaway Rotary Club’s annual fishing party, to be held on September 14. Fishing will be followed by a dinner at the Newport Inn, where tall stories are sure to be told.

Some local bowlers are having a hard time deciding how many leagues they will participate in this winter and which leagues to join.

This is the time of the year when local residents begin to pay more attention to the weather reports. Memories of Hurricane Donna’s visit to Rockaway last year are still fresh in everybody’s minds.

Not much is being said about Broad Channel residents purchasing from the city the land that their homes are situated on. They’re waiting, no doubt, for the outcome of the current chaos in Rockaway Point, where there is great dissatisfaction among the tenants there who have recently become homeowners.

We hear that Idlewild Airport is starting a new procedure for flights over the peninsula. All we can hope for is that the new procedures will decrease the noise here in Rockaway. It is about time that residents got some relief from the ignescent racket.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

With the Board of Estimate slated to consider an offer of $8.5 million for the Rockaway Beach Division of the Long Island Railroad, the plan has received a push from the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Inspired by the success of the parade of floats on Tuesday night and the Volunteer Fireman’s Parade last night, the Mardi Gras committee of the American Legion moved towards a grand climax to Rockaway’s big celebration this weekend.

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