2001-09-15 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

LOOKING BACKWARD
What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Congressman James Scheuer has pledged to fight the plan to house derelicts at Floyd Bennett Field. "I will work in conjunction with the other elected officials to see that the wishes of the community are carried out," Scheuer told a meeting of Community Board 14.

Local teenagers plucked an unidentified man out of Jamaica Bay last Tuesday after he fell from the Cross Bay Bridge. The man fell into the water about 100 feet from the dock at Pier 92. Richard Wich and Joseph Harris, both 14 years of age, were rowing their boat when the saw the man hit the water. They pulled him out and brought him to the restaurant.

Extra surveillance ordered by Police Captain Edward Fitzgerald, commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, led to the arrest of four teenagers Wednesday morning. They were allegedly caught burglarizing the coin laundry at 114-05 Beach Channel Drive.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway will hold a "grand opening" celebration on Sunday for the new Marjorie Basser Renal Dialysis Center at the Far Rockaway Shopping Center on Mott Avenue.

Belle Harborites Robert Nesbit, Sr. and his son, Robert Nesbit, Jr., presented trophies that they won at a recent tournament at Beach Channel High School to Do Hyun Cho, their instructor at Cho’s Tae Kwon Do School.

Officers for the Peninsula Hospital Center’s East End Auxiliary for 1982 include Rita Zimmerman, president; Fay Gross, executive vice president; Mildred Kohlreiter, vice president of fund raising and Gerald Gross, vice president of programming.

There was lots of confusion on the peninsula due to the cancelled primary election last week. The cancellation, forced by a number of law suits, will be rescheduled for a later date.

Three football starts for Beach Channel High School will be playing for Northeastern University this year. They are Mike Battle, Orland Mitjans and Lazaro Mitjans.

Paul Lichtenberg of Rockaway Park and Marc Singer of Far Rockaway have been selected for inclusion in the 1981 edition of "Outstanding Young Men In America."

St. Francis De Sales Jubilee Committee, under the leadership of Gary Schmelk, has reached a total of $100 thousand towards its goal of $150 thousand and has extended its fundraising drive until Monday, September 14.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

One of the big winners in last week’s primary election was Democrat Eugene Mastopieri, candidate for councilman-at-Large.

While most people were enjoying a day off on Labor Day, Tom Hetzel worked so hard swimming the English Channel that he lost ten pounds. For Hetzel, it was a long day of work, spending 12 hours and 59 minutes in the choppy waters.

Milton E. Jacobowitz has strengthened his hand in the Rockaway political game with the addition of Dr. Lew Dick to his forces in the Peninsula Democratic Club.

Ralph Starke, who has headed the music department at Far Rockaway High School for many years, will not be back this year. He has retired and recently returned to Rockaway from Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he spent the summer months.

The Sommerville Yacht Club has filed an application with the Army Corps of Engineers for permission to build a float in Conch Basin in order to upgrade its facilities.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Ed McLaughlin, president of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club, has his eye on a new clubhouse nearby the 100 Precinct. Present quarters are far too small for the club’s new ladies auxiliary, he says.

Jim Dolan’s predictions on the outcome of the Democratic primary was wrong. But, then, he’s been wrong before. He guessed wrong in the Harvey-Cox election a couple of years ago.

One local resident observed, "If Jimmy Crisona had stayed on as borough president, he’d probably be running for Mayor now." Perhaps that’s so, but the mayor’s term is four years at $40 thousand and Supreme Court justice Crisona’s term is for 14 years at $34,500 a year.

Those campaign posters. They go up so easily, but there does not seem to be a rush to take them down. There’s a parking meter sign at Beach 19 Street and Mott Avenue still bearing the orange legend, "Nixon and Lodge."

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

With Brooklyn Dodger manager Chuck Dressen in the unaccustomed role of principal speaker, the Seaside Athletic Field was formally opened by the 100 Precinct Coordinating Council at well-attended ceremonies last Friday night. Autographed baseballs were presented to Owen Murray, 16, of Broad Channel and to John McQuade of Rockaway Park, for outstanding Police Athletic League play last season.

Thousands of visitors from the entire metropolitan area witnessed the climax of the five-day 1951 Mardi Gras
Friday night with the awarding of a Kaiser De Luxe sedan to Jack Allen, the proprietor of the Playland Delicatessen. All of the proceeds from the Mardi Gras will go to the American Legion, with the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund getting a share of the money.


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