2001-09-29 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

A meeting held by Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz last week detailed two areas of the peninsula that are eligible for New York City grants to develop waterfront amenities such as marinas and piers. They are at Beach 116 Street and the bay front and at Beach 54 Street in Norton Basin.

The body of 16-year-old Raymond Stephens washed up at Riis Park this weekend. Stephens had been reported missing. He had last been seen in the surf at Beach 17 Street on the day before his body was discovered.

Congressman James Scheuer has said that he will issue a statement on the proposed homeless shelter in Floyd Bennett Field as soon as Community Board 14 votes its determination on the issue. A community board committee is studying the proposal.

Marsha Rosenblum, a Gustave Hartman YMHA volunteer and Chiam Leibtag, assistant director, welcomed a number of Israeli teenagers who visited the camp on Seagirt Boulevard recently.

Dinah Brown, assistant principal at IS 53 in Far Rockaway is retiring after 30 years in local schools. Brown served for many years as a teacher and an administrator at JHS 198 in Arverne. Howard Sauerhof, a teacher at IS 53, is in charge of the retirement party arrangements.

Brooklyn College Professor Emeritus Murray Horowitz of Neponsit, was presented with the school’s Presidential Medal for having served the college for more than 40 years.

Ann Schockett of Rockaway Park is the first to endorse Richard Rosenbaum for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination. She is the Republican State Commit woman and a local district leader.

Doris Foster, wife of Harry Foster, past president of the West End Temple, will be the first adult to be Bat Mitzvah at the temple. The ceremony will take place on October 10 with Rabbi Joseph Weiss officiating.

Peter Issacson, son of Robert and Rosalie Issacson of Bayswater, was officially sworn in last week as a town justice of Rensalerville, New York.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

John Fetscher lives in Belle Harbor. His office is in Connecticut. He works in Oklahoma and drives a car with Alabama license plates. He still manages to do his job as president of the Hammels-Seaside-Holland Civic Association.

Dr. Wally Merles, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Irving Schneider, executive secretary, are elated about the success of the organization’s recent dinner dance.

Dean Georges arranged for the Rockaway Rotary Club’s recent fishing outing. The group left Sheepshead Bay in the morning and were back in time for an evening meeting at the Newport Inn.

The new reference library at Beach 94 Street was unveiled to the public this week when a large fence surrounding the construction was removed. It looks very different from the old Public School 44, which occupied the site for 40 years.

Grand Knight Richie Knott will be honored by the Rockaway Council, Knights of Columbus at a dinner dance at the clubhouse next week.

James P. Feerick of Far Rockaway, a Lieutenant in the New York Fire Department, will be installed as commander of the Far Rockaway post, American Legion on Saturday.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Hurricane Esther caused a lot of inconvenience, such as a disruption of electrical service and a delay in telephone service, but it was merely a big wind compared to Donna last year.

Fire Lieutenant Joe Sumperer of Burchell Avenue is regarded as quite an expert among surf fishermen. He has done well at Atlantic Beach with blues and stripers this season.

The warm weather that we have been having makes many people realize that the summer season in Rockaway does not always end at Labor Day.

A lot of the kids who favor the abandoned barge at the foot of Beach 88 Street as a place to go swimming will be disappointed if the local residents are successful in having the barge removed. It is considered an eyesore by many who live in the area.

It looks as if the Yankees will be in the World Series again. The National League race is between the Dodgers and the Reds, and many locals are hoping for the Dodgers for old-times-sake.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Richard Katz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Katz of Beach 123 Street, was bar mitzvah at Temple Beth-El this weekend.

The annual flower show of the Belle Harbor Yacht Club attracted a large crowd at the Park Inn Hotel on Tuesday. Awards went to Mrs. Thomas Connelly, Mrs. Philip Goldstein and Mrs. Walter Rheinhardt.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Culkin have returned to their home in Falls Church, Virginia, after spending a few weeks at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Culkin, Sr. of Rockaway Park.

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