2001-10-06 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Four Broad Channel house fires that began at the same general time have fire investigators looking at arson as a cause. The Broad Channel Volunteers, first to respond to the fires, were soon overwhelmed and were assisted by city firefighters in extinguishing the blazes.

Renovation of Beach 116 Street may still be two years away, according to a report by the local development corporation. The proposal is in the final design stage at present.

Father William Frances Burke of St. Camillus School is now Monsignor Burke. Burke has been at the school for 18 years and is the founder of the school’s world-famous band.

The Broad Channel Volunteers will host a party and fundraiser to benefit the six families who have been made homeless by a recent fire.

The steel girders to support the new 12-story patient care building at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway are now in place and concrete will soon be poured. The tower is part of a $35 million development project.

Fifty years ago next week marked the pouring of the cornerstone for the new Rockaway courthouse. It is amazing how a building can fall into wrack and ruin in such a short period of time.

Parking permits issued during the summer because of sewer construction on the West End will expire on October 9, according to Captain Edward Fitzgerald, commanding officer of the 100 precinct. The permits were issued to accommodate those residents who could not use their own driveways during the sewer construction.

More than 300 persons crowded into the Knights of Columbus Hall last week for the first annual Rockaway Little League Awards Dinner, according to league president, Alan Schneier.

John O’Gara and Al Ferris each rolled a 600 series to lead the league in the Rockaway Park Businessman’s League last week.

Dozens of school children from the St. Camillus School acted as extras in a television movie last week. The movie, "King of The Line," starring Paul Warfield, will be shown in January.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Last week’s Rotary Club fishing trip was described as "swell," but swell in this case describes the heavy ground swell that was running that day. The swell kept most of the Rotarians flat on the deck. The catch: four albacore and lots of fun.

Rumor has it that Assemblyman Herb Posner is eyeing reapportionment with an eye towards running for Congress. Think that is too much of a jump. Bill Brunner did it.

Steel work on the new child care center on Beach 87 street towers like a skyscraper above the other buildings in the neighborhood.

Frank Gallagher opens the cocktail lounge of his new Snug Harbor (formerly, Bill Mann’s) at Beach 109 Street this weekend.

Concrete work has been completed on the first floor of the new Bay Towers apartments on Beach 99 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Myer Weiss (Weiss’ Restaurant) and Ed Whitty (men’s shop) won prizes at the Rockaway Rotary fishing trip last weekend.

High tides and heavy seas over the weekend washed out much of the beach in the Holland-Seaside section and caused flooding at Beach 72 Street and also at Beach 90 Street.

The playground at PS 42 is moving right along and it is clear that a lot of the new apparatus being placed in the playground will be attractive to young children.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

It was a tough battle, but Quadrozzi’s wrecking crews finally subdued the concrete pillbox, a military construction of reinforced concrete, which was erected at Ocean Drive at Seaside during World War II as part of the beach defense.

Two filled houses at the Far Rockaway High School auditorium greeted the United States Marine Corps band yesterday afternoon. The Rockaway Rotary Club sponsored the concert.

People who use Jamaica Bay for recreation and for shipping goods expressed concern over the plan to use the bay to dump old boats. Several abandoned craft have already been sunk in the bay.

Long lines of parked cars along Beach Channel Drive in Arverne give evidence that the parking facilities in that area need to be completed.

Mayor Wagner, seeking another term, was seen campaigning in Bayswater last weekend.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Details of the interim agreement under which the Long Island Railroad will continue to operate until the city takes over the Rockaway division are being worked out.

Garbage collections are generally on schedule despite a ‘slowdown" organized by Sanitation workers.

Definite assurances that the Rockaway communities will not lose their identity under a new postal zoning plan were given by former congressman William Brunner. The original plan called for everybody in the peninsula to be designated as "Far Rockaway, New York."

Several men on a foundering boat were rescued last week when they were spotted by William Ostrander, the chief of the New York Telephone Company in Hammels. He spotted the men from his office window and called the Coast Guard. They were promptly rescued.

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