2001-10-13 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The Getty Gas Station on Cross Bay Boulevard burned last Sunday night. The fire spread to nearby buildings, but firefighters from the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the flames before they reached the gas storage area.

A burglar was shot and killed on Beach 139 Street this weekend when a homeowner managed to free himself from his bonds and got off a shot with his shotgun. Two other burglars fled the scene just as police of the 100 precinct arrived, alerted by calls of "shots fired" at the location.

Robert Drummond, the manager of Wavecrest Gardens, has announced a facelift for the complex that will include painting all of the interior hallways and the beautification of the area.

Marion Polichak of Bayswater has been elected president of the 101 Precinct Community Council. Neil Reardon, Charles Minsberg, Sol Perlman, Audrey Pheffer and Bob Simmons were elected as vice presidents.

Banking customers at Citibank on Beach 113 Street were surprised to find all new personnel working at the bank last week. Seems that the regular crew won a bank contest and were rewarded with four days in Montreal, Canada.

Look for the opening of a new children’s clothing store on Beach 116 Street in the near future. There is a lot of work going on in the store that previously housed Belle N’ Beau.

Beach Channel High School will host its first open school evening on October 15, according to a report by school principal Robert Rappaport.

Rockaway resident Denise Mahoney rolled a 218 game in a local bowling league this week. It is the first time that Mahoney has broken 200 and it is the high game in the league so far this season.

Edward Lewis, the proprietor of the Sneaker Circus on Beach 115 Street though that he was in an Alfred Hitchcock mystery last week. While jogging along the beachfront, the discovered the body of a young female at Beach 92 Street.

Two Far Rockaway High School students, Frank and Dave Blackman, were arrested last Sunday for allegedly assaulting and robbing an unidentified elderly man on his way to the Bayswater Jewish Center. The arrest was made by police officer Andrew McGee of the 101 Precinct.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Frank Gallagher’s Snug Harbor restaurant got rave reviews from the young and the not so young at its opening weekend. Its dining room, the newest on the peninsula, is now serving each day.

With all the construction going on around Seagirt Boulevard, one has to wonder why somebody does not address the flooding problems in the area.

The extension of the Nassau Expressway from the Atlantic Beach Bridge to the Van Wyck Expressway has been stalled because the cost keeps going up each time a new contract is announced. Contractors report that many are afraid to bid on the route because much of it must transverse muddy wetlands.

It is interesting to hear that the steamer, the Bay Belle, which once made weekend trips to Rockaway, has become the oldest working steamer on the East Coast. Time does fly.

There are still people around who remember the steel diving bell from a schooner at the foot of Beach 97 Street. The diving bell took people down onto the bay bottom, but all they could usually see was the muddy bottom of the bay.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway old-timer Frank Greis, who has been living in Rockaway Point for a number of years, recalls when big, fat clams, freshly dug from the bay, brought a dollar a bushel.

Several large parties are being formed for Saturday afternoon’s game between Far Rockaway High School and Brooklyn Tech at the Far Rockaway field. While it is not a league game, it is expected to provide lots of excitement.

Not everybody is in agreement that a municipal parking lot should be built on the former site of the Long Island Railroad station at Far Rockaway. Some people point out the parking lot would be too large and say that part of it should be used for housing.

Dean Georges and Chester Maskin are attempting to set up a bowling league for the younger businessmen in the Rockaway Park area.

Announcement of who will become the new Rockaway postmaster will be announced in the next two weeks.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Aroused by the accident on the Boulevard that resulted in the death of PS 42 student Elaine Zarett, mothers of students at the school have demanded that a traffic light be placed between Beach 67 street and Beach 69 Street on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cholakis, the owners of the Neptune Bar on Beach 116 Street, celebrated their 23rd Wedding Anniversary with a night out on the town in Manhattan.

A Veteran’s of Foreign Wars chapter to serve the residents of the 100 Precinct is being formed.

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