2001-10-20 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Development at the Hartman YMHA on Seagirt Boulevard will soon "lead to the revitalization of the entire peninsula," according to a statement by Harry Wertlieb, the president of the Y.

Plans for the development of Floyd Bennett Field as a key portion of the Gateway National Park will be discussed this week at an informational meeting for the public to be held at the park this Sunday.

Barbara Murphy, 30, of Beach 147 Street was killed recently when she was flung from a motorcycle and sustained head injuries. She was reportedly riding the motorcycle westbound on Beach Channel Drive when she lost control and hit the curbing.

New York City firefighter Matthew Ireland of Rockaway Point was rushed to the hospital with second degree burns suffered as a result of an electrical fire in his home.

Eli Rosenfeld was sworn in for an eighth consecutive term as the president of the Dayton Towers Community Seniors Club.

Three large mosaic murals will be dedicated this weekend on Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk. The murals, described as a "dedication to the birds and to the sea," cost $30 to produce.

Rumors have it that Mayor Koch has a plan to sell the Arverne Urban Renewal Area to developers without notifying the community. Community Board 14 should keep a close eye on what is going on in Arverne so that Rockaway does not get stuck with something that it does not need.

Dan and Pat Tubridy, Frank Gallaghin and Father William Reuger have just returned from two- weeks in Ireland.

Rockaway’s Republicans are planning to clean up Beach 116 Street, the "shopping hub of the West End of the peninsula," according to James Conway Sullivan, the club’s president.

Borough President Donald Manes and District Attorney Thomas Mackell recently attended a conference on Irish education at a meeting of the Rockaway Local Development Corporation recently.

107-year-old Sarah Lewe passed away this week in Rockaway Park.

The word is that sewer work on Beach 116 Street will be completed in time for the holiday shopping season.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The Reverend John J. Bracken of St. Francis De Sales Church must get great satisfaction from the installation of a traffic light at Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Father Bracken has been lobbying for such a light for years.

Ice skating at Jacob Riis Park may soon be in the cards. Parks Commissioner August Heckscher has also promised to look into a roller skating rink for the same location.

With most of the stores on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway closing early, the absence of street lighting south of Cornaga Avenue is especially evident.

The Hebrew Institute of Long Island (HILI) will celebrate its 36th Anniversary this week with a dinner at the Capri Club honoring Benjamin Fluhr and Robert Reed, two members of its Board of Directors.

A. Feldman, of 16-01 Central Avenue, is celebrating 70 years in the haberdashery business this month.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Now we hear that the new firehouse at Riis Park, which had reportedly just been "awaiting fixtures" before it opens, may really be opened before winter.

Newcomers cannot believe it when they learn that the tolls on the Cross Bay Bridge are "just temporary, until the bridge is paid for." Old-timers, who have been paying the toll for a generation or so, cannot believe it either.

The recreation area on the bay side of the Edgemere Houses is rapidly taking shape. Now, if the inside of the buildings could only be kept as attractive.

Dave Dubrow, of Cornaga Hardware, said that a great many of his customers who patronized his father’s store in Rockaway Park have followed him to his new location in Far Rockaway.

Studley Paper Company has completed the construction of a new addition to its Redfern Avenue business.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Max Loeb, one of the founders of the firm of Loeb and Mayer meat dealers, died last Friday at the age of 81.

In the presence of a capacity crowd, the new St. Camillus school building was dedicated this week by Archbishop Thomas Malloy. He also administered the rites of confirmation to 12 candidates.

Ground was broken Monday morning for an extension to the present building of the Rockaway Beach Hospital, to be constructed at Beach 84 Street and Beach Channel Drive. William F. Brunner, hospital president, operated the steam shovel that started the digging for the foundation.

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