2001-11-03 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Constructing a new stone groin at Beach 149 Street and placing 163,000 cubic yards of sand around it, as planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is a waste of time, according to Allen Sylvane, the president of the Neponsit Property Owners.

Burglars broke into the Rock N’ Roller’s Roller Skating Rink on Beach 116 Street over the weekend and walked away with $40 thousand in sound equipment and other supplies.

Congressman James Scheuer has written a letter to Secretary James Watt of the U.S. Interior Department to ban nude bathing on all of the beaches controlled by the Parks Service, including Riis Park Beach.

Rabbi David Novak will be officially installed this week as Rabbi of the Bayswater Jewish Center, Congregation Darchay Noam.

City Councilman Walter Ward has urged the restoration of the death penalty in reaction to the spate of deadly crimes against taxi cab drivers in New York City.

A research group has found that both the "A" and "CC" Subway lines, the two lines that service Rockaway, are among the worst in the city by any measure, including cleanliness, noise, lighting, etc.

Several stores on Beach 116 Street, including The Sand Box Bootery and Maskin’s, have teamed up for a large Veteran’s Day sale.

Testimony began Monday in the trial of five men accused of murdering Police Officer Robert Sorrentino on April 10 in Far Rockaway.

The company that has completed installing cable television in Inwood would love to come across the border and lay cable in Rockaway, but politics keep him from doing that. Instead, we will have to wait for a cable to come under the bay from other parts of Queens before Rockaway can get cable service.

Captain Bernard Weber, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway says that his officers will ticket any car that goes through a red light, even though many motorists are afraid to stop for lights because predators on both Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Beach Boulevard have been robbing motorists who stop for lights in recent months. The captain urges motorists to keep their doors locked and their windows up to within two inches of the top.

The Pier 92 Restaurant will be hosting a special Sunday Brunch. Eggs (any style) are $3.95, while filet steak and eggs are $6.50.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

There have been sit-ins, love-ins and teach-ins, but Chet Maskin added a new twist to the Halloween bit at this house Sunday night. Chet and Vivian were celebrating their wedding anniversary, so they held a mask-in.

Thousands of motorists use the Marine Parkway Bridge and seldom give it a second thought. A lot of people were shocked Thursday morning when the bridge was stuck in the up position and it could not be used during the morning rush. Motorists were diverted to the Cross Bay Bridge, which does not have a drawbridge.

Glowing reports are all over town about last week’s successful show of the Belle Harbor Garden Club.

Pat Kelley is a man who looks ahead. Here it is, a few weeks before Thanksgiving and he is already thinking about the New Year’s Eve fundraiser he is organizing for the American-Irish Society.

You can’t ever tell how labor strife will turn out. The telephone installers have been out on strike for some time now, and the word is that many of the workers have found other jobs and will not return to the company when the strike ends.

Some local veteran’s are blaming the small turnout for the day’s festivities and the change in the calendar for the celebration of Veteran’s Day.

Police Captain Charles McNulty is happy that the past summer was a quiet one. He says that there are lots of "swell people" in Rockaway and many of them have been helpful to the police officers under his command.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

It’s about time for local ice skating enthusiasts to make some noise to the Parks Department to place a skating rink at Riis Park, as it did some winters ago.

Youngsters at St. Francis de Sales Academy on Beach 129 Street make good use of the playground, which the school recently acquired, on the Boulevard between Beach 128 and Beach 129 Streets.

A Department of Sanitation sprinkler washing down the streets in the Title I area last week seemed a waste of time – unless it had anything to do with getting the area spic and span for the groundbreaking this Tuesday.

The new building at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway is an example of our growth. It dwarfs the old building and is shows how the growth in population demands greater services.

Arrangements are being made for a bowling tournament between the Knights of Columbus and the Masonic Clubs. The tournament will take place sometime this winter.

Bill O’Neill will play his usual part at Santa Claus at the Rotary Christmas Party at the Irish-American Hall in Seaside.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Purification of Jamaica Bay and its restoration as the largest recreation area in the City of New York, was forecast by City Council President Joseph Sharkey, who wielded a trowel to lay the cornerstone of the new Rockaway Sewer Disposal Plant. Fine weather brought out a crowd to witness the ceremony. Assisting Sharkey was Chief Assistant District Attorney J. Irwin Shapiro, the president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

The ten cent beer, like the nickel subway ride, is gone with little prospect of return, in view of the additional tax to be levied starting today.

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