2001-11-17 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Local residents and politicians are objecting to a plan that would reduce the number of lanes on the North Channel Bridge, which connects Broad Channel and Howard Beach, with a new bridge that would be four lanes rather than six.

Police of the Neighborhood Stabilization Unit will be patrolling Rockaway streets on weekdays beginning next week to look for students who are cutting school. Those students found out of school illegally will be returned to their schools and their parents will be notified.

School Superintendent Marvin Aaron has announced that district students will soon air a series of monthly radio shows called "Books On Parade." The show, which will be in quiz show format, will pit local schools against one another. It will be broadcast on the city’s radio station.

Two automobile crashes forty blocks apart rocked the peninsula last weekend. The accidents left one local woman dead and several other residents injured.

State Attorney General Robert Abrams will speak at an Israel Bonds breakfast at Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park next weekend. The breakfast will honor Enid and Leonard Boxer.

The Prince-Wynn Colonial Fife and Drum Corps of Broad Channel will hold its annual Christmas Beer Blast on December 5.

Agents of the State Liquor Authority raided an after-hours club at 19-01 Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway last week. Agents found both narcotics and illegal alcohol at the club, which has now been closed down.

Serge Pilipczuc, who has been a local lifeguard for some years as well as a substitute teacher at Beach Channel High School, has been appointed as a New York City Firefighter.

Bob Simmons is recovering at home on Plainview Avenue from a nasty car accident. Locals hope that Bob is up and around shortly.

Armistice Day went unnoticed, except for the wreath laying ceremony at the Doughboy Monument. If it weren’t for the members of the American Legion, the holiday would pass into oblivion in the Rockaways.

Community Board 14 will once again take up the fate of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area in lieu of the fact that casinos on the site are no longer an option. Some of the proposals include a convention center with a bowling alley, a campus of Queensborough Community College, a bathhouse, an environmental park, infill housing and a sports complex.

Seven additional detectives have recently been assigned to the two Rockaway police precincts due to the recent increase in crime in the area.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Both the city and the housing police have reacted in an increase in crime by beefing up their numbers in both the Edgemere and Hammels Housing projects.

Assemblyman Herb Posner has been a busy man and will probably get even busier when the assembly gets down to redistricting his own district as well as with saving the thirty cents fare.

Arrangements are underway for this year’s Rotary Christmas Party. This year’s event will be held at the Jerry Lewis Theater on Beach 105 Street. More than 200 kids who hold special tickets will be the guests of the Rotary this year, according to club president, Walter Blum.

Coach Jack Kerchman, of the Far Rockaway Seahorses football team has reportedly turned down a chance for the team to play a televised game. It seems that being on television would have meant putting the team on the road in the early hours of the morning and Coach Kerchman did not see any reason to do that.

The cry for an ice skating rink at Riis Park has been renewed once again. Officials of the park say, however, that there will be no rink because of "a lack of patronage."

Construction cranes rise above nearby homes, as the construction of the new Intermediate School 53 continues on the site of the old Public School 39 in Far Rockaway. The school is planned to be open next September.

Mike Scanlon, the head of the Off Track Betting parlor in Far Rockaway says that business is good, but it could be better if there were more parking in the area.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

After the crew of a sound truck was stoned while passing by the Edgemere Houses last week, members of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club went to the scene to find out whether it was the candidates or the noise that brought out the hostility.

Strings of lights have been put in place on Beach 116 Street to herald the beginning of the Christmas season.

Perhaps the Far Rockaway parking area will be ready by next year after all. Demolition has started and the developers will have all winter to clear the land.

No word on the Parks Department’s decision to create an ice skating rink at Riis Park for the 1961-1962 season.

Although it had been announced that the Title I projects at both Seaside and Hammels would proceed at the same time, foundations are being laid at Seaside, but so far there has been no work at Hammels.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Walter Roberts is the chairman of the annual show, which the Knights of Columbus is preparing for the holiday season.

Rockaway residents got an insight into what might be expected in case of an enemy attack. Civilian Defense personnel went into action as part of a citywide drill last week. Police and fire units, air raid wardens and auxiliary units took part in the drill.

The testimonial dinner in honor of Morris Bienenfeld, to be given by Congregation Oheb Zadek, promises to be a sell out.

Morris Greenburg, the head of the Wavecrest Civic Association, urges the immediate improvement of the sewer system in Wavecrest.

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