2001-11-24 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

People who work in Rockaway and live elsewhere are asking for the right to purchase reduced price tokens on both the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway Bridges. "Those who use the bridge eight or ten times a week should have the same rights to a reduced fare ride as those who live on the peninsula and use it less often," one such worker said.

Extension of the JFK Expressway into either Rockaway Park or Far Rockaway is being considered by New York City, according to a report made by John Fetscher, president of the Hammels-Seaside Civic Association.

Police in the 100 Precinct have been active giving tickets to those making a right turn into the Waldbaum’s Shopping Center on Beach 112 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Police officials warn that the right turn against the light into that lot is illegal.

More than 600 guests attended the 74th Annual Peninsula Hospital Center’s Dinner-Dance at the Sands Hotel in Atlantic Beach last week. Dr. Louis Hoffner, the chairperson for the event, said that the hospital raised more than $300 thousand for new equipment.

Joel Gerstel, president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, has given that organization’s permission to place closed circuit television cameras along the shopping area in Far Rockaway. The plan is in response to the reduction in manpower at the 101 Precinct and the increase of crime in that shopping area.

Both Borough President Donald Manes and Chamber of Commerce president Joel Gerstel told guests at the organization’s annual dinner last week that they are calling for a commitment on the part of government officials for the revitalization of Rockaway. They called on Community Board 14 to "convene all interested parties to come together to develop a revitalization plan.

Sam Sperber recently resigned his post as the president of the Dayton Towers housing complex. He will be succeeded by Sam Miller.

Police chasing a one-legged man in a stolen automobile wrecked a transit patrol car on November 13 in Far Rockaway.

Dave Tobias of Far Rockaway was awarded the 1980-1981 PSAL award as the top high school wrestler in the city. Tobias is a recent graduate of Far Rockaway High School and now attends the State University at Cortland, where he is pursuing a degree in Physical Education.

The Gateway National Recreation Area has announced that $60 thousand has been allocated to study and develop plans for the renovation of the historic control tower at Floyd Bennett Field.

Joel Moyers of Breezy Point has been named as the new head of the Breezy Point-Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Assurance has been given by Michael Rechner, project director of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area office, that orders have gone out that the Arverne firehouse is not to be touched in any development of a new community in the area.

Several new businesses have located in Far Rockaway. They have located in modern offices and plants on the former Long Island Lighting site fronting on Brunswick Avenue.

Local eating establishments all report brisk business for Thanksgiving dinner this year, as the custom of eating out for the holiday seems to be spreading.

Members of St. Gertrude’s Church Parish Council are making plans to welcome residents of the Beach 41 Street Houses, which is scheduled to open in the next few months.

Ira H. Newman, of Neponsit, was the guest of honor at Federation of Jewish Philanthropies’ dinner at the Washington Hotel last week.

Brother Frank Springman, of St. John’s Boy’s Home, was the guest of honor at a dinner given by Stella Maris Knights of Columbus recently.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Things are starting to get back to normal after the election. Now the local rumor factory is busy with speculation as to who will become the leader of the Rockaway Democratic Party.

Those Christmas Club checks, now in the hands of many Rockaway residents, will go far this year. Just check some of the values that are now being offered in local stores.

The weatherman says that the flurries that fell on November 9 did not count as a snowfall. We are still waiting for our first snow of the winter.

A new construction office was erected last week at the Surfside Park site. Too bad one of the old buildings, which was demolished, could not be used for that purpose.

Bomb shelters might be desirable, but they are tough to build in Rockaway. Those who try might just need a submarine to complete the job.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

A partial survey of the Rockaway Park business area by The Wave this week indicates that businessmen are in favor of parking meters as a means of keeping traffic moving and giving shoppers a chance to reach their stores.

Programs appropriate to Thanksgiving were held in many of the Rockaway public schools this week.

Annette Zarly, telephone operator for the Belle Harbor exchange, was given a dinner last Tuesday in celebration of her many years to the company.

Charles Vogel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Vogel of Cronston Avenue, was bar mitzvahed last Saturday at Temple Beth-El.

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