2001-12-01 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Police from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway will now drive senior citizens to shopping areas on a regular basis, according to a recent announcement by city councilman Walter Ward, who helped to negotiate the plan with police officials.

Percy Sutton, who previously served as Manhattan Borough President, was handed a "plum," this week when Queens Borough President Donald Manes awarded Sutton the cable television franchise for Community Board 14. Sutton’s company, Queens Inner City Cable System, has yet to announce when it will begin wiring the peninsula for cable television.

The question of changing the name of Greenport Road in Far Rockaway to Gateway Boulevard has gone to the full city council for a vote. The local law changing the name was proposed by city councilman Walter Ward.

Police assisting a city marshal in an eviction at 23-08 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway turned up what they call a "drug factory" in the apartment. In addition to drug residue and drug paraphernalia, the police also found a loaded handgun.

Seth Anthony Krakauer, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Krakauer of Rockaway Park, is performing at the Comedy Store and working for Merv Griffin as he pursues an acting career in Los Angeles.

Police are warning those coming from Nassau County, where a right turn on a red light is permissible, that such turns are illegal in all of New York City. They are also urging that drivers get to know the streets around the Nassau-Far Rockaway border because many tickets are given out to those who believe they are still in Nassau County while they are in New York City.

Temple Beth-El in Rockaway Park is launching the second year in its Hebrew Literacy campaign. Many courses, from basic to advanced Hebrew are given at the synagogue’s community center, located at 455 Beach 135 Street.

John Fetscher, president of the Hammels-Seaside Civic Association, is complaining about mail service in his area. According to John, he sent out meeting notices on October 28 for a November 2 meeting, but many of his members did not receive the notices until November 6.

Tubridy’s Old Boulevard Café featured the country sounds of Tom Russell this weekend. The café features unlimited wine or beer with dinner for $1.95 additional.

Patte Bogen Roberts was named as the president of the West End Auxiliary of the Peninsula Hospital Center at a luncheon meeting last week.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

More than 50 local merchants and community leaders held a discussion on how to improve the Far Rockaway business district at a meeting of Community Planning Board 14 held at the Hartman Y last week.

Dean Gorges, president of the Rockaway Rotary Club, led the parade of honor in the last blood drive to be held by the Peninsula Hospital Center. More than 150 pints of blood were netted.

More than 250 firefighters from ten companies responded to quell a gas fire at the Crown Oil tank farm in Inwood. More than 80 families were evacuated from their homes while the fire was being fought.

The Far Rockaway High Schoool football team ran afoul of Thanksgiving and its final game had to be played on Saturday against Brooklyn Tech. The team’s 16-0 win in that game improved its record to 6-2, third best in the division.

Jesse Plaxen, the head of Town and Country Travel in Far Rockaway, will be honored next week at a 1971 State of Israel Bond breakfast to be held at the Bayswater Jewish Center.

Nathan Levitan has been temporarily sidelined by a slipped disk. He is co chair for the Unity Committee for Rockaway Transportation.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Talk about local heroism. Last week a number of local doctors bootlegged milk during the recent milk strike to their patients with ulcers.

Wreckers at the site of the new public school, PS 225, being built in Rockaway Park, left the construction site unusually clean.

During a discussion of changes that have taken place in Rockaway, one man remarked that he remembered the days when residents did not have to lock their doors. Another man chimed in that he remembered the days when it was safe for a police officer to walk alone on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Jack Purlmutter is preparing to move his Tasty Shop to 88-18 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, two blocks from where it was established in the former Arion Hall Building shortly following World War I.

The Reverend Martin Tully, pastor of St. Gertrude’s Church, appeared to be pleased last Saturday, when there was a large turnout at the dedication of the church’s new auditorium.

Bill Dauphin has a souvenir program from the opening of the city boardwalk in 1923. Only two members of the reception committee are still alive – Abner Pike and Georgia Rainforth.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Fred Kholreitter was reelected as president of the Community Men’s Club of Arverne. He has been the president for the past two years.

The football team of St. John’s Home ended its season with a 44-20 win over the Jamaica Packers to win the Pee Wee Division of the Pop Warner League.

Rockaway will get a plum of more than $5 million in construction funds for the building of Junior High School 198 in Arverne.

Far Rockaway High School’s football team ended a dismal season with a 12-7 loss at home to Manual Traning.

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