2001-12-08 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Rumors spread in the Rockaway community last night that Pier 92 Restaurant had been gutted by a fire that raged through the bayfront structure. The rumors were wrong, however. A nearby bungalow had caught fire and the fire department was called to stop it from spreading, but the restaurant was never involved in the fire.

Police from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway are investigating a rash of vandalism that spread from Far Rockaway to Beach 67 Street last night, as pellets broke hundreds of automobile windows in that area. Many plate glass windows in homes in that area were broken as well. Police have no suspects, but all agree that it was probably juveniles that caused the damage.

The Rockaway Community Corporation has received $250 thousand dollars as its 1981-1982 budget, according to Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz, who obtained the funding for the local organization. The money is to be used for job training for local youth.

A shot through a window killed a 21-year-old mother of two last Saturday night, as she danced at a disco party in Far Rockaway. The dead woman was identified as Arlene Goins, of Far Rockaway.

The Gustave Hartman Y celebrated the first anniversary of its Seagirt Boulevard campus with a flea market and entertainment at the site.

Now that the sewer project on Beach 116 Street has been completed, a number of new stores join the old in competing for Rockaway business. Among the new businesses in the area are Dyno-Legs at Maskin’s, the Olde Colony Café, the See-Saw Children’s Shop, and the newly-remodeled Harbor Bake Shop.

Congregation Ohab Zedek will honor Mr. and Mrs. Sol Brafman at its annual dinner to be held on Saturday night.

The city has moved to close down a pinball arcade now doing business at 20-32 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway on the grounds that the area is not zoned for such a business.

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church will host an Irish Festival on Sunday, December 6 at its auditorium on Beach 19 Street.

Community Board 14 has made its highest priority the rebuilding of the business district in Far Rockaway. Its second priority is the redevelopment of the business area around Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Broken windows in school buildings are not only unsightly; they’re expensive as well. School Board 27 is preparing to spend more than $8 thousand for the installation of window guards on two schools, PS 114 and PS 106.

Governor Rockefeller has proposed raising the subway fare by 35 cents to raise an additional $85 million for the city. Adding insult to injury, he also wants to raise the tolls on all of the Triborough bridges and tunnels.

Dean Georges has arranged a Christmas party, which the Rockaway Rotary Club will host for 250 youngsters next week. This is a sort of farewell fling for Dean the bachelor. He will be married before the end of the year.

The staff of the Rockaway Beach office of the Chase Manhattan Bank have been spending lots of spare time wrapping presents that will be given out by the Salvation Army at a number of parties it will host in the next two weeks at senior citizens homes.

Rockaway park businessmen have been up in arms over the number of break-ins in the area recently. They have asked for beefed-up police protection in the area.

A lot of people have forgotten that the P in Mario P. Russo’s name stands for Philip. There are some old-timers like George Wolpert who have never called him anything but Phil.

One of the things that would discourage the hoodlums who have been preying on people at bus stops in Belle Harbor would be better lighting.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Acting postmaster Sidney Schorr is starting in right where his predecessor left off. He is going to the public with his problems and right now his major problem is getting people to mail early for Christmas.

There is no doubt that the Christmas trees that liven up the toll gates at both the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway Bridges come from the north country. There was still snow on them when they were delivered.

Joe Fitzgerald’s friends are congratulating him on the handsome plaque which he received from the Rockaway Rotary Club for his fine job as chairperson of the Klondike Night that was held last Spring.

George Henglein, who has been an ardent frost fisherman, feels that it is unsafe to venture along the beach at night. Instead, he gets out just before daybreak to search for the delicious whiting.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Roslyn Smith of Rockaway Park, active in the 100 Precinct Auxiliary Police, has been awarded a certificate for completion of work relating to juvenile delinquency.

Approval to hire engineers for the design of two moveable bridges for the trestle across Jamaica Bay will be asked of the Board of Estimate this week.

Alice Hyman will be installed for her third term as president of the West End Auxiliary of Rockaway Beach Hospital at the Park Inn Hotel.

George Ward has been nominated as the president of the Rockaway Rotary Club.

Contracts totaling $1,157,348 for the construction of the addition to PS 114 have been approved and groundbreaking will take place on December 21, according to the Board of Education.

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