2001-12-15 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Publication of The Wave was delayed this week by a power failure that erased all of the electronic screens used to produce the paper. The power failure lasted for fifteen minutes. The power failure, however, caused only a few hour delay in the delivery of the newspaper to stands throughout Rockaway.

Despite strong evidence that drivers entering the Rockaways are going around Jamaica Bay to avoid the one-way toll on the bridges across Jamaica Bay, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) voted last week to continue one-way tolls for another three months.

New York City officials have declared that they have no plans to sell the Arverne Urban Renewal Area through the city auction procedure. "We agree that any piecemeal sale of the site would not be in the best interests of the community," said the director of the City Planning Commission, Herbert Sturz.

Project PRYME (Project for Rockaway Youth in Medical Essentials) is extending its confidential federally funded family planning program to youths over the age of 22.

Democratic District Leader Sy Sheldon spoke last week at a meeting of the Jewish War Veteran’s. The group is seeking funds to build a Jewish chapel at West Point.

Several affluent Rockaway residents are pushing the Queens Borough Public Library to open a permanent Rockaway Historical Collection somewhere on the peninsula. The collection would include memorabilia, school yearbooks, photographs, journals and perhaps a recorded library of Rockaway reminiscences.

Hy Stauber leads the slate of officers for next year’s Frank Avenue Civic Association. Also on the slate as vice presidents are Darrell Haynes, Connie Zafonte, Minnie Haynes and Mary DiPalma. Steve Cooper is running for a director’s slot.

Jury deliberations were continuing through a third day at press time in the case of the murder of Police Officer Robert A. Sorrentino on April 10, 1980 in Far Rockaway. Sorrentino, an officer with the 101 Precinct, was critically wounded in the schoolyard of St. Mary’s Star of The Sea Church, as he was chasing four men who were involved in the robbery of a local social club.

Bernard Blum, president of the Friends of Rockaway, is asking those who use the beach to be careful of sea turtles that share the environment with humans. "These sea turtles are an endangered species," Blum says. "and we should not disrupt the turtles in their normal activities."

The number of flights of the Supersonic Transport (SST) has increased over the peninsula recently. Perhaps it is the increase in holiday travel that has added more flights of the costly planes over our heads.

Far Rockaway High School is the only public high school in New York City to offer its students a course that leads to being licensed as a Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The course, according to assistant principal Shirley Solomon and teacher Nicholas Colletto, is part of a new health sciences curriculum at the school.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Lance Harrison, a member of the Far Rockaway High School football team this year, was named to the 17th annual Daily News All Star Team.

For many years, the corner of Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive has stood empty. Now, however, it has been transformed into the new building and parking lot for McDonald’s, which opened its doors this week.

The firehouse on Beach 116 Street sports a beautifully decorated Christmas wreath thanks to the men of Ladder 137 and Engine 268.

There’s a new guessing game in Rockaway Park. Now that the frame apartment building on Beach 116 Street between Beach Channel Drive and Newport Avenue has been razed, people are trying to guess what will be constructed in its place.

After seven trips to court to testify against a man who committed armed robbery in his place of business, a local man has given up in disgust and refuses to talk about the criminal justice system, except to say that there is no justice in the system.

Basic Linen Company has secured space and will build a commercial establishment on Brunswick Avenue in Far Rockaway.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Band leader Mitch Miller has been seen house hunting in Hewlett Bay Park. Local residents must be slipping. They usually see people such as Miller house shopping in Neponsit or Belle Harbor.

These are exciting days for the youngsters who play in the St. Camillus Band and in the American Irish Band Society. Those groups are gearing up for a trip to Florida, where they will march in parades during the holiday season.

While homeowners in Far Rockaway are pleased with the new sewers they got this year, we wonder how pleased they will be when they get their tax bills with assessments for the new sewers.

Lee Greene flourished as a speaker last week when he spoke about "fine wines" at the West End Temple.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The way was cleared this week for the widening of Seagirt Boulevard between Beach 9 Street and Beach 32 Street. Title to the property needed for the road widening was recently taken by the city in Supreme Court.

A business section to be established in the Hammels area was the focus of a meeting held by the Merchant’s Association of Rockaway Beach recently.

Contracts for the construction of an addition at PS 114 in Belle Harbor were let this week, calling for the completion of the project within 420 calendar days from the starting date.


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