2001-12-29 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway residents from all around the peninsula are vowing to assist The Wave in starting a Rockaway Museum. There are two sites recommended for the new museum: One is the old courthouse on Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive; the other is a building on Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, next to the library building.

By promptly informing police of the 100 Precinct when she saw something she thought was suspicious, a young actress from Belle Harbor helped police arrest two burglars wanted for a series of robberies and to recover thousands of dollars worth of loot the two had stolen from local homes.

The Tom Russell Band rocked the crowd at Tubridy’s bar and restaurant on Beach 109 Street last Saturday night.

Martha and Lou Silver will be honored at the 61st annual dinner-dance of Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park in March. The chair for the event is Selma Kaplan.

Congregation Darchay Noam in Bayswater inducted 39 members on Friday night. Rabbi David Novak conducted the ceremony, assisted by Cantor Reuven Caspe. Readings were delivered by Judith Diamond and Rose Stenzler. Paul Brauth and Jack Diamond were co-chairs for the evening’s events.

Letters to the Editor took The Wave to task this week for something written by one of its columnists. Publisher Leon Locke responded that The Wave would not censor material written by its columnists. "This would be the first step towards censorship," Locke wrote in an editorial.

Inspector William Tracy, the commander of police in Queens, has assured local leaders that Rockaway will get its fair share of new police graduating from the academy on January 4, according to Marion Polichak, president of the 101 Precinct Community Council.

As if Rockaway did not have enough problems, LILCO opened up the street in the shopping area of Beach 116 Street, just three days before the Christmas holidays, inconveniencing shoppers and storeowners alike.

Calls have been coming in to The Wave asking when the Cornell Burial Grounds, an historic site in Far Rockaway, would be ready for tourists. There is still some work to be done on the site before it is ready for visitors, however.

Commissioner Ravitch has said "no" to requests by Chamber of Commerce president Joel Gerstel that discount tokens be sold on the Cross Bay Bridge on a regular basis.

Amid cheers and smiles from weary air travelers, the band students from Junior High School 180 performed this week at the International Arrivals Building at JFK Airport. They performed as well this week at an assembly program in the school, joined by aerobic dancers led by teacher Cary Wittman.

Trades the New York Mets have made and will make this coming season were discussed this week by Jim Plummer, the team’s director of promotions, at a awards ceremony for the Edgemere Boy’s Athletic Club, held at the American Legion Hall in Rockaway Beach. Also on the agenda was Jake Miller, the varsity baseball coach at Far Rockaway High School.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Andrew McTigue of Far Rockaway, who, as a young lieutenant in WW I, organized the 24th Company of the Ninth Regiment, National Guard, says that he regrets that there are no more meetings of the "Last Man Club," and that he is no longer sure just how many men from his company are still alive.

A young Brooklyn man is dead and three others are seriously injured on December 27, when the car they were riding in struck a pillar at Beach 69 Street and the Freeway.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Georges are expected at their new home in Neponsit following a brief honeymoon spent in Atlanta.

Arrangements have been made by the Mayor’s Emergency Board to keep both the Marine Parkway and Cross Bay Bridges open during the morning and evening rush hours in the event of a strike by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority employees. The strike could come as early as this Friday.

Due to the increase in the number of senior citizens who live in the peninsula, a petition has been filed to open a Social Services office in Rockaway.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

How come the traffic department made Nameoke Street in Far Rockaway one way between Beach Channel Drive and Redfern Avenue when it eliminated all parking on the block? If they did not intend for motorists to make use of the block, why did they bother to eliminate parking in the first place?

Several hundred parents and relatives of children in the St. Camillus Band and the Irish-American Band will be gathering around their television sets on Monday, hoping for a glimpse of their favorites marching in the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami.

Dubrow’s Cornaga Hardware store has major alterations underway that will make it the largest hardware emporium in the local area.

There are a number of businessmen who say that business has improved this holiday season, but those who say that are few and far between.

Christmas arrived, four days after the beginning of winter, and it was accompanied by the appropriate weather.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Queens members of the City Council were successful in defeating a motion by Stanley Isaacs of Manhattan to delete from the budget the $8.5 million set aside for the purchase by the city of the Long Island Railroad’s Far Rockaway Division to use for rapid transit to Rockaway. United in protest were Councilmen Hugh Quinn, Frank Smith, Eric Treulich and Aloysius Mackell, who saved the appropriation for the purchase.

Two thousand children enjoyed refreshments and toys at the 100 Precinct station house on Saturday. It was the largest Christmas party ever thrown in the precinct.

Mr. and Mrs. David Bornstein of Bayswater flew to Miami on Christmas day and plan to spend several weeks in Miami Beach.

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