2002-01-19 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20,30,40,and 50 Years Ago This Week


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The five men convicted last month for the murder of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino of the 101 Precinct in the parking lot of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church last year all have received maximum sentences of 25 years to life.

Dr. Mark Raifman cut the ribbon last week at the opening of a new medical arts building on Beach 129 Street in Rockaway Park. Assisting in the ribbon cutting were Dr. Stanley Cohen and Dr. Victor Turo associates in the practice.

Rockaway suffered through two 2-alarm fires on Wednesday, in the midst of a raging snowstorm. The first did damage to Rick's Harbor Light restaurant on Beach 130 Street and Newport Avenue. The second fire was at 454 Beach 67 Street. The restaurant fire was reportedly caused by a faulty wood-burning fireplace.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz has reportedly received a $60 thousand grant to establish Arverne, Seaside, Hammel and Holland Housing and Revitalization Corporations – the fourth such corporation set up on the Rockaway peninsula in recent months.

Fingerprints found after a burglary at Stella Maris High School have led police to Glen Mayes, a Rockaway Park man, who has been arrested for the crime.

Rabbi Alan Blaine of Temple Beth-El in Rockaway Park is leading his second torah Sabbath this Saturday.

Wednesday's crash of an Air Florida flight into the Potomac River sent shudders throughout Rockaway. We wonder if we are any safer than those people crossing the 14th Street Bridge. How many times have we heard the airplanes come so close to our homes and businesses that we thought that we were going to meet our makers.

Peninsula Hospital Center Harry Heller was presented with a check for $2 thousand from the Rockaway Rotary Club at a meeting last week. The check was presented by club president Jim Kimball.

Hy Stauber will be installed as the new president of the Frank Avenue Civic Association on Thursday.

Blue Water Tavern, long a landmark at Beach 44 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard has been sold. Rumor has it that the new owners will open a fish and chip restaurant as well as a disco.

After years of decline, reading scores are up this year at IS 53, according to a report by principal Vito Martino.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Deputy Borough President Robert Groh will be the guest speaker at the ARPAD's annual dinner next week. The installing officer will be Supreme Court Justice Frederick Hammer.

Leo Weiss has succeeded his brother, Meyer, in the operation of Weiss' Restaurant in Broad Channel. Weiss has returned to the Broad Channel eatery after many years.

For the first time in many years, the Rotary Ladies Night was held at the Bayswater Jewish Center.

Even with the toll at twenty-five cents, the Marine Parkway Bridge is still a beautiful span. It was used for a suicide jump last week. Let's hope that this does not become a regular use for the bridge.

Rockaway's Playland is scheduled to become a protected recreational area according to a city decision last week. Not even high-risers will be allowed on the site. Let's hope that this is the beginning of a trend.

Many truckloads of fill have been deposited in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area for some weeks and a number of borings have been made in connection with planned new construction nearby Beach 50 Street.

The fatal crash on Cross Bay Boulevard that snuffed out the lives of three teenagers nearby the North Channel Bridge two weeks ago should have a deterrent effect, but the number of hot-rodders drag racing on the boulevard has not seemed to decrease.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Congressman Joe Addabbo shows much interest in preventing flooding in Rockaway that somebody should do something about putting us in his district. Not that Manny Celler does not do right by us, but why should the peninsula be tacked onto a Brooklyn district?

The new Arverne-Edgemere-Nordeck Community Center fills a need in the community that has long been needed. What a long name it has, however.

Bill Brunner shows the way to start a new job. Last week, he was named the new president of the Chamber of Commerce. This week, he left for Florida. This is really not a new job for Bill. He has held the position previously.

Local fingers have been crossed these days because we have been without snow this winter. Quantities of snow have fallen in many areas around us, however.

With half of the people on the peninsula clamoring for the start of the Title I projects, others are beginning to throw stumbling blocks in the way of the sponsors.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Making his second visit to Rockaway since his induction as the Borough President of Queens, James Lundy will induct the officers of the Rockaway Civic Club on Monday at the Washington Hotel. Robert G. Seidman will be installed president, succeeding Commissioner Frederick Hammer.

David Koss has been installed as president of the Temple of Israel on Beach 85 Street.

Corning G. McKennee, well known as a resident for many years, was finally inducted into office as a City Magistrate at ceremonies held last week at the Queens County Courthouse in Long Island City.

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