2002-01-26 / Columnists

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

LOOKING BACKWARD
What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway residents and leaders are lashing out at a proposal that would raise tolls on the Cross Bay Bridge and the Gil Hodges, Marine Park Memorial Bridge to $1.00. "This toll raise would cause an economic disaster in Rockaway," said Joel Gerstel, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

Fire destroyed three businesses and at least two homes on Wednesday, at Beach 45 Street and Beach Channel Drive in Edgemere. According to fire department sources, the fire broke out at a check cashing establishment at 44-20 Beach Channel Drive and spread rapidly to the other stores and homes.

Jesse Gentile of Neponsit recently purchased the Breaker's Restaurant on Beach 116 Street. He hopes to turn it into a fine Italian restaurant that will "assist in revitalizing" the shopping street.

Riders of the Q35 Line are complaining that they wait for hours on bitter cold days waiting for a bus while many pass them by, heading for the garage and marked "Out of Service."

Governor Hugh Carey has announced that the State has budgeted $2 million for beach erosion and storm protection programs in the Rockaways.

Paul Brauth of Bayswater was installed last week as the president of the Men's Club of the Bayswater Jewish Center.

State Senator Jeremy Weinstein and Borough President Donald Manes will both seek the Democratic nomination for New York State Attorney General if the incumbent, Robert Abrams, decides to run for Governor.

Local leaders in the Neponsit area are complaining to Senator Al D'Amato about nude bathing in Riis Park. "The people in this area are united in their opposition to this perverse, immoral and illegal practice," the senator was told.

Old-timers are awed by the amount of snow that has hit Rockaway this winter. They say that they have never seen so many storms come so close together.

Kelly Cooper, Cynthia Hoffman, Susan Hoffman and Annette Hoffman were the top scorers as the Lady Seahorses basketball team of Far Rockaway High School upset Lane High School for the second time this season.

Bayswater Jewish Center's Community Affairs Committee has pledged to "cover all aspects of improving Far Rockaway," according to an announcement by committee chairs Rose Stenzler and Harvey Gluck.

Local residents are complaining to the post office that mail put into street boxes on Friday is often not picked up from those boxes until Monday morning.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Alex Polley has been watching others receive plaques for years. It became his turn last week, when he was awarded a plaque at the installation of officers of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways. He beamed with pleasure as he received his award.

The Community Hospital Committee is expected to receive final approval this week to purchase St. Joseph's Hospital, which will then be renamed as South Shore Hospital.

Another high-rise housing complex is scheduled to be built on the triangle of land bounded by Seagirt Boulevard, the Freeway and Beach 35 Street.

Ada Zakin, who was a leader in the Allied Parent's Association for many years, is vehemently opposed to the proposal to boycott local schools to protest the delayed school construction. She believes that this is a poor way to show children how things should be done.

The transfer of Engine Company 267, which is pending, is viewed as a recessive step for Rockaway, where more fire protection is needed, not less.

Normal activities have been resumed at the Hartman Y on Hartman Lane now that the strike that has been going on for several weeks has finally ended.

We now have two new police captains in Rockaway. Captain Charles Barker has succeeded the late Captain Charles McNulty in the 100 Precinct and Captain John Waters has taken over from Captain Victor Rone in the 101 Precinct.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

People who said that the Title I projects in Rockaway would never be built had a setback last week when construction began in Seaside.

Last year's heavy snow made the Transit Authority realize that there will be times when the tracks on the Rockaway line will need to be cleared. It has now installed a scrapper blade on one of its engines. That is a step in the right direction.

There has been a feeling for many years that there should be a skating rink at Jacob Riis Park. Now, there are plans to put a rink in O'Donohue Park in Far Rockaway. Perhaps that will get things going on the west end as well.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

An overflow crowd watched the installation at the Rockaway Republican Club recently at the Park Inn Hotel on the boardwalk and Beach 116 Street. Milton Koernor was installed as president; Morris Dubin, first vice president; Rosalind Smith, second vice president; Larry Waldman, third vice president and Albert Freese, secretary.

Ada Zakin, president of the Allied Parent's Association, spoke on school in the community at a meeting of the Women's Auxiliary of Rockaway Beach Hospital.


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