2002-02-02 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

A hearing on the proposed toll hike on the two bridges that access Rockaway will be held by the MTA in Manhattan on February 17. Civic leaders are urging all Rockaway residents to attend and to raise their concerns.

Steven Katz of Belle Harbor, a senior at Beach Channel High School, is a semifinalist in the Westinghouse Talent Search contest. Steven is the son of Robert and Mary Katz, who own the Belle Harbor Pharmacy on Beach 129 Street. Steven’s advisor at Beach Channel High School is Maxwell Cohen of Bayswater.

Rockaway’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee will be meeting this week in the Blarney Castle Pub on Beach 90 Street, according to the parade chairman, James Conway Sullivan.

State Liquor Authority agents and police of the 100 Precinct raided the Lawrence Hotel on Beach 116 Street. The hotel has been engaged in illegal liquor sales, according to SLA officials.

Sy Sheldon will serve as breakfast chairman for the Boy Scout’s annual breakfast. This is the 14th straight year that Sheldon has served in that office.

Experts are studying fingerprint evidence after the robbery of the Make Mine Silver and Gold jewelry store on Beach 116 Street last week. The store was robbed by two women brandishing guns.

Queens Borough President Donald Manes will install the officers of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways next week. Dr. Geraldine Chapey will be installed as president and Howard Finkelstein will be installed as chairman of the board.

Eight inoperative trains on the A line blocked all subway traffic in and out of Rockaway last week. Many riders had to wait up to two hours to get a subway train that went out of Rockaway.

Loeb and Mayer meat purveyors are once again being plagued with truck batteries being stolen from their vehicles parked at the plant in Arverne.

The latest cold spell has brought ice-skating back to Rockaway. The northeastern corner of the Riis Park parking lot has attracted many local skaters in recent days.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Tom Safonte and Jack Bradley of Broad Channel started for Puerto Rico recently, but wound up in Miami instead. Tom got a haircut and has since renewed his acquaintance with his barber.

John Keenan and Kenneth DeGroff are the new proprietors of Graff’s Bar and Restaurant, Beach 24 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Belle Harbor residents Bill Connoly and John Judge have opened the Peninsula Sporting Goods Shop at 115-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, where they specialize in uniforms and awards.

Preparations are going ahead for a 600-family infill housing project in the vicinity of the Arverne firehouse. A group of local organizations are expected to be sponsors of the project.

Leo Weiss has succeeded his brother, Meyer, as the proprietor of Weiss’ Restaurant in Broad Channel. The dining room has been closed for the winter, but the counter facing Cross Bay Boulevard is doing business as usual.

Many telephone subscribers who have been charged a flat rate for local calls for years are unhappy that they may now be charged a per-call rate instead.

There seem to be fewer people than usual on the streets, but that can be blamed on the cold weather.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Ann Lichner, the woman who does promotion for Playland, is a very forward-looking lady. She is already busy getting funds for the Rockaway Fireworks Committee’s weekly fireworks program for next summer. She has reportedly signed up Rheingold

Beer as next summer’s sponsor.

Some Spanish American War veteran’s are still around and they take a dim view of what Fidel Castro has done to the island nation. They see the residents losing all of the freedoms they gained when the war was won. "If I were only fifty years younger," one of them was heard to say.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Donna, Borough President Clancy is still clamoring for funds to repair the sidewalks that were destroyed when trees were ripped up by the blow.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway will be represented by its own baseball team this summer through the Rockaway Giants, sponsored by the Colored Democratic Association of the Rockaways.

A Hammel Project city office has been opened at 85-04 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, the former headquarters of the Fifth Ward Democratic Club. Philip Schorr, the project manager, will handle problems arising from the project.

Eva Katz, the owner of the Edgewater and Chairman Hotels, has returned from a cruise to South America and the West Indies.

Opposition to the proposed doubling of the hotel occupancy tax has been expressed by George Ward, the president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

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