2002-02-09 / 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

City Councilman Walter Ward has called on the city to eliminate the tolls on both the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway brides. "If they increase the tolls, it will cause irreparable damage to Rockaway business," Ward said. "They should be eliminated instead."

Jerome Shedrick, 19, who lies in the Edgemere Houses, has been missing for almost two months. Police are asking for anybody who has seen the youth to contact the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway.

Lawrence I. Hamilton has been appointed to a two year term on Community Board 14 by Queens Borough President, Donald Manes.

Forty businessmen on Beach 116 Street have signed a petition opposing construction of a proposed center mall on that street. The petition was circulated throughout the street by John Baxter.

Despite efforts by civic leaders, legislators and others, public transportation is deteriorating this winter. Locals hope that a ferry service, now in the talking stages, will soon become a reality.

Community opposition is growing to a city plan to build low-income housing on a portion of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. The opposition is being led by George Stein, the president of Community Planning Board 14.

The Rock N' Rollers Skating Center on Beach 116 Street is reminding roller skating enthusiasts that there are Disco Skating evenings each Friday and Sunday nights.

Walter Bravo, the most valuable players in last year's PAL baseball league is urging baseball players to sign up for this year's play at the Sorrentino Center in Far Rockaway.

Jim Bradley, a senior at Beach Channel High School, has won the city swimming championship in the 100-yard freestyle competition.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Reports are making the rounds that when the new congressional district is remapped, Rockaway will once again fall into the district represented by Congressman Manny Celler, who has always been very popular here on the peninsula.

Isiah Robinson, president of the Board of Education, toured Rockaway last week and told residents that the board will have a problem because it has $64 million to meet an expense budget of $775 million.

Bernie Hirsch, president of the Chamber of Commerce, has called a hazard to the attention of the Department of Marine and Aviation. The fire-ravaged hull of the steamer Catskill is still tied up at the bulkhead in the vicinity of Beach 108 Street.

Captain Charles Barker of the 100 Precinct has been making a number of appearances at meetings around the area. He says that this command is very much to his liking.

Rain and high winds minimized the number of people on the boardwalk last weekend, but those who did make it were treated to boiling surf that was fascinating to watch.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Jules Michaelis thought that The Wave has a pipeline direct to the Borough President. He read in the paper last week that he has been appointed to Borough President Clancy's Neighborhood Conservation and Urban Renewal Committee and that was the first that he had heard of it.

Congregation Derech Emonuh is getting ready for a testimonial dinner to Nat Borskin on April 28. The event's coordinators say that it will not be hard to sell tickets because Borskin has done so much for the synagogue.

Speaking of tickets, Otto Mayer was talking the other day about a man who sold tickets for a fish dinner. It was many years ago, and the tickets sold for the high price of five dollars each. When the guests sat down to dinner, however, they found that the fish dinner was a can of sardines, a roll and coffee.

Old time Democrats are scoffing at the idea of a new Democratic club here in the Rockaways. In order to get a charter, the new club would have to be endorsed by the old, and that is hardly likely to happen.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The motions in a trial to determine the city's right to raise rents in housing projects on the basis of the income of the tenants have been denied by the State Supreme Court and an appeal will be made to the Appellate Court, Samuel Cole, the president of the Arverne Tenants League reported this week.

Mr. and Mrs. S. Maskin of 81-04 Boulevard left for their first vacation in many years and plan to spend the next few weeks in Miami Beach.

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