2002-02-23 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The city’s fiscal budget for 1983 lists an expenditure of $52 million for the construction of a new bridge to replace the deteriorating North Channel Bridge, which connects Howard Beach and Broad Channel.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off on Saturday, March 13, following a mass at St. Francis de Sales Church. The festivities will include a concert the night prior to the march, featuring the Wolftones, a famous Irish group.

Local private bus operators, including the Green Bus Line, have announced that they will cease local service on March 1 unless they get $12.5 million they say they are owed by New York City.

Michael Wein, a senior at Far Rockaway High School, has been accepted at the Pennsylvania State University Jefferson Medical School Five Year Coordinated Biomedical Program. The program will allow Wein to become a medical doctor after a five-year program at Jefferson.

Rabbi David Novick and Cantor Reuben Caspe are inviting all Bayswater residents to a Shabbatone to be held on February 20.

In an editorial, The Wave called for police gates to shut off the west end of the peninsula at Beach 149 Street to stop the spate of burglaries in that area.

Many local residents and community activists have been protesting the planned toll hike for both the Cross Bay and Marine Park bridges. Locals say that the plan will destroy Rockaway business and any hope for revitalizing the peninsula.

Lou Festa rolled a 217-181-234/632 series for Towne Liquors in the Rockaway Park Businessman’s League last week. Those scores helped his team best Rogoff’s Toys in the weekly league.

To commemorate Black History Month, IS 53 in Far Rockaway has set up an exhibition of African art and artifacts that come from the private collection of paraprofessional Ted Kazimiroff, who lives in Breezy Point.

Rock and Roller’s Skating Center on Beach 116 Street is continuing its dance contests with singles competition on Friday night and couples competition on Sunday night. The finals will be held on Friday night, March 12. Last Sunday night, the winners were Victor Rivera and Kelly Magill, with Mark Rivera second.

Things have quieted down since the proposal to put casino gambling in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area was defeated. Now, however, the community still has to find something viable to put in that important area.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Now that John Lindsay has become a Democrat, it is hard to understand how those Democratic politicians who have been complaining about him all these years will be able to work with him should he become the party nominee for mayor.

The decrepit mall in the center of Beach Channel Drive has not been repaired, but locals are glad to see that an aluminum fence has been placed on top of the mall. Perhaps that will cut down on the number of accidents on the drive.

Mario Russo has been trying to cut down on his community involvement, but it is hard when you are on so many committees and sometimes they meet the same night. That is the price of popularity.

Congregation Shaare Zedek has cleared the land for its new synagogue in Edgemere. With the departure of the last tenant on the land, construction can begin to replace its old synagogue, located on Beach 36 Street. That building was demolished because it stood in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The tide got so high on Tuesday morning that for a while it looked as if Captain Gus Franznick of the Jamaica Bay Towing Company might start down Beach Channel Drive with his tugboat at any minute.

Now that the first shock of last Thursday’s air tragedy is wearing off, people in Broad Channel are beginning to wonder how long their luck will hold. It was the second near miss in that community in recent years.

When the Cross Bay Bridge was closed last Thursday to all but emergency traffic because of the aircraft crash, it made people realize the impossibility of leaving Rockaway in case of a real emergency.

High gusts of wind, coupled with sidewalks made slippery by ice and snow, had people taking two steps forward and blowing three steps back last Tuesday.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The new four-lane Atlantic Beach Bridge is quickly nearing completion as preparations are being made to open it for this summer season. The bridge will reduce the bottlenecks and the completion of the improvements on Seagirt Boulevard will help to keep traffic out of the Far Rockaway business district.

Pointing out that bridge tolls constitute a "double tax" imposed on Rockaway residents, Belle Harbor resident Paul Love is urging all Rockaway residents to speak out to do away with the tolls.

The proposed cut in both personnel and equipment for the fire departments in Rockaway is drawing comment from local residents. The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and local insurance companies are leading the opposition to the plan.

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