2002-03-09 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

New York City Fire Commissioner Charles Hynes will be the Marshall for this week’s Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s parade will include Irish fraternal, civic and religious organizations, as well as a number of pipe bands, according to James Conway Sullivan, the founder of the parade.

Anger is rising throughout the community over the recent toll hikes. Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz called the hikes, "unreasonable." State Senator Carol Berman denounced the "whopping jump in tolls." A number of long-time residents have indicated that they and their families "paid for the bridge in assessment" during the late 1920’s. "My father paid $1,400 over ten years for the bridge in assessments," said one resident.

Two unidentified men reportedly broke three windows and spray painted a Swastika on another window at the Shor Y’eshuv Institute school on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway last week.

Mayor Koch has announced that the city’s capital budget will include money for the rebuilding of Rockaway Point Boulevard.

Rockaway Park residents are up in arms over a report that the roller skating rink on Beach 116 Street is applying for a liquor license. In addition, there are rumors in the community that the owner would like to change the skating venue to an arena that would feature boxing and wrestling.

Three IS 53 teachers have been asked by the city board of education to write a guide for the school’s heralded STAR Program that would be used throughout the city. The three teachers chosen for the project are Dwight Gabrielli, Linda Adler and Edith Rubin. School principal Vito Martino says that the choice of the three teachers to write a citywide guide is "another accolade for the school."

A recent guidebook put out by the New York Port Authority lists the beaches at Rockaway as being part of Long Island rather than as part of New York City.

Harbor Light restaurant on Beach 130 Street and Newport Avenue will reopen this week after a disastrous fire on January 13. Rick Mertz, who along with Bernie Herran, owns the restaurant, announced the opening.

Registration has opened for this coming summer’s day camps at the Gustave Hartman YW-YMHA on Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway. Once again, there will be a number of camp experiences serving children and teens from the Rockaway area.

Two former Beach Channel High School students who now play football for Northeastern University, earned their varsity letters with the school this year. The two are Ron Files and Lazaro Mitjans. Both were all-city players for Beach Channel.

Look for a rebirth of the housing market in Rockaway. There is talk of many new one and two-family homes that are planned for Rockaway over the next two years.

Wednesday night’s fire on the train tracks was not a big one. The fire was easily handled by Ladder 137 and Truck 266.

Residents of Dayton Towers are calling for better security. A resident of 8100 Short Front Parkway was mugged outside of her building on Wednesday evening.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Langer of Belle Harbor are celebrating their twentieth wedding anniversary this week.

The two-story business block that replaced the Majestic Hotel on Beach 69 Street and was once the home of the Rockaway Democratic Club, has been demolished as part of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

The St. Patrick’s Tea, held by the Ladies Aid Society of the First Congregational Church, was the 55th annual affair.

Marge and Ed Clarity are back in Broad Channel after a visit to Florida, where they say they found "all of Rockaway and Broad Channel."

Improved street lighting for the Beach 116 Street shopping area is on the way, according to Joel Gerstel, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

Let’s not take off those snow tires just yet. A dusting of snow last week was just a reminder that there was a foot of snow on the ground one year when we celebrated Easter.

Although Aqueduct Racetrack is on strike, workers at the OTB parlor were taking lots of bets on out of town races.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Along with debris and broken concrete left on the streets from the storm last week along Shore Front Parkway, there were lots of beer bottles as well. Could the storm have broken up a beach party in progress?

While the streets were flooded last week, many motorists made use of the grassy mall in the center of Seagirt Boulevard for parking and driving.

Well-informed sources tell The Wave that there will be a library building built in Rockaway Park in the near future.

Rockaway will be well represented in the Manhattan St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take place this weekend.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Assurance has been given that Beach Channel Drive will be opened in its entire length before May 15. Borough President James Lundy says that the drive will be in perfect condition for the coming summer season.

The one that did not get away was nearly seven feet long. Irving Feingold, the owner of Feingold’s Auto Sales in Arverne, reported from Florida that he caught the sailfish on a fishing trip with Harry Haber of Neponsit and Ruby Dunsky of Rockaway Beach.

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