2002-03-16 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

While roller-skating will continue "two or three nights a week," Rock and Rollers on Beach 116 Street will add boxing twice a month and wrestling once a month. "We are not going to have mud-wrestling," the owners promised.

Eli Cohan, president of the Rockaway Road Winners, has chosen Sunday, April 23 for the fourth annual Rockaway Ocean Run. The run will follow a three-mile course out and back, making the race a 6-mile run.

The Rockaway Emerald Society’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities will reach a high point this week with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s Grand Marshal is New York City Fire Commissioner, Charles Hynes.

"It’s Our Bridge," long-time residents of Rockaway are telling the city in response to the toll rise on the Cross Bay Bridge. "We paid for that bridge and nobody has the right to charge tolls on it anymore," one resident told The Wave.

Rabbi Allan Blaine will host a series of Hebrew studies at Temple Beth-El this month.

Many residents have been complaining about the sale of drugs and guns in the Beach 116 Street area.

The area around the Wavecrest Gardens complex extending to the Nassau County line has been designated by its residents as "Seagirt Beach."

Gasoline prices at stations throughout the peninsula are dropping rapidly. Only this week, prices fell a full ten cents at local stations.

Stella Maris will play St. Edmund’s this week for the championship of the Catholic High School Athletic Association.

Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts from four troops got together with Roberta Hoffman, who supervises girl scout activities throughout Queens, for a Sabbath service at West End Temple this week. Rabbi Joseph Weiss led the service.

Continuous music by John Baxter will be featured at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Sullivan’s Bar and Grill this week.

The Senior’s Club of Dayton Towers West will celebrate both Purim and St. Patrick’s Day with one party this week, it has been announced by Matilda Corbin, the club’s president.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Sunday’s spring-like weather brought large crowds to the oceanfront and thousands walked local streets and the boardwalk, much to the delight of local merchants.

The Arverne Community Team (ACT) is getting a good response to its planned demonstration on April 13 to point up its insistence on a moratorium on all public housing in Rockaway pending a study being done for the borough president’s office.

Redistricting has hit another of our Congressmen. First, it was Emanuel Celler, when Rockaway was dropped from his district and assigned part to Frank Brasco of Brooklyn and Joseph Addabbo of Ozone Park. Brasco’s new district includes all of Rockaway and we will simply join his Brooklyn district.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The Wave almost moved quicker than expected when a fire broke out on Sunday in the vacant apartments on the top floor of the condemned Wave Building. The fire ladies did a good job, however, and business goes on as usual at the old stand.

The Broad Channel volunteers need a new refrigerator. The one at the firehouse was ruined by the high water two weeks ago. The volies continue to get notice for the fine job they did at the crash nearby Broad Channel on March 1.

Years ago, a winter pastime was to sift sand along the beach in the most heavily traveled spots. It was revived after a recent storm, with many people believing that they could cull diamond rings and other valuables.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Several local groups will meet shortly to discuss plans for action towards the elimination of tolls from the Marine Parkway and Cross Bay Bridges.

The Office of Civil Defense has announced a timetable for the citywide drill next Thursday evening when, it will be assumed, that two atomic bombs are to be exploded. The sirens will be used to alert civil defense workers. The public is not expected to respond to the drill.

In order to allow our servicemen to keep in touch with their community, the Rockaway Rotary Club will send a free subscription to The Wave to any servicemen who apply.

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