2002-03-23 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Bay 1, the nude beach at the Neponsit end of Riis Park, will be closed this coming summer to allow for a groin and a boardwalk to be built at the site.

Donkey Basketball will come to Junior High School 180 on Thursday, March 25. The event will raise funds for the school’s General Organization (GO).

Police Captain Edward Fitzgerald will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Rockaway Regular Democratic Club, it was announced by club presidents Geraldine Chapey and Sy Sheldon.

Responding to a rash of panhandling in the Beach 116 Street shopping area, Republican leaders Ann Schokett, Bill Sampol and Karen Funtleyer are asking city officials to come to the area to see for themselves how the single room occupancy hotels on the street impact the area.

Watch for the reopening of Pisces Restaurant sometime in the next couple of months. Owner Bob Holmberg assures The Wave that the food will be outstanding.

John Quadrozzi has taken over the site of the old, abandoned Brooklyn Day Camp. The building will be converted for the use of the company’s cement trucks.

After a long vacancy, somebody is finally making use of the building on Cross Bay Boulevard between 8 and 9 Road in Broad Channel.

New fencing will soon be installed along the deserted land in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Mickey Green rolled a 208-167-191-566 for the Bowling Stones last weekend. That is the first 500 series rolled by the female bowler.

The final production of Beach Channel High School’s version of "Fiddler On The Roof" will take place on April 1. Starring in the show are students Peter Licata as Tevye and Irene Povey as Golda.

The members of the Rockaway Park Senior Citizen’s Club will be taking a trip this week to the East Side for a shopping spree.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

For the first time in many years, the Democrats have separate district leaders to represent Rockaway in Part A (Fred Kholreiter and Helen Leonescue) and Part B (Sy Sheldon and Gerdi Lipschutz).

Test boring rigs have been busy on the central median along Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway recently. One local suggested that perhaps they are looking for oil.

Construction on Beach Channel High School is going forward at a rapid pace, an indication that the builders are trying to make up for the time they lost during the winter.

High taxes in this area have been given as one reason why local residents who graduate from the top medical schools often seek other communities in which to open their practices.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Now that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is over for another year, local bands are practicing with an eye to the Memorial Day Parade on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Assault was added to injury last week by a New Jersey visitor who looked at the Rockaway streets littered by last week’s storm and commented, "Now I know why the beaches in New Jersey are so clean. All of the garbage floats up in Rockaway."

Announcement that a new 64-lane bowling alley will soon be built at the foot of Beach 88 Street has people wondering whether a building the size of one needed to house such a facility would have to be extended out over the bay.

A sign at Fort Tilden says, "Bring a friend to enlist and get a three-day pass." We guess that there are incentives for everything these days.

A steel structure has been raised for the new Samuels Building facing the Boulevard at Beach 73 Street.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

A son was born in the Rockaway Beach Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moriarity of Beach 87 Street.

Muriel Rubin of Beach 117 Street was named "Miss Sunshine of Rockaway Beach," having received a scholarship from Mayor Impelitteri.

Broad Channel Air Warden Service veteran William Ripple is being praised for his action saving the life of heart attack victim Joseph Habermann, a neighbor.

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