2002-03-30 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The Rockaway Local Development Corporation (RLDC) will cut the ribbon this weekend on the new $1.6 million C-Town Supermarket at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 49 Street in Edgemere.

Residents of 102-00 Shore Front Parkway were stunned last Friday when they learned that at least five apartments in the building has been burglarized during the night. The burglars got away with cash, jewelry and small electronic items. Police say they gained access from the apartment’s terraces.

Boardwalk rehabilitation will soon begin between Beach 20 and Beach 27 Street, it was announced by City Councilman Walter Ward this week.

The TBTA has begun to sell reduced fare tokens for the two bridges that access Rockaway. Tokens will be sold through the mail as well as at marked tollbooths on the two bridges.

Rabbi Alan Blaine of Temple Beth-El in Rockaway Park is asking local schools not to give tests during the Passover period so that students can attend synagogue during that period without worry.

Gunner’s Mate Second Class Roland Jackson, son of James and Beryl Gamble of Far Rockaway has become a "plank owner" on the new nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson.

Rumor has it that Disneyland has put in a bid to buy Playland. While we hope that it is true, we wouldn’t hold our breath waiting for it to happen.

Look for a permanent building at Beach 73 Street to house the lifeguards who work in that area.

Bill Degnan joined Lenny Kohn and Leon Locke in painting the green line down Rockaway Beach Boulevard for the most recent St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

William T. Gillen, a teacher at Junior High School 180 in Rockaway Beach, recently won a "Partner in Education" award from the Board of Education. The award was presented at a recent meeting of Board of Education in Brooklyn. James Conway Sullivan, a member of Community School Board 27, made the announcement of the award.

Borough President Donald Manes and Congressman James Scheuer are among those local politicians who are traveling to Taiwan this week to stimulate local trade with the island nation.

Coming off a season which included first place wins in two regattas, the Beach Channel High School crew recently put its boats in the water to begin training for the 1982 season.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Gus Orlando, who owns an auto repair shop at Beach 79 Street, is a little later than he wants to be, but he plans to open the fishing season on Jamaica Bay this week.

The lights on the grounds of the new apartments on Seagirt Boulevard were turned on this week. The white globes of light were attractive and add to the area.

Leo Weiss, proprietor of Weiss’ Restaurant in Broad Channel, is giving some attention to a general brightening up of the establishment on Cross Bay Boulevard. He plans to open the dining room later this spring.

Commissioner Sidney Hein’s sudden death while playing golf at the Inwood Country Club last Saturday shocked the community. There are still a few people around town who can remember the days, long before he became prominent, when, as a boy, he counted and delivered rolls for $3 a week.

Sally and Paul are back at Sally’s Coffee Shop on Beach 116 Street after spending the winter in Florida.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Present day members of the O’Connell Post of the American Legion know a great deal about the work the post does today, but little about the post’s history. For that reason, Sylvester O’Connor, a past commander, is compiling a post history.

It has been flatly denied in the Zuckerman Brother’s office that the Title I sponsor has any ideas of selling out to anybody.

The police captains in both Rockaway precincts are seeking local women to become school crossing guards.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Dr. William Werner has been elected as the president of the Rockaway Rotary Club for the coming year.

Jitters struck those who live in the Arverne Houses this week in the wake of the plane crash in Jamaica on Saturday. Planes leaving Idlewild Airport regularly fly over the housing project. Residents are contacting the Civil Aeronautics Board to ask them to reroute the planes away from Arverne.

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